Thursday, June 23, 2016

JESUS OUR ADVOCATE

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1 John 2:[NET]
(My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.) But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous One

God's will for every Christian is that we sin not. He gives us His words, so that through them, grace is imparted into our spirits. When we receive the words God sends to us through His servants, we receive grace that empowers us not to sin.

In the case of the original people to whom Apostle John wrote the above Bible text, he gave them certain teachings to establish their faith and their righteousness.

Note that there are two most necessary things that protect our spirits from spiritual attacks. The first is the breastplate of righteousness; the second is the shield of faith. Righteousness gets its standards from truth: the belt of truth (See Eph 6:14,16). When we let the righteousness of God guide our thought processes, it would be impossible for the devil to use his most sophisticated weapon against our spirits. That weapon is called guilt. When we let faith fill our hearts, it will be impossible for the devil to use his most dangerous weapon against us. That weapon is called fear.

An advocate usually defends us using words and methods that we cannot use. Jesus is our advocate. He speaks for us against the accusations of Satan. He Himself became our sacrifice and took the punishment for our sins. The devil is always trying to get us punished for the sins we commit. But Jesus defends us because he took the punishment already.

As you go into today, remember that it is easier for an advocate to defend someone who does not make a habit of intentionally committing a crime.

Prayer: Ask the Lord to direct you to His words that will help you grow in faith and grace, in Jesus name. Amen.

YBP: Psalms 72-74

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