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September 19, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.”—John 14:26 (NLT)
I can’t tell you how much I appreciate getting reminders on my phone or computer about things I have to do. Whether it’s an upcoming event, activity, a celebration like Thanksgiving—though I don’t need a reminder about today, since it’s my favorite day of the year—or an assignment deadline, those reminder bells waking me up in the morning, sounding on my laptop at work, or arriving in my e-mail inbox help keep me on track.
In today’s verse, Jesus tells us that the Holy Spirit, our Advocate, our Helper, and His representative, is tasked with teaching us everything we need to know—all the truths of God’s Word, work, and will, without limitation. He is tasked with revealing all Truth, bringing deeper understanding to that which is necessary for us to experience the fullness of all He died to give us. He establishes all of this in us. It is through the Holy Spirit’s revelation that we understand God. Apart from Him speaking to us, leading and directing us, we cannot understand the things of God. In fact, Paul says the things of God are foolishness to those who are perishing (1 Corinthians 1:18), those without the Spirit in them.
But there’s another component to the Spirit’s work in us. Not only does He teach us all things and reveal these things to us, but He constantly reminds us of them. He doesn’t just reveal them and expect us to apply and remember everything all at once. The Greek word here is hypomnēsei, which means “to prompt; to cause one to remember; to admonish with authority.”
As believers, I think we can all remember a time—or many, many times—where we’ve felt a tug on our heart, a conviction, where biblical truths come to mind as we are presented with the opportunity to sin or confronted with a decision. Can you recall a time when a verse came to mind in a conversation or in the midst of a situation? Those are the alarm bells and reminder notifications of the Spirit! Remember Peter’s words in Acts 11:16 (NIV): “Then I remembered what the Lord had said . . .”
Today is Thanksgiving, a day that’s all about remembering! So, let’s ask the Spirit to bring to mind all that the Lord has done for us this year. Let’s meditate on those verses that impacted us this year that the Lord used to speak to us, to inspire us, to confirm things for us, to reach others through us, and to get us through difficulties. Let’s remember and give thanks this day!
DIG: Can you think of instances in the New Testament where the Spirit reminded people of Christ’s words and work? What did that reminder lead to in their lives? How did the Lord use those moments of remembrance to impact them and others?
DISCOVER: How have you seen this truth in your life?
DISPLAY: Remember all that God has done for you this year. Ask the Spirit to recall verses and His work in your life and the lives of others. As you gather for Thanksgiving, talk about it with others—celebrate, pray, and give thanks together!
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.