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On Loyalty Part 2


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I was a little concerned when I finished my last post on loyalty that it was all a little too heavy and bleak.  I read Paul the last paragraph before publishing to see if it was okay and he said, "it's honest; it's okay."  My concern was that I was portraying a rather dim view of humanity, that I felt there was no one I could truly count on.

I do have beautiful friends that have shown loyalty to me when it was needed.  In a time of crisis, I sent an email to some of these friends who are overseas--friends who have known me for 20 years or longer--and their response was immediate and loyal.  They didn't ask questions.  They prayed, encouraged and supported me because they know and love me.  They didn't need to know the details.  It made a huge difference.  And a couple of friends closer to home also supported us, even without the luxury of having known us forever.  I hope the ties that bind us, having gone through so much together, are now unable to be loosened.  

But the real reason for this post on loyalty, part 2, is that I have been reminded of where to find true undeniable, unwavering loyalty.  Every second Friday night Paul and I have a Bible study in our home with some close friends.  It's an intimate time of sharing and exploring together and no matter how tired I am on these nights, I wouldn't miss it for anything.

Our topic is Jesus, specifically, "Living in Christ."  It's a topic so central to our faith, yet one we haven't had much teaching on since Capernwray days.  Over the years, Paul and I have become more and more aware that it is a topic little-understood by Christians.  I guess you could say we are finally taking up the torch handed to us by Major Ian Thomas all those years ago, and becoming Torch-bearers ourselves.  Better late than never.

So our study on Friday night was from John 14:15-31, where Jesus promises the Holy Spirit to his disciples while in the upper room with them.  We talked about a lot of things from these jam-packed verses but what stuck with me and brought tears to my eyes came from some of the very first words where Jesus says, "And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever -- the Spirit of truth."  One of my friends had a different translation which used the word "advocate" instead of "counselor."

Advocate.

That's what I had been missing through our time of trial--a human advocate.  I was desperate for a loyal advocate who would stand up for us against people who were questioning our character.  Someone who would say, "hang on a minute; you don't know what you're talking about.  These are my friends.  I know them and I know you have got it wrong.  Badly wrong.  This stops now." 

But you see, we did have an advocate, just not a human one.  We had the most powerful advocate we could ever hope for because as it turned out, our battle was not with flesh and blood, but was spiritual.  And our advocate was the Holy Spirit.  

I will never forget the day in January we had to go to a meeting which filled me with dread.  Spiritual dread.  I was dressing myself in spiritual armour, Ephesians-esque.  It was Paul's first day back at school and the meeting was to be held that night.  I dropped my kids off at school in the morning wondering how I was going to get through the day unscathed, and as I was driving home, a song came on the radio.  I didn't really catch all the words but I just knew, I KNEW I needed to find it and really listen to it.  I needed to hear it.  I do not know if the band are Christians and in the end it doesn't matter.  If God can speak through a donkey, He can speak through anyone.  I have mentioned it before, how this song by Mumford and Sons was part of my healing journey, but I didn't give you the specifics.

The lyrics which caught my attention came at the beginning of the song and I heard what God was saying to me.

Well I came home
Like a stone
And I fell heavy into your arms
These days of dust
Which we have known
Will blow away with this new sun.

I fell into the arms of God and at this point I was happy to have the assurance that these days of dust--all the yuck and the messiness and the darkness we were dealing with--were going to blow away.  That a new sun was rising.  I heard this as a direct message from God and I claimed it.  Through this song, in a magical, spiritual (to some, unbelievable, I know) way, God told me to:

...kneel down
Wait for now,
And I'll kneel down,
Know my ground.

And I did exactly that.  I got on my knees and I prayed.  And I said to God, "I will wait for You.  I know you've got this."  He answered back, again through the song, and told me to

...be bold
As well as strong
And use my head alongside my heart
So tame my flesh
And fix my eyes
A tethered mind, freed from the lies


At that moment I experienced exactly what Jesus was saying to His disciples in John 14:26 when he says, "But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you."  The Holy Spirit reminded me that God was in control, that He wanted me to go into the meeting feeling bold and strong, freed from the lies but also with my flesh tamed so that when I spoke, it wouldn't be me doing the speaking.  He was going to speak for us.  He was our advocate.  I felt peace; my heart was no longer troubled and I was not afraid (John 14:27).  

And sure enough, the peace of God broke through in that meeting and the Holy Spirit was our advocate so that eventually the darkness lifted and we really were freed from the lies.  A new sun began to rise.

So while the humanness in me still longs for human loyalty, I realise now that I have an advocate who is much more powerful, much more effective and much more loyal than any person I could ever hope for.  Because I have Jesus in me, who "does not give as the world gives." (John 14:27).  I have the Holy Spirit who will stand up for me and speak for me in times of trial.  I have God the Father who says I believe in you.  I've got your back.  I will support you.  I love you unconditionally.  

Loyalty.

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