I am writing today from the beautiful Tampa Bay area.
Satan has a little trick he loves to play on us. He whispers in one ear, “Go ahead and commit such a sin, you deserve it, it’s alright.” Then once he has deceived his victim, he whispers in the other ear, “I can’t believe you just did what you just did!” After what you just did you can no longer walk with God so don’t even try.” Yet, when Satan tells us we are too great a sinner to walk with God, Jesus comes and puts His nail scarred hand in ours and not only tells us to continue walking with Him but He actually pleads with us, “walk closer to me this time.” Remember, Enoch did not walk with God because he was strong. He walked with God because he knew how weak he was without God.
“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: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for [the sins of] the whole world.” 1 John 2:1,2
“How careful is the Lord Jesus to give no occasion for a soul to despair. How He fences about the soul from Satan’s fierce attacks. If through manifold temptations we are surprised or deceived into sin, He does not turn from us and leave us to perish. No, no, that is not our Saviour…. He was tempted in all points like as we are; and having been tempted, He knows how to succor those who are tempted. Our crucified Lord is pleading for us in the presence of the Father at the throne of grace. His atoning sacrifice we may plead for our pardon, our justification, and our sanctification. The Lamb slain is our only hope. Our faith looks up to Him, grasps Him as the One who can save to the uttermost, and the fragrance of the all-sufficient offering is accepted of the Father.
If you make failures and are betrayed into sin, do not feel then you cannot pray … but seek the Lord more earnestly.
The blood of Jesus is pleading with power and efficacy for those who are backslidden, for those who are rebellious, for those who sin against great light and love. Satan stands at our right hand to accuse us, and our Advocate stands at God’s right hand to plead for us. He has never lost a case that has been committed to Him. We may trust in our Advocate; for He pleads His own merits in our behalf…. He is making intercession for the most lowly, the most oppressed and suffering, for the most tried and tempted ones. With upraised hands He pleads, ‘I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands.’ Isa. 49:16.
I would I might sound the glad note to earth’s remotest bounds. “If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” Oh, precious redemption! How broad this great truth is– that God for Christ’s dear sake, forgives us the moment we ask Him in living faith, believing that He is fully able!” (Our High Calling p. 49)
If you are in the Tampa Bay area I want to invite you to celebrate this amazing grace with us at the Tampa First Seventh-day Adventist Church. If you are somewhere else, click here to find a church in your part of the world.