Meeting Jesus, in our sinful state – 9-14-22

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 NKJV

RELATIONSHIP:

Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.

Do you want to know truth? Be able to discern lies? Know how to figure it all out in these confusing times and have peace? The Bible says Jesus is the truth. I have experienced it and it has changed my life. I was once a hot mess of sin, promiscuity, drug and alcohol use and so much more. But I was lost and when I could not find my way, or find a truth, I numbed it with bad choses. When I found Jesus, and truth – I found peace and deliverance from those things.

If you want a relationship with God without truth you will get the counterfeit, hypocritical Christianity that has kept some of you away for too long. You need truth and relationship. You need to be honest with yourself and God (including honest repentance) and God will reveal truth to you. It becomes the two way, interaction that your relationship with God is built on. This is why Jesus is called the truth, because he is our only way to the Father. 

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen

BIBLE READING:

Dear Heavenly Father – Please give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of who you are, who Jesus is, and who the Holy Spirit is. Open the eyes of our understanding, please, so we may know the hope of our calling and the vast sovereignty and power of the grace of the cross. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. Lord, I pray that your word prepares us and not scares us! We forbid the works and influences of fear over your word and our sound mind. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! And we pray for the peace of Jerusalem! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Today’s reading is the Book of Hebrews chapter 4 (embedded below for your convenience in the NKJV). 

The Promise of Rest

Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, [a]not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said:

“So I swore in My wrath,
‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ”

although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.”

Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said:

“Today, if you will hear His voice,
Do not harden your hearts.”

For if [b]Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

The Word Discovers Our Condition

11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

Our Compassionate High Priest

14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Footnotes
a. Hebrews 4:2 NU, M since they were not united by faith with those who heeded it
b.Hebrews 4:8 Gr. Jesus, same as Heb. Joshua

MEMORY VERSE CHALLENGE:
Ephesians 1:7- 

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”

STUDY/DEVOTIONAL:

Today, let us begin again in prayer, humility and repentance. Let us forsake our flesh and give heed to what the Lord is revealing. I know we are repeating this – but it feel so necessary. The more we seek Jesus, the more has come up against me – the enemy likes to take pot shots and sucker punches, and waits for those vulnerable moments in our lives. God grace is sufficient to get us through, but we must also bath and wash it off us on the other side. If we pass or fail the test, God still loves us. Let us bath and become clean:

Dear God, I am sorry for being filled with any and all unrighteousness, and/or sexual immorality, and/or wickedness, and/or covetousness, and/or maliciousness, and/or envy, murder, and strife, and/or deceit and evil-mindedness, and/or being a whisperers and  backbiters, and/or haters of God, and/or violent, and/or proud and boasting, and/or inventors of evil things, and/or disobedient to parents, and/or undiscerning, and/or untrustworthy, and/or unloving, and/or unforgiving, and/or unmerciful, and/or for practicing such things are deserving of death. Please forgive me for those things I did even though I knew better. And please forgive me for those things you count as sin, that I am unaware of and have not learned yet – and open my eyes to see them as sins so I can stop participating in them. Please wash me with the Blood of Jesus. Cleanse me and help me turn from my evil ways. And send a fresh filling of your anointing to break the yokes and help me destroy the roots with a mindful effort and focus on you, and fall in love with you in a new and deeper way. Open my ears to hear you and learn of your plan for my life and why you made me. In the name of Jesus we pray ~amen

Now that we are clean, let us enter the HOLY classroom of our Lord and learn what He has for us today.

Today’s theme continues with yesterday’s message about entering into His rest, or the promise land, but it is a hard word to accept because it goes onto explain that the Word of God discovers the true condition of our heart. The truth is, as we learned in Romans – in us is no good thing. We are bent to do evil. We struggle with our flesh, sometimes, so much the enemy doesn’t even need to attack. I mean look, we all just repented and asked for forgiveness. Now, as we read this the enemy will try to distract you with condemning you with the very sins you just repented of. But there is not condemnation. Now that you are clean, let the Lords light sine into the dark places. It is safe. And if there is anything evil still lurking, the Lord will lift it out in the name of Jesus but the sword of the Word. Trust God with the process.

1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.”

The word fear is in the Bible so many times and often accompanied with the word “not” as in “fear not”. Here we are told to fear. This is a real fear as well as a reverence. We tend to get so prideful in our understanding that the free gift is the just believe and accept Jesus. However, over and over Paul and others write for us to be careful not to fall short, to miss it, to lose our salvation – even Jesus said it is possible to arrive, believing and still not be permitted into His rest. Although NO human fully understands how it all works, Jesus does and he warned us. And here we are warned to fear coming short. Let us take heed and be aware of the truth of our heart condition and our relationship with Him.

For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.”

You see the word of God has not use to those without faith. But with even a hint of faith, God can move in their lives. So for our unbelieving friends and family – we pray for them to have faith. That maybe in mercy God will gift them with faith and more faith so that they might be saved.
As for you and I, yes we are human and yes we doubt occasionally – but we must banish doubt as often as we recognize it! Because we need faith to profit.

