Hebrews 4:14-15 states that we have a great high priest who knows and understands our weaknesses and what it is like to be tempted. The high priests in the Old Testament were the only ones who could go into the holy of holies in the temple and make the proper sacrifice for the sins of the people.
Today, Jesus is our High Priest. He has once and for all made a sacrifice for our sins so that now we can go boldly to the throne of grace and receive mercy and find the help in our time of need. Even as Christians we may feel like God is inapproachable and distant–always at odds with us.
Nothing can be further from the truth when we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
We were created by and for God but sin separated us from Him ever since the fall of Adam. Jesus came and GAVE His life for us so that we would be reconciled back to God. He took God’s wrath for our sins on Himself so that in Him we might become righteousness. Read 2 Corinthians 5:20-21.
No matter what you have or have not done, God can and will forgive your sins if you will but ask Him. Then, according to the Word of God you become His child. The best part is we can then approach Him and talk to Him and trust Him to take care of us.
Many people might associate God with an earthly father who was not approachable or loving toward them. Your Heavenly Father, however, is filled with lovingkindness and longs for you to talk to Him each day.
Give praise today for the Lord Jesus Christ and the price He paid for your sins in order for you to have access to the Father. Give praise to Him today for the fact He is your High Priest who intercedes on your behalf and hears your prayers and cares for your every need.
After a study of Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians, here’s my recommendation for your next study. Oh, and by the way, by “study”, I don’t mean some theological exercise but, instead, just reading with an open mind and heart. Before reading, just ask God to open these scriptures up to you and cause His Holy Spirit to help you to see into–and accept–the concepts you see introduced there. Let God, our Abba Father, show you how much He loves you through His Word. Continue reading →
“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” -Psalm 46:10
Surprise, surprise! Another song has led me down the path of discovery in the Lord. As before, even though this “lesson” was intended for me, I want to share it with you. Perhaps you will find some application in your life as well. Continue reading →
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5 NLT)
Lately, I’ve given the Lord reason for Him to bring these words to my mind and to read John 15. In the Christian community we talk about things like “spiritual growth” or “maturity” and the Bible seems to be filled with “DOs and DON’Ts” regarding how we are to live our new lives. Continue reading →
“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15
Yesterday I was reading one of my Christian fiction stories — one of my all time favorite pastimes, when I came across the part of the story where the main character was in grave danger. She was desperate Continue reading →
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 NKJV
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I’m thinking today about the phrase according to. Strong’s Greek Lexicon defines this phrase as used in Philippians 4:19: by, after the manner of, by any means, beyond measure. We can see that the phrase according to does not mean only that God supplies our need from His riches in glory. Continue reading →
How amazingly quick and efficient is the God we worship and serve! When He speaks to me I hear no audible voice and He usually speaks His mind in an instant. Yet, to relate what He says takes me many words and much time. It’s as if He gave me an mp3 file which took only a moment to download but which took hours to play. He spoke to me that way this morning and I am still considering the weight and substance of His thoughts. Continue reading →