John 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Every Believer faces difficulties in life that, thank God, we can turn to other Believers for strength, help, and support. That is one of the reasons why it is important to belong to a community of faith and the Local Church. It is also important to understand that we do not always need to draw strength from the support of someone on the outside because we have the strength from the Holy Ghost inside. God’s strength, through the Holy Ghost, will strengthen us to stand even when we are all alone. The Holy Ghost is our strengthener as well as our very present Comforter, Helper, Teacher, and Guide.
The Apostle Paul had an experience that demonstrates the strength and help the Holy Ghost brings to us when the support of men fails or is in vain. Second Timothy 4:16-18 says, “At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me…, Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Paul was in a terrible situation. He talks about all those that were in Asia (present day Asia Minor/Turkey) who forsook him or turned against him (2 Timothy 1:15). He was not just experiencing rejection from one or two people, this was a whole region. How in the world was he going to fulfill his assignment when all that was around him was rejection and opposition? The answer was that Somebody else was standing with him. He did not need the help of man, he needed the help of God. They all forsook him, but the Lord stood with him and strengthened Him.
I believe it was through the Holy Ghost within him that the Apostle Paul received strength from the Lord. Paul indicated strength comes from the Holy Ghost within us in his prayer for the Ephesians in Ephesians 3:16 which says, “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.” This strength is ours as a provision of God’s grace. The Lord will stand with you and strengthen you today as you call upon Him in prayer and in faith.