“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 KJV
I went to an extra service this past week. The church I attend hosts a multi-church women’s group that meets once a quarter or so for fellowship, food, worship and to hear a guest speaker. It’s always a lovely time.
Having yesterday’s verse tucked into my hat: to stand fast therefore in the liberty (other versions of the Bible use the word freedom instead of liberty) by which Christ has made us free.
The worship and praise portion of the service included so many songs about being free in Christ and God working out the rest. I felt renewed and refreshed.
God is good – it’s solid. I needed to just worship him and be renewed. I came home exhausted and fell right to sleep.
Then, I felt guilty for not spending time, before bed, praying and interceding on behalf of my friend. <- This guilt is not of God. It was not conviction to change and do better, it was condemnation.
Romans 8:1 NKJV “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
It is one thing to fall asleep after spending time with God, verses spending time skirting my responsibility to maintain my relationship God. It’s not like I didn’t pray at all.
God gave me a time of refreshing, peace, and joy. Now I can recognize that guilty feeling as not of God and “come boldly” to him, “obtain mercy” and find more of that soul saving, life changing, inspirational “grace to help in time of need”. And I am apparently needy. I need more of God in me! I need less of me, getting in the way of his plans. I need refreshing daily. I need his fires burning deep within. I also have prayer requests – needs.
Philippians 4:19 grows in my heart as I depend on God – who will supply ALL my needs!!!
So, I was not interceding for my cherished friend one evening. As those whispers which brought in the guilt tried to convince me that because I did not pray specifically for my friend, God had forsaken him. I also did not hear from my friend as much as he usually messages. My flesh asks: is this a good sign or a bad sign? And if I ask God or not, he has answered me in His Word:
“And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deut. 31:8 NKJ
I praise the Lord that he will never leave of forsake me – I have prayed that God chase down my friend like the shepherd who left the 99 and went and brought back the one lost sheep (Luke 15: 3-7) and I have assurance he will not leave or forsake my friend. My God goes before me – he made a way for me to be renewed so I can pick back up with intercession, renewed! God has started a good work in my friend and shall complete it!
“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6 NKJV
Why do I have this confidence? Because I prayed (and believe): Dear Heavenly Father, Please do a good work in my friend in the name of Jesus. – Amen
And another day I prayed and believe: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for beginning a good work in my friend. Although I cannot see it, I know you have begun it. I ask that according to your word, that you will complete it in the name of Jesus. – Amen
Therefore I need no guilt for spending time worshiping and not bringing prayer requests to him – he already has my requests in his hands and is doing a good work. All I need is that sweet grace, such sweet grace that saved my soul!
However, today is a new day. It’s time to go “boldly unto the throne of grace,” it’s time to intercede again. That’s my friend and I am not leaving him behind!
Still thinking on Galatians Chapter 5 – the blessed freedom, the love, the instruction on walking with God (in the spirit), and the fruits of the spirit – I have studied and spoke of all these things here. And I have saved the best for last. AND remember there is now NO condemnation in Christ Jesus – if you or I feel convicted, then we must ask for forgiveness and change through the grace of Christ.
Let us prayerfully read the 3 verses, below. Pray that God help us to turn from these things, so that the fruits of the spirit may grow in us (fruits are gifts that God grows in us). Let us also, as we read these pray that God keeps us from temptation and delivers us from these evils (Matthew 6:13) including the evils of these things in our friends and family. The following passage (we are about to pray while reading) says that people who practice those things shall not inherit heaven – and therefore if we are praying for a lost or back-slidden loved one or family member, then we should pray against these things in their lives so that they can be saved!
So let us pray as we read – against these things in our life and in other’s lives:
“19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5: 19-21
Lord, keep us from these things and protect us from these things in the Name of Jesus – Amen
Thank you for reading. Have a blessed day in the freedom of Christ.