I remember the night I asked Jesus to be Lord and Savior of my life. As I ended that prayer and rose to my feet, I heard for the first time the still small voice of God, giving me a very precious promise that I have always held dear. He spoke these words. “I shall fear no evil, for Thou art with me.” These words come from Psalm 23:4.
Today I understand the promise much clearer. My encouragement was that I could face anything because Jesus was alive in me, by the power of the Holy Spirit. This is completely consistent with Scripture.
When a person invites Jesus Christ to be Lord of their life, they are ‘Born Again’ and are no longer who they once were. The Bible is quite clear on this point and this is also well testified to by millions who have made this incredible life choice.
On the night before Jesus went to the Cross to die in our place and bear the penalty for sin, He promised us the Holy Spirit. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit would come and dwell in us until the end of the age. (John 14:16) The role of the Holy Spirit is to guide and enable us to follow and serve Jesus Christ.
It is worth revisiting John 14:15-17. In this passage, Jesus tells us, “If you love Me you will keep My commandments. And I will ask the Father and He will send you another Counselor, that He might dwell with you in this age. The Spirit of truth, whom the world is not able to grasp, for it neither sees Him, nor knows Him, yet He will dwell with you and be in you.”
Many people know verse 16, which is the promise of the Spirit. Yet they fail to connect it to verse 15, which is part of the same statement. Jesus begins the promise to give the Holy Spirit with the expectation of us being obedient to Him. Therefore the stated purpose of giving us the Spirit is to enable us to do the will of God.
The next thing is the description Jesus gives to the Holy Spirit. He uses a word that does not translate well for us. It is ‘paraclete’. This is a compound word, being para and clete. Para means to run beside. It is the base of our word ‘parallel’. The second part means to call. In our culture, this fits well with the task of a sports coach. Someone running beside you as you compete, yelling good advice from the sidelines. Only the Holy Spirit is not running beside us, He is in us.
This whole concept is hard for non-Christians to understand. It does not make sense to follow someone who cannot be seen or touched. Yet when we receive the Spirit, it makes perfect sense to us, because this is our experience.
Also, it is worth noting that the Spirit promises that He will live with us and is in us until the end of the Age. For God, there is no walking away from us. He has promised us His Spirit and He is faithful to that promise.
This promise of the Holy Spirit has been received by millions of people over the past two thousand years. It is the greatest gift you will ever receive. He will transform every aspect in your life and make the good so much better and give you the ability to walk away from the bad things that control you.