Jesus said, ‘The Helper, the Holy Spirit… will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.’ So the Holy Spirit has these two functions:
(1) He teaches you how to walk with God.
(2) He reminds you to do it each day. As redeemed children of God, we constantly need to be taught how to walk with Him, and to be reminded of the blessings that await us when we do and the trouble we get into when we don’t. If you’ve raised kids, you know the routine. They have to be taught their ABCs so they can read and write; then they have to be reminded until they master it. They have to be taught to walk, and falling down hundreds of times is just part of growing up.
The Bible says, ‘A righteous man may fall seven times and rise again.’ (Proverbs 24:16 NKJV) Just as you don’t tell your child, ‘Forget it, you’re never going to learn to walk,’ your heavenly Father doesn’t give up on you either. Your child had to be taught personal hygiene and cleanliness. Likewise, the Holy Spirit will remind you of the importance of reading God’s Word each day.
Jesus said, ‘You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.’ (John 15:3 NIV) And the psalmist wrote, ‘How can a young person [and an older one too] stay on the path of purity? By living according to Your word.’ (Psalm 119:9 NIV)
If you’re wise, you’ll start each day by praying, ‘Holy Spirit, teach me what I need to know, and remind me of it throughout this day.’