Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Meet Your Advocate

Scripture: 1 John 2 v 1-5:  "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
3  And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5  But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

While we are alive on Earth yet not part of the Antichrist world system having been born again into citizenship of Heaven, we nevertheless get into scrapes or fall into error. We are still overcoming the problems and their consequences that we had as sinners.

When this happens we need an advocate. Someone to take our place before the Judge and bear our problems for us. Our Advocate is Jesus Christ.  An advocate in a courtroom takes on the guilt of the accused and makes pleas on his or her behalf.  Jesus already took our sins upon Himself so He is our perfect Advocate.

If we sin He intercedes for us before God the Father. Our Accuser (Satan) blames us for many true and false things. He comes before the Throne of God with his list of our faults. The Father looks to Advocate Jesus to find out if the accused has his/her name written in the Lamb's Book of Life.

If the name is written in there, Jesus says 'I am guilty of this sin, I took it on while I was on the Cross!'. The Father says 'I forgave You every sin. Your Blood covered them all!' To Satan God says 'Case dismissed!' To the one who sinned the Holy Spirit brings him to his knees to say 'Sorry, Father, I will never do that again. Thank You Jesus for bearing my sin.'  This is God's grace in action.

If a person's name is not in the Lamb's Book of Life, there is no relief of pressure or stress. He has to pay the price. The world system is rigid and unyielding and on every level it is meted out. Spiritual, mental, emotional, financial - your master, the Accuser, Satan, enjoys seeing you suffer.

The only way out is to beat the system by dying to selfishness, rebellion, lust, fraud, corruption, lies, jealousy, hatred, fighting and greed.  This is when you become born again following the command of Jesus in John 3 v 7: "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 
4  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again."

When you make Jesus Lord of your life, you will meet your Advocate and wonder how you ever lived in such horrible slavery. Jesus liberates your soul and sets you free of wrong thinking and desires and removes all pressure as you follow His ways.

Prayer:   Heavenly Father forgive me, I have sinned and hurt Jesus Your Son. I forgive those who have hurt me. Cleanse my heart, mind, mouth and life of all evil and sin, with the shed Blood of Jesus. I open my new, clean heart to invite Jesus to be my Lord and Saviour. I am now born again and have met my Advocate. Amen.  U