Passing the Test 1

14 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 confession15 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. 16 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)

For what reason do we let go of our confession? For what reason do we forsake our declaration in Christ? For what reason do we walk away from the God and, by our actions, reject the Word that we heard?

Is it not because of disbelief? Is it not because our hearts have been hardened through the deceitfulness of sin?   Is it not because we have been drawn away by our own lusts and tricked into doing things that show that God is not as fulfilling and worthy of obedience as His Word declares?

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We must be aware of how deceitful sin really is and understand that in doing it, we let go of our confession.

Eve, will you disobey the command that God gave you to not eat from the tree? Will you listen to the lie that this thing looks good, and is so desirable, and will give you the life you truly want? Will you listen to sin and believe that God does not have your best interest in mind?

The job of sin is to draw us away and cause us to disobey. It separates us from God! Though it may sound good and taste good, it hardens our heart toward the things of God.

But let us hold fast our confession! Let us flee from sin! Even though sin is so deceptive, even though it sometimes sounds like the truth, we must fight it and understand that we have a Savior that understands our fight. Jesus is able to sympathize with our weakness, for He was constantly tested too, yet without sin. He had to wake up and deal with his bodily desires and cravings. He had to turn the other cheek when people punched and spit in His face. He had to be patient and work with all different kinds of people on the job, who were constantly all up in His face. He had to deal with feelings of boredom, or lust, or fear, or sadness, or anger, or frustration. Yet, though He was at all points tempted as we are, He was without sin! He stayed obedient to His Father! Oh, we must learn to stay obedient! We must learn to put off the old man/woman and put on the new!

But praise God that He understands! Praise God that He can have compassion on our weakness! Hallelujah! That Christ forever lives to make intercession for us! This does not excuse us to continue in sin, but it should uplift us and encourage us to fight it! It should cause us to recognize that His hand and His love is still extended toward us if we keep on trying. If we seek to never let go of our confession, even in the midst of the storm, even if we slip, He will not let us go.

Who can separate us from the love of God! What can separate us from the love of God? “Well, doesn’t sin?” One might say again. But No! Not when we repent! Not when we come confidently to the throne of Grace! Not when we come to our savior, believing and trusting in Him!

See that is what the devil wants. He wants us to stay down. He wants us to believe that God does not want us or love us anymore. He wants us to believe that God is angry with us. He wants us to stay in sin and have no hope in God.

Oh, but just because it is almost the truth does not mean that it is not still a lie! Yes, God hates sin and it is at opposition to Him. Yes, He is angry with the wicked every single day! Yes, sin is what separated us from God in the first place! He is light and in Him dwells no darkness! But Christ took on His wrath! But Christ took our places on the cross! But Christ cleanses from sin! He saves those who believe on Him! He wipes the slate clean for all those who trust in Him!

So we would be a fool to stay on the ground! We would be deceived to believe that we are hopeless! The righteous fall seven times, but they get up! Look to the hills from whence cometh your help, for your help  cometh from the Lord! Tell that devil to get behind you! Tell that devil he is a liar! Come to the throne of Grace, that you may obtain mercy and grace to help in the time of need!

God always knew that we would need help. That is why it was fitting for Jesus to die for us and rise again to make us into the children of God. Call on the name of the Lord! No, that does not make you a hypocrite! No, Jesus will not reject you! The Word says, that whoever comes to Him, He will in no way reject! Come boldly to the throne of Grace! Why is it bold that you come? Because you know that God has every right to strike you down! You know that you have fallen short of His will for your life! But Christ! I say again, But Christ!

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Christ is your intercessor! So we must believe and go to Him!

 

 

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