Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "The King Of Love My Shepherd Is"1 (Lyrics)
I've recently started using a walker in the house. It helps my balance when I am moving around. It also proves to be very useful if I need to carry something from one place to another. I just load it up and I'm on my way. The seat comes in handy at times, as well. If I need to rest for a few minutes, I can sit down. What a great helper!
A walker is described as a walking aid that a patient may be issued in order to improve their walking pattern, balance, or safety. A walker is a helpful device that gives support to maintain balance or stability while walking.
This morning, as I was doing one of my morning devotions, which included a video, I found myself up and dancing around in time with the upbeat, uplifting song with the help of my walker. It felt really good to be able to dance — something that I haven't done in quite some time, and something that I would never attempt to do without the help of my walker.
Likewise, as Christians, we have a Helper — the Holy Spirit. There are many things that we cannot do on our own, but with the help of the Holy Spirit we can. The Holy Spirit strengthens us when we are weak, convicts us of our sins, leads us to repent of those sins, helps us to understand God's Word, helps us to pray when we don't have the right words, and empowers us to become more and more like Jesus.
Various versions of John 14:26 describe the Holy Spirit as Counsellor, Comforter, or Helper, Who will teach us all things. In John 16:13, Jesus promised us that "the Spirit of truth … will guide you into all truth." (NIV)
Ephesians 1:13 – And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit. (NIV)
Acts 2:38 – Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (NIV)
Acts 15:8 – God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. (NIV)
Just as there are many things that I can do only with the help of my walker, only by the power of the Holy Spirit are we able to fully live the Christian life. Just as it felt good when I was dancing around with the help of my walker, so it feels good and right when we are living in the power of the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to work in our lives.
Prayer: God of hope, fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in You, so that we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NIV) And may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. (2 Corinthians 13:14 NIV) In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.