Holy Spirit — Our Strength, our Comfort, our Helper and Guide.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
― Romans 15:13 (NIV)
“Holy Spirit…Our Strength…”
By the power and strength of the Holy Spirit working in and through us, we become new creatures (2 Cor 5:17)—a new kind of person—in Christ, We can overflow with hope as we walk through life with the Holy Spirit as our:
Who doesn’t need a little comfort and encouragement once in a while?
In Scripture, the Holy Spirit is parakletos – helper, comforter, and the one called to be by one’s side. The God of all compassion and comfort (2 Cor 1:3-4) has sent this parakletos to us (Jn 14:26), to set us free (2 Cor 3:17) and fill our hearts with God’s perfect love (Rom 5:5) as we move through this life facing difficulties of many kinds.
Hey, can I get a little help over here?
The parakletos – also meaning advocate – has been sent to us from the Father by Christ (Jn 15:26) to help us in our weakness and intercede for us when we don’t know what to do or say (Rom 8:26-27), to give us the power and boldness we need to be faithful witnesses of Christ in word and deed (Ac 1:8), and to be by our side forever, helping us to know and understand truth (Jn 14:15-17)
I don’t know where I am or where I’m going. Anybody got a map?
The Holy Spirit is given as our teacher and guide, making known to us all that Christ has revealed (Jn 16:13). The Spirit of God, sent by the Heavenly Father teach us from the Scriptures, the written word of God – rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16) – while also reminding us of all that we have seen, heard, and witnessed from the Living Word of God, Jesus Christ.
The power of the Holy Spirit, working in us as comforter, helper, and guide, transforms us into powerful witnesses to God’s love and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Ac 1:8), taking us to places we might never have dreamed of going and overflowing with an unrelenting, optimistic hope that comes only by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom 15:13).
So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”
― Romans 8:15 (NLT)