Are there times when you wish someone would intervene on your behalf? Do you wish someone would defend you? Would it be nice if someone would speak what you won’t speak for yourself? Do you know there is someone who does just that?

Many times, we are in situations where we are accused of something and feel defenseless. Perhaps we are guilty and perhaps we are not. In either case, we want someone who will defend us. Our desire is to have someone stand up for us.

There are also times when we would like to speak up and yet we are afraid to do so. We feel we will be laughed at, ridiculed, or ostracized. In those times, we wish there was someone to stand by our side and give us courage to speak out.

We have someone available to us that is always there who will strengthen us when we feel weak. He will help us defend ourselves or give us courage to admit our guilt. He will speak on our behalf when we don’t know what to say.

God’s Holy Spirit is that someone. Since He is also God, He knows how speak in words that God understands. As a gift from the Son, who was also human, the Holy Spirit knows how to interpret our human emotions, desires, failings, misunderstandings, and confusion.

The Holy Spirit is our Intercessor, Defender, Interpreter, Helper, and Advisor. He speaks both to us and for us. He speaks both for God and to God. He is our immediate access to God. He knows us from the inside out. He knows more about us than we know ourselves.

It is when we rely on Him that we make progress toward becoming more like the Son, Jesus. When we confess we don’t know and ask for help, the Holy Spirit relays our message to the Father and guides us along the way. Isn’t it comforting to know you have a Helper?

I pray we all come to rely on the Holy Spirit. I pray we confess our shortcomings to Him and listen for His guidance. I pray each of us grow to rely on the Holy Spirit. You have an Intercessor. He is always with you. Trust Him to be your Defender. Trust the guidance He provides.

Romans 8:26-27 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to prayfor, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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