In reading through the Bible, there are many, many promises that are what I call “general” promises. In other words, they are “everybody” promises. We see these with the scriptures that use words like “whosoever”, “all” and “every one”. But, in addition to the “general” promises, there are some very specific promises, ones that I call “me” or “personal” promises.
Here are just a few scriptures that list God’s promises concerning my personal relationship with the Holy Spirit … (the underlining is my emphasis)
“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever—” John 14:16 (Amplified Bible)
“The Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive [and take to its heart] because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He (the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you.” John 14:17 (Amplified Bible)
“But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.” John 14:26 (Amplified Bible)
“But when the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of Truth who comes from the Father, He will testify and bear witness about Me.” John 15:26 (Amplified Bible)
“But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him (the Holy Spirit) to you [to be in close fellowship with you].” John 16:7 (Amplified Bible)
“But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth [full and complete truth]. For He will not speak on His own initiative, but He will speak whatever He hears [from the Father—the message regarding the Son], and He will disclose to you what is to come [in the future].” John 16:13 (Amplified Bible)
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” Acts 2:38-39 (Amplified Bible)
Did you catch what was said? The Holy Spirit has been sent from the Father to personally …
- Be my Helper.
- Be with me and live in me continually.
- Teach me.
- Impact my memory.
- Confirm for me that Jesus is God’s Son.
- Give me the advantage.
- Be in close fellowship with me.
- Guide me and also show me what lies ahead.
- Reveal to me the heartbeat of God.
- Be heaven’s gift to me and my children.
Thank God for the personal Holy Spirit!