May 30, 2011
And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Counselor, to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth (John 14:16-17 NIV).
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During Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, He reassured them that He would not leave them as orphans. He said, “And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Counselor, to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth” (John 14:15). The Greek word which is also translated Helper (NASB) and Comforter (KJV), isparakletos and means a “person summoned to one’s aid.” Originally it was a term used in a court of justice to denote a legal assistant, counsel for the defense, an advocate; then, generally, one who pleads another’s cause, an intercessor.
I love the image of the Holy Spirit representing me in a court of law. Satan is called the accuser and he accuses us day and night (Revelation 12:10). He points His gnarly finger in our faces and says things like, “You aren’t a very good Christian.” “Jesus doesn’t really love you.” “You were a mistake when you were born.” “You’ve really blown it this time.” “What makes you any different now than before you accepted Christ?” “I don’t see much fruit in your life.” “You’re a pitiful excuse as a wife, as a mother, as a child of God,” etc.
Now tell me, have you ever thought any of those words before? Perhaps you’ve always assumed they were your own musings. That’s exactly what Satan wants you to believe, and he does a pretty good job at making us believe them. They sound like us, it feels like us, but those words are from the accuser himself. It is always amazing to me that while I might have trouble hearing God’s voice, Satan’s usually comes through loud and clear.
On the other hand, the Holy Spirit is our counselor, our attorney, who comes along side us and repeats, “Not guilty! Not guilty! Not guilty!” He says, “No jail time! You, my child, have been set free!”
Now, who are you going to believe?
Dear Lord, there are many days when I feel guilty. I know now that it is Satan who tries to make me feel guilty and whispers accusing thoughts into my head. Thank You that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sin so that I can walk in freedom and live for eternity in heaven with You.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Now It’s Your Turn
Do you feel guilty because of past sin?
Have you asked God to forgive you for those mistakes?
If so, have you accepted God’s forgiveness or are you listening to the lies of Satan that continue to taunt you?
Who are you going to listen to? Are you going to listen to God who says you are forgiven or Satan who says you are guilty?
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