… picking up right from where we left off.
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 go, I will send him to you. – John 16:7 (ESV)
Theologians tell us that we are now in the dispensation of the Holy Spirit. Without delving into the depths of it and for the sake of simplicity, this simply means the Holy Spirit is the dominant unit of the Godhead at work on the earth today. His person and works are more pronounced in this age. Beyond that, our relationship with God will be primarily by the Holy Spirit until we see Him in glory.
We have incorrectly limited the work of the Holy Spirit to the five-fold ministry of Apostles, Teachers, Prophets, Evangelists, and Pastors but His work is to every believer. You need the Holy Spirit just as much as your pastor does if you must fulfill destiny. Among believers, those who have embraced His work have also wrongly limited Him to tongues and there it ends. The only thing most Christians have to show for their relationship with the Holy Spirit is tongues. It goes way beyond that. His work is orders of magnitude beyond tongues and the peripheral dimension in which we have engaged Him. We should enlist His help in all areas.
He is willing and able to help you when you need understanding in school or when you are facing a convoluted issue at work; to help you solve relationship issues within and outside the family; to help you understand God’s Word; to encourage you when you are downcast; to strengthen you physically and give health; to help you decide what job to take and which not to take; to change your usual driving route to save you from a fatal accident; to tell you where and when to invest your money; to help you with wisdom to raise godly and responsible children in a degenerate world; to help you accomplish things that you never thought were possible; to give you vision if you struggle to picture the future; to give you joy in the midst of trials; to give strength to overcome the trials; to turn the heart of that boss who doesn’t seem to like you; to lead you through a season of economic recession without any impact; to quench the fiery darts of the enemy against your life; to do anything you need Him to do for you because He is a helper. I am yet to find a problem that the Holy Spirit cannot help with.
Now when someone offers his help to you, it is wise to assess the capacity of the backer before you can determine if his help will be any good. For instance, imagine you had to walk 10 km on a frigid winter day with no alternate means of transportation. If someone offers to help you but has no car no any means beyond what you have, such help is of no use. The journey will be just as difficult and tasking on you. However if someone stopped by you in a nicely heated car and offered to help you, that looks more like help you need isn’t it?
Likewise, let us assess the capabilities of the Holy Spirit so that our disposition to His help will be firm and resolute. He has a quite a few attributes but three would be sufficient to get you persuaded. He has all power, knows all things and is present everywhere. That is awesome. If you categorize your problems, they fall into one of three categories; you are not able (don’t have the power/ability), you do not know or you are cannot be present where you need to be. However, your helper has unlimited ability. He also knows all things, past, present and future. He is also present to represent your interests at all places. This invaluable resource without limits lives in us and is with us at all times. Most importantly, He is willing. He has volunteered His help to you.
If your pursuit is aligned with your redemptive right, the Holy Spirit is committed to helping you. If things are running contrary to your redemptive expectation, the Holy Spirit is a sworn helper to rectify that. It is to our advantage that we take full advantage of Him and broaden our application of His work and ministry to us.