“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26 NIV)
Recently, I had to go to the hardware store to buy a new lamp for my study. I spend a lot of hours reading and studying. I had a very strong halogen lamp that is extremely bright and makes everything really clear. I loved it. But recently the lamp died. The only lamp I could find was a new-fangled one that only uses new wimpy light bulbs, which only have about a third of the brightness.
My purchase reminded me of an important truth: The brighter the bulb, the clearer you see. Brightness increases clarity. If you want to get a portrait made of yourself, you don’t want a bright light on you. It’ll show every blemish, wart, and pimple. You want less light. Everyone looks good in the dark!
The same general principle is true of God’s Word. The more your mind is illuminated, the more you’ll see in God’s Word.
That’s the Holy Spirit’s job: to show us the meaning of God’s Word and how it applies to our lives. Jesus said in John 14:26: “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26 NIV).
One of the Holy Spirit’s jobs is to help you see in the Bible what you wouldn’t see otherwise. If you don’t have the Holy Spirit, you’re going to miss a lot in the Bible. The Holy Spirit is the best Bible teacher you’ll ever have.
God has not only given you revelation — the Bible — but he has also given you illumination, the ability to understand what he has given you.
The Bible is the only book you’ll ever own where you can talk with the author while you read it! As you read the Bible, you can ask the Holy Spirit, “What does this mean? How can it make a difference in my life?” Do that, and God will speak to you. He’ll whisper in your ear, put thoughts in your head, and leave you with impressions.
Talk About It
- When you don’t understand the Bible, ask the Holy Spirit for understanding?
- Is it difficult for you to accept that the Holy Spirit is at work in your life? Why do you think this is so?
- When was the last time you felt led by the Holy Spirit? How did you respond?
This May, Saddleback Church will host Summit VIII to inspire and equip Christians to effectively live out God’s love for the orphan through adoption, foster care, and global initiatives. Learn more about Summit at www.summitviii.org.
Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America’s largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.
This devotional © 2012 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission