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{March 9, 2008}   Christ and Sin: Keys to the Text

When we confess our sins, we are agreeing with God about them.  As a Christian, I know I have an advocate with the Father.  In the book it states that when we agree with God in reference to our sin, it shows we hate our sin.  I never looked at confession as a way of hate, but I ponder a moment on this and it makes total sense.  If I loved my sin, then I would have no reason to go to the Father in prayer via Jesus because I wouldn’t need forgiveness.  But as it is, I believe God’s word to be true, and I am thankful to have Jesus as my advocate.  The truth of the matter is no matter how good I try to be or how hard I try not to sin, the simple truth is that I will sin.  There are many forms of sin, and I am not here to go into them.  Simply restating the obvious.

The book went into detail of what an advocate is and the meaning of the word.  This word refers to a comforter, consoler, or defense attorney.  A Helper.  Satan prosecutes the believer night and day before the Father regarding their sin, and it is Christ who defends us and brings an acquittal (forgiveness).  In John 14:26 and 15:26 the Holy Spirit is called the Advocate for believers.  The Holy Spirit works within us to comfort, help, and lead us.  He pleads our case before the Father in heaven.

Today at church I was reminded of the one who betrayed and who denied Christ in my Sunday school class and during the main service today.  Judas couldn’t not live with what he had done and ended his life with suicide, yet Peter cried and came before the Lord in prayer.  Peter was later restored.  Judas ..there was no later.  When we are weak, we should lean on HIS strength, not our own.  We are all undeserving of his grace, yet we all have it readily available all we have to do is go to him in humility.  Humbleness to recognize our fault and remove the pride to ask for forgiveness, once we have admitted our sin to our self, we must confess it before the Lord believing in His cleansing power.

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