Thursday, September 4, 2014

Supernatural Help

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

If you listen to the pundits of today, it doesn’t take long to realize that we live in a natural world, a world of change with its uncertainties. Fluctuating economies, workplace unemployment, terrorism, social unrest, environmental change—I could make a pretty long list, but you get the point. That’s why it’s good to know that we have supernatural help; a promise that Jesus made good on when He ascended to His Father.

The promise was made in the Upper Room discourse, some of the final words of Jesus recorded on the night before His death. I’m confident they comforted the disciples, and still comfort Christ followers today. What is the promise, you ask? It was the sending of a Supernatural Helper, the Holy Spirit. 

Supernatural help! Just what we need today. This eDevotion is too short to fully develop the idea, so I’ll just offer a few things to make the point.

A Supernatural Helper: Jesus said He would send “another” Helper. In the Greek it means, “another of the same kind, or identical.” In other words, Jesus would send us exactly the same kind of Helper He was. The difference being that Jesus lived “among” men for a short time, but the New Helper would reside “in” men their entire life. [John 14:17]

A Supernatural Teacher: This is a vital aspect of the Helper’s ministry. He will teach us the truth about Jesus, part of which is our complete dependence on Him. [John 14:26]

Supernatural Peace: I can’t say enough about the importance of Supernatural Peace. This Helper’s peace aggressively and emphatically engages our daily trials, tribulations, and troubles, and helps us to remain joyful. [John 14:27 and Philippians 4:7]

As a Christ follower, the promise of supernatural help—the Holy Spirit of promise—is available to you. Never underestimate what He can do in your life!

I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth. John 14:16-17

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