THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7
Did I have
“soul food” today?
THE WITNESS OF THE SPIRIT
It is nothing unusual or strange for a child of God, a true believer, to be troubled by doubt and insecurity concerning his salvation. For example, Satan is ever ready to sow seeds of fear and self-accusation in my heart so as to shake my faith in Christ. He will attack in moments of weakness or depression by reminding me of my past or even my present sinfulness. He questions my repentance by suggesting that it is not sincere and that God surely cannot forgive someone like me.
Is this your besetting problem? Are you sorely tried and troubled by such disturbing thoughts? Fear not! For each child, the Father in Heaven has provided the blessed Holy Spirit Comforter as our all-powerful and unassailable witness, and His witness dispels every evil suggestion of the enemy. The Spirit comes swiftly to our aid with His two-edged sword, the mighty Word: “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God” (Rom 8:16).
My spirit within has submitted to the Gospel. I have yielded myself – heart, soul and body – to Christ to be His life-long follower and servant. I have burnt all my idols. My spirit within knows all these to be true. Am I now a child of God? What is the answer? God my Redeemer supplies it: “My Spirit, the Comforter in you bears witness with your spirit that you are my child. Your spirit is weak, but my Spirit is omnipotent. He removes the evil darts of the devil. He is the infallible and true Witness.”
Do you now see the light? It is not your feelings or the devil’s suggestions that decide the issue. It is our blessed Witness! He speaks the truth, and the truth will make you free, free from unfounded fears and needless worries. The Spirit’s witness is our sure defence. He is also our Advocate (1 John 2:1). He pleads our cause with the Father and Jesus Christ the righteous. The final witness of our Advocate assures us beyond all doubt: “And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him” (1 John 3:19).
THOUGHT: The Spirit’s witness dispels all doubts and fears.
PRAYER: I thank Thee, Lord, for Thy unassailable witness.