The restoration process can be uncomfortable, painful, and inconvenient and yet we must press on until it is complete. We would not leave our physical homes in disarray and just discontinue working on the home. We would be sure to complete the process so our home is welcoming to visitors and pleasing to look at for passers-by. We must treat the restoration process in our lives the same way. Restoring a home is not a task we undertake on our own, either. We would hire a contractor and a crew or we would enlist the help of family and friends. Restoring our hearts and lives to a right relationship with Christ is no different. We cannot go through the process without help. God made certain we would have a Helper and a Comforter after His Son ascended into Heaven. In John 16 Jesus was warning the disciples of His departure from the earth. He also told them in verse 7:
7 - "Nevertheless I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Hiim to you."
There was no need for a Helper while Jesus still walked and taught and ate and fellowshipped with the disciples, but Jesus knew they would need someone after He left them. The Helper, the Holy Spirit, would not only be a Helper to them in times of trouble, but a Comforter during painful and difficult times; stressful and anxious times. He would also continue teaching the disciples and provide a sense of right and wrong; righteousness and judgement. (verses 8-11). The Holy Spirit was also sent to guide us through all things and to declare the things of the Lord to us.
13 - "However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever he hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
14 - "He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.
15 - "All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you."
Holy Spirit will help us by giving us ALL truth from Jesus Christ. He will take what belongs to Jesus and declare it to us. When I think of declaration, I don't think of someone coming and whispering in my ears to tell me a secret. I think of the trumpeter who blew his horn to announce the arrival of the King. A king's subjects knew He was close when the trumpeteer blew his horn. A trumpeter would blow his horn before a kingdom decree was read to the people usually followed by "Hear Ye, Hear Ye!!"
Sometimes we sit and wait and hear the still, small voice of the Lord in our quiet time with Him. We fellowship with Him, we pray to Him, and He answers us and we form a relationship with Him. BUT........have you ever been reading the Word and had an "Aha!" moment? Or all of sudden understand something that has been eluding you? THAT is the declaration of the Holy Spirit to us of the things of Jesus and of the Father!
Once that truth and revelation has burrowed inside your heart you never forget...it is written on the tablets of our hearts.
For more information on the Holy Spirit, visit Lifestream Teaching Ministries and view their teaching resources. I have put a couple of quick links below to some Holy Spirit teachings. I pray you will enjoy them.
The Promise of the Father - This is a full article about the Holy Spirit, His promise, His coming, His purpose, His gifts, and includes a question and answer section at the end.
The Holy Spirit Study Guide - This is a study guide listing the scriptures that deal with the Holy Spirit with commentary/explanation beside them.