Jesus Is Worthy to Speak in Your Defense

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)

Some time ago, I received a religious e-mail that gave a portrayal of a person who was on trial in court.  Satan was the prosecutor.  God was the judge.  And Jesus served as their defense attorney.  I thought about my own life and where I would be without an advocate like Christ.  He is the only one worthy to speak in our defense.  No one else is qualified to be our advocate before a righteous and holy God.   John writes to us today that we should not sin.  Some in our society have grown immune to sin.  Some have even called evil good.  God still hates sin today.  Shall we continue in sin?  God forbid.  Our goal, focus and desire is to refrain from sin.  But if we fall into sin, we have a righteous advocate who will speak on our behalf.  In the court case I spoke of earlier, when Christ spoke, he simply stated, that the penalty has been paid in full.  Therefore, our penalty for sin has not been taken away, but rather our penalty has been paid by someone else.  Someone else has settled our account.  Someone else has stood in our place.  That someone is Jesus Christ.  He is our advocate.  He is our supporter.  Spokesperson.  Defender.  He is the one who pleads for our cause.  We can know on today that when we stand before the righteous Judge, God the Father, we don’t have to stand alone.  Jesus Christ, the righteous advocate, will stand with us.

Walk In The Light Of Jesus Christ

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1st John 1:7)

Jesus Christ can be found in light and not in darkness.  I can recall in 2007 during the month of December, the residents of Oklahoma lost power in the city of Tulsa.  They discovered what life is like without light.  My Uncle used candles, flashlights, fireplace, or whatever he could find to get some light in the house.  When they found themselves without light, they used whatever means they could find to get light.  What would a dark world be like without light?  Without access to spiritual candles and saintly flashlights, darkness will exist.  Light is what we need to see our way.  When we are in darkness, we can’t see our way.  Why would anyone choose to be in darkness rather than in light.  Simply because their deeds are evil.  As we walk in the light of Christ, we can follow his guidance to see our way.  Life is much easier to walk in light rather than in darkness.  A second advantage of walking in light is that those in the light have fellowship one with another.  What a fellowship.  What a joy divine.   Walk in the light.  Jesus is the light of the world.

A Living Word In Our Hearts

I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.  (1st John 2:14)

Mississippi Mass Choir sang a song ”It’s Good To Know Jesus”.  It is in fact good to know Jesus and it is good that Christ knows us.  The focus today is the idea of the Word of God (which is Christ Jesus) living in us.  This matter of a living Word is not about quoting scriptures or knowing where to find it, but rather, it is about allowing the Word to leave the pages of the Bible and begin to take root in our hearts.  As we grow into mature Christians, this Word that we teach and preach becomes a living part of us.  This Word that we read about becomes second nature.  This Word that we know becomes alive in our living.  We cannot overcome Satan and his devices unless the Word is alive in us.  The scripture says you have overcome the wicked one.  The reason is simply because you are strong in the Word and the Word is living in your heart.  When Jesus told Satan in Matthew 4:10 to get “thee hence” or to move away from him or to leave him alone, he was not just uttering words.  He knew that God’s Word would stand against Satan.  As Christ was being tempted by Satan in the wildnerness, each time Christ responded “It is written”.  Each time he used the Word of God to refute Satan.  Each time he used the Word of God to ward off Satan’s claims and attacks.  When God’s Word abide in us, we can defeat temptations.  We can have victory in our life.  We can be confident that we can make it no matter what difficulties we face.  With God’s Word abiding in us, we can walk with a newness of life.  We can have joy when we should be crying.  We can have peace when confusion is all around us.  It is His Word that can keep us when we can’t keep ourselves.  Keep the Word of God living within your heart.

Destroying Satan’s Work

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.  (1 John 3:8)

Other translations state “when people keep on sinning it shows they belong to the devil or whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil”.  Satan is the ultimate factor behind all sin.  This is not saying that Satan makes us sin because we have the freedom to choose.  We can choose to live for God or we can choose to live for Satan.  Don’t allow yourself to believe that you cannot live a godly life.  Don’t believe that Satan’s power is too great to resist.  If you desire to live godly and resist sin, God will make a way for you to escape.  When God makes a way, we must seek that way rather than Satan’s way.  Satan’s way is to say I can’t do it.  Satan’s way is to say it is just too hard.  Know this today that Satan is not all powerful.  Only God is all powerful.  He is an omnipotent God.  He that lives in us is greater than he that lives in the world.  Simply put, the Holy Spirit is He that lives in us.  He is the third person of the godhead.  He is greater than Satan who lives in the world.  One reason for Christ’s coming was to destroy Satan’s work.  Satan causes sin.  Sin causes death.  Death is eternal damnation.  But thank God that He so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that we might have life and not death.  Sin has been taken to the grave and overcome by Christ.  The penalty for sin is death.  Christ has died in our place.  When we accept Him as our Lord and Savior, the sting of death has been taken away.  We can have life in Christ Jesus.  All the work Satan invested to ensure our death has been destroyed in Christ Jesus.  What a great God we serve.  Hallelujah.    

