The Holy Spirit, Our Strengthener By Joyce Meyer

fruits of the spirit by john knight
If you’ve ever heard me share my testimony of how I was abused by my father throughout my childhood, you know I’ve gone through some really difficult times. In fact, there were some things that were so painful, I wondered if I would survive them. But I did, and now one of my greatest desires is to help others know how to trust God and lean on Him so they can overcome their struggles too.
There’s a huge difference between a Christian who just tries to make it on their own and one who really relies on the Holy Spirit to enable them to do whatever they need to do. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to take His place here in the earth. He can be everywhere, all the time, and because He lives in us as born-again believers, Jesus will never leave us or forsake us.
In John 15:26 (AMPC), Jesus told His disciples, “When the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) comes … the Spirit of Truth Who comes (proceeds) from the Father, He [Himself] will testify regarding Me.”
It’s so amazing to realize that the Holy Spirit is always with us and He’s the Strengthener we need to get through every problem we have to face.
Victors or Grasshoppers?
In Numbers 13, the Israelites were facing a big problem. They were just outside the land of Canaan, which is the Promised Land God led them to after they wandered for 40 years in the wilderness. Moses sent 12 spies to scout out the land, and when they returned, 10 of them had a bad report, and two had a good report.
The spies told Moses, “We came to the land to which you sent us; surely it flows with milk and honey …. But the people who dwell there are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large; moreover, there we saw the sons of Anak [of great stature and courage]” (vv. 27-28 AMPC).
But Caleb said, “Let us go up at once and possess it; we are well able to conquer it” (v. 30). In verses 32 and 33, the 10 spies “brought the Israelites an evil report of the land which they had scouted out, saying, The land … is a land that devours its inhabitants …. There we saw the Nephilim [or giants], the sons of Anak, who come from the giants; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.”
For the Israelites to possess their Promised Land, they were going to have to dispossess the current occupants — the giants. God had not cleared out all of the problems because He wanted to teach them how to trust Him, to lean on Him for the strength they needed to overcome their enemies.
Caleb acted in faith because he had his eyes on God, but the spies who brought the “evil report” couldn’t see themselves as anything but grasshoppers facing giants because they weren’t trusting God.