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The Holy Spirit is your 'helper'



'The Helper...will teach you all things.' John 14:26 NKJV

Jesus said, 'The Helper, the Holy Spirit...will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you' (John 14:26 NKJV).

So the Holy Spirit has these two functions: (1) He teaches you how to walk with God. (2) He reminds you to do it each day. As redeemed children of God, we constantly need to be taught how to walk with him, and to be reminded of the blessings that await us when we do and the trouble we get into when we don't. If you've raised kids, you know the routine. They have to be taught their ABCs so they can read and write; then they have to be reminded until they master it. They have to be taught to walk, and falling down hundreds of times is just part of growing up. The Bible says, 'A righteous man may fall seven times and rise again' (Proverbs 24:16 NKJV). Just as you don't tell your child, 'Forget it, you're never going to learn to walk,' your heavenly Father doesn't give up on you either. Your child had to be taught personal hygiene and cleanliness. Likewise, the Holy Spirit will remind you of the importance of reading God's Word each day. Jesus said, 'You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you' (John 15:3 NKJV). And the psalmist wrote, 'How can a young man [and an older one too] cleanse his way? By taking heed...to your word' (Psalm 119:9 NKJV).

If you're wise, you'll start each day by praying, 'Holy Spirit, teach me what I need to know, and remind me of it throughout this day.'

Soulfood: 2 Chr 35-36, John 13:18-30, Ps 114, Pro 27:20-22

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Know who's guiding you



'Let the Holy Spirit guide your lives.' Galatians 5:16 NLT

Dr Charles Stanley says: 'During a photographic trip my group had been travelling up a trail for almost three hours, and I began to have a funny feeling that we were going in the wrong direction. I asked the guide about it and he assured me everything was fine. Not wanting to be presumptuous, I kept walking. After a few minutes, I noticed that my sense of uneasiness persisted; in fact, it was growing stronger. I pulled out my compass and looked at the map. Sure enough, we were headed away from our intended destination. It took us close to an hour and a half to return to where we'd taken the incorrect turn. Sadly, this meant by the time we got to the site, our window for taking photographs was cut short. The event helped me realise two valuable lessons. First, when we sense an internal witness encouraging us to take a certain course of action, we should listen. Second, when you and I choose people to guide us, we must be certain they know the path ahead better than we do. Have you ever felt something alerting you to pay attention or pulling you in a particular direction? Perhaps you were listening to a sermon and you sensed God telling you to follow him in obedience. Or maybe you walked into a restaurant and were filled with dread, as if you should leave quickly. If you're a believer, most likely these feelings were the promptings of the Holy Spirit speaking to your heart, warning you about danger, and encouraging you to submit to God's purposes.'

Today, let the Holy Spirit guide you.

Soulfood: 2 Chr 32-34, John 13:1-17, Ps 95, Pro 27:17-19

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Finishing strong 4



'Appoint elders [church leaders] in every city.' Titus 1:5 NKJV

The fourth issue you find among church leaders who leave the ministry is this: they teach others how to build strong families without necessarily knowing how to build one themselves. Or they're not willing to pay the price to do it and eventually it becomes a problem.

The greatest sermon you'll ever preach is at home! Church leaders' wives can slip into despair and depression because they feel like the ministry robs them of all their husband's time and attention. Their neglected children get tired of hearing, 'I'm doing this for the Lord,' so they rebel against God and the church, and act out in ways that embarrass the parent who has no time for them. Your wife and children should always be able to reach you. If the church takes up seven days out of your week, it's not the church's fault - it's yours! You need to start making changes! And if you think this is a phenomenon of living in the 21st Century, think again. Read the stories of leaders like David and Samuel, and you discover it's possible to succeed on the job, yet fail miserably on the home front.

Too many preachers value the approval of their peers more than the love and respect of their families. Bear in mind that you won't always be the church leader, but you will always be the husband of your wife and the father of your children. So be there when they need you - and they'll be there when you need them.

Soulfood: 2 Chr 29-31, John 12:37-50, Ps 102:18-28, Pro 27:13-16

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