// DENISE HAGIN BURNS
AS CHRISTIANS, we sometimes concentrate on the gifts of the Holy Spirit and overlook the Person of the Holy Spirit. Our Heavenly Father sent the Holy Spirit to live and dwell within us for our benefit. He has notable character traits that we can tap into that will help us live a victorious life.
Jesus taught His disciples about the Holy Spirit in John chapter 14. He told them that He was getting ready to leave them and return to His
Father. Hearing the news, the disciples began to "freak out." They were going to be alone and didn't know what they were going to do without Him. Jesus tells them that He is not going to leave them alone. He begins to tell them about the Person of the Holy Spirit.
JOHN 14:16–17 (AMP)
16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever—
17 the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive [and take to its heart] because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He (the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you.
The Holy Spirit is a person that dwells within every believer. Let's look at His character traits and how each one benefits us.
ADVOCATE—An advocate is someone who supports us and fights on our behalf. We have Someone on the inside Who is fighting for us and supporting us.
HELPER—There are times when we need help. We'll face situations when we don't know what to do. The Holy Spirit will show us the right decisions to make and what to do.
COMFORTER—When we're sad or upset or something unexpected happens in life, we don't have to run to another person for comfort. We don't even have to turn to a substance or a pill. We can call on the Comforter Who lives inside of us.
INTERCESSOR—According to the online Oxford Dictionary, an intercessor is "a person who intervenes on our behalf, especially in prayer." We have Someone Who is intervening on our behalf before the Father.
COUNSELOR—Sometimes situations happen that we don't understand. But God has given us a Counselor Who gives us answers and helps us to understand.
STRENGTHENER—The Holy Spirit is there to strengthen us. Getting to the end of our rope is a good place to be. Why? Because where our strength ends is where God's strength begins. We want to be in God's strength.
STANDBY—The word standby means "to be held near at hand and ready for use." The Holy Spirit is ready to help us. He is waiting for us to rely on Him and to call on Him.
FRIEND—We never have to be alone or feel lonely. We have the ultimate Best Friend within us. If we ever feel lonely, we only have to say, "Hey, God, I'm lonely. Be my Friend." We can talk to Him anytime, anywhere.
The Holy Spirit lives inside of us. Let's not ignore the Person He is but live more conscious of His presence. As we do, He is ready to help us in many different ways.
Set aside some quiet time in your schedule to fellowship with the Holy Spirit. If you need wisdom or counsel, ask Him to show you what to do.