Key 7: Ask the Holy Spirit for Help
Scripture tells us the only Guide worth trusting is the Holy Spirit. He’s the One who knows our past completely, from the moment we were conceived to the present, and who also knows our futures, from this day to eternity. He knows God’s plan and purpose for us today and each day of our lives. He also knows what’s good and right for us.
Jesus repeatedly referred to the Spirit as the “Spirit of truth.” Note what He said about the Holy Spirit’s activity in your life: “He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come” (John 16:13). The Spirit of truth is like an inner compass in our lives, always pointing us toward what Jesus would be, say, or do in any given moment.
Everything that Jesus did was revealed to Him by the Father. We, too, must ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the Father’s will to us. The emotionally healthy person may feel anger, for example, but by asking the Holy Spirit for guidance on how to channel that anger into positive behavior, the person is going to find an outlet for anger that results in blessing, not harm. The emotionally healthy person may feel disappointment or discouragement, but by asking the Holy Spirit for guidance, he or she will be led to new opportunities that result in hope.
Remember, the Holy Spirit is imparted to you when you place your trust in Christ. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to give you daily guidance and counsel, to help you walk in the ways of the Lord, and to make wise choices. Ask for the help of the Holy Spirit on a daily basis. Ask Him to guard you from evil and to guide you into righteousness. Give him charge over your schedule, your daily appointments, and the emotions that you feel. Trust Him to help you pursue emotional health and strength, bringing your emotional life into harmony with your spiritual life—a whole-life founded on Jesus Christ.
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