Advocate EQUALS Peace

John 14:26-27 “But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative-this is, the Holy Spirit-he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. 27 “I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

Board Game-1(photo by Debi, painting of Lily by Rena)
SOS says “…I AM the Lily (the peace) of your valleys”

(Footnotes : 14:26 Jesus promised the disciples that the Holy Spirit would help them to remember what he had been teaching them. This promise ensures the validity of the New Testament. The disciples were eyewitnesses of Jesus’ life and teachings, and the Holy Spirit helped them remember without taking away their individual perspectives.

14:27 The end results of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives is deep and lasting peace. Unlike worldly peace, which is usually defined as the absence of conflict, this peace is confident assurance in any circumstance; with Christ’s peace, we have no need to fear the present and the future. Sin, fear, uncertainty, doubt, and numerous other forces are at war within us. The peace of God moves into our hearts and lives to restrain these hostile forces and offer comfort in place of conflict. Jesus says he will give us this peace if we are willing to accept it from him.)
This is saying that the advocate allowed the disciples to remember Jesus’ life and to tell it in their own way. They were allowed to tell about Jesus’ teachings the way they saw it. The advocate( the Holy Spirit) allows us to tell how we see Jesus in our own way. We all have individual gifts from God. The Holy Spirit allows us to use these individual gifts for the Glory of our Lord. If we use these gifts and tell the story about Jesus (just like the disciples) we will have the gift of peace. We have a promised of peace that the world doesn’t know. ”

I want this peace! Peace through life’s storms. Peace of the mind and the heart. Peace!
I looked up advocate in Merriam-Webster:

In ‘The Daily’ retreat I recently attended on “Throwing Your Light Forward”, Sara, the author and our teacher used this scripture as one of the scriptures on communication and it stuck in my mind and brought back a remembrance I had in my nursing training and career. Sara and The Holy Spirit are great teachers. WOW!

I also looked in one of my nursing books the word advocate. (Transitioning from LPN/VN to RN by: Gena Duncan/Rene DePew) This book talked about advocate as part of the nurse’s role component. The nurse’s roles include advocate, counselor, researcher, mentor, collaborator, change agent, educator, entrepreneur, role model, leader, and communicator. This statement is very true about nurse’s. I would like to change it a little and start this statement like this…. The Christian’s roles include advocate, counselor, researcher, mentor, collaborator, change agent, educator, entrepreneur, role model, leader and communicator. If we do all this for God’s Kingdom and allow the Holy Spirit to advocate for us we will have peace. Peace in life’s storms. Peace when everything is falling apart. Peace in the darkest times. Peace!!!! I think we all could use this. Peace in English; Paz in Spanish; Paix in French; Friede, Frieden in German; Pace in Italian. Peace through Jesus Christ that the world will never understand without Him. So, Lilies ,THROW YOUR LIGHTS FORWARD and help bring Peace that Christ promised. Go Light Your World!!! Make our world ‘A BEACON OF HOPE’ so our daily lives can sail like a ship at peace and not at storm.

Ferry Ride(photo by Debi of ferry, Okracoke Island, NC)


14 thoughts on “Advocate EQUALS Peace”

  1. Chickenfarmer, it is interesting that Gary also said yesterday in a teaching (with a sort of awe) that the Creator of the universe lived right here inside us by the power of the Holy Spirit. And you have shown us in your message just what great power, resource, wisdom and virtue we Do have contained within our temples, our hearts, by the Holy Spirit, our Advocate. Isaiah called Him Counselor, the mighty GOD, Everlasting Father. Through Him, if only we would DO IT, we are enabled “to preach the Gospel of good tiding to the meek, the poor and afflicted. Through the Holy Spirit, our Advocate, we can bind up and heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the physical and spiritual captive and the opening of the prison and the opening of the EYES of those who are bound.”
    Through Holy Spirit we can get our own eyes opened to the things that bind us and hinder us from THROWING OUR LIGHTS FORWARD.
    I love what the “duties” of the NURSE proclaim. That is an awesome responsibility in itself.
    When Jesus went back to Heaven He promised us that He would send the HOLY SPIRIT….a NEW FRIEND for us with Whom to FELLOWSHIP and be in COMMUNION with AT ALL TIMES. Oh! If we would but listen to HIM as you wrote so explicitly in your blog, we would have PEACE…that special KNOWING, that we are doing the will of the Father because HOLY SPIRIT tells us so.

