Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Let the Holy Spirit Be Your Advocate Today

"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;" (John 14:16)

Christians know that Jesus died for their sins.

He also died as us to grant us new life!

But we tend to forget that forevemore, we have an Advocate who pleads our case on our behalf!

The Holy Spirit, the Comforter whom Jesus promised to His disciples, and grants to us when we believe on Him!

"And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." (Acts 2:4)

He does a far better for, God's Holy Spirit within us convicts us of our righteousness in Him:

"And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:" (John 16:8)

Do not try to be your advocate, for you will fall back on your own efforts.

Consider the plight of the wicked servant, who plead with his master over a debt so massive that he could never pay:

"The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all." (Matthew 18:26)

Notice that when we try to be our own advocates, we fall back on our own efforts.

When the same servant demanded payment from one of his fellow servants, then threw him in prison for the debt, the same wicked servant had to appear before his lord again:

"Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 33Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?" (Matthew 18: 32-33)

The word "desiredst" is actually "Parakaleo", which means "beg, advocate", and is the root word for the Holy Spirit, which in the original Greek is "Parakletos".

The first servant wanted to defend himself, which in turn led to threatening his fellow servant to pay a debt, which he in turn could not pay.

This account of indebtedness ended with the first servant throw to torments until he paid his own insurmountable debt.

Let's face the truth:

We cannot be our own advocates.

Let the Holy Spirit be your Advocate, your Defense, Your Helper today!

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