Daily Devotional – The Holy Spirit Part IX


December 13, 2019 by directorfsm

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We have reached the end of week one of our second part in our series on the Holy Spirit this section entitled The Roles or Work Of.  As I noted I found this list, there are many others, called 70 Functions of the Holy Spirit and while I have some reservations that some of the items on the list (could easily be taken out of proper biblical context) it can be a helpful tool. We however will only look at a few of the many roles the Holy has concentrating on those in a believers life including those as;

He ministers truth. (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13)

He teaches. (Luke 12:12; John 14:26; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 1 John 2:27)

He restrains. (Acts 16:6)

The Holy Spirit brings direction and guidance. (Mark 13:11; Acts 10:19; 11:12; 21:11; 1 Timothy 4:1)

The Holy Spirit invites us to walk with Him. (Romans 8:4-5)

The Holy Spirit produces fruit in our lives. (Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:9)

He washes, sanctifies, purifies and justifies. (Romans 15;16, 1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Timothy 3:16; 1 Peter 1:2,22)

The Holy Spirit builds us together for a house for God. (Ephesians 2:22)

The Holy Spirit gives comfort, health, and strength. (John 15:26; Acts 9:31)

In Part III yesterday, of this section entitled He Restrains we learned that one of the Holy Spirits roles is to keep us from errors, from getting in over our heads, from taking on tasks we are not ready for all we need to do is prepare our hearts to hear His call. Today we will discuss His role in bringing direction and guidance so let’s break it down: 

The Holy Spirit Brings Direction and Guidance

Mark 13:11; Acts 10:19; 11:12; 21:11; 1 Timothy 4:1 (NKJV) 

Mark 13:11; Acts 10:19; 11:12; 21:11; 1 Timothy 4:1 (RVR 1960) 

CONTEXT: As born again believers we have certain choices one of which is whether or not to call upon God daily for direction and guidance in our lives. Do you all remember the bumper sticker “God is my Co-Pilot?” It was one of the dumbest displays of Christianity ever. Oh it sold and made millions but biblically and theologically it was DUMB!! Think about this, all the mistakes you made before becoming a believer; heck think of all the ones since becoming one. I guarantee you each and every time God was not the “Pilot” in those situations. No you had relegated Him, you know the Guy who is all knowing , all powerful, all merciful and a whole bunch of other all’s to a minor (co-pilot or back of the bus) role. 

Jesus was very clear in His promise of the Holy Spirit that we discussed back in week one. John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another [a]Helper, that He may abide with you forever— that the Holy Spirit would be sent (is now here with us) not as a backseater but as a direct and daily helper in the believers life. All we have to do is call upon and listen for the direction and guidance He brings.

Mark 13:11; but it is the Holy Spirit [who will speak through you]. The Beatles got it all wrong it is not “mother Mary” who comes to us in times of trouble it is the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. He and He ALONE will guide us.

Acts 10:19; considering the vision, the Spirit said to him, Peter had a vision, do I believe God still speaks to folks this way, Yes. Do I believe folks have burning bush vision experiences NO! That would go against the book of Revelation. The Holy Spirit however who indwells every TRUE believer speaks to them in their heart as John Gill says via “an articulate voice {but not necessarily out-loud}, or by making an impulse on his mind” providing direction and guidance. 

Acts 11:12; The Spirit told me to go with them without the slightest hesitation this is the exact opposite of yesterday’s study where the Holy Spirit “Restrained” Paul and his companions from going somewhere. We need to be always ready to hear the still quiet voice to direction and guidance speaking to us. 

Acts 21:11; said, “This is what the Holy Spirit says: In the days of the early church (time of the Apostles) occurrences like this of the Holy Spirit speaking through someone were more common. Today whenever someone says; “The Holy Spirit told me” red warning flags always go up. Not that we are calling someone a liar, its just you need to confirm which “spirit” they have been listening to. Does their story stand the scrutiny of scripture. In other words the Holy Spirit is never going to call someone to do something that is biblically unfounded. 

1 Timothy 4:1 But the [Holy] Spirit explicitly and unmistakably declares that… Apostasy is a very real thing and many are those who are doing the great pretender act in church pews all across America today. The Holy Spirit warns believers of this coming great apostasy and we need to be ready for it. 

In Conclusion: We can try and go it alone, relegate the Holy Spirit to the bench, continue on our self imposed S.O.S. disease mode; or we can enjoy the benefits of a gracious God that provides us with someone who can give us Direction and Guidance like no other. 

One thought on “Daily Devotional – The Holy Spirit Part IX

  1. […] Part IV last Friday, of this section entitled The Holy Spirit brings direction and guidance we concluded that God […]

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