John 16:13

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Swipe Immanuel
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“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”

John 16:13

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The word in Isaiah 9 (our theme verse for this series) that is used for “counselor” is “one who gives aid, advice, or direction.” I think it’s so amazing as we look at this idea of Jesus being our counselor that inevitably there are a few amazing truths that follow. Not only does Jesus, the second person of the triune God, promise to be our counselor, but He also promises to send a counselor (or some translations call Him a “helper”) to guide us (John 14:26, 16:13).

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Through the promise of Jesus, through His Lordship and leadership, we are promised that we never have to try to figure this life out on our own. Through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ, we are washed clean- we are made holy. Now existing in that holy state, we are fit to receive the Holy Spirit, the third person of the triune God, to live INSIDE us!

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Let that sink in. God, through the redemption of Jesus, put’s His Spirit inside us- to reside in us, to go with us, to counsel us, to teach us, and to remind us. He becomes a literal deposit of God inside our souls, refining us and leading us. Corinthians tells us that we become a temple of the Holy Spirit where He abides permanently and seals us for all eternity.

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And the Holy Spirit acts as the direct connection we need between God and man. In John 14 we are told that He is our “helper”. But that word can also mean “advocate” or “counselor”. He advocates for God in our lives, teaching us the truths of God and helping us to see. He counsels us on how to move forward in the truth of God and in the redemption of Christ. And as today’s verse tells us, He literally speaks the words of God directly to us! He is not independent of the Father or the Son. In perfect unity with the other persons of the Godhead, He speaks the very truths of God directly into our souls! Just wow!

MIR Immanuel
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God knew that we would need more than an amazing story to live by. We literally could not walk out our faith without His guiding hand in our lives. We need the constant love, truth, and wisdom from God and that can’t happen on our own. So, He sent His own Spirit to be our guide. He literally placed a piece of Himself inside each of us!

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I don’t know about you, but to me, that is so humbling and awe-inspiring. To fully grasp that the God of the universe chose to take up residence inside me is beyond words. And why? Because He loves us that much! Because He wasn’t willing to leave us empty-handed or without what we needed. Because He wants the best for us and knew that without a supernatural indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we would never get there on our own.

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Sometimes I feel like I am fumbling along in life, grasping for the next right step and often questioning if the steps I took to this point were good ones. It is so easy to fall into doubt and fear as we seek to tread through the ups and downs of life. But that isn’t what God wants for us. As we learn to tune into the voice of the Holy Spirit inside us, we learn to better hear from God and His will and guidance better directs our steps- free from fear and bathed in the confidence of God.

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My son and I were talking about this just today. He was saying that sometimes he has trouble hearing from God. I reminded him of the story of Elijah on the mountain top in 1 Kings 19. There was a great wind, earthquake, and fire. But God was not in these things. Instead, He was in a still small voice. I think so often we struggle to hear God because we and the world around us are so loud. We struggle to know what to do or to be guided by the Holy Spirit because we have not taught our hearts to listen for that still small voice resonating deep in our souls.

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But I promise, friend, if you have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, that voice is there. And if we listen well, we will hear Him. Sometimes He speaks in words, sometimes in an understanding that didn’t originate with us. Sometimes it is a stirring in our souls that we cannot shake. And sometime still He chooses to speak through others in a way that hits deeper than just our minds but resonates down to the depths of our souls!

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If we are faithful to turn our hearts to Him and listen for His guidance, He has promised to be our guide and our counselor. He has promised to carry us through, teaching us where to step, and leading us on our way. It takes surrender and it takes quietness.

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In what areas of your life do you need to cut out the “noise” and get quiet before the Lord? Is there an area where you find yourself listening to the voice of others or of yourself more than the voice of God? This week, take some time to pray about any areas in your life where you feel you need to learn quietness before God. Seek wise counsel from other believers, ask for accountability, and lean into the stillness of God. Love you, ACF!

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Holy Spirit, You are welcome here. Take up all the space in my heart and mind. Speak and teach me to listen well. I trust You and I trust Your words. I pray You would guide me and show me Your will for my life. Even when I don’t understand, give me the wisdom and the strength to follow You forever. Thank You for not abandoning me. Thank You for living not just around me, but IN me! Thank You for talking to me. It is more than I can fully comprehend. You are amazing and I give You praise.

