Advocate

LawyerThere are occasions where I’ve needed an advocate. This is someone who speaks for me. My advocate needs to know everything about me so that they can defend me and direct me. An advocate provides a different perspective – they see different solutions for my situation. An advocate can be an attorney, a spokesperson, a friend, a counselor, parent, sibling or co-worker. I am thankful for my earthly advocates. I came across a small passage in the Gospel of John this morning where Jesus is promising an Advocate. Check this out…

15 “If you love me, obey my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. (John 14:15-17 NLT)

Jesus is talking to His disciples about the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a foreign subject to them but they will soon learn first-hand about the Holy Spirit’s Power and Presence in them. Jesus is giving them a heads up. He is also trying to comfort them because He’s leaving them to return to the Father.  I believe that they were probably pretty emotional about His leaving them and the Holy Spirit is to be a Presence and an Advocate.  As I’m writing this, I’m also thinking about how as a Dad, I’m also and advocate for my kids. As a husband, I’m an advocate for my wife. I’m also an advocate for my friends, my clients, customers, agents & employees.

I’m thankful for my Advocate (aka The Holy Spirit), who gives me counsel, direction, comfort, peace by His Presence.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

(Note: As I was writing this yesterday, my youngest son woke up early and came into the living room and sat with me and talked. I realized again what a blessing to be his advocate – so I published this a day late. It was worth it. #advocate)

Advocate

JusticeThis is someone who pleads on someone else’s behalf. An attorney is an example of an advocate. As a parent, I’m an advocate of my kids. As a leader of my company, I’m an advocate of my agents. I love the fact that I have the Ultimate Advocate. The Lord is my Council, my Advocate – my Attorney. He not only pleads my case, He gives me great daily council on how to live out my faith. Check this out….

1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
3 We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. 4 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. (1 John 2:1-6 NIV)

 

I believe that He speaks through His Word IF I will listen. He gives me instructions in His Word how to live my life. He also prompts me in my spirit as to daily choices. He is ALWAYS present and NEVER forgets or leaves me alone.  He does require obedience. It’s one thing to “say” I love Him, it’s another thing to “show” Him I love Him by my obedience.  He wants to be Lord over every area of my life, not just a few. I’m learning that things flow much better when I surrender every single area to Him – especially the areas I think I know something about! I surrender all and then He does some amazing things with what I brought to Him.

He defends me.

He represents me.

He directs me.

He blesses me.

He loves me!

 Pressing On!
Dwayne