Best Kept Secret of Christianity
“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper
(Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby),
to be with you forever— 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 14:16-17 AMP
We have access to the Father always. It’s immediate, as much as we desire, all the time, anytime. It’s the best kept secret of Christianity.
The funny thing is that the Bible doesn’t keep it a secret, but Satan works overtime every day to blind us and distract from the power we need to do daily life well. He knows what will happen if we truly receive it.
God has supplied us with everything we need for this life.
“For His divine power has bestowed on us [absolutely] everything necessary for [a dynamic spiritual] life and godliness, through true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” (2 Peter 1:3-4 AMP).
Did you catch that part about God giving us what we need “through true and personal knowledge of Him”? Who do you have true and personal knowledge of? Who are some of the people this brings to mind? I guarantee they are all people that you have spent excessive amounts of time with. There is no way around this verse. We receive everything God intends for us through our relationship with Him.
He is completely available to us through Jesus, but we only ask for His help as a last resort. Our faith falls on Him only when we can't do it ourselves. He doesn't want to just show up mightily in the big stuff, but in the everyday mundane steps where we think it's too trivial to ask for empowerment. The day at work, diapers, grocery shopping, doing homework, even taking out the trash, He doesn't miss any of it. When we don't know where to sit at the lunch table, when we didn't make the team, get the promotion, or make the grade, or achieve perfect mom status on Facebook. He's there, quietly saying "look up, look at me".
What if we did? What if every time we feel lonely, or don't know where to go, we looked in His eyes? What if we got in the habit? How much would it change our daily life? How much would it increase our belief? ...and then what might happen?
That verse up there, where Jesus said He will continue with you always; He meant that.
I'm daring myself this week to live like I believe it.
Father, give us understanding of the Holy Spirit’s role in our relationship with you. Help us to take advantage of the access we have to Your throne room. Help us not be intimidated, yet still reverent as we seek to understand this access better. Bring us to the end of ourselves so that our need for You is clearly perceived, and thank you that You are faithful to do this. Help us look up.