  2. Chickenfarmer it brings joy and freedom to know that ‘ we all have individual gifts from God’ and we can ‘tell about it in our own way’. I found it very freeing to learn at The Daily retreat so much about our unique individuality from the Bible stories incorporated into Sara’s “Throwing Your Light Forward”. It was understanding each one’s uniqueness and giftings from a Biblical perspective that is helping me sort out my own relationships, friendships and fellowships studied in the retreat workbook. How wonderful to know that Christ died for ALL and that each one of us in the whole world can receive that gift and have this Advocate distribute these giftings to His body so we can all profit from them, knowing that just because they are different doesn’t make them any less important than someone else’s. To know we can operate in our giftings in obedience to God and in the correct relationship context produces a peace in me. And I believe Sara also shared that when a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even His enemies to be at peace with him.” (Prov 16:7) I am with you to ‘Light our world and make it a beacon of hope.’

  3. At 2nd annual retreat, last week…THROWING YOUR LIGHT FORWARD, we made such a delightful and liberating discovery when Sara pointed out the differences between relationship, friendship and fellowship. These distinctions were revealed to her from the WORD OF GOD by the HOLY SPIRIT, her Teacher….and ours. We discovered that GOD puts certain people in our paths with the purpose of fulfilling HIS PLAN and HIS destiny for us (and them).
    From what I understand of of SOME of these concepts is that each individual that is in our lives or in any association with us has been earmarked by the Lord God for a purpose of true friendship,(with those who have the same perspective and goals and targets as we do) or just aquaintanceship or political/business/professional relationship or true Fellowship as with those of like faith and goals in the Body of Christ.
    This is very practical knowledge for those of us who are endeavoring to mark our steps aright. It eliminates strife, guilt, and jealousy among us, and with those with whom we have to “DO” in one capacity or another.
    I must say, LOTS OF LIGHT went FORWARD in this RETREAT and I am grateful.

  4. ChickenFarmer…I have always loved to read anything and everything about the Holy Ghost and His purpose…and how He workds in our lives…and having been a partaker of the wonderful teachings this past week at the Daily lily retreat…I had the chance to see first hand the gifts you now speak of in action…and they each were very unique as the Word was shared…..From the Bee and Bird drama to the art the Lunches…to the praise music…and the Teaching as only Sara could do….this blog really is interesting …I never stopped to think and connect it like you have done…..The Holy Spirit ….Nurse…comforter…advocate….such love…and oh what peace of mind……thanks also for the footnotes…dj

  5. “gift-peace of mind and heart.” I love the wording of vs. 27 of John 14. What a gift we need, peace of mind and heart. Hopefully, a gift we will never throw away or give to our favorite tax deductive charity, as good as that may be. But, we need to cherish each gift we are given. I have always learned to value a gift received and while reading this scripture tonight I could only think what a valuable lesson to have been taught, the value of a gift.

    The gift of ‘peace of mind and heart’ 24/7 is valueless. Thank You Jesus for sending us this gift and thank You Holy Spirit for being a gift that increases in value each and every day as we let YOU work on our behalf as an advocate for our benefit. Thank you Chickenfarmer for sharing your HEART story with us.

  6. Chickenfarmer your blog brought to mind Psalms 51: 10 – 12 as this scripture was read weekly in the church. “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence, or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.” In light of your research it would be incomprehensible to think of a world stripped of all peace everywhere and not have an advocate – no quidance minute by minute, no revelation of the Word of God to make it applicable to us. In the footnotes of my bible (NIV) it says of verse 11 that David here in the first request recalled the rejection of Saul and pleads with God not to take away his Spirit (David saw that life without the spirit of God did not accomplish God’s purpose for his life). By his Spirit, God effected his purposes in creation, equipped his servants for their appointed tasks, inspired his prophets, and directed their ministries. And it is by his Spirit that God gives his people a new heart and a new spirit to live by his will. The Christian’s roles as you, Chickenfarmer listed would be living by his will as advocate, counselor, researcher, mentor, collaborator, change agent, educator, entrepreneur, role model, leader and communicator. Without God’s spirit, God’s love would not shine forth in us in these areas. As dailylilies we choose to shine by helping each shine in these areas through sharpening each other through the Word.

