I recently read a quote where T.D. Jakes posed this question, “What woman would not appreciate a God who becomes her attorney, assumes her case, requires no fee, and wins her the victory?”
I’ve not read the book from where this quote was taken, and I know very little of where Mr. Jakes stands on different faith related issues, but when these particular words were brought to my attention, I couldn’t stop thinking about them. A God who becomes our attorney, yes, I like that.
We read in the scriptures that Jesus is our advocate. John says it like this:
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
-1 John 2:1-2
The first definition of advocate is this: a person who argues for or supports a cause or policy.
The first definition of attorney is this: one who legally is appointed to transact business on another’s behalf; especially: lawyer.
So, Father God, the Creator of our purpose, gave His only Son on the cross that He would pay the price for us and then defend our case. This is often a hard one to wrap the human brain around because there’s this giant God who holds the whole universe in one hand and yet He cares about each of us, so much so that He sent His Son. It almost doesn’t make any sense, especially when we’ve lived difficult pasts that have dictated our need for an advocate. But let me tell you this: It doesn’t matter what mistakes you’ve made. When you ask God to forgive you, those sins are gone, never again to be remembered by Him. Furthermore, when we lose future footing leading to sin, and everyone does, our defender is back on the case supporting our cause. In actuality, He’s never been off the case. He knows those who have a heart for Him and He continually pleads for each one. I don’t have to tell you that this world is a harsh place, but the good news is that He won’t ever leave us alone to fight for ourselves. Many days, we don’t even realize we need a defender, but when we do, He’s already up and fighting for us.
When someone is willing to fight for you, defend you, and guarantee your victory at no charge, it’s because they believe in your case. And I believe with my whole heart that God believes in us because He knows what we have the potential to become. Will you turn to Ecclesiastes 3:11 with me?
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
-Ecclesiastes 3:11 (E.S.V.)
The reason we constantly long for more is because we were meant for more than what we see here. You’ve heard me say that before, and you’re going to hear me say it much more before we are done. Our hearts long for what we do not see and that is why we press on in faith for what we know can come. I’m sure you’ve heard it said that this world is not our home. Even though there’s also difficulty in wrapping our heads around that, it’s true. We were born for great purpose while in this world, but living our purpose here is what will lead us to the place every human heart aches for… an eternal home with an eternal King.
So, what’s the point in all this today as it relates to activating purpose? There are many of you who are struggling with condemnation over your pasts. Some of you are struggling with guilt over things you’ve had no control over. You believe each person was created for purpose, but feel as if yours has been erased because of something you’ve done, or a situation you’ve been exposed to that was unmerited…
Friend, I’m here to tell you that you cannot activate purpose if you think you’re somehow unforgivable or void of living yours. Listen, right now at this very moment, you have an advocate, an attorney if you will, who already paid the price for you and is fighting on your behalf. There is no condemnation in Christ. (See Romans 8:1) You must not only believe you have purpose, but you must also believe that it cannot be hindered by circumstances. God forgives all who call on His name and believe in who He is. God knows the heart and He is fluent in the translation of your tears and burdens. He knows. He cares. He loves you.
For today’s homework, I’m asking you to memorize Romans 8:1. Look it up, write it down, memorize and pray it over your life. Be creative and post it on social media as an encouragement to others using the hashtag #ActivatingYourPurpose.
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