My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father — Jesus Christ the righteous one. 1 John 2:1 CSB
✅As believers in Christ we all belong to the family of God and he wants us to enjoy constant and unbroken fellowship. But sometimes we sin against God and God hates sin. Remember God is holy and pure and does not behold nor condone iniquity.
✅Sin, sin consciousness and the guilt of sin all have the capacity to suppress, disrupt and completely ruin our fellowship with God, if nothing is done to counter these adverse effects.
✅In his infinite mercy, love and grace God made a divine provision for restoring us back to fellowship whenever we sin against him, and that provision is the advocacy ministry of Christ Jesus.
✅Advocacy is the work that Jesus does on behalf of sinning saints which he carries on with the Father whereby, because of the eternal efficacy of his own sacrifice he restores them to fellowship.
✅The advocacy ministry of Jesus helps us to remain in fellowship with the Farher, enjoying all the blessings that flow from his Presence.
✅Our fellowship with the Father is so important to him that he’s not going to let sin separate us from him. He knows that we can all grow from spiritual babies who easily fall into sin to spiritual adults who have mastery over sin.
✅How beautiful it will be if we constantly apply the truth of God’s Word to our lives so that we can continue to advance spiritually, moving from spiritual babyhood and growing into Christ. That will make Jesus so proud of us because we are attaining the stature of the fullness of Christ.
✅The result of that level of spiritual maturity will be that sin will completely lose its influence over us and we will constantly enjoy unbroken fellowship with the Father and with our Lord Jesus Christ through the help of the Holy Spirit.
✅So while we enjoy the advocacy ministry of Jesus we should work at growing up spiritually so that nothing will interfere with our fellowship with the Father and by extension we are guaranteed a continual inflow of the blessings of unbroken fellowship with God.
✅PRAYER: Father God, I deeply appreciate your divine provision of the advocacy ministry of my Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for the awesome privilege to remain in an unbroken fellowship with you. By your grace that’s already at work in me, I choose to live by the standards and principles of your holy Word. I deliberately embrace whatever will advance my walk of faith as I daily pursue spiritual maturity in Jesus name. Amen
✅FURTHER STUDIES: Romans 8:34: John 8:2-12, 1 John 2: 1 EASY
Excerpt from Inspiring Realities Devotional
By Pastor Gloria Johnson