Jesus said in John 14:26, “But the Helper will teach you everything and cause you to remember all that I told you. This Helper is the Holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name.” One of the ways He speaks to us is by bringing things to our remembrance. You suddenly remember something. You remember something that the Lord said to you earlier – you’re in a situation with someone and you suddenly remember a verse of scripture.
Or you see an individual and something immediately comes to mind – that may be the Lord’s way of telling you to say something important to that person. We need to discern how to do that -- like how do you know it’s the voice of the Lord and not just bad pizza?
What the Holy Spirit Does For Us
But Jesus said, the Holy Spirit will teach you. Remember that phrase from John 15:26, “I will send you the Helper from the Father. The Helper is the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father. When He comes, he will tell about me.”
The Holy Spirit is going to teach us. The Holy Spirit is going to testify. Now John 16:7 says, “Let me assure you, it is better for you that I go away. I say this because when I go away I will send the Helper to you. But if I did not go, the Helper would not come.” We know that in Jesus’ absence the Holy Spirit is going to be here. And He is going to be here for us like Jesus was for those 12.
He’s going to walk with us. He’s going to teach us. He’s going to testify. And then a great verse - John 16:13, “But when the Spirit of truth comes, He will lead you into all truth. He will not speak His own words. He will speak only what He hears and will tell you what will happen in the future.”
More Than Goose Bumps
I don’t want you to miss this phrase: Jesus Christ said, “He will speak!” Jesus Christ told us and gave us good reason to believe that we can expect to hear the voice of God by the ministry of the Holy Spirit. He’s not here just to give us goose bumps. He’s not here just to make us have wonderful worship services. He’s here to guide us into the truth. He’s here to bring things to our remembrance. He’s here to teach us. He’s here to testify of Jesus. He’s here to speak to us the Word of God. He does all this through many ways and expressions.
That’s what Jesus promised, and it’s fulfilled in the book of Acts. Acts shows us that what Jesus promised would happen, did indeed happen. Peter even referred to the Holy Spirit coming on Pentecost as “the promise of the Father;” and he says, “This promise is unto you!” To whoever God calls to Himself. The book of Acts is the proof of that promise being fulfilled. The book of Acts never really ended – they just quit writing it. It doesn’t have any salutations, audios amigos, or see ya laters. After chapter 28 he just stops writing.
Someone has rightly said, “We are now in Acts 29. The history of the church has continued unbroken with this relationship with the Holy Spirit. Men and women of faith through Jesus Christ are hearing the voice of God through the ministry of the Holy Spirit just like they did in Acts.
As important as it is to have accurate doctrine, walking in truth means more than that. Regardless of how accurate our doctrines are, we are deceived if we are not abiding in the presence of the Lord.