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Benefits of Having the Holy Spirit

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By Charles Stanley, Christian Post Contributor
May 19, 2013|10:54 am

John 16:5-22

The disciples were blessed to be in Jesus' inner circle-can you imagine the countless benefits they enjoyed from listening to His teaching and watching Him do supernatural wonders? Perhaps you've wished you, too, could have lived in those days and walked the dusty roads with Him. From our present perspective, we can't conceive of anything greater than seeing Jesus in person.

Since that's exactly how the disciples felt, we can understand why they were saddened when He announced that He was returning to His Father in heaven. But He promised to send them a Helper-and even said that it was to their advantage that He was leaving so the Spirit could come. Today, we live in the era of the indwelling Holy Spirit, but do we really understand the advantages we have because of His presence in our lives?

Although we can't see Jesus face to face, we can have an even more intimate relationship with Him because we carry His Holy Spirit within our bodies. One of the Spirit's tasks is to disclose the things of Jesus. If we need wisdom and insight, He's ready to provide it whenever we read God's Word. He's also the one who unleashes power in our lives-the same divine power Christ used to accomplish His Father's will.

Despite such wonderful advantages, many believers never sense the Spirit's presence or access the insight and power available to them. Is God's Holy Spirit your intimate companion, guide, and helper, or is He merely some vague Christian concept? Don't neglect this treasure-understand that almighty God lives within you!

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