Ever since I heard the word “Paraclete” I have thought of the Holy Spirit as a “pair of Cleats.”
The Holy Spirit gives us traction in our walk with the Lord.
“Paraclete” is the Greek word that translated, is used to describe the Holy Spirit. It comes from “para” meaning close or beside, and “kaleo” a legal advocate who makes a right judgment; an advisor, or helper.
It comes to light in a picturesque way in the verse in James 1 where he says “each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.”
Pair that with 1 Cor 10:13 where Paul is speaking of temptation and says God will “provide a way of escape.”
Now we have a picture of a believer walking with the Holy Spirit, (their “pair of cleats”). And when temptation comes along and tries to drag the believer away, God has provided these cleats so the believer can dig in and have the traction and power to resist and not be dragged away. That’s the Holy Spirit!
With our “pair of cleats” we can go farther, climb higher, get a better grip on the trail of life. Our “Pair of Cleats” will take us places we wouldn’t be able to get to on our own.
The Holy Spirit will stick by our side no matter the circumstances – through storms, harsh terrain, cold, heat – more literally challenges, temptations of every kind, hardships, even elections and pandemics.
All these things can make our way seem dark and slippery. But we have a partner on the journey – teaching us, guiding, course correcting, encouraging, strengthening us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Praying for you, that you will make use of your Pair of Cleats in your daily walk. That you will listen to the Holy Spirit and dig in when temptations and challenges come.
That as you walk through life, you will recognize your walking partner’s voice and knowing that you are never alone, you will be encouraged, instructed, equipped, advised, counseled, guided, strengthened and protected.