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The Holy Spirit: Your Best Friend (1 of 16)
THE GREAT ADVENTURE - LIVING THE SPIRIT-FILLED LIFE
Dr. Stan Coffey
I want to begin a new series today. When you come to know Christ as Savior, that's only the beginning. You have launched on to a great adventure. In John 14, Jesus is preparing the disciples for His going away. He's walked with them for three and a half years. For three and a half years they have trusted Him, listened to Him, followed Him. They have shared meals with Him. They have been alone with Him in the desert; they have been His intimate group on the earth. Now Jesus is going to leave them behind. You can imagine that their hearts are troubled, because Jesus has been their best friend. If they had a problem, they took it to Jesus. If they wanted to know how to pray, they asked Jesus, "Lord, teach us to pray." When they got in trouble, as Peter did trying to walk on the water on the Sea of Galilee, and he sank. Immediately Jesus reached down and took him by the hand and lifted him up. Jesus was truly their best friend, a friend that stuck closer than a brother. Now they're going to lose their best friend; He's going away. What does Jesus tell them to comfort them?
(Read John 14:25-27, 15:26-27, 16:13-14)
I don't know if you've had the experience of traveling to a strange land, to a foreign country, but it can be a very frightening experience, especially when you go to a land where the language is different, the culture is different, and the customs are different. You wake up the first day in that strange country realizing that you're going to face a lot of new things. You're going to look into the faces of people who do not speak your language; you're going to be subject to the unknown in great degree. Sometimes you feel very frightened and very afraid, and you certainly feel very tenuous about what you're going to do and how you're going to respond to people.
But if you have the good fortune while ...
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