Soon we will be celebrating Pentecost, the day Jesus’ disciples were in the Upper Room in such terror and the Holy spirit came to visit them and fired their lives with power, helping them to live boldly and preach the Good News of Jesus Christ. That was the beginning of the very early Christian Churches. It was the gift of the Holy Spirit that made it possible for them to live without fear. On June 9, we as a church will celebrate the Birthday of the Church and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit into our lives so that we, too, can live with faith boldly each day without fear.
What is the Holy Spirit and how does it relate to our lives in modern times?
On the night Jesus was betrayed, he left a legacy of life to all His disciples through all the ages:
“Now I am going to him who sent me… It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” (John 16:5-7)
The Bible gives these names to the Holy Spirit: Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Advocated, Intercessor, and Strengthener. Let’s look at what each of these names mean.
1. The Holy Spirit is our Comforter. We live in a time when the popularity of Christianity is at an all-time low. There are many people in the world who are almost militantly anti-Christian. We don’t have to watch too many marches to realize the hatred the world has for the standards we uphold. And yet, Jesus says, “Don’t panic. I have not left you comfortless and unprotected. I have sent you the Comforter.”
2. The Holy Spirit is our Counselor. If you don’t what to do, ask, He will give inner direction in a still, small voice that plants an idea in your mind. This idea will always be consistent with the Scriptures.
3. The Holy Spirit is our Helper. In times of crisis and decision, we have residing within us the very One who can deliver us safely on the other side. How else could Paul sing while in prison chains? How else could Peter, the original coward, preach with such great power on the day of Pentecost?
4. The Holy Spirit is our Advocate. Is the Adversary whispering lies to you again? Is he threatening to overcome you with negative thoughts about your past? Then call on the Advocate, who will always be on your side, pleading your case.
5. The Holy Spirit is our Intercessor. We can always be confident that at least two are praying for us – Jesus and the Holy Spirit. They stand before the throne of grace, praying with groaning that cannot be uttered.
6. The Holy Spirit is our Strength. When our own strength is exhausted and we feel we can’t make it through another day, the Holy Spirit provides strength to go on. He will give us an extra measure of energy to do His will today.
I don’t know what you are facing today. Maybe you are at the hospital keeping a night-time vigil with someone you love. Maybe you are reporting for work that drains you dry and is unfulfilling. Maybe you are sitting in a house that has never been a home because of broken relationships. Maybe the one you pledged to love and honor has turned out to be an enemy who would like to destroy you.
Whatever it is, my friend, Jesus says, “You have a Comforter, a Counselor, a Helper, an Advocate, an Intercessor. And when your own strength is gone, He will give you what you need.” Be grateful we have Jesus and our Helper, the Holy Spirit, every day!
Have a great victory in Jesus Christ each day!
Pastor Soon Sun
P.S. – Please pray for our first Summer Programs which will start June 3 through 7, and 10 through 14. Pray for successful Summer Program.