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The Spirit of Life

He Will Guide You

Jesus said, “When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13). The Holy Spirit wants to give us wisdom, guidance, and direction in everything that we do. The Spirit becomes our guide, leading us in the way that we should go. You should never make a major decision in your life without asking for Him to lead you. I am confident that it is God’s deepest desire that we seek Him in every area of our lives. The Spirit will lead you into the place that you should be. Are you facing an important life changing decision? Do you need to make a major financial investment? Don’t be afraid to ask the Lord to show you what the best decision is. He will speak if we will ask for His help.

How do we know when He is speaking to us? There are several ways that we can hear the voice of God. The Spirit speaks through the Word of God. He uses the Bible to reveal His will. He also speaks through our circumstances. Be aware of what God is trying to tell you in your everyday life. Sometimes it’s through the ordinary. Sometimes He speaks through a still small voice in prayer. If we will be quiet long enough to listen, he will speak. The Spirit might use somebody else to speak to you. It is not uncommon for the Lord to speak through somebody when you least expect it. Finally, God speaks through dreams, visions, and other gifts of the Spirit.

He Will Help Your Prayer Life

The Holy Spirit assists our prayer life. Many Christians find it difficult to pray for any extended period of time. We don’t know exactly what to pray for or how to pray. We must begin to understand that He helps us when we pray. The Bible says that He helps us with our weakness and intercedes for us according to the will of God (Romans 8:26-27). No longer do we have the excuse that we don’t know what to pray because He helps us to pray according to God’s will. There is no one better to teach us how to pray than the Holy Spirit because He knows what to pray for.

The Holy Spirit actually frees us to pray. Where He is there is liberty because He is the great Liberator. The Spirit also provides the weapons that we need to do spiritual warfare (Eph. 6:18). If we are going to win our spiritual battles we must have the Holy Spirit on our side. He is the weapon that we need to defeat the enemy. Lastly, He builds us up when we pray (Jude 20). Praying in the Holy Ghost will lift your heart and soul to heaven and give you the strength that you need to go on.

He Will Help You Read the Bible

The Holy Spirit is the Author of Scripture; therefore, the Word of God is inseparable from the Spirit of God. The Scriptures introduce the reader to the Holy Spirit and the Spirit applies the truths of the Word to the hearts of the reader. Scripture must be interpreted in the immediate context of personal prayer. Prayer is the medium that brings individuals into contact with the same Spirit who inspired the writers of the Bible. To hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying through the Word you must encounter God through prayer. Prayer is the means that we must use to understand the Word of God. Without the assistance of the Holy Spirit in prayer, our Bible study will be in vain. Let us ask for the Spirit to speak to us through the Word.

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About the Author: The Rev. Dr. Winfield H. Bevins serves as the Director of Asbury Seminary’s Church Planting Initiative. He is also the Canon for Church Planting for the Anglican Diocese of the Carolinas and an adjunct professor at Trinity School for Ministry. He is the author of Plant: A Sower’s Guide to Church Planting (Seedbed, 2016), Rediscovering John Wesley (Pathway Press, 2005), Our Common Prayer: A Field Guide to the Book of Common Prayer (Simeon Press, 2013), Creed: Connect to the Basic Essentials of Historic Christian Faith (NavPress, 2011), and Grow at Home: A Beginner’s Guide to Family Discipleship (Seedbed, 2016). Amazon Author Page Facebook Twitter: @winfieldbevins

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