What Does The Holy Spirit Do?
Posted by: Stephanie Smith
Focus Verse: 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. John 14:26
I looked upon the styles of church camp counselors while I was serving at Camp 207 this summer. I noticed that a great counselor has a beautiful blend of authority and partnership with their campers – leading not with an attitude of dictatorship, but that of discipleship. They instruct their campers with wisdom and compassion – never shying away from breathing a life-giving word, but doing so with love, never shame. A great counselor is overflowing with sensitivity, patience, and kindness – encouraging their charges into a deeper understanding and intimacy with Christ. With great counselors at the helm, the myriad of personalities within the cabin come to unity and bring delight to the whole camp. A good cabin counselor is what every camper needs – they offer comfort, guidance, and love that fosters growth. Oh, I hope you see what I see. A great cabin counselor looks a lot like THE Counselor of our very lives, the Holy Spirit!
The Spirit disciples: The Spirit is fully committed to and engaged in the life of all believers. He lives inside of us; persistently guiding us, instructing us, and leading us into a deeper understanding and intimacy with the Godhead. He is active in the giving of gifts and empowers us to use his gifts for the betterment of the Kingdom. He is busy at the work of making disciples of us, who can then go on to make disciples of others. “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 12:7
The Spirit instructs: The Spirit reveals God’s best to us through our times of prayer and our study of scripture. He speaks words of truth and grace to us as we bring our thoughts to him. He declares both God’s promises and commands to us. He opens our eyes to our paths of sin and points us toward our roads of redemption. “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Spirit encourages: The Spirit is the best of accountability partners! He provides the truth, the desire, and the power to do his will. He prays for us, joins us, and cheers us on as we step out and ultimately grow in our faith. He knows all of our weaknesses, as well as all of our strengths, and balances the tension of both ends of that spectrum to bring glory to God our Father. “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:26-27
We thank you Holy Spirit for breathing life and love into our hearts. We thank you for being the very best of Mentors, the kindest of Teachers, and the strongest of Encouragers. You are indeed a Wonderful Counselor.
Scripture Meditations for this week:
Want to grow more? Check out the additional resources below:
The Holy Spirit, by Sinclair Ferguson
Jesus, Continued, by JD Greear
The Mystery of the Holy Spirit, by RC Sproul