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The Helper

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever — the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you (John 14:16-18). Jesus told the disciples that he would send a helper in His place when He left them and went back to heaven. He told them that it would be to their advantage for Him to leave. At the time, I’m sure they could not grasp how it would be better for Him to leave. When Jesus said He would give them another helper, the Greek text actually reads another helper of the same kind. When He left, Jesus was not sending someone different to their aid. He said that someone exactly like Him would benefit their lives. What Jesus was to the disciples, this helper would be to them and to us! The disciples walked with Jesus for three and a half years. During that time, He met their every need. If they needed food to feed the multitudes, He simply multiplied the small amount given by the boy’s lunch and fed thousands! If they needed finances, He told them where to go to get the needed money. The disciples would sit for hours as Jesus sat and taught the Word and opened their understanding to the scriptures. They watched in wonder as He raised the dead boy in a funeral procession to the astonishment and joy of the boy’s mother. They looked on as He healed blinded eyes, opened deaf ears, caused the lame to walk, and cleansed the leper. Now He was telling them His leaving would be better! How? He could only be at one place at one time while with them. If they needed help, they had to go find Him, or wait until He arrived and then He would minister healing, or answer a question from scripture, or solve a problem. When He left, this other helper of the same kind would be everything to them that Jesus was while He was with them! The difference is that now we don’t have to wait for Him to arrive. He is in every one of us at all times! He never takes a break! Everything Jesus did for the disciples, the Holy Spirit does for us! He is the Spirit of Christ. If we need wisdom, He imparts it to our inner man. If we need provision, He supplies as we exercise our faith. His healing power is available to flow through each one of us every day at any time! He is ready with His Jesus ability to supply whatever we need. All we need to do is to walk by faith, be doers of the Word, and trust this Helper to come though for us in every challenge that life brings! Don’t do it own your own anymore. Allow the Helper to quicken you today just as Jesus did the disciples while He as with them. Having the Holy Spirit in you is just like having Jesus as you personal life partner today. You can’t fail if you let Him be the Helper!

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