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Hebrews 4:16

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.

RevRayMcI try to not be political in my sermons or my writings. Yet today we’re talking about confidence. The two presidential candidate front-runners seem very confident. One wants to make America great again and the other wants to continue the current administration’s programs. They are both very confident that their approach is the right approach.

The voters are caught choosing between a person who wishes to shake up a rigged system (in his words) and a person who wishes to keep the ball rolling – building on the current administration (her words). Both seem confident that their way is the right way. Only time will tell I guess.

One candidate is not a politician – not a part of the establishment – and the other is a life-long politician – and is quite the establishment. Both feel confident that their skills and approach are what our nation needs. Both think the nation will be in trouble if the other candidate is elected (I actually think we are in trouble if either is elected but we might not have an option!).

Confidence is important in a leader. Confidence is important for all of us. A ball player without confidence will not go far. A foreman who is not confident will not instill good feelings in those round them. A salesperson that is not confident in their product will not sell many of them. A Christian who is not confident in their faith – in their God – will not draw many to God or that faith.

We’ve written about the fear of God and the grace of God. Today we want to write about the confidence we can all have approaching the throne of God – if our lives belong to Jesus. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Hebrews 4:14–16 – 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 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.

Christ – our High Priest – gave Himself for us so that we might have confidence approaching the throne of the Father. Even as we tremble in His presence – we are told we can come with confidence before His throne. Confidence is a very good thing to have for sure!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.


July 6, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , ,

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