2 Samuel 7:1-8:18 John 14:15-31 Psalm 119:33-48 Proverbs 15:33
Verse of the Day:
“If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.” (John 14:15-16)
Everyone one wants to know that someone is in their corner fighting for them. Everyone wants to know that someone is watching their back. It is terrifying to be completely alone. Community gives us an opportunity to have these types of relationships. However, many may have friends, but how many have advocates?
An advocate is someone who publicly supports you. They do not keep their presence a secret. They are out in front, on the offensive telling people that they are working and fighting for you. That is the word that Jesus uses when he speaks of the Holy Spirit.
When many think of the Holy Spirit they think of something calm, personal, interior, or ghost like. Someone who is there, but not all the way there. However, Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would not just be a personal prayer language or a personal sense of God’s presence in our lives. He promised that the Holy Spirit would be active in our lives as an advocate, a public presence in our daily activities. Someone that would fight alongside of us and have our back at the same time.
Have you ever wanted to see God move in a public place? Have you ever been challenged to share your faith or to pray for a friend in public? The Holy Spirit is with you always and he wants to flow through your life in a public way. Yes, Jesus said that when we pray we should do so in private, but he was talking about our personal prayer life. There is nothing wrong with praying publicly for someone’s healing or salvation. Jesus raised his voice so others would hear him pray, because he knew the Holy Spirit was going to flow through him in a public way to heal or restore a person and he wanted to make sure that God go the glory, publicly.
Don’t be tricked into thinking your relationship with God is supposed to hide away and be private. You have a public advocate that desires to publicly proclaim that God is an active part of your daily life. And remember, he will never leave you.