Since my children where small, my parting words to them have been, “I love you, be safe, and listen to the Holy Spirit.” Listen to the Holy Spirit is the best advice that I could give my children and still – even now -as young adults it is the best advice I have ever given them. The words “Listen to the Holy Spirit” are powerful and power filled. It encourages a higher level of awareness, alertness, awake-ness, and obedience – each essential to the life of the believer.
Scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit lives in us, He guides us and He searches the deep things of God to bring us into truth. In a world that often tries to dominate our thoughts and our actions, it was essential to me to impart into my children a knowing of the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, this is a knowing that many adult believers don’t quite understand or aren’t as familiar with as they ought to be. Too many believers think of the Holy Spirit as a midst or even worst a myth. They don’t acknowledge or understand the very important role the Holy Spirit plays in our lives. Many people try to navigate life and life situations without the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit. They rely more on their feelings, their gut, and their intuition.
Jesus parting words to His disciples were encouraging them in the Holy Spirit. Jesus assured them that the Holy Spirit would bring to their remembrance everything that He had taught them. Jesus said, “… I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (Jn 14:16, KJV).
Along with being our Comforter (Jn 14:16), the Scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit is our Teacher, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you” (Jn 14:16). The Holy Spirit is our Helper, and our Guide, “…when the Spirit of truth has come He will guide you into all truth” (Jn 16:13). If the words “Listen to the Holy Spirit” were sound enough for Jesus to leave with His disciples, they are sound enough for the believer today. As you reach for a deeper level of relationship with Christ, my best advice to you is the same that I leave with my children, “I love you, be safe, and listen to the Holy Spirit.”