It’s wonderful to know that, as believers in
Christ, we can live in close fellowship with God.
Jesus said in John 16:7 (AMP), “I tell you the
truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for
if I do not go away, the Helper (Comforter,
Advocate, Intercessor — Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you;
but if I go, I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to
you [to be in close fellowship with you].”
When Jesus walked the earth, He could be in
one place at a time and He could be with the
disciples. But the Holy Spirit can be everywhere,
all the time, and He lives IN those who have
accepted Christ as their Savior. Being with Jesus
is good, but having the Holy Spirit in us is even better. We don’t have to go looking for God
because He’s as close as close can get!
See, when we receive Christ and we’re born
again, it literally means that God — through the
power of the Holy Spirit — comes to live inside
us. He makes us new on the inside, and as He
works in us, the fruit of what He’s doing is seen
in the way we live and does some good for the people in the world around us. (See 2
Corinthians 5:17, 21; John 14:17, 26; Acts 1:8;
Who He Is to You
John 16:7 tells us who the Holy Spirit is: Helper,
Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor, Counselor,
Strengthener and Standby. John 14:26 (AMP)
says “He will teach you all things.” The Holy
Spirit is THE Teacher and He guides us into all
Think of this in the standpoint of recovering
from things in the past that have hurt you.
Many people come to God because their life is
messed up and they don’t know what to do to
fix it. They’ve tried everything they know to do
and nothing is working. So finally, in their desperation, they ask for His help.
Thankfully, God wants to help us and heal us
— spirit, soul and body. He wants to bring
restoration to us so we won’t live in a state of
recovery forever. He wants us to be whole in
Christ so we can help someone else. We need
the Holy Spirit to lead us to truth one step at a time, and we need His strength to confront
things that are hard to face so we can get
victory over them.
In my journey with Christ, He’s brought so
much healing and restoration to my soul — my
mind, will and emotions. My father sexually
abused me throughout my childhood. When I
left home at 18, I thought, “That’s over! I’m
putting that problem behind me.” But I took the problem with me because the wounds of
the abuse were still in my soul.
The pain of my past affected my thinking, how
I operated emotionally, all of my relationships,
and even my will. I was rebellious and
stubborn and promised myself no one would
ever hurt me or push me around again.
I was born again at this time but didn’t know
that I could have the power of the Holy Spirit
working in my life. It was years later, after I
started seriously studying the Word of God,
that I realized the Holy Spirit could heal me.
It’s so important to understand that we cannot
do this on our own, but as we lean on the Holy
Spirit for the strength to face our problems, we
can overcome them.
Run to Your Source of Healing, Not from Him
If you have hurts from abuse, disappointments,
an injustice or any other kind of mistreatment,
you will have to face them with the help of the
Holy Spirit to be healed of them. Because
anything you run from has a certain amount of
power over you, and until you face it, every time it raises its ugly head, you have to run
some more. Thank God, you don’t have to do it
As I began my journey to wholeness in Christ, I
had to face some painful things I had been
avoiding and at times, running from. I had to
face the fact that my parents didn’t know how
to love me … that I had been abused … that
there was a lot of pain in my life because of it all … that my dysfunctional behavior was rooted
in the mistreatment I had experienced and I
couldn’t blame it on the people in my life now. I
had to take responsibility for my wrong
attitudes, mind-sets and behavior, and lean on
God for the wisdom and strength to change.
Recovery and restoration of our souls takes
time. One step at a time the Holy Spirit guides us
into truth that sets us free. I want to encourage
you today to trust God’s love for you and that
He wants to help you and heal you. The truth is,
you can’t heal yourself, but you can be completely healed and whole in Christ, because
all things are possible with God!