Why Do I Need the Holy Spirit?
Living in today’s society is not easy. You may be cleansed by the blood of Jesus, but how are you going to keep clean? The world is full of wrongdoing, perversion, and misguided ideas. People are driven by their desires. It’s a struggle to walk in Christ’s footsteps when those around you are going in the opposite direction.
You can take heart: before He left this earth, the Lord Jesus made a promise to His followers. He understood the challenges facing them:
If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of this world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (Jn 15:18-19)
He knew the persecution and suffering they would face for the sake of His Name. He knew that it was important for them to have the abidance of His power.
These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. 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. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (Jn 14:23-27)
The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, opens our limited understanding so we can understand God’s will and ways (see 1 Cor 2:11). He works to transform our lives so that we can overcome the temptations of the flesh and live a fruitful life (Rom 8:13). And the Holy Spirit sets us apart as God’s holy people, sanctifying us and sealing us until the day we enter God’s heavenly kingdom (1 Cor 6:11; 2 Thess 2:13; Eph 1:13-14).
What is the Holy Spirit?