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.

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Psalm 75:7 The Real Judge

It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another. Psalm 75:7

People who are in leadership are criticized or praised by many people. Some believe in the leader and just sing praises about him, thinking he is the best. Others cannot stand the leader and constantly find fault with him, judging all the time.

In the countries where democracy exists and people elect others into positions, it is commonly thought that the people are in control. Those who go out to vote for a leader will stand on both sides of the spectrum as to whether to choose that person or not. When the elections are over, some people are happy, while others are not.

Believers need to look at it differently. They need to view thing the way God sees it. God is the one who put that person into position or removed that person. God is the one who is in full control. There are times God will place a person who is not a believer into leadership position.

Not only in the leadership elections, but also in everyday life of each person. Some people are raised up into positions or power, while others are removed. It happens in the church, the workplace, the community, and everywhere else.

As a believer, you must seek God’s wisdom and direction in deciding who is in leadership. Trust that God knows what He is doing. Do not worry or fret over someone being in a position. No person can do anything unless God allows it. No person can be a leader unless God permits him to be one. Ultimately God’s purpose will be fulfilled.

Do not attempt to stand in place to be the ultimate judge, that is God’s job to do. You are here to be a witness of Jesus. God will lift some up and remove others, according to His will. Give God praise for all that He is doing and will do.

How are you judging those in leadership?

Are you judging them as though you are in charge?

Or are you looking at the big picture that God sees and building?

I pray today that you will not fear those in leadership; that you will trust God’s reason for each person in leadership; that you will allow God to raise or remove leaders; and that you will not just judge but be a witness of Jesus to those in leadership.

John 7:24 Judging Correctly

“Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.” John 7:24

Jesus had healed a man on the Sabbath day. Many of the people were very upset with that because the Law stated no one was to work on the Sabbath. Jesus then pointed out that they were willing to do circumcision on the Sabbath if it was needed, a type of work. He then states to not judge by mere appearances.

The world is very quick to state that Christians are not to judge anyone for anything. Even many Christians will state the same thing.

No where in the Bible does it say you should never judge. It does give many guidelines on how to judge and when to judge. Judging has to be done with the correct heart and mindset.

It is very easy to look at a situation and quickly come to a conclusion as to what happened and be completely wrong in the conclusion.

An example of this would be: A man suddenly pushes a little child down very harshly on the sidewalk. Watching just this part of the scene it looks like the man is rude and mean. Yet, his side of what happened was he saw someone on a bicycle about to hit the boy. If he did not move the boy quickly he would have been hit and seriously injured. The pushing actually helped the boy.

Only God can fully know the actions and thoughts of a person correctly. Just appearances can be deceiving. It may look one way, but be completely different.

Not everything is a sin for every person. God may tell one person to stop jumping. If that person jumps then he has sinned. Yet, another person can still jump because God has not told him not to do so.

Jesus said to judge correctly. Know and understand the situation and the person before you judge.

As you judge, remember that God and other people are watching you. Are you judging fairly? Or with vengeance? Are you judging to build a person up? Or to tear him down?

Be willing to judge, but be sure to judge correctly. And never forget grace and mercy in the process.

I pray today that God will fill you with His wisdom; that you will know God’s desires; that God will help you to understand other people; that God will help you to judge correctly; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

1 Peter 1:17 Live in Reverant Fear

“Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.” 1 Peter 1:17

Most every place you look you will see judging happening. Most often it is judging one person or thing against another. All over the television you see various talent shows with people competing against each other. In the end there is only one winner. That one person is judged up against all the others as being the best.

God, however, does not judge you up against someone else. He judges you according to Himself and what you know and can do. Every person is an individual with unique capabilities that only he has. Those capabilities are what God is judging. Everyone can be a winner with God. There is no “one winner” only.

Peter tells you here to live out your life in reverent fear. Are you living according to the standard you have learned from God? In 1 Peter 1:16, Peter writes that God said to be holy…are you being holy? This reverent fear is not the type of fear you get watching a scary movie. It is living with a realization that God is the judge and will judge you according to what you do or do not do and how and why you do it.

God did something He did not have to do…He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for you. He provided salvation for you. The least you can do for Him is live for Him. When you work are you doing your best? Why are you working hard to be the best: to look good or to bring honor to God? Are you working hard to get ahead in life or to build God’s kingdom more?

Every action you do is looked at by God. He determines the motive behind the action. You are a foreigner in this world when you are living for God. Heaven is ultimately your home. God made this world, it is His. Live with respect for God, His ways and rules. Live your life knowing that God is in control of everything and knows what is best for your life. Do not live your life for yourself. You can gain the whole world but lose your soul living that way.

I pray that today God will strengthen you to live for Him; that God will guide you in all you should say and do; that you will have a reverent fear of God; that you will trust God in everything; and that God will help you be holy as He is holy.