“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. John 14:15-17
When Jesus left earth to be reunited with the Father in heaven He did not leave us to deal with life on our own. This is unique to Christianity. All other religions, when the founder died not only are they still in their graves but they left their followers with no help other than their teachings. Jesus is different, not only is His tomb empty but He lift us with the Holy Spirit. This Helper, Counselor and Adviser is the third person in the Trinity.
Once God came down to live among us He never left us. He is available to indwell any who ask Him to come into their life. Not to become one with us as so many pantheist would believe but a distinct entity there to guide us as we make our journey toward heaven. Being separate also allow us to ignore the Holy Spirit. God, whether the Father, Son or Spirit will never force anyone to do something against their will.
Sometimes I wish that were otherwise as when I ignore the Spirit I know I am not reflecting Christ and to the unbeliever I am acting no different than they do. I think if He would totally take control and shove me aside then all would be great. But God does not want a slave or a robot, He wants a willing worshiper. Someone who does what God commands not because I have to but because I want to.
What I have found is that as I bend my will towards God in one area of my life I find it easier to do the same in other areas. Not that I have given up my sinful nature in all areas of my life, far from it, but that I see continued growth toward what I will become once I am in heaven with Him.
God said He would never leave or forsake us and the Spirit is proof of that. I missed seeing God walk among us but I am never alone for the Spirit is always with me. He speaks to God when the word fail me, when all I can do is cry and groan. He guides me with each step I take. He councils me when I have tough decisions to make. He is always there. He is always with me. Sometimes I listen and sometime I do not but He is always there ready to pick me up when I fall and I fall a lot.
Have a blessed day,