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Holy Spirit: Real Help

‘He restores my soul…’ Psalms 23:3 NKJV

Ever made a mistake, then another, then another, and eventually found yourself in a tougher-than-tough spot that even a stain-remover ad wouldn’t touch? You find yourself asking how you got there in the first place. Probably you missed (or ignored) several warning sirens warning you to keep away. We live in this wonderful age where your phone will highlight any words you’ve spelt incorrectly. What if God had given us something similar, but for moral choices? (but probably not red squiggly underlining temptations in front of your eyes… though that would be pretty useful...) ‘And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgement’ (John 16:8 ESV). Jesus outright tells us that He is sending the Holy Spirit to us, so that we will be able to discern what’s good and healthy and what should be avoided. Oh, so those bad choices we’ve made, they’re not our fault? Nope, those are still on us. But fear not: the Bible’s choc-filled with examples of people making really bad decisions. Like when David slept with another man’s wife and then had him killed. In the end though, David repented because God prompted him to ask for forgiveness. It’s pretty normal to make bad decisions (realistically they’re unavoidable) the important thing to keep in mind is that God has given us the Holy Spirit so that we can have a clear mind about what’s sin and what’s not, and lead us back to Him when we mess it up. What now? Ever made a mistake, then another, then another, and eventually found yourself in a tougher-than-tough spot that even a stain-remover ad wouldn’t touch? You find yourself asking how you got there in the first place. Probably you missed (or ignored) several warning sirens warning you to keep away. We live in this wonderful age where your phone will highlight any words you’ve spelt incorrectly. What if God had given us something similar, but for moral choices? (but probably not red squiggly underlining temptations in front of your eyes… though that would be pretty useful...) ‘And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgement’ (John 16:8 ESV). Jesus outright tells us that He is sending the Holy Spirit to us, so that we will be able to discern what’s good and healthy and what should be avoided. Oh, so those bad choices we’ve made, they’re not our fault? Nope, those are still on us. But fear not: the Bible’s choc-filled with examples of people making really bad decisions. Like when David slept with another man’s wife and then had him killed. In the end though, David repented because God prompted him to ask for forgiveness. It’s pretty normal to make bad decisions (realistically they’re unavoidable) the important thing to keep in mind is that God has given us the Holy Spirit so that we can have a clear mind about what’s sin and what’s not, and lead us back to Him when we mess it up.

 Is 1-2, 2 Cor 11

 

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Alternative daily encouragement from UCB, adapted from the Word For Today.

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