“…I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6 NAS).
Jesus is the way for each person on this earth; those that have come before us, and those that will come after us. In John 3:16 NAS it says; “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” God sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins that we might be saved from eternal darkness. The Bible teaches us that Jesus gave Himself willingly as a living sacrifice and died a brutal death to blot out the sins of all mankind. On the third day after His death, Jesus rose from the dead and was resurrected. He now sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven; and He extends His hand to each of us, that we might be born again and live a more fruitful and meaningful life.
To be born again is the result of calling upon the name of Jesus and asking Him to be the Lord of your life. It is a spiritual re-birth and a cleansing of all your sins and iniquities; the ones you have committed in the past, the ones you are currently committing, and the ones that you will commit in the future. The Scriptures teach us that no one is perfect. “All have fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). It is because of this that we need Christ in our lives and need to be forgiven of sins.
In John 14:16-17 & 26 NAS Jesus said; “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth…But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” The One Jesus was speaking of in these passages of Scripture is the Holy Spirit, Who is the Spirit of God.
The Holy Spirit is part of the Godhead; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is the One God sent to be our Helper and the One Who equips us to walk a fruitful and liberated life. Without Him, no one can walk by the Spirit or live a victorious Christian life. Void of Him, life is empty and the Christian walk becomes acts of legalism and religiosity that binds the minds’ and hearts’ of mankind with an even greater burden. It is the Holy Spirit that; liberates, empowers, teaches, equips, reproves, convicts, and corrects. It is in the power of God’s Spirit and in Jesus’ name that each believer can walk in purity and victory.
Even Jesus was empowered by the Holy Spirit when He walked the earth. In the Book of Matthew, it shares with us that Jesus was led into the wilderness and was tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days during His time in the wilderness and went through this time of tempting by the evil one. The Scriptures then reveal that after this time of testing, Jesus returned in the “power of the Holy Spirit;” beginning His public ministry and performing many miracles. It was also the Holy Spirit that came upon Jesus, “descending upon Him like a dove,” during His baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist.
In the same way that Jesus was empowered by the Holy Spirit during His walk on earth, He desires that we too would receive this same empowerment. It is by Jesus’ Spirit that we can walk a life pleasing to God and free from the demonic chains of bondage and affliction that bind so many. This day, I encourage you to open your heart to receive Jesus Christ into your life, and to receive the Holy Spirit of God. It was Jesus that said to His disciples; “Receive Ye the Holy Spirit” as He breathed upon them (John 20:22). It is God’s heart that you too would receive the Holy Spirit and begin to experience a life of liberty. You can start by praying this prayer aloud to Him;
Dear Lord Jesus,
I ask that You would forgive me of my sins and wash me clean with Your blood. I ask that You would come into my heart and be the Lord of my life. I also ask that You would fill me with Your presence, the Holy Presence of God, and I welcome You Holy Spirit into my life. I ask that You would guide me and be with me always.
In Jesus Name I Pray,