  7. In my recent blog I listed the Beatitudes, 9th one “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

    peacmaker: a person who brings about peace, esp. by reconciling adversaries. This gives us the same idea as advocate. Again, being one of the reasons I think Chickenfarmer did such an Excellent job of bringing her knowledge of vocation with teaching on Throwing Your Light Forward” together.

    For the Lilies that have the Workbook on Throwing Your Light forward” by Sara you might check page 62 and see a list of scriptures related to communication. (Chickenfarner’s secret) she found her blog with light shining on it right on page 62. I have read them over and over after I saw just how much distilled wisdom our writer of this blog had gleaned from this page.

    How about this one, 2 Samuel 22:29 “You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turn my darkness into light.”

  8. In Psalm 18 David gives praise and thanksgiving to the Lord and tells of the great deliverances GOD ALMIGHTY brought about for David and Israel. My footnotes say that this psalm is a popular version of the song in the Scripture that Sara quoted above, 2Sam. 22:29. In verse 18, David sings, “You cause my Lamp to be lighted and shine. For the Lord my God illumines my darkness.”
    But in the verses just before that David says that “with the merciful, God will show mercy. With the upright, God will show Himself upright. With the pure of heart, God will show Himself pure, BUT WITH THE CONTRARY, THE PERVERSE, THE HAUGHTY, HE WILL SHOW HIMSELF CONTRARY TO THEM.
    From these verses I gather that if we show ourselves upright, pure of heart, obedient and humble then will the LORD GOD cause our lamps to shine and our darkness to be illuminated so much so that we can THROW THAT LIGHT FORWARD for others to see by.
    David says in verse 35 of Psalm 18…”THY GENTLENESS HAS MAKE ME GREAT”

  9. In checking page 62 in Sara’s “Throwing Your Light Forward” workbook I saw that II Sam 22:29 (You are My lamp O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light) was a scriptural reference to help us answer the question on how “light can give us the powerful resolve to live above our circumstances.” I thought about the awfulness of darkness and being engulfed by circumstances that cause us to sin by telling lies, live in fear, stay worried, be ignorant,have uncontrolled emotions, etc, etc. Sara said that “darkness was an evil system absolutely opposed to the light”, and that “obedience brings light but disobedience brings darkness.” That is really black and white! God wants us to be a light for each other and others to ‘turn’ us from our sinful ways to live a life of light and righteousness. Acts 26:18 recounts where Jesus commissioned and used Paul to “open their eyes in order to turn them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.” One way we can open eyes, turn others, and be turned ourselves is by communicating Truth, being obedient to God’s Word and helping others to do the same. I see this as an example of being an advocate for others to walk in light rather than darkness.

  10. “sin, fear, uncertainty, doubt, and numerous other forces are at war within us. The peace of God moves into our hearts and lives to restrain these hostile forces and offer comfort in place of conflict”.

    There is ?probably? no one, in the Bible (except Jesus) that suffered these forces like Job. Job 3: 26 says “I have no peace, no quietness. I have no rest; only trouble comes.” In the end, Job was restored, after all he suffered. Job 42: 2 says “I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you.”

    It is easy to allow circumstances, fear, ignorance, uncontrolled emotions, etc. (as Debi put it) to try and hinder us. I am thankful to Chickenfarmer for reminding us that we have an advocate who is ready and willing to help us “throw our light forward” and to overcome life’s storms. I too, was privileged to attend this recent retreat with the daily lillies. What awesome teachings Sara brought forth that we must “punch holes in darkness” so that our lights can shine.

    No Jesus, No peace, Know Jesus, Know Peace!

  11. Well said Needles. Know Jesus, Know Peace! It’s the knowing that gives us the hang-up.

    When we attend retreats much like the one some of us just attended on Friendship, Relationship and Fellowship, we measure our …ships and realize they need some TLC in order to sail.

    In the book of James, 2:23″Abraham believed Gpod and it was accounted to him for righteousness, and he was called the friend of God. 4:4…”friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever, therefore, wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God..” vs. 5 says The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?

    John 14 Jesus says, “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.” and vs. 15…”No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.”

    Psalm 34:14 “…seek peace and purse it.”

    Ok, this ‘advocate peace’ seeking work is taking a lot of my time. Sure takes a lot of knowing and practicing good communication and most of all what to do about those that communicate untruths to me.

    I am thinking now that Peace must move forward, Peace is a lot of action in forward motion. But how does one unload all the unnecessary baggage to go forward?

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