In the name of Jesus,

Amen

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“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” 

John 16:13

Behind the Scenes

The word in Isaiah 9 (our theme verse for this series) that is used for “counselor” is “one who gives aid, advice, or direction.” I think it’s so amazing as we look at this idea of Jesus being our counselor that inevitably there are a few amazing truths that follow. Not only does Jesus, the second person of the triune God, promise to be our counselor, but He also promises to send a counselor (or some translations call Him a “helper”) to guide us (John 14:26, 16:13).  

Through the promise of Jesus, through His Lordship and leadership, we are promised that we never have to try to figure this life out on our own. Through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ, we are washed clean- we are made holy. Now existing in that holy state, we are fit to receive the Holy Spirit, the third person of the triune God, to live INSIDE us!  

Let that sink in. God, through the redemption of Jesus, put’s His Spirit inside us- to reside in us, to go with us, to counsel us, to teach us, and to remind us. He becomes a literal deposit of God inside our souls, refining us and leading us. Corinthians tells us that we become a temple of the Holy Spirit where He abides permanently and seals us for all eternity.  

And the Holy Spirit acts as the direct connection we need between God and man. In John 14 we are told that He is our “helper”. But that word can also mean “advocate” or “counselor”. He advocates for God in our lives, teaching us the truths of God and helping us to see. He counsels us on how to move forward in the truth of God and in the redemption of Christ. And as today’s verse tells us, He literally speaks the words of God directly to us! He is not independent of the Father or the Son. In perfect unity with the other persons of the Godhead, He speaks the very truths of God directly into our souls! Just wow! 

Make It Real

God knew that we would need more than an amazing story to live by. We literally could not walk out our faith without His guiding hand in our lives. We need the constant love, truth, and wisdom from God and that can’t happen on our own. So, He sent His own Spirit to be our guide. He literally placed a piece of Himself inside each of us!  

I don’t know about you, but to me, that is so humbling and awe-inspiring. To fully grasp that the God of the universe chose to take up residence inside me is beyond words. And why? Because He loves us that much! Because He wasn’t willing to leave us empty-handed or without what we needed. Because He wants the best for us and knew that without a supernatural indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we would never get there on our own.  

Sometimes I feel like I am fumbling along in life, grasping for the next right step and often questioning if the steps I took to this point were good ones. It is so easy to fall into doubt and fear as we seek to tread through the ups and downs of life. But that isn’t what God wants for us. As we learn to tune into the voice of the Holy Spirit inside us, we learn to better hear from God and His will and guidance better directs our steps- free from fear and bathed in the confidence of God.  

My son and I were talking about this just today. He was saying that sometimes he has trouble hearing from God. I reminded him of the story of Elijah on the mountain top in 1 Kings 19. There was a great wind, earthquake, and fire. But God was not in these things. Instead, He was in a still small voice. I think so often we struggle to hear God because we and the world around us are so loud. We struggle to know what to do or to be guided by the Holy Spirit because we have not taught our hearts to listen for that still small voice resonating deep in our souls.  

But I promise, friend, if you have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, that voice is there. And if we listen well, we will hear Him. Sometimes He speaks in words, sometimes in an understanding that didn’t originate with us. Sometimes it is a stirring in our souls that we cannot shake. And sometime still He chooses to speak through others in a way that hits deeper than just our minds but resonates down to the depths of our souls!  

If we are faithful to turn our hearts to Him and listen for His guidance, He has promised to be our guide and our counselor. He has promised to carry us through, teaching us where to step, and leading us on our way. It takes surrender and it takes quietness.  

In what areas of your life do you need to cut out the “noise” and get quiet before the Lord? Is there an area where you find yourself listening to the voice of others or of yourself more than the voice of God? This week, take some time to pray about any areas in your life where you feel you need to learn quietness before God. Seek wise counsel from other believers, ask for accountability, and lean into the stillness of God. Love you, ACF! 

Crystal Garnett

Crystal Garnett

ACF Digital Discipleship Director and Church Planter

End in Prayer

Holy Spirit, You are welcome here. Take up all the space in my heart and mind. Speak and teach me to listen well. I trust You and I trust Your words. I pray You would guide me and show me Your will for my life. Even when I don’t understand, give me the wisdom and the strength to follow You forever. Thank You for not abandoning me. Thank You for living not just around me, but IN me! Thank You for talking to me. It is more than I can fully comprehend. You are amazing and I give You praise. 

In the name of Jesus,  

Amen

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