The Promise of the Holy Spirit

But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.

John 16:7 (NIV)

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Today’s Devotional

In John 16:7, Jesus reveals an incredible promise to His disciples: the coming of the Advocate, also known as the Holy Spirit. Though His departure might have initially been a cause for distress among the disciples, Jesus assures them that His leaving is to their advantage, as it will usher in the coming of the Holy Spirit.
The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives is indeed a profound blessing. As our Comforter, Guide, and Teacher, the Holy Spirit empowers us, guides us into all truth, and reminds us of all that Jesus has taught us. Despite the physical absence of Jesus, we are not left alone or helpless. Through the Holy Spirit, God Himself dwells in us, offering guidance, comfort, and strength in all circumstances.

Time to reflect

Reflecting on John 16:7, consider these applications in your life:
  • Seek to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit, submitting to His leading in your life.
  • Cultivate an awareness of the Holy Spirit’s presence in your daily life, recognizing His guidance and empowerment.
  • Take comfort in the knowledge that you are not alone, regardless of your circumstances.
  • Listen to the Holy Spirit’s promptings and be willing to obey His leading.

Prayer Of The Day

Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit. We are grateful that even though Jesus is not physically with us, You have sent us a Helper who guides, comforts, and empowers us. Help us to be sensitive to His leading and to submit to His work in our lives. Teach us to walk in step with the Spirit every day. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Strengthening Faith

To strengthen your faith based on John 16:7, consider these action steps:
  1. Dedicate a time each day to seek God in prayer, asking Him to fill you anew with His Spirit.
  2. Study the role of the Holy Spirit in the Bible to gain a deeper understanding of His work and character.
  3. Reflect on instances in your life where you have experienced the Holy Spirit’s guidance or empowerment.
  4. Share with other believers your experiences with the Holy Spirit, encouraging one another in your faith journeys.

Today Wisdom

The promise of the Holy Spirit in John 16:7 is a beautiful reminder of God’s enduring presence with us. Even though Jesus is not physically present with us, we are not left alone. Through the Holy Spirit, we have God Himself residing within us, offering comfort, guidance, and empowerment. Let’s strive to walk in step with the Spirit every day, embracing His work in our lives.


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