Hebrews 10:19-22

Jesus, Our High Priest

19Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21And having an high priest over the house of God; 22Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

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Everything changed the moment Jesus became our high priest!

We are blessed people to have Jesus as our High Priest!

People worshipped God, during the old testament time, in a tent or a tabernacle. It had a special room called the Holy Place. Inside of the Holy Place was another room: called the Holy of Holies. People however, also referred to it as the Most Holy Place or Holiest. God allowed the high priest to enter the room only on the Day of Atonement.

“God’s dwelling place” among the people was in the Holiest Room

A very heavy, thick veil (curtain) separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. It was there to keep the sinful man away from the presence of God.

No one could inadvertently walk into the Holiest, claiming it as an accident, based on the way the curtain was set up. Anyone who entered into the room (except the priest on his one day per year) would die. If the priest did something not pleasing to God, he would die. Any person who even looked inside would die.

The High Priest enters the Holiest Room

The high priest had many rules and laws to follow before entering the room of God. The priest began by washing had to take place before he could enter the room of God. And, he had to be meticulous with putting on the special clothes he wore. He needed incense that would fill the room with a scent pleasing to God. The incense had to be the exact amount that would create a thick cloud of smoke. It was covering his eyes from a direct view of God. There were many tasks that had to be followed in a meticulous manner before entering the Holiest.

Following the required preparations, the priest, would enter through the curtain into the Holiest room. He would be trembling with fear, knowing that even the smallest mistake could mean death for him.

The High Priest took the sacrificial blood of an animal in with him. As long as the blood stayed warm and flowing, it could atone for his sins and those of the people. As the blood became cold, the vitality of it, depleted. After that, it became unusable and, had no further purpose.

During the Old Testament Times

I’m assuming that many people of Israel, didn’t have any kind of relationship with Lord God. I wonder how much they thought about what the priest was actually doing for them? Even today, do most people know and understand the sacrifice Jesus made for us?

When Jesus, the Son of God, was crucified, everything changed. He willingly shed his blood, to purify us of our sins. Jesus became our ultimate offering and, sacrificed on our behalf. He gave his life in place of ours! No longer will God accept sacrificial animal offerings to atone for our sins.

God, at the exact moment of Jesus’ death, ripped the veil that separated the Holy Place from the Holiest. He tore the veil from the top to the bottom. The ripping of the veil represented Jesus’ broken body. People could now be in God’s presence, through Jesus. Jesus’ blood can never grow cold nor will it ever become useless. It will continuously be warm, and full of life and vitality. Always be more than enough to cover all of our sins.

God sent his son Jesus, to become our Sacrificial Lamb and High Priest

  • The people who accept salvation through Jesus Christ have their sins covered and forgiven.
  • His resurrection from death, consecrated (declared set apart and made sacred) Him for us.
  • A person seeking God, must have faith in Jesus to remove the veil that separates the righteous from unrighteous.
  • God’s plan of redemption is fulfilled through the sacrificial Lamb of Christ Jesus.

We now have the opportunity, privilege and, right, to go before God’s presence, using Jesus, as our High Priest and intercessor,. And we can now go before God with great boldness and in faith.

Vs 21-and having a high priest over the house of God.

MY PRAYER FOR HEBREWS 10:19-22

Father God, Yahweh Jireh – The Lord will provide

Thank you Lord for sending your Son Jesus, as the Sacrificial Lamb. I may have a personal relationship with you.

By the name of Jesus, everyone now has the opportunity to receive the gift of forgiveness, grace and salvation. Father, you have made it very easy to be saved to an eternal life!

We must believe in the name of Jesus (and everything he has done for us). First, it’s important to ask for forgiveness; from our hearts. Then, we must have a personal relationship with Jesus. By staying close, allowing him to work in and guide us, we will receive forgiveness and life eternal.

Who do we confess to now?

We no longer have to confess our sins to an earthly priest. No longer do we need to receive penance. As a believer, my High Priest Jesus, will speak to you on my behalf. With my heart. heavy with sin, I ask for forgiveness. I am blessed with your forgiveness, grace and love because Jesus’ blood will cover all my sin. Through Jesus, I have the assurance that I will be washed clean of all my sin

Father I pray that the many; who don’t know you yet, hear your call or feel the touch of you tugging at their hearts. Lord, I pray they are able to see you clearly and will turn to you with a repented heart. As people turn to you, they will see that the blinders which covered their eyes have been ripped down. Then, they will receive the free gift of salvation!

