My mom and I
My sister Brenda got married this past weekend. Our entire family celebrated the happy occasion. I travelled to Ohio for the big event, and when I arrived, I announced to my mother, “I’ll be your sidekick”! I spent several days helping her as she assisted my sister with the wedding arrangements. We picked up guests at the airport, baked cookies for the cookie table at the reception, helped decorate the reception hall, folded programs, and participated in a host of other activities. I loved every minute of it. My mother embraced my help, and we enjoyed the time we spent together. My “sidekick” activities remain part of my special memories from the weekend.
My siblings and I at my sister Brenda’s wedding reception
We all have a sidekick who has been sent to help us. In fact, one of the names given Him by Jesus is Helper. “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever” (John 14:6, NASB). Jesus was referring to the Holy Spirit, whom all believers receive when they put their faith in Jesus (Ephesians 1:13-14). The word Helper is parakletos in the Greek language of the New Testament, and it means, “one called alongside to help another.” In other words, the Holy Spirit is always with us, wanting to help us. He is our Sidekick. He wants to come alongside us as:
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you” (John 14:26, NASB). He helps us understand the truth; in fact, He is called the Spirit of truth (John 15:26). He helps us understand God’s Word and reminds us of specific passages when we need them. He provides insights and instructs us in what we should do. He takes what He hears from Jesus and the Father and shares it with us (John 16:14-15).
As He walks with us, the Holy Spirit gives us the best advice possible. He is a Friend we can trust. He counsels us and advises us. He always has our best interests at heart. He comforts us with the truth about who we are in Jesus and how very much we are loved and accepted in Him.
“The Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (Romans 8:26, NASB). The Spirit prays for us and guides us in what to pray and how to pray (Ephesians 6:18). He leads us to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
We are told, “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” (Acts 1:8). Everyone who has the Holy Spirit possesses an unlimited power Source. He wants to work in all of our lives to make us “more than conquerors through him [Jesus] who loved us” (Romans 8:37, NIV).
The Holy Spirit wants to help each of us, just like I wanted to help my mother with the wedding plans. I delighted in coming alongside her and helping. In a much greater way, the Holy Spirit is waiting for us to accept His help. He is thrilled to assist us.
I find so much encouragement in knowing I don’t have to go it alone in this life. I have a Helper who walks alongside me all the way. You do too! We are blessed when we welcome our Sidekick!
Question: How is the Holy Spirit coming alongside and helping you? Comment at the link below.
Susan Jane King