HELP DURING TOUGH TIMES
During this difficult time, and at all times, Christians have an amazing source of strength and power, the Holy Spirit.
At the end of the first gospel sermon, we read in Acts 2:36 – 39 (NIV): “Be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, Whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off.”
People who turn to God and are baptized, are promised, not just forgiveness of sins, but the gift of the Holy Spirit, to help them live the Christian life.
Jesus says John 14:16 – 17: “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, Who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, Who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it isn’t looking for Him and doesn’t recognize Him. But you know Him, because He lives with you now and later will be in you.”
Our hope, comfort, and power are not just in the future hope of Heaven. Jesus doesn’t say, “Just hold on. Grin and bear it because someday you’re going to Heaven.” He says, “I give you the present power of the Holy Spirit.”
Here are just a few things the Holy Spirit will do in us if we let Him.
The Holy Spirit produces self-control. Romans 8:9: You are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you.
The Holy Spirit improves our personality. Galatians 5:22: The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
The Holy Spirit will resurrect our bodies someday. Romans 8:11: The Spirit of God, Who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, He will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
The Holy Spirit gives us the power to beat temptation. 1 Corinthians 10:13: The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure.
The Holy Spirit gives guidance. Galatians 5:16: Let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.
The Holy Spirit gives confidence of salvation. Romans 8:16 – 17: For His Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. And since we are His children, we are His heirs. In fact, together with Christ, we are heirs of God’s glory.
The Holy Spirit helps us in suffering. Psalm 9:9: The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
The Holy Spirit helps us in prayer. Romans 8:26: We don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.
You may be “sheltering in place,” you may be by yourself, but if you are a Christian, you are never alone. You have an amazing source of strength and power, the Holy Spirit.