“These things I have spoken to you so that you may be kept from stumbling.” John 16:1
You cannot completely prepare for a tsunami or an earthquake. There is a need for “higher ground.” There is a need for “shelter from the storm.” Without advance warning to evacuate the area, the destruction roars across the landscape destroying everything in its path.
However, there is a shelter from the storms of life. In the final message in Brother Gearl’s series, Journey to the Heart of Jesus, Scripture teaches us that the Holy Spirit is the one to help us get prepared and remain prepared for anything life brings our way.
The Holy Spirit will “guide you into all truth.” John 16:13. Why can we trust what the Holy Spirit says? Because Jesus taught us the Holy Spirit “will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.” v.13-14. There is powerful transformation available when we yield to the Spirit’s control.
The Holy Spirit also convicts us of our sin. He warns us when we turn in the wrong direction. Isaiah 30:21 says, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way. Walk in it.'” What a powerful truth and promise.
The Holy Spirit also convicts us of the necessity of a right relationship with Jesus. The Holy Spirit cautions us that rejecting Jesus will have eternal and irrevocable consequences. The Holy Spirit will also bring us to the place where we glorify God with our lives.
Although we cannot completely prepare for a tsunami, we can prepare for the tragedies, sadness or disappointments in our lives, as we rely on the Holy Spirit to keep us from stumbling.
As believers in Christ, we have the Holy Spirit living inside us, prepared to convict us when we’re headed the wrong direction, and ready to reveal His Truth to us! It all comes straight from the heart of God!
In Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit we can be prepared for anything life brings our way.