VIDEO Heavenly Advocate – The Advocate Job asked for! David, Sin, Repentance

Heavenly Advocate

 

And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John 2:1

The English language has words that can be used as both nouns and verbs: walk, mail, park, play, milk, light, whistle, scare, and more. Advocate is one of those words: An advocate is someone who advocates for others—from the Latin word advocare, meaning “to call to one’s aid.” Advocate in English has come to be primarily a legal term—“defender or representative in court.”

Jesus is described as the Christian’s Advocate in 1 John 2:1. On the basis of His role as the Christian’s Mediator (1 Timothy 2:5) and Intercessor (Hebrews 7:25), we get a picture of a heavenly courtroom with four participants: the Christian, the Judge (God the Father), the Defender-Advocate (Jesus Christ), and the “accuser of [the] brethren” (Satan—Revelation 12:10). And if we sin, and Satan comes to accuse us before the Father, “we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (Recall how Satan came to accuse Job before the Father—Job 1-2.)

Why does Christ defend you against Satan? Because there is “no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). Give thanks today for your Heavenly Advocate.

And do but take away Christ’s intercession, and you starve the hope of the saints. John Flavel


Jesus Christ (Yahshua) the Advocate Job asked for! David, Sin, Repentance AND Betty DeMers

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Trust Me

Do not worry about tomorrow. Matthew 6:34

After graduation from college, I had a low-paying job. Money was tight, and sometimes I didn’t even have enough for my next meal. I learned to trust God for my daily provision.

It reminded me of the prophet Elijah’s experience. During his prophetic ministry, he learned to trust God to meet his daily needs. Shortly after Elijah pronounced God’s judgment of a drought in Israel, God sent him to a deserted place, Kerith Ravine, where He used the ravens to bring Elijah his daily meals and refresh him with water from the brook (1 Kings 17:1–4).

God supplies all our needs—one day at a time.

But a drought occurred. The brook shrank to a tiny stream, and slowly became a mere trickle. It was only when the brook had dried up that God said: “Go at once to Zarephath . . . . I have directed a widow there to supply you with food” (v. 9). Zarephath was in Phoenicia, whose inhabitants were enemies of the Israelites. Would anyone offer Elijah shelter? And would a poor widow have food to share?

Most of us would rather God provided in abundance long before our resources were depleted rather than just enough for each day. But our loving Father whispers, Trust Me. Just as He used ravens and a widow to provide for Elijah, nothing is impossible for Him. We can count on His love and power to meet our daily needs.

Faithful Father, thank You for knowing exactly what we need before we even ask. Help us to trust You for our daily needs.

God supplies all our needs—one day at a time.

 

By Poh Fang Chia 

Encouragement in Every Season

Psalm 62:5-8

Maybe there’s not enough money in the bank to cover that bill. Or a loved one died. Or your family is facing hard times. In difficult or painful circumstances, many believers turn to the Bible in search of comfort and guidance. Within its pages, we find assurance that encourages us through every season of life: “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness” (Lam. 3:22-23).

God truly is faithful. In other words, we can count on Him to be and do exactly what He says. For instance, the Bible assures us that the Lord is trustworthy, loving, and incapable of failure (Psalm 37:5; Rom. 5:8; Josh. 1:5). Out of deep love for us, He’ll  use any aspect of His multifaceted nature to provide exactly what He knows we need. He’s our Savior, Comforter, and Discipliner, who safely guides us through life’s changes and challenges.

No matter what hardships we face, we can trust God because He knows all things. He’s aware of the duration and intensity of our current season and uses His knowledge to offer us the best possible help and support. What’s more, the Lord is all-powerful, which means He is more than adequate to meet needs and change circumstances according to His plan. And our Father is everywhere, including right beside us in whatever we face. He promises, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you” (Heb. 13:5).

Difficulties may cause us to question God’s dependability. But if we’ll place our trust in our omniscient, omnipotent Father, we can begin each morning with a fresh sense of His faithfulness, which will carry us through the day.

Gospel of Prosperity

“Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.” (Romans 1:10)

This mention of the word “prosperous” is the first of the only four occurrences of the Greek word enodoo (meaning literally “good journey” but translated “prosper” or “prosperous”) in the New Testament. Here, it is actually rendered “prosperous journey.”

