Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Sticky notes and the God of mercy & grace

So then, we must cling in faith to all we know to be true. For we have a magnificent King-Priest, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who rose into the heavenly realm for us, and now sympathises with us in our frailty. He understands humanity, for as a Man, our magnificent King-Priest was tempted in every way just as we are, and conquered sin. So now we come freely and boldly to where love is enthroned, to receive mercy's kiss and discover the grace we urgently need to strengthen us in our time of weakness. Hebrews 4:14-16 TPT

I have some sticky notes on the edge of my PC monitor and desk. On each sticky note there are names. Each name has a need. Some are clinging in faith to Jesus. He understands.

This morning another name was added, and a hearts cry went up to God, our Heavenly Father. He understands. 

God, we need you. These people, these things going on in their lives, they need your miracle working presence.

A song comes, Lord of All by Hillsong .... the chorus

Lord of all
All of creation
Sings Your praise
In Heaven and earth
Lord we stand
Hearts open wide
Be exalted

He is Lord of all. Psalm 100 reminds us of this truth.

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the LORD, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Psalm 100:1-3 NKJV

Come before His presence - what a powerful place to be - His presence - the place to be. The place where hearts are transformed. How do we get there? We start by being still.

Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God. I am the God above all the nations, and I will be exalted throughout the whole earth.  Psalm 46:10 TPT

We acknowledge Who He is and what He does for us.

Here he stands!
The Commander!
The mighty Lord of Angel Armies is on our side!
The God of Jacob fights for us!
Psalm 46:11 TPT

The God of Jacob is fighting for every name on those sticky notes. He made each one. He is on their side.

We choose to trust, because if we don't, we get lost and we lose.

Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on  your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Proverbs 3:5 TPT

We choose to give thanks, sometimes in faith.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the LORD is good; 
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.
Psalm 100:4-5 NKJV

There may be tears during this process of surrender, as your heart connects with the heart of your Heavenly Father. But these tears are good because there is an exchange taking place. Our desire for control, our feelings of hopelessness are being exchanged for the truth that He is Lord of all, He is trustworthy and He is on our side.  We need that growing level of intimacy with our God.

Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go. Don't think for a moment that you know it all, for wisdom comes when you adore him with undivided devotion and avoid everything that's wrong. Then you will find the healing refreshment your body and spirit long for. Proverbs 3:6-8 TPT

And with that intimacy helping to build our confidence and trust in Who Jesus is, we can ...
therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 NKJV

Let's do that today. Stop. Surrender. Exchange. Go Boldly and receive mercy and grace, in the name of Jesus.

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