Why We Need the Spirit, Pt. 2
By Brenda Kuseski
Last week’s Prayer Gram reminded us that we need the Spirit so that we are fully equipped to live as children of God, doing the things He has prepared for us to do. J. Lee Grady reminded us that the Holy Spirit is (1) the Spirit of the Lord, fully God; (2) our Regenerator; (3) our Empowerer; (4) our Refiner. This is the rest of the discussion:
5. He is the Spirit of Truth. The Spirit has access to all the wisdom and knowledge of God. When we abide in Him, He leads us continually into truth—causing us to grow and mature spiritually. He wants to fill us with the treasures of heavenly revelation. We can fully trust Him because He never does anything to violate the word of God. As our teacher (1 John 2:27), He knows the difference between truth and error, and those who depend on Him will walk in discernment and avoid deception, pride, and carnality.
6. He is our Counselor. This word is also translated "Advocate," "Comforter," or "Helper." The Greek word, parakletos, means "one called alongside to help." It implies that the Spirit comes to our legal defense when we are accused or troubled; it also means He is a close friend who offers encouragement, consolation and direction when we face any difficulty. He is truly a friend who "sticks closer than a brother" (Prov. 18:24).
7. He is our Intercessor. This is probably one of the greatest miracles of grace. The Spirit who lives inside of us "intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words" (Rom. 8:26). Even when we don't know how to pray, the Spirit prays the perfect will of God. No matter what kind of dark difficulty we face, the Spirit travails for us until we emerge on the other side.
8. He is our Unifier. Like the master conductor of an orchestra, the Holy Spirit pulls together each individual Christian—with all of our diverse gifts—and causes us to flow in synchronization as one body. The Spirit distributes His gifts to individuals (1 Cor. 12:11) and He brings about the "fellowship of the Spirit"
(2 Cor. 13:14)—a supernatural, loving harmony among believers that overcomes jealousy, envy, strife and bitterness.
From the beginning of Genesis, when the Spirit moved upon the waters (Genesis 1:2) to the end of Revelation, when Jesus declares that the Spirit and the Bride say, “Come!” (Rev. 22:17), the Bible urges us to allow the Spirit to fill, direct, and empower us. This week, put yourself in the posture of receiving all He has for you.