John 16:7 – “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”
I love to look at the meanings of names. My name, Melissa, means “honeybee”. I think that the meaning behind the name gives one some insight on the character of that person.
I was reading in a devotional book of mine yesterday and came across seven of the names of the Holy Spirit.
- Comforter – One Who relieves another of mental distress
- Counselor – One Whose profession is to give advice and manage causes
- Helper – One Who furnishes with relief or support. One Who is of use and Who waits upon another
- Intercessor – One Who acts between parties to reconcile differences
- Advocate – One Who pleads the cause of another
- Strengthener – One Who causes you to grow, become stronger, endure, and resist attack
- Standby – One Who can be relied on either for regular use or in emergencies.
(From Pursing More of Jesus by Anne Graham Lotz, pg. 167)
When I think about the Holy Spirit, I often forget about all that He is. I forget about all the ways in which He interacts and intercedes in my life. I don’t appreciate Him the way that I should. When it has been a hard day at work – the Comforter. When I don’t now how to handle a situation – the Counselor. When my responsibilities overwhelm me – the Helper. When I hurt a friend and ask for forgiveness – the Intercessor. When someone says something bad about me – the Advocate. When I ask for help to change my habit of sin – the Strengthener. When suddenly my life is turned upside down – the Standby.
Every day, I need Him. Every situation, I need Him.
I’m not sure how people make it without Jesus in their life. I can’t imagine the hardship and loneliness they face. I know that when I choose to walk even just a little bit away from Him, I feel like I am in a black hole and it is swallowing me up.
Jesus was saddened by the truth that He would have to leave His friends, His disciples. He knew that they needed Him now more than ever. But He also understood that if He didn’t go away, that the Holy Spirit could not enter the scene. It would be awesome to see Jesus face to face like the disciples did, but having the Holy Spirit live within us provides a level of comfort and understanding that I don’t think the disciples had until the day of Pentecost.
Having the Holy Spirit in us is an underutilized source of amazing power. There is so much that we have available to us as followers of Christ. But we put Jesus in His nice little box and only bring Him out on holidays, Sundays and in the case of an emergency.
So let me encourage you today to let Him out of the box and give Him the opportunity to stretch His Holy muscles and do something amazing in your life. You see, these names I listed only scratches the surface of the Names of God and the attributes He possesses. If you just allow Him to be this list in your life, so many things will happen. But if you research all the Names of God and the meanings behind each name and allow Him to be all those things too, man, the world will shake. And this just isn’t for you, the reader. This is a challenge for me as well. I need this just as much as you do. We are all in this together.