Before Jesus was arrested and crucified, He encouraged his disciples not to let their hearts be troubled but to believe in Him. Jesus knew that the moment He allowed Himself to be arrested by the religious officials, His disciples would be scattered. But Jesus promised them that He would send the Holy Spirit to dwell in them to help and comfort them (John 14:1-31). And so it was when Jesus ascended back to heaven after His resurrection, the Holy Spirit came upon His disciples (Acts 2).
Today, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, and He helps us grow in our spiritual walk with God. The Holy Spirit searches our hearts and knows exactly what is going on in our hearts. There are times that we do not know what to pray because our hearts are too overwhelmed, but the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words (Romans 8:26). God promised us that He would complete the good work that He began in us (Philippians 1:6), and He is doing it through the Holy Spirit who is at work within us. The Holy Spirit teaches us to know more about God. He convicts our hearts when we sin. He comforts us when we are afraid by reminding us of God's promises in our hearts and minds. He gives us the power and wisdom to accomplish what God wants us to do.
Let us be comforted today that we have the Holy Spirit in us who actively works in our hearts. Only God can change our hearts through the Holy Spirit. Let us stop striving to change our hearts because we will always fail when we do it. We simply ask our Heavenly Father to change our hearts, just like when King David cried out to God when he committed adultery and murder, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a loyal spirit within me." (Psalm 51:10). Know for certain that when we are too weak to cry out to God or no more strength to follow God, the Holy Spirit will be there for us to help us and carry us through. The Holy Spirit dwells in us forever (John 14:16); He is the guardian of our soul.
Ask yourself these questions: Who did God send to dwell in me to help me grow in my walk with God? What are the responsibilities of the Holy Spirit in my life? Who prays for me and helps me when I am too overwhelmed?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Father in heaven, thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to dwell in me. Thank you that I am not alone in my spiritual journey. Please continue to change my heart and live according to your will. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for being my help, comforter, teacher, and counselor. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.