Daily Devotionals

Forgotten War: Week 3 - Saturday

When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on His own but will tell you what He has heard. He will tell you about the future. John 16:13

Every morning when I drop my daughter off at her school, I pray for her. Abby is now 12 years old and goes to middle school. I know that she is up against so many different pressures from the other students. It's not just the other kids that she is up against, but it is also some of the teachers. They believe differently from the way we are raising our daughter, and have different values that they are actively contending for in our city. For that reason, before she jumps out of my car, I hold Abby's hand, and I pray that God would give her the strength to see through the lies and deception. I pray that God would help her to be different from the other kids, and for her to not to compromise her faith. Then I drive away trusting that God is going to help my daughter.

In the same way, the night before Jesus died on the cross, He knew what the disciples would be up against. He knew that He was sending them out into a world that was filled with lies from the evil one. It was that night that He also gave them the promise that they wouldn't have to go into this world alone. Jesus gave His followers the promise of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit's role is to reveal the truth to God's children. In the sea of deception that is all around us, the Spirit leads us through the darkness into the light. It could be when we hear something that might not be true, or we have a thought that is directly contradicted in the Bible, that we become aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit and His power to make us really uncomfortable. It may be that He helps remind you of a verse in the Bible that stands directly against the lie you have just heard. It might also be that the Spirit brings to mind something that you learned in church over the weekend, gently leading you back to the truth. The Spirit stands with us in all the darkness and illuminates the truth.

It becomes really important for us to lean on the Holy Spirit daily to guide us in the truth. When we do this, we fit the "Belt of Truth" firmly in place. It could be in the morning when we pray that we ask God to make us sensitive to where the Spirit leads. It might be before you walk into a meeting, classroom, or lunchroom with non-believers that you ask God to prepare you with the Spirit of Truth. Today, lean on the power of the Holy Spirit to guide you into the truth.

Moving Toward Action

Make it a point to pray for God to lead you into the truth. Take some time to write out a prayer to the Lord asking for His strength to see through the lies of the evil one. When you are done with your prayer, make sure that you make time for church this weekend. Every weekend, we have the opportunity to be led by the Holy Spirit into the truth. God works and moves as we come together for corporate worship! Come be encouraged and challenged in your faith! See you this weekend!

Going Deeper

Read John 16:5-15 (NLT)

“But now I am going away to the one who sent me, and not one of you is asking where I am going. Instead, you grieve because of what I’ve told you. But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more. Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged.

“There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by telling you whatever he receives from me. All that belongs to the Father is mine; this is why I said, ‘The Spirit will tell you whatever he receives from me.’