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February 2013

 

New Life Church

Finding Faith…Finding Family

The Comforter Has Come

By Pastor Lew Pizzala

“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever” John 14:16

 

The Holy Spirit is to us what Jesus was to the disciples. He is referred to here as “another Helper.” The word “another” means “another of the same kind.” Do you understand that because Jesus was a person and He was their first helper, then if He sends “another Helper” of the same kind, who is the Holy Spirit, then the Holy Spirit must also be a person?

The word “Comforter” is the Greek word “parakaletos” and it literally means: “a person summoned to ones aid.” Your fellowship with the Holy Spirit is with a person and not an “it” or a “thing.” Just as Jesus was their teacher, the Holy Spirit is our teacher. Just as Jesus helped the disciples in prayer, the Holy Spirit is the One who helps us in prayer. Everything Jesus was to the disciples the Holy Spirit is to us. We have not been left orphaned.

 

Prayer: “Come Holy Spirit and help me to be all that God wants me to be. In my own strength I fall far short. Through your power I will overcome everything that hinders me from a victorious life.”