And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to
help you and be with you forever—
“The Spirit is the first power we practically experience,
but the last power we come to understand.”
Advocate means: someone who will back, promote and champion you … the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal. In Christianity, that cause or proposal is us. Among the many things the Holy Spirit is, He is our advocate … for us becoming us.
Think of a coach or a trainer who is with you to help you become more, become better, become what is within you to be, to do, to offer. That coach is with you full-time, and at all times working good into you and through you, while working out the things that are not good. The question is, would we align ourselves with such a coach? Would we take Him up on his offer to learn from Him how?
If Jesus needed to move on through the cross and resurrection so that He could make way for the Holy Spirit, and make a way for us to have a permanent residence of God, presence of God within us, then the Holy Spirit must be pretty important.
Jesus describes the Spirit as a Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener.
That implies we are going to need all these things in order to see our way home and see ourselves remade. These are very interactive and very intimate roles.
When a believer starts to hear the Spirit's voice, see the Spirit's love, and engage with the Spirit's work, the whole game changes, and a believer becomes what God intended: a beloved son, a warrior heart that is dangerous for good.
An excerpt from The Warrior's Heart Blog. Learn more here.