Boldly To The Throne

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~Hebrews 4:16~

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

The only way I can enter in to God’s presence is through my Great High Priest, Jesus Christ. He has made access to the Father possible, and I can now come boldly, without fear or trembling into the presence of God. I now don’t have to come crawling to God on my hand’s and knee’s, even though I sometimes do, to be in the presence of God. I can enter confident and courageous. Jesus open this door when He died on the cross for my sins. There is a path I follow, lined with His precious blood that leads me home to God. Access is mine as I come to the thrown of grace and mercy searching for grace and mercy. Under the Old Covenant, only the high priest could gain access to the mercy seat and only once a year on the day of Atonement. But now we, as plain old human beings are able to enter boldly anytime we want, 24/7. In verse 15 it explains why we are able to enter boldly. “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.” Because of Jesus I am able to enter in to the presence of God. It really blows my mind that Jesus, perfect in every way was tempted as I am tempted. I am a human, sinful in every way yet made new by the washing of the blood of a man who in no way committed the same sins that I have committed yet paid the price for me because He loves me. I get chills on every part of my body when I think about  this because He got pain and aguish, I got love and washing of all my nastiness.

Lord Jesus, thank you for the price you paid of me. Thank you for making me new and making it to where I am able to enter into the presence of God without fear but boldly even though I don’t deserve it, thank you for loving me for the sinful person I am not asking me to change. I love you Lord.

Application: I will write, “boldly to the throne” on a note card and keep it in my Bible to remind me that because of Jesus I am free to enter boldly in to the presence of God.

Priceless Treasure

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~2 Corinthians 4:7~

“ But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.”

Who am I that God would allow me to be to be trusted with the Gospel. Eternal life is a priceless treasure. And He puts it into vessels, or pots made from clay. He doesn’t put it into a beautiful treasure chest, but into you and I. There is no possible way for us humans, made from this earth, to be able to draw people to God without God doing the work. Its kind of like this.…you wouldn’t give someone a present that the packaging is more valuable than the actual present. It would be pretty strange if the person just kept going on and on about how beautiful the wrapping is and never actually opening the present to see what is inside. That is why God uses “clay pots” like you and I so that no one will glory in themselves or so that no one else will glory in them but that they will glory in who He is. It is foolish for me to exault myself. He chose me because I am not exalted; and if I seek to exalt myself it will render me useless to Him. He is my Creator all the glory and honor should go to Him not myself. I find this verse very fitting for the battle that I have been facing lately. A battle that comes when I start to think about myself and what is wrong with me instead of focusing on God and how great He is. I look at others and see the gifts that God has blessed them with and desire to have them and ask “why can’t I just be okay with the gifts He has given to me.” I am a broken vessel and I was made for one purpose and that is to glorify God in all that I do no matter what gifts He has chosen to give to me. I have to ask myself…do I want these other gifts for myself and to be exalted by others or do I want them because I want to bring God glory thought it. If I am completely honest it is for myself but I am slowly learning to be content with who God made me and glorify Him through my life no matter what.

Father, thank you for how and who you have made me to be. Help me to glorify you in all that I do and to not want to exalt myself through the gifts that you have given to me. Thank you for trusting me with Your beautiful Treasure and to be Your vessel, Your clay pot. Help me to show who You are in and threw all I do.

Application: I am going to write this verse out in my journal and I will reflect on it all through out this next week trying to remember it when the discontentment makes its way into my thoughts.