The Holy Spirit is perhaps the most misunderstood person of the Trinity. Just the word “spirit” draws different imagery for people, some positive some not so positive. Change the word to “ghost” and that is a whole other level of confusion.
The Holy Spirit is a travel guide along our faith journey. As Jesus went up into Heaven He directed His followers to tell the whole world the Good News and how the Holy Spirit will be with them enabling them to go and make disciples.
“And when the Holy Spirit comes on you, you will be able to be my witnesses in Jerusalem all over Judea and Samaria, even to the ends of the world.”
— Acts 1:8 The Message
The disciples did not need to rely solely on themselves. The had the Holy Spirit with them giving encouragement, empowerment and fully equipping them to tell the Good News.
Since Creation the Holy Spirit has been with the people of God guiding them as they serve and share the Good News. The still small voice whispering in one’s ear to go and tell. The bold confidence to face one’s enemies without fear despite the obvious obstacles. The strength to carry on when the body grows weary.
The journey of faith can grow tiring at times, discouraging from time to time. It does become difficult to keep trusting when you cannot physically see or hear God. Faith is bolstered by the Holy Spirit through the Spirit’s comforting nature. For one to know it does not rest solely on one’s self reduces the anxiety levels. An individual can exhale and not keep the stress all inside. We are equipped and empowered by the Holy Spirit as the followers of Jesus Christ to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth.
One does not need to be scared by the Holy Spirit. Rather, be comforted by your travel companion given to you by your Heavenly Father.
So the question to you is this: how can you rely on the Holy Spirit to guide you along the journey of faith? What area of faith would you like to grow more in?
Growing in faith and trusting the leading of the Holy Spirit does require a surrendering of control on each of our parts. We cannot be led if we continue to insist to retain control and make the final decision. Whatever area of faith you would like to grow in trust the Holy Spirit. The Spirit will not misguide you. Be not afraid of where you are being led. Follow in the footsteps of the Holy Spirit knowing the details of the journey have already been planned by God.
This Week’s Challenge: Give one thing over to God and trust the Holy Spirit to guide you through it. Pray and listen to learn how you are being led by the Holy Spirit. Go serve and share and see how God is using you to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.