Roles of the Holy Spirit 6: Guide

Roles of the Holy Spirit 6:

Guide

Signpost at John O'Groats, Scotland against a clear blue sky.

The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. — Mark1:12 ESVUK

And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say. — Luke 12:11–12

For a Christian, it’s not quite true that “telling the story” is “enough”. It’s not enough unless the Spirit actualises the underlying reality of that story in our hearts.

There are a number of ways that we are guided, from the Bible, words from another Christian, or even from a none Christian, through our own reasoning or common sense, but none of it does us any good without the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit makes it all real, often by inspiring you to do something practical.

We have to remember that guidance by the Holy Spirit is not just a matter of “me and Jesus.” The Holy Spirit was poured out on the Church, and although we receive the Holy Spirit individually, and the Spirit gives gifts to individual Christians the gifts are for the building up of the church.

My life as a Christian has been because of many, many other Christians who have spoken to me directly, through sermons, through books, video and online. Real flesh and blood human beings who were moved by the Holy Spirit to pass on the things of God. These, in turn, had other Christians who helped them to become Christians and grow in the Christian life, and they had their teachers, and so it goes back in time, generation after generation of people led by God’s Holy Spirit, right bach to those who were witnesses to the resurrection. There is a great tradition of people guided by the Spirit.

Nothing happens in the Church without the Spirit’s guidance. That is why we are told to walk by the Spirit, who knows, the next person to be used by the Holy Spirit could be you. Listen for the Holy Spirit’s prompting, it could be that gut feeling that urges you on, or that Bible verse that has been in the back of your mind for days, or that Christian song or hymn that has become an earworm. Listen for the Holy Spirit to give reality to what is in your mind.


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