It is obvious that Paul was not praying for his journey to prosper financially, for the next verse indicates his long desire had been to “impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established” (Romans 1:11).

However, the word has come to include any kind of prospering, as in 1 Corinthians 16:2, when Paul urged Christians to provide financial help for other Christians in need. “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him,” he said.

The term can also refer to physical and spiritual health. Its two other occurrences are in 3 John 1:2: “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” Unfortunately, certain teachers of these latter days have taken the biblical teaching of spiritual prosperity to mean financial prosperity, which they teach is the right of every Christian. But this “prosperity gospel” is so clearly unscriptural that it is merely a testimony to the cupidity of the Christians who believe it. “They that [desire to] be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts,” warned Paul (1 Timothy 6:9). And to whatever extent God does prosper us financially, it is strictly for the purpose of helping others, not to indulge ourselves. “Charge them that are rich in this world, that . . . they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute” (1 Timothy 6:17-18). HMM

In the days of famine they shall be satisfied

Jeremiah 37:1-8, 11-21

After Jehoiakim’s son had been removed, another son of Josiah came to the throne.

Jeremiah 37:1, 2

Amazing folly! They would not see, though the judgments of God stared them in the face.

Jeremiah 37:3

He wanted his prayers, but not his sermons. How like the ungodly of our days! Zedekiah had broken his solemn oath to the Babylonian king, and well might he fear his just anger; and moreover the people had followed the abominations of the heathen, so that the eleven years’ reign of Zedekiah had been a great provocation to the Lord.

Jeremiah 37:11, 12

Intending to wander hither and thither as a witness that Jerusalem was unsafe to dwell in.

Jeremiah 37:13-15

They were willing to make prisons of their private houses, but they had no room for the worship of the Lord.

Jeremiah 37:16, 17

When Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon, and into the cabins, or vaulted cells in the pit

Thus boldly did the good man speak: we should always be brave in the Lord’s cause.

Jeremiah 37:18-21

Thus was the promise fulfilled, “in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.” God takes care that those who serve him well shall not starve.

To be sung or read

104th

 

Though troubles assail, and dangers affright,

Though friends should all fail, and foes all unite;

Yet one thing secures us, whatever betide,

The Scripture assures us, “The Lord will provide.”

 

When Satan appears, to stop up our path,

And fill us with fears, we triumph by faith:

He cannot take from us, though oft he has tried,

This heart cheering promise, “The Lord will provide.”

 

Yes, Think Like God Thinks

Search me, O God… and try me, and know my thoughts. (Psalm 139:23)

If God knows that your intention is to worship Him with every part of your being, He has promised to cooperate with you. On His side is the love and grace, the promises and the atonement, the constant help and the presence of the Holy Spirit.

On your side there is determination, seeking, yielding, believing. Your heart becomes a chamber, a sanctuary, a shrine in which there may be continuous, unbroken fellowship and communion with God. Your worship rises to God moment by moment!

We have all found that God will not dwell in spiteful and proud and selfish thoughts. He treasures our pure and loving thoughts, our meek and charitable and kindly thoughts. They are the thoughts like His own!

As God dwells in your thoughts, you will be worshiping—and God will be accepting. He will be smelling the incense of your high intentions even when the cares of life are intense and there is activity all around you.

This leaves us no argument. We know what God wants us to be. He wants us to be worshipers!

 

God Delights to Give

God Delights to Give

“And the Lord said unto Abraham, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: for all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.” Gen. 13:14, 15

A special blessing for a memorable occasion. Abram had settled a family dispute. He had said, “Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between thee and me, for we be brethren”; and hence he received the blessing which belongs to peacemakers. The Lord and giver of peace delights to manifest His grace to those who seek peace and pursue it. If we desire closer communion with God, we must keep closer to the ways of peace.

Abram had behaved very generously to his kinsman, giving him his choice of the land. If we deny ourselves for peace’ sake, the Lord will more than make it up to us. As far as the patriarch can see, he can claim, and we may do the like by faith. Abram had to wait for the actual possession, but the Lord entailed the land upon him and his posterity. Boundless blessings belong to us by covenant gift. All things are ours. When we please the Lord, He makes us to look everywhere, and see all things our own, whether things present, or things to come, all are ours, and we are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

 

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