Doing What Pleases God Builds Confidence

Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.  And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.  (1 John 3:21-22)

If you have ever known someone who plays sports, you will find that the more they play the game, the better they become.  The more they practice on performing a certain feat, the more confidence they have.  This is true with our Christian walk.  As we live with a true heart to God, we have confidence and boldness before Him.  We can come before Him with the boldness of an obedient child.  We can ask of our Father what we want and He will give it to us.  But keep in mind that it begins with obedience.  It begins with obeying his commandments.  It begins with being obedient to His word.  So many Christians want to demand God’s blessings while ignoring his commandments.  It doesn’t work that way.  For the Word says we can ask and receive of Him because we keep his commandments.  Began to practice on obedience.  As we become obedient, it will build our confidence to come before Christ with boldness.  We can come with boldness because we know that we are doing the things that pleases Him.   

Love Is a Verb, Its What You DO

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. (1st John 3:18)

Love is a verb.  It is sometimes used as an adjective or a noun.  But here, it is used as a verb.  It is not what you say or how you feel.  It is an action word.  Love is what we do.  Many years ago, a popular song was sang throughout America.  What the world needs now is love, sweet love.  It’s the only thing that there is just too little of.  The world is still in need of love.  Pure love.  Undefiled love.  Unrestrained love.  Love that bears all things.  Love that is kind.  Love that does not envy.  Love that is not easily provoked.  Love that does not think about evil.  There is an over-abundance of people in our midst who talk about love.  But talking is not doing.  Love must be shown in our actions.  It is what we do.   

God’s Very Nature Is Love

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. (1st John 4:8)

For God so loved the world that he gave………..  Giving is the essence of love in action.  God is a God of giving.  He gave his Son.  He gave us life.  He gives us our daily needs.  He gives salvation.  He gives His love.  He is love.  As I wake up each morning and look into another day, I give God praise for giving me another day’s journey.  Satan hates and wants to destroy lives.  But God loves and wants to give life.  Life everlasting.  Life eternal.  Abundant life.  Those who do not love does not know God or his nature.  God’s very nature is love.  He loved us while we were yet sinners.  He loves us without reservation.  He loves us not because of who we are but in spite of who we are.  He is a God of love.  This world in which we live can sometime be very mean and uncaring.  Everyone is only concerned about themselves and their own.  If we are not careful, we can become callous and insensitive.  We can fall into the world’s nature.  But if we know God and if we know His nature, we that are His children will always express the love that He gives to us daily.  Show love on today.  

Love Comes From God

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. (1st John 4:7)

On yesterday, the Daily Word focused on the fact that we can allow the world to see God through our love for one another.  But on today, we want to focus on the fact that love comes only from God and that when we love, we are born of God.  John writes to us that every one that loves is born of God.  We talk often about being born again.  Being born of the Holy Spirit and being born into the family of God.  This new birth is exemplified in our love that we show to one another and to the world.  This does not come about through lip service.  If you know God, it will be shown in your love.  We cannot have the spirit of God without also receiving His love.  When a father and mother has a child, there is, no doubt, some characteristics of the mother and father in that child.  This is the same way with the birth of a child of God.  We must exemplify some of the characteristics of our Father.  To know God is to love.  To love is to be born of God.  Let us show love for one another that the world might know that we are Christ’s disciples, God’s children, and that we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. 

God Lives in Those Who Love

No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. (1 John 4:12)

How many long to see God in person.  Man has always sought out ways to find God.  Man will go to the highest heights and to the lowest dephts to be able to lay his eyes on God.  But God can be seen all around us.  The fool has said in his heart that there is no God.  But if he would just open his eyes, he can see God in the trees and plant life.  He can see God in the moon and stars.  He can see God in the fish of the seas and in the animals of the land.  But most importantly, he can see God in those who allow the love of God to flow through their hearts.  John says no one has ever seen God.  But he goes on to say that if we love one another, God lives in us.  Therefore, if we love one another, we can allow God to be seen through our love.  If we do not love one another, etc. etc. etc.  God lives in those who love.  Beloved, let us love one another.  God is love.  Everyone that loves, knows God.  He that does not love, does not know God.

Laws Are Made For The Unholy

8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;  9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,  10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;  (I Timothy 1:8-10) 

God’s laws were made for unholy people.  His laws are designed to show people their sinfulness.  The law is not for those who have turned their life over to Christ.  We live under grace.  We live according to Christ’s love and mercy.  We pattern our life after Christ.  That is why we are called Christians (Christ like).  The law is intended for those who remain unconvinced of their sin.  These will be judged by their living and condemned to eternal damnation.  Those who have accepted Christ as Lord are governed by the Holy Spirit of God.