HEBREWS 7:25

Jesus Our Intercessor

Everyone is entitled to salvation. Yes especially sinners! We have Jesus, our intercessor.

25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

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Jesus is our high priest

Presently, Jesus sits in heaven at the right hand of the Father. Even from his heavenly seat, he watches over us on a daily bases. At his resurrection (following death), Jesus became our High Priest forevermore. Christians can enjoy fellowship with God, through the name of Jesus. Because Christ is High Priest he is able to save all those who come before God, seeking salvation. Through his work on the cross, he goes before God, interceding for the people and through him and only him, all our sins can be washed away.

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Jesus is now our intercessor

My prayer for Hebrews 7:25

Dear Father in Heaven,

Thank you for sending Jesus to this earth for my salvation. You allowed your only Son to be sacrificed so that I could come before you God, sinless and blameless through Jesus, the perfect, spotless Lamb.

For all you have done for me, thankyou Father. I know, that because Jesus intercedes on my behalf, I can now come before you Lord sinless. Upon my death Jesus will speak on my behalf and on that day, I will be welcomed into heaven.

I can not comprehend how much you really gave for me (Father giving your son, Jesus offering his life, and the Holy Spirit as a helper to me) but, I am so very thankful.

Indeed God, you are worthy of my many praises. Thank you! I will praise your name now and through eternity.

In the precious name of Jesus, I pray. Amen

All the Glory to you Lord!

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Psalm 32: 8-10

Instruct and Teach Me Lord

Psalm 32:8-10

8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.

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As I studied this particular Psalm, there were different points of view. Some people felt the Father was speaking to David. And, other’s believe that David was telling his people what had been taught to him. Either way it’s a wonderful message sent by God.

We are asked to follow God. As a result, if we do follow him, the Lord will instruct and teach , lead and guide us. We are not to be stubborn like the mule. The point made here is that we need to willingly follow Jesus. And because God will not force or pull us in a certain direction as horses and mules need to be lead. Meaning, we are to gladly follow wherever our Father leads us. He leads and we follow!

There are two paths offered to everyone, regardless of who they are, where they live or what the family situation. Everyone is given the same two choices…the path of righteousness (goodness) or the path of unrighteous (wickedness).

Everyone follows the one of their own choosing.

As followers of the Lord, there may come times when we fail and slip off the path. God will allow certain obstacles to come our way, with trials to go through so we can learn through these afflictions and get back on our true path.

The people who choose not to be his children are left to wander on their own and they have no guidance. This leads to wicked ways because sin is of the world. Sin eventually leads to eternal sorrow and unhappiness.

Some might say God is cruel. He is not! The choice is our own! He has lovingly given us the free will to choose how we want to live. So in choosing, we are creating our own life and then our eternal destination.

So, when making our choice, we need to remember that sorrow comes to those who choose to live the way of the world and mercy comes to those who have choose to walk the way with the Lord. The better choice is to allow the Lord to instruct and teach us.

My prayer for Psalm 32:8-10

Heavenly Father.

You are majestic Lord. You are the one and only true God. Above you there is no other.

I don’t understand how people cannot choose to live for you. There is so much peace and love in being your child. I have changed so much in the years that I have been your child. I would never want to go back to the times before I knew you.

In you Lord, I feel contentment. I get up every morning, knowing that whatever happens, good or bad, in my day, that I will be able to relax in you and handle the situation.

Does this mean that I don’t worry, or I will never be sad or angry?

No, it doesn’t. I am still living in a world full of sin and so the things that I deem bad, sad or absolutely horrible will still happen. But…as a child of God, I can rest in your arms. The Holy Spirit will give me the peace that passes understanding and Jesus will help me to go on with my day, regardless of the circumstances.

With the promise from you Father, that you will always be with us, and a promise of an eternity with you, why do people still choose to live a life without you?

Please Father, help my friends and family see, through me, how wonderful you are. I pray Father that every one of them thinks carefully before they automatically turn away from you, to go it alone.

You don’t put restraints on us.

