“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”
– 1 John 2:1
Today, I would like to share this truth with you: Because you are God’s beloved and live under His loving care, you don’t have to negotiate against yourself anymore. Regardless of what we believe to be true about ourselves, we should never presumptuously think that we are unworthy of God’s blessings. Jesus’ resurrection has paved the way for us to receive God’s best. Allow me to illustrate how life in God’s Kingdom can play out like a modern courtroom with a twist.
As Christians, the Bible says that Jesus is “our attorney,” and we’re in the court of law and being judged by Satan, our enemy. As the defendant, you are on trial. Christ stands beside you and The Father is the judge. Satan is the accuser of the brethren and you are being accused of sinning, but Jesus as your advocate says, “No, he/she is not guilty.” By God’s Word, Jesus defends you! Standing up, you say, “No, the prosecutor is right, I am all these horrible things.” Your attorney Jesus looks at you and asks, “What are you doing?”
Friend, in life, we often condemn ourselves. We destroy our miracles, cut out faith, put others down, and side with Satan by agreeing with his accusations. At no point does the Bible tell us to do that, does it? The Bible tells us to confess that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. We are loved by God, and we are mountain movers. We must confess that chains will be broken, rivers will flow, and deserts will run green again. This is the kind of life we’re called to lead.
Father, help me not to negotiate against myself. Teach me how to stand in righteousness.
Do you often agree with Satan’s accusations? What can you do to embrace God’s love?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.