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Praise To The Gracious God

The LORD is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.
The LORD is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works.
All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD, and Your godly ones shall bless You.
They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and talk of Your power;
To make know to the sons of men Your mighty acts and the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations.
Psalm 145:8-13 (NASB)

God’s help is only a prayer away

The LORD Has Spoken

In Jerusalem, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies will spread a wonderful feast for all the people of the world. It will be a delicious banquet with clear, well-aged wine and choice meat.
There He will remove the cloud of gloom, the shadow of death that hangs over the earth.
He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign LORD will wipe away all tears. He will remove forever all insults and mockery against His land and people. The LORD has spoken.
Isaiah 25:6-8 (NLT)

Christ Is Able And Willing To Supply Our Needs

Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 (NASB)
We are pilgrims on earth, our citizenship is in heaven; and this world through which we are traveling is a wilderness for believers.
What the high priest did for Israel in the wilderness, Jesus is doing for us today in a much better way. We can travel with assurance and confidence because we know that we can come to the throne of grace, and, through Christ, obtain mercy and find needed grace to help us in our time of need.
As we make our journey through this world, God has given us His Word—a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our pathway. God uses His Word to judge everything in our hearts that might cause us to step aside from the straight and narrow path of faith; He uses His Word to judge anything that might tempt us to seek rest and comfort in the desert of this world of sin and sorrow.
True believers have a High Priest—our High Priest is Jesus, the Son of God (Heb. 8:1). Our Priest is far better than the priesthood of Aaron, because our High Priest was tempted in all points as we are tempted, yet He did not sin. Therefore He can sympathize with our infirmities and our weaknesses. He knows that we are flesh.
Since we know that we have such a High Priest, one who Himself walked the same path we are walking, one who is touched with the feeling of our infirmities, believers are encouraged to come boldly to the throne of grace to receive mercy and to seek help in the time of need. He knows our every need; He is able and willing to supply those needs.

Love Forgives

Love forgives. Someone once suggested that love does not forgive and forget, but rather remembers and still forgives. Resentment is careful to keep books, which it reads and rereads, hoping for a chance to get even. Love keeps no books, because it has no place for resentment or grudges.
Love quenches wrongs rather than records them. It does not cultivate memories of evils. If God so completely and permanently erases the record of our many sins against Him, how much more should we forgive and forget the much lesser wrongs done against us. John MacArthur
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32 (NASB)

He Makes All Our Problems His Own

What more can we ask of our Father
Than to know we are never alone,
That His mercy and love are unfailing,
And He makes all our problems
His own.
Helen Steiner Rice

God is always accessible in our time of need

Through The Savior We May Draw Near Unto Him

The Christian hopes for perfection of being; for holiness of heart and life here, and for heaven hereafter. These things are brought into clearer light in this gospel age than they were under the Law. It rests upon Jesus Christ. He is the Rock upon which our confidence and expectation are based. He has revealed God the Father unto us. He has rendered perfect obedience to the holy Law. He ever liveth to represent us in heaven. . . The priesthood of Jesus Christ brings men near unto Him. We need not now the human priest and the bleeding victim for our acceptable approach to the Divine Father. Through the Savior we may draw nigh unto Him in our penitence for sin, and obtain forgiveness. (The Pulpit Commentary, Hebrews, p. 195)

A Better Hope

“(for the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.” Hebrews 7:19 (NASB)
The “better hope” is Christ. Because of His death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and His position at the right hand of Majesty on the throne of grace, believers now “draw near to God.”
The unbeliever is by nature a child of wrath (Eph.2:3), alienated from the life of God (Eph. 4:8). But those of us who were without hope and afar off “have been made near by the blood of Christ” (Eph. 2:13).
In this day of grace—the day of “a better hope”—Jew, Gentile, whoever will, may have “a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Pet. 2:5).
All true believers have a better hope in their hearts “through which we draw near to God.” Under the Levitical system the people could not enter into the holy of holies where the high priest entered with blood; to do so meant sudden death. The people could not draw near to God, but the better hope in Christ has opened the way into the holy of holies for each and every believer.
The invitation to the born again believer is, “Let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” Hebrews 4:16 (NASB).

Is It Possible To Be Too Hip To Be Holy?

“And when You said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.'” Psalm 27:8 (NASB)
The New Living Translation says, “My heart has heard You say, “Came and talk with Me.” And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.” There is an old saying, “Deep calleth unto deep.” It suggests that something deep within us is ever hungering after, and always listening for that Voice that gives us life.
This aptly fits many of us today who remember the beginnings of our journey with Jesus. The move of the Spirit was strong and widespread, the preaching of the Word was without manipulation, and worship was innocent—unchained from the love of money.
But these days now are rather mediocre in comparison. The presses are filled with over-stated claims of how God is moving here and there, while people are running to and fro to jump in the river. Preaching has all but been stripped of prophetic power, opting instead for power-point presentations that give neat and tidy tips on how to improve just about anything in your life. And as for worship—send in the clowns! Is this the church, or a club reviewing the latest trends in bands and fashion? Is it possible to be too hip to be holy? Too relevant to be reverent? Too cool to be Christlike?
We long for a renewal; a return to the days of our first love; a fresh awakening in our fellowship with the Lord. If these longings are present in your heart, then be encouraged—for it is the Lord calling you back. – James Ryle –

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