You don’t demand us to change in any way. Or ask us to give up any of our bad habits. You accept each person, just as we are; sin and all. It doesn’t even matter how much sin or even what kind of sins we may be carrying or committing because you meet every person exactly where we are.

I had a boat full of sin when I first came to you. Many of those sins I thought were unforgivable. But…when I truly repented, through Jesus, they were all forgiven, taken away immediately. What a weight was lifted from my shoulders. Praise you Jesus!

Many people change right away at the time of forgiveness. They stop swearing or excessive drinking , stop holding anger, stop critiquing or gossiping. Some carry their sins while they learn and grow. Either way, once we repent and ask Jesus into our lives, the Holy Spirit will lead us and we will grow and thrive as children of God.

Thank you Father that you love us.

We can pray to you through Jesus anytime, anywhere, in any situation and you are right there waiting for us to turn and lean on you.

Thank you for your love, understanding and for allowing me to have the free-will to live as I chose. Thank you that my choice is to live for you!

With delight and reverence and in the name of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

 http://Psalm 32 We are Not to Live by Our Own Merit? – Romans 8: 12-13

Matthew 8:1-4

The Healer Behind the Healing 

Matthew 8:1-4

  • [1] When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
  • [2] And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
  • [3] And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
  • [4] And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
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Leprosy, in those days, was a horrible disease not only physically but mentally as well. Lepers were considered to have done evil and this was their punishment. As a result, people misguidedly perceived leprosy as a symptom of sin in the lepers soul.

The Law of Moses has detailed instructions in place. Leviticus 13, Leviticus 14 advises of the proper ways for the leper to guard against interconnecting with others. And because of that, most people (and even the priest’s) treated lepers in a horrible manner. But in his grace and mercy, Jesus treated them with love.

The Man With Leprosy

Jesus had just finished his Sermon on the Mount. After that. the people followed him down the mountain. And then, a man with leprosy came to Jesus, worshipping Him.

The leper understood that Jesus was more than just a healing man. He calls out to Jesus saying “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.”. In fact, the leper had a knowledge that other people were missing. He cried out “Lord”.

The leper wanted a healing and knew that Jesus could heal him. However, he didn’t know if Jesus was willing to heal him. So he asks, “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.”

The Man Had Faith

Jesus was willing to cure him. Why? Because, the Leper knew that Jesus had the Godly power and authority to heal. As a result, his faith in Jesus healed him.

There was no ceremony and no pompous used. Jesus reaches out saying, “I will – be cleansed”. The leper completely healed, at that moment, with just one touch from Jesus.

Many healing’s throughout Jesus’ ministry happened without Jesus touching the person. In this case, Jesus specifically touched the leper. As a result, it showed the people that he has the authority to go above the laws of Moses. In the same way, the touch could have been to confirm the man’s belief of exactly who Jesus is and the power he possesses.

The Leper Healed

The man is no longer a leper. Jesus tells him not to tell anyone that Jesus healed him. However; Christ did instruct him to go to the priest. Jesus wanted the man to obey the rules of the Mosaic laws (Leviticus 14). Jesus wanted him to get the blessing of health from the priest’s. As a result, the man (no longer a leper) could go back into the town and back to his family.

During That Era

Legal steps had to happen in order for the man to receive a public bill of good health. If he didn’t, he could not be welcomed back into the fold.

Once the man gathered the required items for the sacrifices, he then must take to them the priest. The priest uses the sacrifices in a ceremony. Following the ceremony, the man then receives a certificate. Proof the once leper is now healed from leprosy.

It was important for the man to get to the priest’s as soon as possible. If the priest’s received the news of the man’s healing from others, it would give the priests an advantage. They would have time to find a reason why they wouldn’t believe him. They might even reject that he had ever been a leper. Perhaps, not given him the certification that he needed in order to receive a public bill of good health.

Jesus wanted the priest’s to hear the man’s own testimony. As a result, it would also be proof that Jesus was indeed the true Messiah.