You are such a merciful God! Thank you for sending your Son to earth for my salvation !

In the name of my Lord, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen

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Psalm 69:1-6

Psalm 69:1-6 -Even When We Don’t See You

Psalm 69:1-6 – Even when we don’t see you Father, you are there!

  • Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul.
  • 2I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.
  • 3I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.
  • 4They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.
  • 5O God, thou knowest my foolishness; and my sins are not hid from thee.
  • 6Let not them that wait on thee, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek thee be confounded for my sake, O God of Israel.
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Some people believe that a divinely inspired Levite wrote this Psalm. Other’s think David may have written it while chased by Saul. So, for this post, I will just use the name Palmist.

The Psalmist is crying out to God

The Psalmist is saying that he feels like he’s drowning, and the problems are still rising. He can’t seem to get a foothold on a way to get out of his situation. Feeling frustrated and like he’s up to his neck in water. In other words, he has an “I’ve had it up to here with my enemies” type of attitude.

His throat is dry from calling out for help and his eyes are still failing to see God. His faith, however, is strong and he continues to pray and call out to the Lord.

Why are there so many enemies?

God is aware of the Psalmist’s innocence. And knows that he has not committed any crime towards those who are after him. However, the Psalmist knows and admits that he is indeed guilty of other sins against God. Verse 5 says “You, God, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from you.”

The Psalmist begins to worry! He is calling out to God and if the Lord doesn’t answer, what will the people think? They may wrongly believe that there would be no hope for them, with God.

Perhaps he assumes that the people’s reasoning may go something like this… We know that the Jewish people are God’s chosen, the ones he claims to love. If God has turned his back on a chosen one, what hope could there be for a person like me? What kind of a God is he, that would have no mercy for his own beloved?

The author also thinks that it would be good for the people see that God forgives the Psalmist’s sin. If they see how much God loves him, watches over and helps him, then perhaps they may be encouraged. He wants everyone to see how wonderful God is. To see how God is working in the Psalmist’s life, others may turn towards God also.

Picture of sand and the sea Psalm 69:1-6

Prayer for Psalm 69:1-6

Heavenly Father

This Psalmist (despite of his body failing) is crying out for help and seemingly not getting any. Suddenly his focus changes. He begins to worry that many unrighteousness people will believe that you are not available at times or in certain circumstances. Especially because they don’t see you helping one of your own.

The Psalmist worries that his actions of calling out and then getting no help or answer may turn people away from you. They may think; if that is the way God acts towards his people in a tough spot, then that God is not for me. However, this author knows that you God, were (and still are) a gracious and merciful God, in spite of what others see.

I understand what the Psalmist was surmising

I have called out to you many times and not received your help nor been answered in the way I wanted. To my family or unsaved friends, it may appear as if I have been “unfriended” by you Father.

May I always have faith in you. And may I always help others to see that you are standing right beside us, in all circumstances, whether we see you working or not.

Help me continually to be a good representation of you. And I pray Father that my actions would draw people closer to you. Thank you that you oversee everything in my life, and for loving me every day as you do.

I admit that I commit sins and sometimes even do foolish things in front of others. I ask forgiveness for the times I have not been a good representation of you. Please never let my faults turn someone away from you and your love.

In the Holy name of Jesus. Amen

If We Say We Have No Sin

John 1: 8-10

If We Say We Have No Sin

  • 1 John 1:8-10
  • [8] If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
    [9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
    [10] If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
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If we deceive ourselves and say we have not sinned, it shows that we do not have Jesus working in us. Then we continue to live as sinners. The sin we hold keeps us out of eternal life at our death.

Jesus has already done the first part for each and every person. He took away our sins with the work he did on the cross. Meaning, that because he was crucified, died and rose again, we can now be offered his crucifixion, death and rising to life on the third day can offer us salvation.

