Mercy

We are invited to come boldly to the throne of grace, to obtain the mercy and grace we need. And we all need mercy. And we all need grace desperately, every moment of every day.

The invitation is based on the finished work of redemption completed by our High Priest, Jesus, who is personally and intimately acquainted with what it means to be human. But several factors can cause us to slink into the presence of our Father, head and eyes downcast, like beggars, instead of beloved children. Among them are: 1) overwhelming guilt that has morphed into self-condemnation; 2) shame issuing forth from the erroneous belief that we are the mistakes we made and unworthy; and, 3) the lack of knowledge of who God truly is and as a result, our misperception of who we are to Him and in Him.//

Daughters and sons of the Most High, the full price of our redemption, your redemption has been paid. The shed Blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God, who is now your High Priest, gives you unlimited access, anywhere, everywhere, anytime, every time, to the Throne of Grace. You belong there. You are welcome there. Come. Come boldly.

“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  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. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:14-16, NKJV).

I am joining (on a Monday) the Five Minute Friday writing community, hosted by Kate Motaung, for our weekly writing adventure. Please click here to learn about Five Minute Friday. This week’s prompt is, “Mercy.” The content after the // was added after the allotted 5 minutes had expired.  The truth of Hebrews 4:14-16 is expressed in this song, “Great is Your Mercy.” I hope it is a blessing to you.

All-Access Pass

An all-access pass is of one of four types of backstage passes. Typically, they are issued to employees who are connected to an event, such as a concert. Fans who have a full access pass have the privilege of accessing areas backstage that are not open to regular members of the public.

Perhaps you have had the experience of receiving an all-access pass to an event or, perhaps, like me, you never have; however, I want to remind you of one place to which you have full access all of the 86400 seconds in each day of the 365 days in a year. Where? The Throne of Grace. Our all-access pass is provided through our High Priest, the Lord Jesus. Read the encouraging words of Hebrews 4:14-16:

“So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (Hebrews 4:14-16; New Living Translation; emphasis added)

It cost the Father everything to give us access. Let nothing keep us from using our all-access pass to the throne of God, especially not the lies of our Enemy. We are welcomed there. Always.

“Mercy Seat” sung by Vicki Yohe

Lyrics can be found here.