For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: “So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest,’ ”although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.”

“His rest” has been used to represent the promise land and also heaven – and when we apply it to our personal lives it is the breakthrough we have been so desperate for – to get out of this wilderness season and into the season of blessings. “Rest” also refers to the Sabbath. There is a time for rest.
Right now on our 2022 calendar we are rapidly approaching the time of repentance. With Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and High Holy Day, coming on September 25th – the Lord commanded His children to sweep and clean their houses and sweep and clean their hearts for the New Year. And on the 10th day of Awe, which begins September 25th, is the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.  So right now we are in the season of humility and repentance. Do not be proud.
Our breakthrough and the promises God has promised us will come to pass, but right now is a time to realize His holiness and fall naked, exposed at his feet begging for forgiveness. Ask God for this experience, be open to it. because even when we know we are forgiven and we know we are serving Him to the best of our ability, when you get humble enough, and touch the outer hem of his presence, like Isaiah you realize you are undone and a man of uncleanness.

Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience,”

Some never get their healing, their breakthrough, their promise, or the rest. Some die in the wilderness. I am sorry. It is true. Please do not let it be you. The only death in the wilderness we should have is the dying to our flesh. Let us live in obedience. Sometimes I think we focus on not sinning more than we focus on obeying. We are not called to be sinless, and even Paul said it is impossible, but we should be good at repenting. We should instead focus on being obedient. If we are eagerly seeking his will and what we are to do to obey, we will be less likely to be sinning. We would rather hear grace and repentance over the word OBEY any day. And even then, most people do not preach repentance, humility or a true grace (they preach a watered down version of grace that grieves the spirit and permits a lack of discipline).

again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts.”

Friends, this is for you and me. Bow your head in humility as God Himself is speaking to us. He is telling us that we should not harden our hearts. God wants us to be like David: a man after His own heart. Are you seeking the Lord’s heart with your heart? Are you seeking a real relationship?  With this website and Facebook / Instagram pages I offer you everything to check off all the boxes of what to do as a Christian how to be a good disciple – but none of it matters if your heart is not tied in with Jesus. If you have a heart issue – a hardened heart.

For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.”

Thankfully – for those with a soften heart, full of repentance and humility, there is a rest promised.
There is the rest of Eternal Life after we fought to hold fast to a softened, humbled and repentant heart.
There is the rest of the personal promises and breakthroughs – no more struggling and restlessness in those areas.
There is the rest of entering into the promise land like Joshua – where the rest looked like battles to win the land. We will also move into the battles for the promises of God – but this will be rest. Doing the work of the Lord often doesn’t feel like work to us, because we are doing what He has called us to do.

11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.”

We get the encouragement that the rest is promised – followed immediately with another warning not to fall into disobedience. And be careful not to lie to yourself about the condition of your heart:

12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

God already knows.
I was praying with a lady once and she asked me why must we confess our sins? Can’t we just pray for forgiveness of all our sins – He knows and I know so why say it?
We must say each one in order to make a conscience decision to turn from it. We must name it because there are sins we have inside we are even aware of yet and God is working them out one at a time.
When I pray for myself, I try to remember to pray for forgiveness of the sins I list as well as all unknown sins, and ask that He bring them to the light and help me to repent and overcome them in Jesus name. The quicker we get through that the quicker we can get on with our day.  

Thank God that He is a compassionate High Priest.

14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.”

Our confessions sometimes are hard to do – but they are our prize to hold fast to. There is no condemnation for these confessions and the accusers can no longer hold them against us.

15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”

This is a double negative – it reads: Jesus can sympathize with our weakness, because he was tempted too – yet He remained sinless. Notice he cannot empathize. No taking it on – He did not sin. But he understands how hard it is to not sin. And when we sin, he does grieve – and He still loves us and is gentle in mercy and forgiveness as long as we are humble, soft and repentant. If we get proud and harden our hearts – we lose out on the tender side of God.

16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Did you know you can be humble and bold? Actually it is impossible for a proud person to actually come to the throne of grace.
But this verse moreover describes a desperate person in panic running in yelling HELP! in a time of need. God is telling us, when we are tempted, when we are about to give in, even if we gave in and are mid sin – yell out for help! Some sins we are compelled to do because of demonic influences we cannot overcome without God’s help! So it is imperative we do cry out for help.
It is like when I was quitting smoking. I would take a drag in tears crying out to God to help me not smoke – while feeling powerless against the draw of the addiction. One day a man told me that God cannot hear prayers cried out while sinning. It is not true. God can hear you even while sinning! Not only that you should have no fear of coming into His throne room screaming in panic: HELP! Not only does this verse give you permission to ask for help in the sin – He also promises grace.
That is right God promises help in the sin. Just like the first time we called out as a sinner asking for salvation and deliverance. He loves us and answered tenderly then – and He loves us and will answer tenderly now.  

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Thank you for reading in 2022 – a Year of Wisdom and Salvation
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace. Walk in wisdom.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

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