TUESDAY, AUGUST 10
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.
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 14:16-17 (NLT2)
GOD PLACES HIS SPIRIT IN EVERY BELIEVER PERMANENTLY,
NOT MERELY ON THEM TEMPORARILY
Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to play major league baseball. Breaking baseball’s color barrier, he faced jeering crowds in every stadium. While playing one day in his home stadium in Brooklyn, he committed an error. The fans began to ridicule him. He stood at second base, humiliated, while the fans jeered. Then, shortstop Pee Wee Reese came over and stood next to him. He put his arm around Jackie Robinson and faced the crowd. The fans grew
quiet. Robinson later said that arm around his shoulder saved his career!
Jesus taught that the Holy Spirit has been called alongside us to help us in our Christian walk. John 14 is the first time Jesus teaches the disciples about the Holy Spirit after spending 3 years with them. Part of the reason is because He is about to depart from them physically but wants them to know the Holy Spirit is coming permanently. The Holy Spirit is God’s permanent gift to us. And when Jesus calls Him “another Advocate,” the word “another” means another of the same type. He is just as much an advocate for us as Jesus.
Who in life has stood by your side in good times and in difficult times? God promises to never leave you. The Holy Spirit is with you at your best and at your worst. How have you sensed His presence in the good times and in the bad times?
Praise God for His unwavering presence in your life. Ask God to help you stay sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s guidance in your life.