When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come. John 16:13-14
These verses are about the Holy Spirit and His work in our lives. The Holy Spirit is God. He indwells believers and purifies us. He is the Spirit of truth and will guide us into truth. Remember when Jesus said that He is “the way, the truth, and the life” in John 14:6? The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus (Romans 8:9) is the One who captures us with Jesus’ truths.
In speaking with people that come from perspectives that are far away from what the Bible teaches, I am comforted by these words. As these people begin to read the Bible with interest, trying to sort out their cultural belief system against a Biblical viewpoint, I trust that the Spirit of truth will guide them as they seek God. He will tell them what to keep in their belief systems and what to get rid of. I have seen it in action.
I have confidence in the work of the Holy Spirit in my life and in the life of those I attempt to influence for the sake of the Gospel. The Holy Spirit is the one draws people to Jesus, if it be God’s will. The Holy Spirit will speak through the words of the Bible that are shared with people, doing a work that I cannot do. This takes faith. I see people trying to get outward signs of the work of the Spirit, whether it be calling out for visions or emotional outpourings. My confidence is in God working on the inside. That means I don’t get the validation now, which means standing in faith that one day I will know.
I put confidence in the work of the Holy Spirit rather than putting confidence in my words, my winsome personality (or lack of), or my means of persuasion. Because of this, prayer is a huge deal. I pray that God will work to illuminate truth, to convict people of sin, and to draw people to Himself. Unless the Spirit is at work in an individual, the Bible and things of God will be foolishness.
The Holy Spirit leads and guides us in a multitude of ways–ones that we can see and ones that we can’t. He convicts us of sin, brings counsel and comfort and even helps us pray when we come to God. According to Romans 8:26 He intercedes for us when we pray, according to the will of God. So if we’re off the mark in what we’re asking, He brings our need to God on our behalf to bring about what God’s best is for us.
“To set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6 Embrace the work of the Holy Spirit in your life.