Never Alone – Letters in Red

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Matthew 28:20b
And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

Before I was a full-time mom, I worked as a nurse. When I first began my job, I quickly discovered that no school can teach you everything you need to know before entering the real world of bedside nursing. Much of it is learned on the job—how to think critically, how to help patients and families through bad news, how to deal with difficult and violent people, and how to thicken your skin against harsh words from stressed-out physicians. Lucky for me, I had an amazing mentor during my orientation. She was by my side for almost everything. She was both a cushion to fall back on and someone who pushed me to grow and learn by doing challenging things.

The Holy Spirit is a bit like a good orienter/trainer. He gives us the words we’re lacking, helps us function when we’re too freaked out to act, helps us understand what we’re being taught, and is a constant comrade, guiding and supporting us. When Jesus ascended into heaven, he didn’t leave his followers empty-handed. The disciples made it through their “orientation period,” but Jesus gifted them, and us, with the Holy Spirit in his stead as a constant companion. You are not alone.

John 14:15-17a
15 “If you love me, obey my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth.”

So how do we experience his presence? First, you need to know God in his fullness. That is, God the Father (provider), God the Son (personal), and God the Holy Spirit (presence). Next, you need to understand the Holy Spirit’s role as your comforter, guide, and advocate. He will never leave you. Last, you need to fill yourself with the Holy Spirit. As Lead Pastor Ben Snyder said in his weekend message, “allow the Holy Spirit to soak you.” Give him access to all of your heart, because through his Holy Spirit, God is always with you. You’ll have his promptings, his guidance, his teachings, and his words. Call on the Holy Spirit, welcome him into your life, and you will have   the presence of God with you at all times.

Matthew 28:19-20 NIV
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Questions:
What is your experience with the Holy Spirit? Are you very close and in tune with his guidance, or are you hesitant and maybe a little skeptical? If you’re skeptical, what would it take for you to open yourself up a bit more to the Holy Spirit?

Next Steps:
When I read the letters in red (Jesus’ words in the Bible), I not only look to understand the lesson he is teaching but also seek to understand Jesus’ heart and who he is. Next time you’re reading the red words, ask yourself: “What does this tell me about Jesus?” “How does he think?” “How does he teach?” “How does he show love to others?” “Why is he talking to this person this way?” This will train you to better know Jesus’ voice and recognize when the Holy Spirit is speaking into your life.

Prayer:
Dear God, you are so complex. It is so hard for me to fully understand you in your fullness. As I try to understand, help me to open my heart to your Holy Spirit so that I will have your guidance all day, every day. Sometimes the world can make me feel isolated, especially during difficult times, but I know you are always with me. Thank you for never abandoning me. Help me to remember that I am never alone.  Amen.


This post was written by Ashlee Grosjean. Ashlee is a blogger at GratefulSheep.com and a stay-at-home mom and wife. She loves writing for this team, and she hopes to help convey God’s message through this study.


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