Jesus’ work on the cross

  • To activate His work on the cross, we must confess that Jesus is Lord and, ask him to come into our lives as our Saviour.
  • Then, it is very important to confess our sins as sin.
  • It is wrong for us to say “if I have sin within me, please cleanse me”. When using that method we are not confessing we are sinners.
  • As Christians we should feel the conviction of our sin. Meaning if we sin and are ok with it, then we are not living a Christian life.
  • The Holy Spirit allows us feel uncomfortable. That is to say that we will get a gnawing feeling in our soul that we need to make things right.
  • We must confess those sins to God through Jesus. However, attempting to hide from sin, will not bring salvation.
  • It is better to say “Jesus, please search me and show me my sin”. Because God already knows each and every one of our sins.
  • We cannot hide our iniquities and transgressions from God. So, it’s better to confess to the Lord right away.

Through the grace of God, we are forgiven. Then this allows us to pray directly to God, through the name of his son, Jesus Christ.

My prayer for John 1:8-10

Heavenly Father,

You sent your only son, Jesus for the salvation of the world. That is to say that Jesus came to earth to willingly die for me. In addition, the work Jesus accomplished with his death and resurrection, allow me the chance of salvation.

May I always remember that I am a sinner. For instance no matter, whatever I believe I have or have not done, there is sin within me, that must be confessed. There are two types of sin!. First, there is the sin that I am aware of and secondly there are iniquities buried deep inside of me, that I am unaware of. Above all, both of these sins need to be confessed to cleanse me.

Requesting forgiveness

I am aware that I have sinned and I realize there are things that are not pleasing to you. Because of this, I pray you will forgive and cleanse me. Please search me Lord, and bring to my mind the things I need to confess. (Listen to the Lord)

Thank you Father God for bringing those remembrance of sin to my mind. So that I can now confess them with my mouth. Further more, I come to you with a sinful heart and I confess my sin. (I confess…)

Father, I am grateful that you will cleanse me, through Christ Jesus, with your grace and love. Therefore, I now accept your forgiveness with thanks and gratitude. I am so very blessed Lord for all you do for me and above all I want to thank you for loving me as you do.

In Jesus’ holy name I pray. Amen Hallelujah!

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He that Covers Sin

Proverbs 28:13

Proverbs 28:13

  • [13] He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
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He that covers sin

If a sinner does not acknowledge that he has sin or tries to cover it up or even makes excuses for the sins, then he is keeping himself out of life eternal. In other words, by concealing his transgressions, he will not be forgiven.

Hiding Sin from God?

Why do so many people try at times, to hide their sins from God? I used to do that myself.

I realize that many times we are so ashamed of what we’ve done or figure our sins are just too big for God to forgive that we put off taking them before the Lord.

We can see in scripture that God drew all sorts of sinful people to himself. He forgave their sins and then used those very same people for wonderful ways to spread the Word of God.

King David, Saul/Paul and even the chosen disciples were not without fault. Some tried to hide their sin, but ended up miserable and feeling alone.

There is nowhere to hide from the Lord

He is the creator of this world, the people and everything in it. As a result, there is no where we can hide, that he doesn’t see. And furthermore, there is nothing we can think that he doesn’t know. He already knows what our thoughts are and what we have done in the past, present and yes, even in the future.

We all need turn to the Lord and confess our sins, no matter what we’ve done. He already has the knowledge of them so through true confession we can be freed from the shame and guilt.

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Proverbs 28:1-3

My Prayer for Proverbs 28:13

Father in Heaven

Thank you that through my confession to Jesus, I am made righteous and you will hear my prayers. Without that cleansing, I could not approach you.

Lord Jesus, I come humbly to you and ask for forgiveness. I know that I have sinned and done, thought or said things that are not pleasing to you and I pray that you will show me mercy, and forgive and cleanse me. Search me Lord, bring to my mind the things I need to confess.

Thank you Lord for hearing my confession and I now accept your forgiveness with thanks and gratitude.

Please go before me today Lord. Keep me on the straight and narrow path. Have the Holy Spirit please convict me when I sin and remind me to confess, when I do. I am so thankful Lord for loving me so much that you are ready to show me grace and mercy even in my sin.

