We Have the Benefit of the Holy Spirit       

          Read from Scripture  what the Ultimate Father did“For God so loved the world, He gave His one and only Son, that whoever, believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  (John 3:16)  Those who receive the Father’s gift,  receives all the Father has.  The Bible gives us this wonderful truth, “What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate.  He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father.  So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world.  But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba, Father.’  So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”  (Galatians 4:1-7)

1 John 4:13 says, “This how we know that we live in Him and He in us:  He has given us His Spirit.”  With a continuous and ongoing awareness, there is an intimate communion with God by His Holy Spirit.  Romans 8:16 says, “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God.”   Romans 6:11 gives us this promise, “And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because His Spirit who lives in you.”

Charles Swindoll wrote:  “A number of miles from the Los Angeles basin, there is a river.  The river has been damned up by man, and through the genius and innovation of engineers, they have put together a dam that has, in its process of working, housed electricity–hundreds of thousands of volts that are fed into the Los Angeles basin.  If you were to go to the various transmission plants along the way, you would read signs marked with, ‘Danger, High Voltage.’  ‘No trespassing, Danger.’  Hundreds of thousands of volts are available in energy for your home, but who needs a hundred thousand volts, unless he wants to burn up his home?  To keep a home from burning down, engineers have built transformers into the system – not transmitters, but transformers.  The transformers does nothing more than break down into meaningful units, just the right amount of electricity you need.

I have in my home, for example, another transformer.  One Christmas I gave myself an HO gauge train.  There is a tiny unit called a transformer on the train set, and it breaks down the 110 volts from the wall to even less.  Why, if you plugged into a straight 110 outlet, that train would go pzzzttt! for one second and then burn up.  The transformer for the train breaks the electricity down for the small train engine to run just right, so the train just putt, putt at just the right speed.

When the Holy Spirit, the transformer, comes, He will take the majestic truths of God and will dispense it just the way you need it, give it to you with handles that you can take and use.  It is the Spirit’s delight to take the full truth of God and make one thing meaningful to that woman, something altogether different to that man, and something different again to that fellow down there.  That’s the work of the Spirit, and He never makes a mistake.  He gives you just what you can handle.” (The Tale of the Tardy Oxcart, Swindoll)

Christians can depend on the Holy Spirit to equip and empower them with just what they need in their service to the Lord.