This is the free Student devotional for Special Focus Session: Courage
Ponder this quote as you begin your time alone with God: “Earthly wisdom is doing what comes naturally. Godly wisdom is doing what the Holy Spirit compels us to do.” —Charles Stanley
Think about a time when you felt abandoned. What words describe how you felt? If you were drawing that moment, what colors would best express your feelings? Write or sketch your ideas.
“If you love Me, you will keep My commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive Him because it doesn’t see Him or know Him. But you do know Him, because He remains with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you.”
Read John 14:15-18, then consider the following questions:
Why is one of the names for the Holy Spirit “Counselor”? What does that mean?
When has the Holy Spirit been the “Spirit of truth” in your life? Explain.
As Christians, we are God’s children, not orphans. He hasn’t left us alone in the world to try to figure out what it means to live for Him. He has given us the Holy Spirit to guide and counsel.
What are the situations in your life right now where you feel alone, hopeless, or don’t know which way to go? Pray about them boldly, asking God to guide and counsel you with His Spirit.
For further study, read John 15:26 and note another role the Counselor plays in our lives.
Behind the Story
In John 14, Jesus was preparing His disciples for what was to come: His death, resurrection, and eventually, His ascension to heaven. He wanted His followers to know that even though He was not going to be with them physically anymore, they would never be alone. The Holy Spirit would come and live inside them.
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