The healer behind the healing
Matthew 8:1-4
Matthew 8:1-4

My Prayer for Matthew 8:1-4

Heavenly Father

Thank you that you are always aware of everything going on. Father, you knew this leper inside and out, before you ever came face to face.

You allowed him to know who Jesus really is. And, permitted the leper to come forward, knowing, without doubt that Jesus could heal him. As a result, through his faith, he was healed.

The leper had obviously already heard of Jesus and his healing’s. Possibly, he may have heard Jesus’ voice drifting down the mountains and he took strength in what he heard. Regardless of how; he knew who Jesus was he had no doubt at all that Jesus could heal him.

Before That Day

The leper had most likely endured the ailment for a very long time. He probably tried to think of ways he could rid himself of the disease. He suffered the disease and the loneliness of not being with his family.

Quite often, when I am in a tough place, I may try to fix the problems myself. Really, I should be turning them over to you. Whether I need hope or a blessing. Perhaps, a healing or forgiveness. Whether I need to stop fearing or need to learn love and patience, you are always willing to help me.

The leper, had to wait, hoping for Jesus to come his way. I am blessed to have access to the Holy Spirit and Jesus and you Father, continuously.

Thank You Lord

Through this story, I am reminded that love and faith hold an important part in who I am. How I live and how people may see Jesus’ effect on my life, is essential.

I am very blessed to be your daughter. Furthermore, I pray that I always show others how wonderful it is to live for you everyday.

In Jesus’ precious name I pray, Amen

Prayer – God’s Blessings

Are Our Prayers Answered?

Mark 11:24-26

Are our prayers being answered?

  • 24Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
  • 25And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
  • 26But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
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Prayers Answered

This scripture is not saying that whatever we pray for we will receive. It is also not saying that if our faith is strong enough, we will receive what we are asking for.

It is saying that we are to believe with faith, that God has heard our prayers and that He will resolve them in a way that is best for us. Having our prayers answered are not necessarily given in the way we envisioned them being fulfilled.

It is our job to pray in faith, and then stand in faith (stay strong, believe that God has heard our prayers) knowing that our Father knows what is best for us in all circumstances and in the good and the bad times.

Forgiveness!

How are we at forgiving others? Do we forgive on the outside but have burning bitterness inside our hearts? How can we expect God to forgive us if we are holding grudges/anger/hatred/unforgiveness against others?

If we are holding on and can’t seem to let the anger go, ask the Lord for help. He is very willing to lead us to the peace of forgiveness. If for some reason we choose not to forgive the other person, (regardless of what the anger is about) then God will not forgive us.

Do we lose our salvation?

This in no way means we lose our salvation. Faith and faith alone saves us. As long as we still have faith we are saved. So, what does this mean? I believe it means that we will lose our friendship with God. In a sense he turns his back on us, until we forgive. We need to make things right and truly forgive those we hold anger over. In our forgiveness of others, our Father will then forgive us our trespasses. At that point, God turns back to us and our friendship continues on.

My prayer for Mark 11:24-26

Divine Father

I understand that I need to forgive those I hold anger towards and that I cannot have bitterness and unforgiveness in my heart.

A big part of my prayers being answered depends on whether I am justified (cleansed). I must repent and ask you for forgiveness and mercy. And I am forgiven by God.

Thank you Father for allowing Jesus to stand by me and for being an intercessor between myself and you God. Help me to be strong, in you. Lead me to realize immediately if I start to hold bitterness inside. It is easier to forgive right away. Our anger can not be allowed to simmer inside of us. By holding it back, the anger will eventually reach a boiling point and will explode!

Right now, I ask you Father for forgiveness for

I ask you to show me the situations or people that I am refusing to let go. Help me Lord to erase all anger, bitterness, hatred that I am holding over a situation or a person. Father sometimes bitterness is buried so deep that I am no longer even aware of it. Please search me and bring all anger to my remembrance so that I may deal with it. With your help, I can get rid of it once and for all.

Thank you Lord for all you do for me and for giving me the knowledge of this very important verse.

In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen

Break the Chain of Anger and Move On