Before Jesus went to the cross, He assured His followers that He would not leave them as orphans. John 14:18.
He promised to send the Spirit, the Helper, John 15:26, who would encourage, enlighten, empower and intercede for all believers. Romans 8:26.
And then Jesus gave the Spirit a name: the Advocate.
“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”.
An advocate is someone who is for you and acts on your behalf. Yes! He is for you! And one of the ways He is for you is to convict you of sin — something you’ve done that is contrary to God’s ways.
However, He will never reveal a weakness, a sin, or a flaw in your life just for the sake of exposing it.
He always reveals a deficit because it’s time to make it right — to conform you to the image of the Son.
The Holy Spirit awakens your senses to an area of your life that you need to change and then helps you do it.
He says, “See, right there. See that move?
Let’s work on that area and improve your game.”
Isn’t that what Jesus did with Peter?
After Peter denied he knew Jesus three times, the devil showed was already accusing him “shame, shame, shame.”
However, after Jesus’ resurrection, Jesus showed Peter his deficits, not to sham him, but restore him.
He asked him three times, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these? … Feed my sheep” (John 21:15a, 17b,).
It was the same situation but with a different purpose. The devil wanted Peter to feel disqualified; Jesus was calling him qualified.
While the accuser points out your weakness and makes you feel defeated, the Advocate points out your weakness so you can overcome. It’s the same scenario but seen from a different perspective.
So tell me, whose voice are you going to listen to? Whose voice are you going to believe? The voice we listen to determines our destiny.
Remember this today: The Advocate is for you! Jesus is for you! God is for you!