In the name of Christ Jesus I pray, Amen

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Only One Mediator

1 Timothy 2:4-5

1 Timothy 2:4-5 – Only One Mediator

  • [4] Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
  • [5] For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
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Only One Mediator

According to Paul, God desires that everyone should be saved. God sent his son, Jesus Christ, to earth to become human kinds Saviour.

Every person, during their lifetime, will hear the good news of Jesus Christ, learn of repentance and hear that having faith in Jesus will bring them salvation (the knowledge of the truth).

Paul tells us that another part of that knowledge of the truth is the importance of learning that Jesus is our one mediator.

At the moment of Jesus’ death on the cross, he became our high priest, giving us the privilege of praying and confessing our sins “directly to God”. He bridges the gap between us (God’s children) and Father God.

Jesus is the only one mediator

Jesus Christ is the only one who can intercede, reconciling man to God. The Virgin Mary, saints, other gods, angels, man or idols cannot! If we believe that others can do what Jesus came to do, what then, was the point of Jesus’ horrendous crucifixion?

He alone became our bridge to God so it’s important that all prayers to God must go through our one and only mediator and that is Christ Jesus.

Our Father God is the only one who can know our real inner feelings.

Christ is the only one mediator between God and humans. That is to say, through Jesus Christ, we can receive total forgiveness by God’s grace and mercy,

Once God receives a truthful confession, through Jesus Christ, God cleanses the sinner instantly, without penalty or works.

When people, other gods, the Virgin Mary, saints, idols, angels or mere men hear our confessions, are they able to discern, in the same manner as our Father (with Jesus as our advocate) and know without doubt what is really in our hearts and the “degree of each sin”? No!

To Whom Should We Confess?

Since God has not authorized anyone (other than Christ) the job as advocate, it’s important for men to know that only Jesus can take our sins before God and that God is the one that can completely remove our sins.

However, on Judgement Day, there will be no-one that can save people from death. Those who have accepted Jesus into their lives have already gone before Jesus and are waiting for the New Jerusalem (Heaven) to arrive.

When the end of this world as we know it comes to a close, Jesus becomes the judge. Those who come to judgement on the last day, no longer have Jesus acting as advocate for them. They have already lost the chance of being saved to life eternal (Heaven). They have previously made their decision and it was not to be saved through Christ Jesus.

Simply put, God is proceeding according to His plan. All die, but many will live eternally, by the knowledge of the truth through our one and only mediator, Christ Jesus.

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Only One Mediator 1 Timothy 2:4-5

My Prayer For 1 Timothy 2:4-5 – Only One Mediator

Loving God,

Because Jesus is the one who hears my confessions, I can pray at any moment of the day and do not have to wait and confess to one particular person.

It’s important that I do not to keep the sin but to confess and turn away from it, as soon as I am made aware of the sin.

Once confessed, I can be open to receive the forgiveness, compassion, love and mercy that you alone can give me.

With that in mind…

Father God I come humbly before you and ask for forgiveness. I know that I have sinned and done, thought or said things that are not pleasing to you and I pray Lord you will cleanse me. I come before you now to confess my sins.

Thank you Father that I have laid all of my sins down, in the name of Jesus as my advocate. I consciously accept your forgiveness and ask that you would now lead and guide me in all I do.

Thank you Father for such wonderful gifts as Jesus and forgiveness. You are an awesome God and I give you all the praise and glory.

In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

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Hear My Cry, O Lord

Psalm 130:1-4

Psalm 130:1-4

  • Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.
  • 2Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
  • 3If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
  • 4But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
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Hear My Cry O Lord

Hear my cry, 0 Lord!

Some people think this was a prayer for Israel; however most believe it was a prayer for himself. Regardless of the why, Nehemiah was praying earnestly to God. So, this post supports latter popular belief. I have also written a post that supports that Nehemiah was praying for Israel. See: PSALM 130: 3-8

The Psalmist realized that his sins were keeping him from God and more importantly that they would keep him separated from God right into eternity.

In the depth of his guilt of sin and with admission to God that he was a sinner, the Psalmist shows that he realizes that there was no one, except God, that could forgive sins. He’s crying out, for God to hear his prayers.

