2011-08-17 - Sensors
I've never been much of a chocolate fan. I rarely eat it, but about a week ago, for some reason, I was craving a small piece of chocolate candy. But when I bit into it, as a sharp pain shot through my jaw, I thought I would go through the ceiling! Well, since we "Baby boomers" are prone to put on a little weight as the years go by, and I thought that might have been a favor, saving me 50 calories (it was a mini-sized bar). The pain was like a food sensor, alerting me to something that I shouldn't eat.
Next, I thought, wouldn't it be nice if we had a sensor like that to alert us to the dangers of sins to which we are prone. And then, I suddenly realized that we do! Every single Christian receives the Holy Spirit, at the moment of belief in Christ as our Savior.
I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever. John 14:16 (NASB). The word variously translated Helper, Spirit etc. here is Paracletos, "one called alongside to help."
How does the Holy Spirit function as our Sensor? Sometimes He speaks through the timely words of a friend or family member, words that will always line up with God's word, if the words are from His Spirit. At other times, the word may come through a passage of Scriptures, a "sermon" by our pastor, or that hard-to-describe inner sense about whether something is right or wrong.
Aren't we blessed to not have to live this Christian life on our own, trying to figure things out? With God's Sensor, His family (our fellow Christians) and His Holy Bible, we have all the help we need, if we are willing to access it.