Written by: Tim Wood

In John 14:26 Jesus said this about the Holy Spirit, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” According to Jesus, the Holy Spirit has two functions: 1) He teaches you all things.  2) He reminds you to do it every day.  The Holy Spirit teaches us how to walk with God. We need this teaching because we live in the flesh. And we need to be reminded that God is with us every day.

For example, children are taught their ABC’s so they can read and write. But they have to be reminded of their ABC’s so they can master them. Children have to be taught to walk and falling down hundreds of times is part of that learning. A good parent would never say to their child, “Forget it, you’re never going to learn to walk.” No. A good parent teaches and reminds their child that they can do it. The parent keeps reminding them unti they learn.

Similarly, the Holy Spirit will remind you that God is with you. The Holy Spirit will encourage you to keep going, to not give up. The Holy Spirit will teach you and remind you of the Words of Jesus. Words that include, you’re forgiven. You’re loved. You’re favored by grace. You’re bought with a price. You belong.

Galatians 5:16 tells us to “walk by the Spirit.” That means I trust the Holy Spirit over anything else. I trust the Holy Spirit over my own thinking or circumstances. We can start every day by praying, “Holy Spirit, teach me to live by the words of Jesus today.”  AMEN!