If you ever find yourself accused of a crime, the first thing you need to do is to get a good lawyer. That is especially true in the court of sin.
John wrote, “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ” (1 John 2:1).
An advocate is one who is called alongside another person, to give comfort and help. He is a lawyer who pleads on our behalf in court. The great advocate is Jesus, who pleads our case in heaven before the Great Judge.
The next time you find yourself on the wrong side of perfection, let your first call be to your Lawyer. He will be happy to take your call.
Recovery Step: When you fall short in your recovery work, don’t make excuses and don’t try to defend yourself. You have a great Advocate for that. Keep him on speed dial.
Mark and Beth Denison, married for 36 years, launched There’s Still Hope as a national movement to call men and women into lives of sexual integrity. Their ministry offers 90-day recovery plans for addicts and one-on-one and group coaching for addicts and their spouses. TSH also produces resources for pastors and churches to confront the porn epidemic that is destroying so many lives.
Dr. Denison was a senior pastor for over 30 years, NBA chaplain, and board chairman at Houston Baptist University three times. With a Master’s Degree in Addiction Recovery, Mark is a certified PSAP and active member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Mark has written four books on recovery: Porn in the Pew, 365 Days to Sexual Integrity, A 90-Day Recovery Guide, and 40 Days to Porn-Free Living. His latest book, Jesus on the 12 Steps, will be released later this year.