Lightning struck the steeple of a church and the village atheist went out to watch it burn.  He was reproached by the minister with the words, “You never came to our church before.” The man replied, “Your church was never on fire before.”
If the church is to carry out its task, it must be set afire.  Now, I don’t mean that you actually torch the building because the building is not the church.  You see, it is not the structure that needs the fire but the members.  It is not the institution that needs power, but the individuals who make it up.  We need to be set on fire by the Holy Spirit of God through His Word.

The 14, 15, 16 and 17 chapters of John are the after dinner remarks of Jesus to His disciple in the upper room or on His  way to Gethsemane.  He told them that He was going to leave them. That He was going back to the Father who sent Him into the world.  The disciples thought only of themselves as to what His leaving would do to them. Jesus was very disappointed for He said, “and none of you asks me, where are you going?” Jesus told them that it was necessary that He leave them and that His leaving was best for them.  How could this be?  Jesus said, “I will not leave you comfortless” literally meaning, “I will not leave you orphaned.”  Jesus is leaving this world physically so He could send back the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said about this Spirit that is Holy: “He shall be with you,”  “He shall abide with you forever,”  “He shall glorify Me,” and  “He shall guide you into all truth.”                                                                                             Now, remember that Jesus is speaking to the Apostles.  God through the Holy Spirit would reveal  to them divine truth.  His message through them would be the keys of the Kingdom of God.

A story is told of a young boy whose mother asked him, what the preacher preached about in his sermon that morning?  His answer was, ‘that the preacher said that the Lord was going to give us a warm blanket.’      The mother said that she had never heard a sermon like that.  So, the mother telephoned a neighbor and asked,  “What did the preacher preach about in the morning service?”  The neighbor replied, “He preached about Jesus giving us ANOTHER COMFORTER.”

As Christians. we have that Holy Spirit to comfort and guide us through the Bible, God’s word.

I pray that we will be so full of the Holy Spirit that if a mosquito bites us that it will fly away singing, “There is power in the Blood.”


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