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I've had a tough week. All kinds of mishaps, misunderstandings, and missteps. The Scripture that talks about the fact we wrestle not against flesh and blood, (meaning people) but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places, (Eph. 6:12) has been my reality.
I was under attack for sure.
Then I read 1 John 2:1-2 "My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world."
What this means—when we fall short, when we fall down, when we fall away, or when we struggle to meet the day … we have an Advocate (a defense attorney, one who speaks to the Father in our defense) to represent us before the Father in heaven. This is a good thing to keep in mind when Satan, the accuser, comes against us both to charge us with our sin, or to knock us down. Oh, and he will try. Not only does he bring forces against us, but then he revels when we fail.
Jesus is our divine helper, our Advocate, the one who takes our side in a trial, because He has achieved our pardon for us. He has paid the price for our frailties and our failure. Jesus does not intercede to prove our innocence because we are guilty, he stands in our place and pleads our righteousness because His sacrifice covers all our sin. Satan is silenced.
Our only responsibility when we fail is succinctly summarized in 1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He (Jesus) is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
And our only responsibility when we feel under attack is to remember our Jesus. "Greater is He (Jesus) who is in you, then he (Satan) who is in the world. 1 John 4:4
So, I leave you this week with two amazing truths.
How do I know what I'm talking about? I put this truth to the test this last week and came out victorious.
Pray with me …
Dear Advocate, come to me now. Take my failure. Take my pain. Take my frailty. I thank you for defending me against my foe, and against my accuser Satan. I thank you for paying the price for my willful and unwilful sin—those times in which I willingly contemplate and perpetrate sin, and those times when circumstances catch me by surprise, and I am less than loving. Thank you that you are my Advocate, my pardon, my friend.