After asking for God’s forgiveness, he stood in faith, acknowledging his belief that God heard him. Nehemiah knew that without God’s grace, no one could stand before God, without falling.

The closer he got to God, the more Nehemiah felt the fear of God: (awe – reverence), (afraid of sinning again).

As Nehemiah grew in fear and faith of gratitude, his love also grew. He learned that true forgiveness comes only from God.

Man standing with arms stretched out to God at ocean in front of setting sun.
Hear My Cry O Lord
Hear My Cry O Lord

My Prayer for Psalm 130:1-4 Hear My Cry O Lord

Father in Heaven,

The blood of Jesus covers my sin. Thank you Lord.

Father, I appreciate, that today and everyday the Holy Trinity watches over me. He convicts me when I have sinned

I have the privledge that Jesus is my advocate, going between you and me and that in you, I am forgiven and loved by your grace.

The more I know you Lord, the deeper my faith becomes. Like Nehemiah, I put my faith and trust in you. Hear my cry O Lord!

In the name of Christ, I pray Amen

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PSALM 130: 1-8

Who Could Stand with Sin?

Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord. 2Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. 3If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? 4But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. 5I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. 6My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. 7Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. 8And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

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Who Could Stand With Sin?

Who could stand with sin in front of God ? If the Lord punished people for all of their sins, then no-one would be worthy of salvation into life eternal.

No one knows for sure who wrote this Psalm but some believe it was Nehemiah the priest, during captivity in Babylon. Some scholars/authors think it was a prayer for Israel and some believe Nehemiah was praying for himself. Regardless; someone was praying earnestly to God. I believe that Nehemiah couldn’t pray just for Israel or just for himself. And because of that I have written two posts on the same piece of scripture. See also Hear My Cry, O Lord

Nehemiah prays asking God, who could stand with sin?

The Psalmist realized that Israel’s sin’s were keeping them from God and more importantly that they would keep them separated from the Lord right into eternity.

Nehemiah acknowledges the both he and the people of Israel were sinners. Nehemiah also understood that with faith, and repentance Father God could take away their sin. After asking for God’s forgiveness, he waited, in faith, believing that God had heard him and would accept his prayer.

As Nehemiah grew in faith, his love for the Lord also grew. The closer he got to God, the more he felt the fear (awe/respect/love) of God!

He believed that God would help the people of Israel to remember that God is mercy and grace and with Him there is deliverance from all of their sin!

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Who Could Stand With Sin?

My Prayer for Psalm 130:3-8

Heavenly Father,

Thank you Father that you sent your Son and the Holy Spirit to help me live my life for you. I am grateful that the Holy Spirit convicts me when I have sinned. When Nehemiah was praying for Israel, they did not have the blessing of Jesus for salvation. However, with Jesus as my advocate, I can have faith that I am forgiven when I repent. Thank you that I live in a time when my sins can be covered, with the blood of Jesus.

Thank you God that each and every day you lead me, guide me and, accept my prayers when I ask for forgiveness. Lord, because of your mercy and grace, I am cleansed, purified and forgiven.

In Jesus’ precious name, I pray, Amen

Psalm 51:10-13

Restored to God’s Salvation

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. 12Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. 13Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.

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Restored to God’s Salvation!

David says to the Lord, “Restore God’s Salvation to me”! The author (probably David) is feeling horrified at his own sins and pleads with God to cleanse him. David wants his heart washed and cleansed totally by God. He wants it to be as a completely new heart, one that has never been soiled with sin.

Feeling a deep conviction, David admits to his sins and, pleads with God, to totally restore him as a new man. David is begging God not to leave him without joy. He has known what it was like to be in a close relationship with God and now what it is like not to be and he does not like it at all! He wants to be restored to God’s salvation.

It interests me that David begins to thank God for the mercies he hopes to receive by pledging to change and is even thanking the Father for a renewal of heart. He tells the Lord that he will be an example to others and show how he has changed. He promises to guide others, in their sinful times, to go before God, the Father. This wasn’t a bribe David was making but a sincere promise of what the new man would be able to accomplish, for (and with) the Lord.

I love the trust and faith that David had

Somewhere inside of David, he had faith that he could be restored to God’s salvation and he did everything he could to gain that friendship back.

