I had to surrender to the fact that I couldn’t stay sober alone. I had tried so many times, yet I always failed. Sure, I could make it a day or two without drinking…maybe even three. But anything could and did send me right back to the bottle…”
– excerpt from Jami’s Story.
I often say that I’m grateful for a Savior that isn’t afraid to walk into the trenches to show us the way out. I’m without words that He took the weight of our own sins upon Himself as He died on the Cross. I’m most grateful that He lives now to continue to go to bat for us, day after day, as we stumble along, learning to trust Him. We were saved not just by His death, but even more so by His life now. He intercedes for us when we fall short, miss the mark, fall back into destructive behaviors….still today. He fights for us. He can still save us.
What does it really mean to “Intercede for us”? It means simply this:
Jesus Christ represents us before the throne of God, pleading for Grace and Mercy on our behalf, reminding the Father that we have been justified….so that we don’t have to do it ourselves. He gives us grace enough to resist temptation and mercy for when we fall short. He forgives us again and again and restores us back into the right relationship with God. He keeps us secure in Him.
I’m thinking of myself and other friends of mine that have known Christ and then fallen into temptation and made decisions that deeply hurt themselves and others. All the while we were making those choices, Jesus was already pleading for our forgiveness and planning on how to rescue us again, how to restore us to Himself, and how to meet us as soon as we looked up. The road out of our troubles is not a straight, smooth path. It’s rocky and bumpy and rough. Sometimes it feels like two steps forward and one step back. Remember…none of us are perfect. He is. We all fall short. That’s why God’s grace and mercy renew each morning. Each Morning. He is still interceding for us. He is still fighting for us. We are His.
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What is it you’re facing? Nobody goes into battle alone. We can stand with you. Let us know in the comments below how we can pray for you, or by submitting your story.
He will fight for you.