When the Counselor comes, the One I will send to you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father – He will testify about Me. John 15:26 HCSB
It was a hot day in the middle of summer when I turned on the air conditioner in my car only to feel hot air coming from the vents. I visited my usual repairman and discovered the compressor needed replacement. With a new compressor everything worked well for just over a year, until I again experienced hot air coming from the vents and was told that the compressor needed to be replaced. Wondering why the compressor went out again in a year’s time, I decided to take my car to the Ford dealer to get another opinion. The technician confirmed that indeed the compressor needed to be replaced, but the clutch on the air conditioner was the reason the compressor had stopped working. After replacing both the compressor and clutch, my air conditioner has functioned properly.
Just as we sometimes need to go to the source who best knows the car (the dealer) to get expert advice and direction, we also need to seek good counsel in our lives. As believers in Jesus Christ, each of us has the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, given to us by God the Father. He is our Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, and Strengthener to guide us in making wise choices and give us the courage to do what is right. God is our Creator and knows what is best for each of us. He is the one we should seek for counsel when troubles and decisions come our way.
Challenge: Who are you seeking for advice and counsel? Turn to God and the Holy Spirit for guidance and direction. The Holy Spirit (Counselor) will give you good counsel and help you to resist the temptations of Satan.