The word says the Holy Spirit distributes gifts to individuals as He wills; therefore, He has free will. However, even though He has free will, He submits to the Father. We know this because Jesus said, “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come,” John 16:13.
The Holy Spirit is aware of the Father’s love and concern for His children, knows of our needs, and, therefore, intercedes for us in accordance with the Father’s will. “And in the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God,” Romans 8:26, 27.
Dear ones, the Holy Spirit not only intercedes for us, but He also comforts us, and helps us in ways we don’t even comprehend; ways only the Father and Son know. Oh, what a magnificent God we serve. He knew we wouldn’t have the ability in and of ourselves to pray as we should, nor the ability to overcome sin; and, because of His great love and mercy and grace, He prepared beforehand everything we would need to overcome.
We were crucified with Christ, buried with Him through baptism, raised up with Him into newness of life, still having our sinful nature while in the body of flesh, but able to overcome it and live a life without sin because of what Jesus has done. We do this by faith, considering ourselves dead to sin (having been crucified with Christ) and alive to God (having been raised up with Christ).
To ensure the outcome of our salvation, the Father kindly sent the Holy Spirit in His Son’s name, to not only guide us into the truth but to also comfort and intercede for us with groanings too deep for words, in order that the will of God might be done in us and through us.
Are we not the most fortunate people on the planet? If God is for us, who is against us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? In all things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant
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