The Helper

dove-308571_640John 14:26: 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.

There are different things the Holy Spirit helps us with. A major help he gives is in prayer. Paul wrote that the Holy Spirit helps our infirmity (Romans 8:26-28), which he said an example is not knowing how to pray as we ought. Therefore, the Holy Spirit he helps us with the right utterance, with groaning, with mutterings, he is able to pray in us in full cognizance of the word and will of God all the time, using the heavenly language, as we actively cooperate with him to speak it.

The Holy Spirit infuses us with power in the place of prayer, with vision and passion, purpose in the place of prayer.

He is the Spirit of prayer (Zechariah 12:10); that is why the common way he manifests in the individual who experiences his baptism is as tongues, with which we pray.

Paul, referring to speaking in tongues, said that he prays with his spirit (1Corinthians 14:2, 4, 14-18). Jude said we should pray in the Holy Spirit (Jude 1:20).  There is no better prayer than speaking in tongues.

Through that we can spend more time in prayer. With less mental energy (thinking of what to say) expended we get more done, able to spend more time praying. Paul said that when we speak in tongues we speak mysteries in the spirit, and we speak to God not to man. He also said that when we speak in tongues it can be an expression of thanksgiving. So speaker in tongues is versatile, we can even sing with our spirits, adding melody to the tongues.

Prayer is that big assignment of a Christian. It adds to our relevance in the realm of the spirit. James wrote that the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous, get things done, i.e. is spiritually effective, fervent prayer makes us spiritually effective (James 5:15-18).

The Holy Spirit inspires us to pray. The disciples told Jesus: teach us to pray as John taught his disciples (Luke 11:1).  Now Jesus is not here, and it is the role of the Holy Spirit to teach us to pray, to tell us what to pray about, to lead us into deeper levels of prayer, as we get immersed in him, the Spirit of prayer.

He empowers us to go on and on in the place of pray. He establishes the love of God in our hearts (Romans 5:5) so that we always find ourselves drawn away from the hustle and bustle of the world to the privacy of prayer, spending time with an invincible God, who are more real to us through the Holy Spirit than the breathe that we take, connecting us in the realm of the Spirit, with heaven, with angelic presence, with the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). Without the Holy Spirit we would not be able to connect with God, (and without the sacrifice of Jesus, it will not be possible to connect with God).

Prayer is beyond what we say. It is an avenue to be changed, to come to the throne of grace so that we can obtain mercy and find grace to help in times of need. It is a place to get divinely enabled. We need help. And it does not matter which dimension, prayer is vital in accessing it.

The Holy Spirit also helps us with our emotional issues, helping us to reconnect with the divine perspective, to see things from God’s point of view which is a correct perspective, the perspective of love, peace, joy. There are nine fruit(s) of the Holy Spirit, all relating to the three dimensions of the right perspectives (Galatians 5:16-26).

Right perspective of God

Love

We need to see God as the God of love (1John 4:8), and respond to him as such. It is when we have fully receive his love that we are free to touch others with the same. He is the source of true love, and inspires us in the same way.

Joy

The bible says there is joy in heaven. And Jesus said that we should rejoice because our name is written in heaven (Luke 10:20). James wrote that we should count it all joy when we fall into divers trials (James 1:2-3). And in the book of Nehemiah we read that the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). We are joyful because we know God is always for us.

Peace

Our connection with the divine presence is marked by God’s peace. Because of Jesus we have peace with God that subsists even in the storm of the earth (Romans 5:1).

(Love, joy and peace shows we are seeing God correctly, receiving and walking in his love, which sets the tone for the remaining eight mentioned fruits of the Holy Spirit.)

Right perceptive of others

Patience

In relationship with others we need patience. People may be difficult, but being patient with them which is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, keeps us from overreacting, helping us to give them time to be better.

Kindness

Kindness is the ability to offer an helping hand, to give counsel. You cannot counsel others without being kind, you cannot give your time, or lend a listening ear without kindness. Kindness is the opposite of selfishness. It manifests as compassion, the ability to empathise, to mentally step into the shoes of others, feeling where it pinches.

Goodness

Goodness is about expressing material support. Giving up your goods to bless others. When you see your brother hungry and you have stuffs, it is not enough to be kind, you have to be good, and share your goods (1John 3:17).

Right perception from others (right self-perception)

Faithfulness

This is the ability to stick to a schedule, to express commitment to a cause. It is the ability to be consistent, to be unshifting. It is keeping to your word. The bible asked: Who can ascend to the high hills of God? Answer: the person who is truthful (Psalm 15). Truthfulness is a component of faithfulness.

Gentleness

Of Jesus it was said that a bruised reed he will not break, not quench a smoking flax (Matthew 12:18-21). He is gentle with the weak. To be gentle is to be harmless, not even with your words. Gentleness is about the impression you have on others. Gentleness does not equate to not being firm. You can be gently firm.

Self-control

Self-control has to do with the ability to restrain yourself from doing the wrong thing, going to the wrong place, saying the wrong words, it even has to do with what you take in bodily and mentally.

So if you want to stop smoking, just tell the Holy Spirit: “be the self-control in me,” and before long, you will walk away from cigarettes easily, ditto for every other bad health-destroying habits.

Even for thinking the wrong thoughts, the Holy Spirit can be the self-control in you against it (Philippians 4:8). Paul said that he puts his body under, so that after he has preached to others, his bodily desires do not become his undoing (1Corinthians 9:27). Self-control tells you that because your body wants it does not mean it should have it. And you cannot fast unless you have some measure of self-control. It also has to do with how you react.

The Holy Spirit is our helper in all these areas and many more.  When it comes to relationship with God, we have peace, joy and love; when it comes to relationship with others we have kindness, goodness and patience; and when it comes to personal character, we have self-control, faithfulness, and gentleness, having to do with how people perceive you. These things flow into each but they all have their source in the Holy Spirit in us.

The fruits of the Holy Spirit is about the Holy Spirit being love, peace, joy, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, patience and self-control in you. That is an empowered life, free from trying, but living in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, under his full influence, giving no space for the sinful flesh!

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