Bible Society of South Africa
Carina Francke

Your 24/7 Companion – Day 4

Your 24/7 Companion

Bible text(s)

16I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, who will stay with you for ever.

John 14:16GNBOpen in Bible reader

18“When I go, you will not be left all alone; I will come back to you.

John 14:18GNBOpen in Bible reader

2Suddenly there was a noise from the sky which sounded like a strong wind blowing, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. 4They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to talk in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them to speak.

5There were Jews living in Jerusalem, religious people who had come from every country in the world. 6When they heard this noise, a large crowd gathered. They were all excited, because each one of them heard the believers speaking in his or her own language. 7In amazement and wonder they exclaimed, “These people who are talking like this are Galileans! 8How is it, then, that all of us hear them speaking in our own native languages?

Acts 2:2-8GNBOpen in Bible reader

22and the Holy Spirit came down upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my own dear Son. I am pleased with you.”

Christians celebrate Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension, but his involvement in our lives does not stop there. His promise to his disciples, I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (verse 18) becomes clearer in his words, And I will pray to the Father and He will give you another Helper/Counsellor (the Holy Spirit) that He may abide with you forever.” This promise is also applicable to all believers. Can you believe it? We have a 24/7 companion in the person of the Holy Spirit!

We celebrate Pentecost annually – the event shortly after Jesus’ ascension when the Holy Spirit was poured out on a few praying and waiting followers of Jesus. On that day, a sound of a rushing mighty wind filled the house, and they saw tongues of fire that spread out and sat upon each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit enabled them (Acts 2:2-8). These were languages they did not know themselves, although the crowd present could understand them! This was the promised gift of God empowering them!

In the past few days, we looked into a few things that the Holy Spirit does in our lives. The immense magnitude, power and blessing of the Holy Spirit in every believer’s life is not merely a historical event restricted to a certain age, but is a promise “to you and to your children and to all who are afar off …” (Acts 2:39).

Jesus is the example of how the Holy Spirit is involved in our lives 24/7, by being in, with and upon us. The Holy Spirit procreated Jesus and the Spirit in him produced the fruit of good character. In Luke 3:22 and 4:18, we read that the Spirit came upon him to produce a ministry of power.

Our spirits were also called into being or made alive by the Holy Spirit at our rebirth. He also makes it possible for us to bear good and permanent fruit, because he now lives in us. It is he who enables us to bear this fruit but only if we abide in him (John 15:5-6). Furthermore, we are dependent on the empowerment of the Holy Spirit to witness effectively to people that Jesus’ death and resurrection saves man.

May the fullness of the Holy Spirit be a reality to you in your life. He is, after all, the third person in the Godhead who came to make home in and with you.

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