THE ADVOCATE WITH THE FATHER

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE: FRIDAY 25 MARCH 2016
THEME: THE ADVOCATE WITH THE
FATHER
Memorise:
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.
1 John 2:1
Read: Hebrew 12:22-26
22 But ye are come unto mount Sion,
and unto the city of the living God,
the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an
innumerable company of angels,
23 To the general assembly and
church of the firstborn, which are
written in heaven, and to God the
Judge of all, and to the spirits of just
men made perfect,
24 And to Jesus the mediator of the
new covenant, and to the blood of
sprinkling, that speaketh better things
than that of Abel.
25 See that ye refuse not him that
speaketh. For if they escaped not
who refused him that spake on
earth, much more shall not we
escape, if we turn away from him
that speaketh from heaven:
26 Whose voice then shook the
earth: but now he hath promised,
saying, Yet once more I shake not
the earth only, but also heaven.
Message
At the point of the counsel in our
memory verse for today, John had
gained enough experience as an elder
and a counsellor, that he could
counsel new converts that one sin
does not have to lead to another,
and a feeling of guilt should actually
birth the fruit of repentance rather
than a surrender to a life of sin and
perpetual guilt. There are many
people who in times of trials and
weaknesses commit sin against God,
like the wife of job who advise her
husband to curse God. The words of
John warn all Christians against the
possibility of allowing sin become
habitual in our relationship with God.
The fact that you sinned yesterday
does not mean that you have been
completely rejected by God. In fact,
that you are still alive means that
Jesus is currently pleading your case
with God, to give you a chance to
change your ways as He sets you up
with messages that will speak to your
conscience and save you from
imminent destruction. I pray that you
will change your ways immediately,
because you never can tell when God
will run out of patience waiting for
you to change (1 Samuel 16:1)
The Holy Spirit has been given to us
to inspire us into all truth. Jesus is
our Advocate who stands between us
and the Father, and speaks in our
favour in the heavenly realm, so that
we can receive help with our
problems of sin. He is the One who
pleads our case every night and day,
and blots out the handwritings of the
devil over our lives. He works in
close communion with the Father so
that there is no barrier when we
want to access the throne of grace.
Jesus, as the Advocate, is the One
who atones for our sins and
reconciles us back to the Father
through His precious blood that was
shed on the Cross of Calvary.
Through the role of Jesus as our
Advocate, we can come back to the
Father and experience the peace we
lost through sin.
The reassurance of our salvation
comes from knowing that we have an
Advocate in Heaven, not by affirming
that we have no sin. Our relationship
with God is assured as we keep His
commandments daily and remain
friends with Jesus our Advocate. The
truth is that our righteousness is as a
filthy rag to the Father. Our
perfection is of Jesus, there is
therefore the need to rely meekly
upon His grace to make us perfect by
His love. The self-made religious
traditions of men and our works
alone cannot guarantee our
perfection. You are a child of God
basically because you believe in your
heart that Jesus died for you and you
have given your life in obedience to
the instructions of God and not the
self-imposed dictates of man.
Prayer point:
Father, please let me be justified
through Your grace.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Judges 12-14
and Job 42:1-9
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 6: WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE
IN JESUS.
What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer.
Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Are we weak and heavy laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge;
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In his arms he’ll take and shield thee
thou wilt find a solace there.

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