Every believer is equipped with the gift of God who is the Holy Spirit to be our Helper. When life gets hard and you have been waiting on God to come through it is easy to feel alone and despondent. God promised to never leave nor forsake us, so why should we feel alone? We need to remember the stories of victory in the bible; those of men like Daniel, David or Joshua; men like Noah and Moses – with the ultimate being that of Jesus the Christ. These men when faced with war they looked to God for help and His presence was ever there to help them.
“The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.” Daniel 6:23 (NIV)
What happens then when we feel alone in battle and we are barely gasping for breath? We need to remember the promise of the Holy Spirit, who is our Helper who will never leave nor forsake us.
“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you for everything I have said to you.” John 14:26 (NIV)
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)
God’s presence is an ever abiding presence. He is with us wherever we go. It was His Spirit that was the comfort of Christ on the mount during the temptation. It was His Spirit that was the wisdom of God on the courts before Pilate. It was His Spirit that was His endurance down Via Dolorosa. It was His Spirit that was His power when He rose from the grave. God’s Spirit was the victory of Christ in all these instances. It was the guiding power to His victory and will be the guiding power to our victories.
“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. As Jesus was coming up out of the water, He saw Heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove. And a voice came from Heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love, with you I am well pleased.” At once the Spirit sent Him out into the desert, and He was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended Him.” Mark 1:9-13 (NIV)
(Mark 14:43-65; Mark 15:1-47 and Mark 16:1-8)
God does not expect any less from us. He wants us to trust the working of His Spirit in everything we go through for He is, afterall, the power of God that dwells within us. We will come out of trouble, unharmed and stronger for God covers us.
“and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed, their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.” Daniel 3:27 (NIV)
“A bruised reed He will not break, and a smouldering wick He will not snuff out. In faithfulness He will bring forth justice.” Isaiah 42:3 (NIV)