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!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Jesus Over-Answers Our Prayers

"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us," (Ephesians 3:20)

Jesus always over-answers our prayers.

We are looking for a job. He instills in us and leads us into a career, a calling for His Kingdom.

Consider the  pleas of the nobleman whose daughter was ill:

"And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum. 47When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.' (John 4: 46-47)

Notice that this nobleman did not run to Jesus while He was ministering to the Samaritans.

Jews avoided the Samaritans at all costs, but Jesus came for the whole world! (John 3:16). In fact, He told his disciples that He had to go through Samaria (John 4:4)

Yet even for that, Jesus did not reject the nobleman's prayer.

Yet notice what Jesus said next:

"Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe." (John 4:48)

What is belief all about? That we take God at His WORD!

"Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." (John 6:29)

The father believed on Jesus, even before He did any miracle:

"The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die. Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way." (John 4: 49-50)

The nobleman believed what Jesus said.

Now find out what Jesus did:

"And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. 52Then inquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. 53So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house. 54This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judaea into Galilee." (John 4: 51-54)

Notice that the moment the nobleman believed on Jesus, that his son was healed.

Notic also, that Jesus did more for the father than he had asked.

Recall that in another Gospel account, the synagogue leader Jairus compelled Jesus to come to his house to heal his daughter:

"Behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live. 19And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples." (Matthew 9: 18-19)

In the previous chapter of Matthew's Gospel, the centurion demonstrated greater faith:

"And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. 8The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed." (Matthew 8:7-8)

In the Gospel of John, the nobleman wanted Jesus to come to his home.

Jesus did more--he healed his daughter right then and there, and despite his fear of losing his reputation or his initial unbelief!

Whatever your need is, look at Jesus, not yourself, and believe Him to come through for you in whatever need:

And watch Him provide further than you had ever asked!

"He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8: 32)