Hebrews 4:16 Approach With Confidence

 

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Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Approaching a person with a lot of power or a very high position is usually very intimidating for most people. People are afraid of making a mistake in what they say or do. They also fear the person that they are approaching. This can be especially true when the person has the power to lift the person up or remove the person out.

Another time people are often afraid of those in authority is when the person did something wrong. Children are often afraid of being around a parent when he has done something wrong, for fear of being found out. Adults avoid the boss or the police when they have done something wrong.

Along with fearing approaching people in authority, many people fear approaching God. They often see God as a harsh God who is out to destroy them because of some sin that they did. Many feel as though they do not have the right to approach God, that they are not worthy to stand before Him.

While it is true that no person, in and of himself, is worthy to stand before God, what Jesus has done makes the person worthy. He removes all sin, making the believer righteous before God.

God wants every believer to come before Him for every need, even when they are in trouble and did something wrong. God is full of mercy and grace. He knows that every believer will mess up and sin. That is why Jesus came to die on the cross. He did it out of love for people.

When the believer approaches God for a need, He is ready to answer and help him out. He is ready to forgive and guide a person in the right path.

Every time that you have a need, do not be afraid to go before God and present that need. God loves it when you approach Him with a need, just as a parent loves his child coming to him with a need.

You can approach God with confidence, knowing that He loves you and will do what is best for you. He will not destroy you.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s mercy for you; that you will know God’s grace for you; that you will not fear approaching God; and that you will approach God with confidence.

Philippians 3:3 Where Is Your Confidence?

 

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For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh–Philippians 3:3

It is common for people to trust what they can do or what someone else can do for them. They want to be seen as able to do whatever needs to be done. Scouring the internet one can find millions of videos on how to do whatever a person wants to do. They world says that one can do whatever he wants and accomplish anything.

Most people also have confidence in someone else. They have confidence in their leaders, friends, neighbors, and others. They believe that they can do what needs to be done in the right way.

Throughout time, men have accomplished many different things that are good. However, there is a limit to what man can do. And even in the midst of all of those accomplishments there are many failures. One thing that a person can count on is people will fail at some point. Even the individual will fail.

Although the world states that a person can do anything that he wants, God does not say that. Paul says he does not put any confidence in the flesh. People fail and sin. No person can save himself from the sins he has committed against God.

Regardless of how many times a person has repented of sins, he will continue to sin. Each time should be different, so that he is turning away from sin more and more, but there is always room to grow in the Lord and ways to learn not to sin. The flesh will fail, though the heart is there with God.

As a believer in Jesus, you cannot trust yourself to do the right thing all the time. You cannot trust yourself to save yourself. No matter how much good you have done, you will still fall short.

Your confidence must be in God and God alone. He is the only One who can save you from your sins. Jesus is the only one who can make you in right standing with God. You, nor any other person, can ever do these things for you.

Do not trust men to make this world better, only God can do that through His children. Men and things will fail, but God will never fail. Trust Him.

I pray today that you will trust God in all things; that you will put your confidence in God alone; that you will serve God with all of your life; and that you will be His witness to this world.

Hebrews 11:1 Another Word For Faith

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

After calling everyone to have faith and to hang in there with faith, the author of Hebrews describes what faith is. It is not some long elaborate description with fancy ten-dollar words. It is very short: it is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Confidence is something that many people lack. Although the confidence they lack is one in themselves. People do not feel like they can really make a difference or accomplish some great task. They may have many hopes and dreams, but do not see it actually possible.

There are many people who have great confidence in mankind. They believe that man can do anything and that man is really good. Their hope is in man. Yet, how many times does mankind let a person down? If mankind is so good, why do things keep getting worse.

The believer in Jesus has faith in something else. His faith is put in God and what He has said and promised. As a believer you have confidence that Jesus does and did take away your sins. You have confidence that some day Jesus will return. You have confidence that God will use everything, both good and bad, to help you grow more like Jesus.

These and many other things are things you hope for. These are things that you desire. At the same time, none of these things, and many other things, can you see. You have to know that you know what you know. You have to know that what Jesus said is true and will happen.

You have faith that the light will turn on every time you hit the switch, yet you cannot see the electricity. This is faith, confidence in something you hope for and cannot see.

Are you living with faith today?

Are you confident in what you hope for in Jesus?

Do you have assurance in what you cannot see that God has promised you?

Trust God. Have faith. He will not let you down. He will not disappoint you. Have confidence in God.

I pray today that you will know what God has promised you; that you will have confidence in all of God’s promises; that you will exercise your faith in God; and that you will have God’s peace in His Word.

Hebrews 4:16 Approaching God

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

After pointing out that Jesus is the high priest of all believers, he tells the readers to go to God’s throne of grace with confidence. The reason that a believer can go with confidence is that Jesus was human just like every other person. He had to deal with temptations to sin, yet He never did sin. He understands the struggles and challenges, yet always chose the right path.

Many people are afraid to go to God, especially when they have been doing something wrong. They fear the punishment and anger of God. It is often expected that God will strike back and punish a person for every little sin done wrong. This becomes even more so when the sin is one that a person has done over and over again after repenting of it each time.

Instead of approaching in fear, you are told to approach with confidence. You are to boldly go before God’s throne of grace. God has grace greater than any person can imagine. He does not want to punish a person. His desire is to set things right. If He didn’t want to set things right, God would never have sent Jesus to die on the cross for you.

When you go to God you can expect Him to have mercy and grace to help you. The first thing He will do is remove that sin. The next thing He will do is guide you in how to live for Him. He will show you the way to keep from falling back into that sin…if you allow Him to.

Every person has a need, and is not the need of things, it is the need of removal of sin and to overcome temptation of sin in his life.

The only way to have the removal and overcoming is to go to God’s throne of grace. Seek out Jesus and follow Him. Jesus will always give you what you need the most.

Will you trust His love? Or will you stay away in fear?

I pray today that you will know the love God has for you; that you will be bold in approaching God; that you will trust in God’s grace and mercy for you; and that you will lean on God’s grace to help you in every area of your life.

2 Corinthians 3:5 Where Is Your Confidence?

“Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God.” 2 Corinthians 3:5

Paul had pointed out how the Corinthian church was a result of their ministry. They had been successful in building a church that was serving God. He knew that the people were changed in their heart, not just in words on paper.

After saying that, he quickly points out that though they have great confidence in the ministry, that confidence was from God. He knew that God could do great things in and through him.

Many people do some great things in this life. This includes people in the church. Often people in the church will be just like the world in stating “look what I have done”. They will point the fingers at themselves as the hard-working person who made it possible. Their confidence lies in what they can do.

Men can fall into this trap of thinking. They feel confident that they can provide for their family, have a large house, and a big paycheck because of their own abilities. They focus on what they can do, rather than what God is doing through them and for them.

Although their hands were in the process, it was God who made it possible for that work to be done. Without God, nothing is possible. The life you live is only possible because of God. You would not be able to breathe or move if God did not make it possible for you to do so.

When you rely on God for everything, then anything is possible. Nothing is impossible. You can have complete confidence in the power of God for everything in your life. This is true for the very large mountains in your life, and for the very small bumps in your life.

Are you trusting in the power of God? Or are you trusting in your own abilities and talents?

The results that are in your life, are they because of your own work? Or are they the works of God?

I pray today that you will know the power of God in your life; that you will have complete confidence in God alone; that you will not trust in your own abilities; and that God will do great works through you.