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About Pastor Ben Walls Sr

Pastor Ben Walls is retired, formerly the senior pastor at Brighton Nazarene Church in Brighton, Michigan.

Refreshed by God's Love

Both Jesus and the Holy Spirit advocate for things that help you to be all you want to be in Christ

Refreshed by God’s Love
Knowing God’s Love – Part VI

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:14-21

Key Verse: Ephesians 3:19
[I pray that you] know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

In the last five devotionals, we’ve been studying the second phrase in our Key Verse, “that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God”.

This phrase is important because any believer wants God to fill them with His fullness. However, this may seem impossible because of our imperfections and failures. God can strengthen us in our faith when we ask Him:

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you”. (John 14:16-17)

Note a few key things in these two verses.

First, Jesus asked the Father to give us a divine helper. Because Jesus asked the Father for this on our behalf, we can rest assured that it will happen.

Second, God gives us “another advocate”. Why is this “another”? The answer lies in 1 John 2:1:

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”

Jesus is our advocate, and the Holy Spirit is “another” advocate. An advocate recommends and pushes for something particular to happen.

God loves you so much and wants to fill you with the measure of His fullness that He provides us with two advocates… two members of the triune God who push for things that help us be all we can be in Christ.

Third, the essence of the Holy Spirit is that He is the Spirit of Truth. We can trust anything the Holy Spirit tells us in our inner minds. An unbeliever would not understand this “voice”, but true believers sense this Spirit of Truth when He speaks to us, nudges us, and directs our path, even when our plans might be different:

We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps. (Proverbs 16:9 NLT)

I rely on this help from God’s Spirit, knowing that even if I miss His direction, He is still faithful in directing my path in the right way. This is true for you as well!

Father, thank You for giving me the advocates to help me. In Jesus’s Name, amen.