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Girlfriends in God Daily Devotional Thursday, November 9, 2006
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And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Counselor, to be with you forever the Spirit of truth (John ).
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During Jesus last supper discourse, He reassured the disciples that He would not leave them as orphans. And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Counselor, to be with you forever the Spirit of truth (John ). The Greek word which is also translated Helper (NASB) and Comforter (KJV), is parakletos and means a person summoned to ones aid.[i] 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 pleas anothers cause, an intercessor, an advocate. [ii]
I love the image of being in a court of law because I have come to see Satan as the accuser (Revelation ). He points His gnarly finger in our faces and says things like, You arent a very good Christian, Jesus doesnt really love you, You were a mistake when you were born, Youve really blown it this time, What makes you any different now than before you accepted Christ, I dont see much fruit in your life, Youre a pitiful excuse as a wife, as a mother, as a child of God, etc.
Now tell me, have you ever heard any of those statements before. Perhaps youve always assumed these were your own musings. Thats exactly what Satan would have you believe. However, I believe those accusatory statements are words from Satan that he whispers in our ears. It sounds like us, it feels like us, but its from the accuser himself. It is always amazing to me that while I might have trouble hearing Gods voice, Satans usually comes through loud and clear. Why, we even think they are our thoughts.
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!
[i] VW.E. Vine, Merrill F. Unger, William White, Jr., Vines Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, (Nashville: Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, 1985) p. 111.
[ii] Ibid. Vines p.111
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?
Have you accepted Gods forgiveness or are you listening to the lies of Satan that continue to convict you?
To whom do you need to listen - God who says you are forgiven and set free or Satan who says that you are guilty and dont deserve to be happy?
*All Bible references are taken from the NIV unless otherwise noted.
For more on todays topic seeBecoming a Woman who Listens to Godby Sharon Jaynes
Girlfriends in God, Inc.
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