“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” - John 16:13
One of the greatest conundrums of the Christian life is being faced with something you know is wrong and choosing whether or not to do it. This prompting in the face of conflict is called conviction, and conviction comes from the Holy Spirit. As you prepare for Pentecost, remember that the presence of the Holy Spirit is constant and consistent. Millions of tiny interactions take place between you and Him each day. You probably argue with Him far more than you think. But as the people of God, how often do we stop, surrender, and listen to the convictions and directives of the Spirit in our lives?
In John 16:13, Jesus explains how the Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth. The Holy Spirit is the special, God-given Guide sent to not only guide your everyday choices, but to be the truthful voice louder than the rest. Without the Holy Spirit, you would be lost in your understanding of what God is trying to reveal in His Word. As a gift of mercy and love, God sent the Holy Spirit to be with you, guiding your understanding of the truth.
It is important to remember there was a point in the Bible when the presence of the Holy Spirit was sensed by Jesus’ disciples for the first time. The Holy Spirit was tangibly heard, felt, and seen working in the people of God. Pentecost is the celebration of this moment in history. Can you imagine what it was like to be in the room with them during Pentecost? To witness the Holy Spirit appearing like a flame on people and seeing the effects He had on them that day?
The same Holy Spirit accessed at Pentecost is the same Holy Spirit accessible to you right now. When you worship, ask the Holy Spirit to guide your praise. When you feel conviction, listen to the Spirit and remember the promises in His Word. The Holy Spirit will guide you into the truth—and the truth will set you free. As Pentecost approaches, worship God and thank Him for the gift of the Holy Spirit as the Guide in your life.