IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES
TOPIC: APPROACHING THE THRONE OF GRACE BOLDLY AND CONFIDENTLY
Rev Innocent Chukwudi Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“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.”
The throne of grace is a biblical concept that refers to God’s mercy seat. It is a place where we can go to find strength and help in times of need.
The mercy seat was also known as the “throne of grace” because it was a place where people could go to find favor with God. In other words, it was a place where they could receive his grace and mercy (Exodus 33:17-23).
In the New Testament, the throne of grace is mentioned in Hebrews 4:14-16. This passage tells us that we can approach God’s throne with confidence, because he is a merciful and gracious God. We can find help and strength in him when we need it most.
If the throne of grace is where we obtain mercy and grace in our time of need, how do we come boldly to it?
Trusting Only In The Blood of Jesus
The blood of Jesus Christ is the only thing that can give us access to the throne of grace (Hebrews 10:19-22). This is because his blood is the only thing that can cleanse us from our sins (1 John 1:7).
When we come to God, we must do so with confidence in the blood of Jesus. We must trust that it is his blood, and not our own efforts, that will make us acceptable to God.
This doesn’t mean that we should neglect good works altogether. We should still do good works, as they are evidence of our faith (James 2:14-26). But we must not rely on them to save us. Only the blood of Jesus can do that.
I can’t begin to count the times that I’ve felt pressed into a hard place and didn’t know what to do. But in those moments, I’ve learned to lean upon this wonderful promises made to us in Hebrews 4:16.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
The verse begins by saying, “Let us therefore come boldly…” The word “boldly” comes from the word parresia, an often-used Greek word that was used in ancient times to refer to freedom of speech. It normally depicts a person who speaks his mind and who does it straightforwardly and with great confidence. In New Testament times, freedom of speech was restricted, and people who violated the rules were punished. The word parresia, used in this verse, depicts a frankness that was so bold, it was often met with resistance, hostility, and opposition. It just wasn’t acceptable to speak so candidly. Therefore, when someone freely spoke his mind and thoughts, such outspokenness was met time and again with scorn or rebuke.
How easily you receive from God may be determined by your own personal circumstances or inward struggles that affect the ease with which you receive God’s help. If your mind is tormented or you feel the world is pressing hard against you, it may be more difficult for you to receive — not because it’s difficult for Jesus to give, but because it’s difficult for you to focus on what He wants to give you. In that case, it may mean you have to reach out and forcibly lay hold of the help God offers.
God is to be viewed in prayer as our Father; that is the aspect which is dearest to us; but still we are not to regard him as though he were such as we are; for our Saviour has qualified the expression “Our Father,” with the words “who art in heaven”; and close at the heels of that condescending name, in order to remind us that our Father is still infinitely greater than ourselves, he has bidden us say, “Hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come”; so that our Father is still to be regarded as a King, and in prayer we come, not only to our Father’s feet, but we come also to the throne of the Great Monarch of the universe. The mercy-seat is a throne, and we must not forget this.
Here’s a glorious invitation for you to come to the throne of grace. It is an invitation to praise, an invitation to be delivered, an invitation to be lifted up.
When you honor the invitation of God, mercy and grace will locate you and you will find help.
God is your Father and you are His child if you are born again.
If you’re born again, you won’t find it difficult to come to God’s presence. It is because you are not born again that is why issues keep you from coming to God’s presence.
“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
Christ took our place on the cross and became our High Priest who understands us and intercedes for us (see Hebrews 7:25). He paid the penalty for our sins so that we could be forgiven and accepted by God.
Because of Christ, we can now come freely to God anytime, anywhere. One way we honor Christ’s finished work is by enjoying its privileges – one of which is the ability to come to God without reservation or shame.
Whenever we refuse to come boldly before the throne, we deprive ourselves of our own needs. We deprive ourselves of the privileges that were already purchased for us. We deny ourselves the joy of coming to our own Father who loves us, waits for us to come, and longs to bless us with all the heavenly blessings in Christ (see Ephesians 1:3).
When we pray, we ought to pray in faith. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith “is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” We don’t see it manifest in the natural yet, but because of Christ we are assured that what we ask according to God’s will is already ours.
“Cast not ayway therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.”
I found out that one of the things that hinder us from receiving what God has ordained for us is our inability to hold fast our confidence to the end. Hebrews 3:14 says, “For we are made partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end.”
Now the word Christ means the Anointed One and we are partakers of His anointing. The anointing is the burden-removing and yoke-destroying power of God. It destroys yokes and loses fetters. So, if you must partake of this burden-removing and yoke-destroying power of God, you need to hold fast your confidence to the end. If the Bible says that we should hold our confidence to the end, it suggests that there are things that will come against you that will want to make you let go of the faith.
LET BOLDNESS AND PATIENCE MEET WITH CONFIDENCE
Hebrews 10:35-36 says, “Cast not away, therefore, your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise”(KJV).
That means there is a possibility of you casting away your confidence. Things will come against you. For instance, you are believing God for a breakthrough, open doors and healing. After you have prayed, the enemy introduces some doubt and pressures you from all sides. He brings anxiety, and the symptoms increase. Your debtors disappear. The landlord mounts pressure. The enemy gives you reasons to cast away your confidence.
As believers, we glory in tribulation. Why do we glory in tribulation? Because there is something we know. Tribulation is not just in vain. It produces patience in our lives. Patience is a strength of character. Romans 5:3-4 says: “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance and endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation” (NLT).
I declare that your confidence in God will produce testimonies in your life in Jesus Name.
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