Monday, July 29, 2013

In Time of Need

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

When I meditate on this verse, I get flooded with an amazing revelation of the love of God. First, He has made it possible for me to come to His throne at any time with boldness. If I were flawed with any sin, I could not stand before His throne.

After Adam ate the forbidden fruit, mankind became tarnished with sin. It was not possible anymore to stand in the glory of God without shielding that sinful nature. God provided a way to cover the sin with innocent animals. According to Hebrews 9:22, "without shedding of blood there is no remission." When Adam's sons Cain and Abel presented offerings, God had to turn away from Cain with His offering of fruit because no blood was shed (see Ge:4:3-5).

When the devil went before God, he also needed a shield to protect him from God's glory. The Bible says in Job 1:6 (AMP), "Now there was a day when the sons (the angels) of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan (the adversary and accuser) also came among them." Satan was among the angels in the presence of God. The angels were a shield that protected him from the glory of God.

When Jesus shed His blood, it provided a never-ending shield for us. The Bible says in Hebrews 9:12, "With His [Jesus'] own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption." The word eternal means, never-ending. If a child of God sins, the blood of Jesus has already covered it.

Next, He provides grace to help in time of need. If I need healing, strength, wisdom, encouragement, and even finances; God is available to help.

Many of us overlook another benefit of the sacrifice of Jesus. We can come to the throne any time. That means if we struggle with a sin, He still wants us to come to the throne of grace---even while we are sinning. He loves us no matter what. When we come to the throne, He works in us and gives us healthy desires (1). He does not condemn us for the sin (2), He changes our desire and He often does it without us even realizing it. He created us, He knows how to bring us to a place of ultimate satisfaction in life.

The more we come to His throne, the more He can do for us. Be bold and come to the throne often.

Be blessed!
(1) Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
(2) John 3:17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

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