Why We Need The Holy Spirit

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The Greek dictionary explains the definition of Parakletos or the Holy Spirit as: One called, or sent for to assist another; an advocate, one who pleads the cause of another… one present to render various beneficial service, and thus the Paraclete, whose influence and operation were to compensate for the departure of Christ himself ¹

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While Jesus was on earth, He spoke to His disciples of sending the Holy Spirit once He was gone, so they would not be alone. He knew they’d still need guidance and help. They didn’t understand Him at first and didn’t until the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost and they experienced His indwelling themselves.

If you love Me, keep My commandments.

And I will pray the Father,

and He will give you another Helper,

that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive,

because it neither sees Him nor knows Him;

but you know Him,

for He dwells with you and will be in you.

I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

John 14:15-18

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Nevertheless I tell you the truth.

It is to your advantage that I go away;

for if I do not go away,

the Helper will not come to you;

but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

John 16:6, 8

When the Holy Spirit was poured out upon believers in the upper room; Peter assured them (and us) that this Holy Spirit was a gift from God; promised them by Jesus. The gift of the Holy Spirit was a promise to all believers to come. Including us.

This Jesus, God has raised up,

of which we are all witnesses.

Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father

the promise of the Holy Spirit,

He poured out this which you now see and hear.

Acts 2:32-33

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For the promise is to you and your children;

as many as the Lord our God will call.

Acts 2:39

Just as Jesus sought to do the will of the Father, so does the Holy Spirit. He isn’t out to promote His own agenda, but only that of our Father God.

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come,

He will guide you into all truth;

for He will not speak on His own authority,

but whatever He hears He will speak;

and He will tell you things to come.

He will glorify Me, for He will take

of what is Mine and declare it to you.

All things that the Father has are Mine.

Therefore I said that He will take of Mine

and declare it to you.

John 16:13-15

The Holy Spirit will stay with us throughout our lifetime. He lives within us to warn us of what we are about to do wrong; to convict us of our sins; and to bring us to repentance.

And when He has come,

He will convict the world of sin,

and of righteousness, and of judgment.

John 16:8

Have you ever read something in the bible that you’ve read many times before; but all of a sudden the ‘light bulb’ goes on and you seem to see it for the first time? That is the Holy Spirit. He gives us understanding and deepening wisdom as we grow.

He also reminds us of scripture when we need it. I don’t know how many times I was trying to remember a particular verse and couldn’t. I then stopped and prayed; asking the Holy Spirit for help and sure enough, suddenly it was there.

But as it is written:

Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared

for those who love Him.

But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things,

yes, the deep things of God.

1 Cor 2:9-10

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But the Helper, the Holy Spirit,

whom the Father will send in My name,

He will teach you all things,

and bring to your remembrance

all things that I said to you.

John 14:26

How many times have you needed comfort and peace. The Holy Spirit manifests these things for us. God sees what we need and it is through the working of the Holy Spirit that we receive it.

Sometimes life gets so bad that we don’t even know how to pray for the situation at hand. Or our emotions are so involved that we can’t even form words vocally or in our thoughts. This is when the Holy Spirit takes over and intercedes for us. He takes over and presents our needs to the Father.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation…

2 Corinthians 1:3-4a

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Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses.

For we do not know what

we should pray for as we ought,

but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Now He who searches the hearts

knows what the mind of the Spirit is,

because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8:26-27

The Holy Spirit can also give us boldness when speaking. Look at the apostles before and after they received the Holy Spirit. Once they had received the gift, they were able to speak with such strength and conviction that the Jewish leaders-the Sanhedrin were astonished.

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit,

said to them…

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled.

Acts 4:8 & 13a

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And when they had prayed,

the place where they were assembled together

was shaken; and they were all filled

with the Holy Spirit,

and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

Acts 4:31

In many different circumstances, God can, through His Holy Spirit, give us the very words we need. I myself can testify to this. This blog wouldn’t be here without His help. He straightens out my feeble attempts at writing and fixes my mixed up thought process. I have trouble with forming sentences and remembering words due to my Fibromyalgia.

There may be times when you are trying to talk to someone about salvation and you need the help of the Holy Spirit to do so. In times of difficulty, persecution even, the Holy Spirit will come through for us. Scripture tells us not to worry about what to say at those times.

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God,

that we might know the things that

have been freely given to us by God.

These things we also speak, not in words

which man’s wisdom teaches

but which the Holy Spirit teaches,

comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

1 Corinthians 2:12-13

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But whatever is given you in that hour,

speak that; for it is not you who speak,

but the Holy Spirit.

Mark 13:11b

Without even touching on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which are a topic for another time, you can see how important the Holy Spirit is to a believer’s life. God didn’t want us  to walk this life alone, so He gave us this precious gift in The Holy Spirit. It is up to us to allow Him to help us and for us to listen to Him.

Now may the God of hope

fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

that you may abound in hope

by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

Until next time, God bless.

~Brenda

¹https://www.billmounce.com/greek-dictionary/parakletos

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5 comments

  1. A wonderful post, Brenda. The Holy Spirit is so vital in our lives. We are blessed beyond measure because of His presence within us. The OT greats like Abraham, Joseph, Samuel, David, Daniel, John the Baptist, and so many more did not have the Holy Spirit within them. Only on them selectively, because Jesus had not yet died. Isn’t that amazing to think about?! God bless you.

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    • Thanks for commenting. Yes, I am so grateful we live in the times we do where we know the Holy Spirit won’t leave us. Think of David when He cried out to God saying, “Take not Your Holy Spirit from me.” What anguish he experienced because of His sin.
      Blessings.

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  2. What a lovely post about the Holy spirit, Brenda. I love this…”God didn’t want us to walk this life alone, so He gave us this precious gift in The Holy Spirit.”

    I’m so glad to have discovered your blog!

    Peace and grace,
    Tammy

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