COMING FROM GLORY TO DWELL IN OUR HEARTS
But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
It’s easy to be confused about something—or someone—you cannot see.
In order to make the unseen clear, Jesus devoted much of his last discourse to the subject of the Holy Spirit—the helper, the third person of the Trinity.
R. A. Torrey explains who the Holy Spirit is and why his coming would be a source of comfort for Jesus’ followers.
WALK WITH R. A. TORREY
“If we think of the Holy Spirit only as an impersonal power or influence, then our thought will constantly be, ‘How can I get hold of and use the Holy Spirit?’
“But if we think of him in the Biblical way as a divine person—infinitely wise, infinitely holy, infinitely tender—then our thought will constantly be, ‘How can the Holy Spirit get hold of and use me?’
“If we think of the Holy Spirit merely as a divine power or influence, there will be the temptation to feel as if we belong to a superior order of Christians.
“But if we think of the Holy Spirit in the Biblical way as a divine being of infinite majesty, coming down from glory to dwell in our hearts and take possession of our lives, it will put us in the dust, and make us walk very softly before God.”
WALK CLOSER TO GOD
Christ knew it would be advantageous for his disciples if he returned to the Father, for his departure meant that the helper was coming! Not an “it” but a “he.”
Not an impersonal force, but a personal teacher, guide, consoler, and advocate. Reread Mr. Torrey’s final paragraph above. Then come to God today with soft steps and a grateful heart for the work of the Holy Spirit in your life.
“I'm going to go out fishing Simon Peter told them [the disciples], and they said, “We'll go with you”. So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Early the next morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not recognize that it was Jesus. He called out to them, “Friends, haven't you any fish”? “No”, they answered. He said to them, “Cast your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some”. When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.”
Today, if I am in the boat, needing a miracle, I will cast out my net in faith. Should it come back empty, instead of complaining and moaning, I will rejoice, knowing that sooner or later, I will receive my miracle.
I pray that you will give thanks to the Lord for He has set you apart from birth and revealed His Son to you in a personal way. May you understand that with knowing Christ, you are entrusted with the task of sharing the gospel to those who do not know Him. Since He has called you by His grace, I pray that you will joyfully and patiently share the truth of this good news. I pray you will be sensitive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and that He will give you divine appointments and open doors to share the gospel.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
ONE WAY, HIS WAY—THE ONLY WAY
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Christianity claims to offer the only way of salvation, to the exclusion of others. There are not any number of doors into heaven.
Nor are there any alternate routes into the family of God. Not if you take Jesus at his word (see John 14).
And that excludes many who are sincere—but sincerely wrong, as J. C. Ryle explains.
WALK WITH J. C. RYLE
“It avails nothing that a man is clever, learned, highly gifted, amiable, charitable, kindhearted, and zealous about some sort of religion.
“All this will not save his soul if he does not draw near to God by Christ’s atonement and make use of God’s own Son as his Mediator and Savior.
“God is so holy that all men are guilty and debtors in his sight. Sin is so sinful that no mortal man can make satisfaction for it. There must be a mediator, a ransom-payer, a redeemer, between us and God, or else we never can be saved.
“There is only one door, one bridge, one ladder, between earth and heaven: the crucified Son of God. Whosoever will enter in by that door may be saved; but to him who refuses, the Bible holds out no hope at all. Earnestness will never take one to heaven.”
WALK CLOSER TO GOD
The Jews thought they could attain salvation by keeping the law. Many others, before and since, have worked out their own procedures to gain salvation. But procedures don’t save. Only one person does.
Jesus is the only way to God. Any other imagined approach can only lead to a dead end—literally.
Someone near you needs to know that—someone who has tried many of those dead-end streets.
You won’t always be popular for pointing the way. But then, if one person finds the path of life because you cared enough to show it, will it really matter what others say?
“Therefore David inquired of the Lord . . .”
1 Samuel 23:2
“Then David inquired of the Lord . . .”
1 Samuel 23:4
“So David inquired of the Lord . . .”
1 Samuel 30:8
“And David inquired of the Lord . . .”
2 Samuel 21:1
Today, if I need answers to questions, or decisions to be made, let me not think of myself more highly than You, but let me inquire of You to lead me in the way that I should go.