But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
Have you ever acted as an advocate for a person or a cause? Advocates usually act on behalf of those who are unable to adequately represent or defend themselves. Perhaps you attended a protest or rally to show your support for a certain issue. Maybe you took an interest in supporting a particular individual or family who were struggling with life. One of our problems as Christians is that we don't often feel like we need an advocate. Because we are confident in our salvation through Jesus, we figure we have it all sorted out. Yet without the Holy Spirit's help, we are still woefully incapable of being effective witnesses to Jesus. Martin Luther once said, "Let all the 'free-will' in the world do all it can with all its strength; it will never give rise to a single instance of ability to avoid being hardened if God does not give the Spirit, or of meriting mercy if it is left to its own strength." Without the Holy Spirit as our help and guide, our advocate, we can do nothing of consequence in the kingdom of God, but when God is with us all things are possible.
Heavenly Father, You have sent your Spirit to us to help and guide us along your path, a path that we cannot walk on our own. Help me to learn to follow the leading and promptings of the Holy Spirit so that my life might reflect your love and lead others to Jesus. Amen.
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