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“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever — the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16, 17)
I occasionally find myself in counseling situations where it’s difficult to determine who’s telling the truth. Two people will speak about the same situation, yet they will tell completely different stories. It makes counseling the couple almost impossible, because any valid counsel must be rooted in the truth. The truth is absolutely necessary for healing the heart.
Jesus told His disciples He would send a Counselor. He referred to Him as “another” Counselor. There are two primary words in the Greek language translated “another.” One is allos and the other, heteros. They have completely different meanings. Heteros means “another” of a different kind, but allos means “another” of the same kind. When Jesus said the Father would send “another,” He used the word allos — talking about One who would be of the same nature and character as Himself. He was speaking of the Holy Spirit.
He referred to the Holy Spirit by two names: “Counselor” and “Spirit of Truth.” Both are inseparably tied. The Holy Spirit is the only One who can search the depths of our hearts and expose the absolute truth. Thus He’s called the Spirit of Truth. Today many things are attributed to the Holy Spirit. But we can know if the Holy Spirit is present by the presence of the truth. He always speaks and manifests the truth.
There are several things we know about truth. First, the Bible is truth. We must never forget the Bible was written by men who were divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit. It was the Spirit of Truth who inspired them to pen the words in that great book. Second, we know that “if we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). When the Holy Spirit works deeply in our lives, He always reveals those things that don’t please God. Thus we become honest with God and honest with ourselves.
But there’s one more great fact we know about truth. Jesus is “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). The Holy Spirit wasn’t sent to magnify Himself, but to exalt Jesus. When we’re confronted with the truth about ourselves, we’re not left helpless and hopeless by the Spirit of Truth. He rushes us immediately to Jesus, the One who is “full of grace and truth.” At the feet of Jesus we find grace, mercy, and forgiveness. Oh, the wonder of bowing before Him.
Many people fear the truth. They’re afraid of being exposed. So they know little of the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives. It’s often painful when the Holy Spirit brings us face to face with the truth. But it’s also wonderful. The way of the truth always leads to the feet of Jesus. There we find cleansing and victory. Why don’t you welcome the Spirit of Truth to search your heart today. He will lead you to the place of victory. He’ll lead you to Jesus.
John : Chapter 14
23) Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24) Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. 25) “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26) But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27) Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
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Sammy Tippit told his fiancée, “I can’t promise we’ll be rich, but life won’t be boring.”
Sammy had no idea what an understatement that would become. Beginning in the bars of Baton Rouge and the nightclubs of Chicago, Tippit has shared the news of life-changing faith in Christ all over the world – including in the middle of a revolution in Romania, the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, and war in Burundi and the Congo.
Sammy’s lifelong adventure has come at a great price. He’s been cursed, threatened, arrested, deported, and blacklisted. He’s also been personally broken, ravaged with illness, and devastated by grief.
Yet he continues to preach to in stadiums, in open fields, and via satellite technology to hundreds of thousands around the globe. For all other books…
About Sammy Tippit Ministries
STM has been providing inspiration and help around the world for nearly 50 years. Sammy Tippit, founder and president, is a world renowned counselor, teacher and evangelist with experience serving and helping people in over 80 countries. Sammy provides materials that help people tackle a broad array of social, societal, psychological and spiritual issues. He is particularly passionate about making materials accessible to other countries around the world. Sammy is married to Debara “Tex” Tippit, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
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