God is angry with David for two reasons. First because David was sinning against God. (Perhaps based on 2 Samuel 11). Second reason; because David was to set an example of how people were to live for God. The example David had been setting, wasn’t a good one.

At salvation the new “man” gets rid of the “old” man. As soon as we ask the Lord into our lives, we change. We may not feel different but we most definitely are. In an instance we have just become children of God. We now have Jesus as our Saviour and his example to follow. We also now have the Holy Spirit as our helper, with his many attributes, including his guidance (and his convictions).

What we are not necessarily told is that we don’t instantly become the new man totally, but that we begin a life long process to become a new creation, based on the image of God himself.

However, if we continue to sin deliberately without confession, without repentance, without sorrow and without attempting to fight against the sin, then we have not changed. Hence, true salvation was never ours. True salvation comes from within! By not changing our way of living, then perhaps we never truly received salvation. And if that’s the case, then one day we will face God’s judgement , without a saving grace.

Restored to God’s Salvation

My Prayer for Psalm 51:10-13

Dear Father of Grace and Mercy,

It’s strange but for some reason, I always think you as a loving, kind Father who sees my sins and is waiting patiently for me to ask for forgiveness.

I have never thought of you as a stern father. It never dawned on me that perhaps you were angry and/or disappointed with me every time I’ve sinned. I haven’t worried about repeating the same sins over and over. It was my assumption that I could confess my sins and was forgiven each time. I realize now that I am not coming to you with true repentance in my heart? A sin is a sin! And sin will bring the downfall of man!

What is Biblical repentance?

Biblical repentance is to change one’s mind that results in a change of action. As a Christian I must set an example, one that looks like I am a creation of you, the God Almighty. Please Father, have the Holy Spirit continue to encourage me to change my ways? I pray I will listen and heed his guidance!

Lord, I am so thankful that you led me to this particular scripture today and opened my eyes. Help me Father to stay on the straight and narrow path. Help me to be a good example of Jesus in all ways, everyday.

Thank you Father that in the past, when I came before you, asking for forgiveness and mercy, that you, seeing what was deep inside my heart, forgave me. Even so, I pray Lord, that from this moment on, we will have a better relationship because I know now that I must change and grow and, with your help, I will.

Right now Lord, I ask your forgiveness. As David prayed, I will also pray. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.

Please Lord don’t ever let me get so far away from you that I would lose my joy.

I give you all the thanks and glory. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen

2 Samuel What is Salvation

Luke 15:1-32

Jesus Concerned Over Every Lost Soul

For those of you, who doubt that Jesus is concerned over every lost soul, I tell you, he really is. Verse 10 in this scripture tells us even the angels are happy, when a sinner repents. As I studied the chapter, I loved every bit of it.

1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. 2And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

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Picture of Jesus holding a bible.  Text reads Today's lesson on Jesus is Concerned over every lost soul.  Taken from Luke 15:1-32
Jesus is worried about every lost person

I would like to do an in-depth study on Luke 15. It has more meaning then the surface theme of lost and found. I encourage you to read all of Luke 15 and then meditate or study on it. You will find many precious nuggets!

Luke tells us that although Jesus used parables to teach the disciples and/or the people, these particular parables were mostly for the benefit of the Pharisees. They had come against Jesus for “hanging out” with sinners and even eating with them. The Pharisees would not associate with sinners, believing unrighteous people were beneath their attention.

Christ is going to teach them by using 3 narratives. First is the parable of the lost sheep. The second is the parable of the lost coin and the third is of the lost son. They spotlights lost things that represent why Jesus is concerned over every lost soul.

Luke 15:3-7 – The Lost Sheep

3And he spake this parable unto them, saying, 4What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 7I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

Christ is saying that searching for one lost sheep is worth leaving the other ninety-nine sheep while he looks for the one. The shepherd asks his friends to rejoice with him (verse 6) because the sheep is finally found. Jesus ends this parable by showing that although there may be ninety-nine “believing” people, it’s the lost one that is important.

Luke 15:8-10 – The Lost Coin

8Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 9And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

Jesus continues with the parable of the lost coin. A lady has ten coins and loses one of them. The woman searches diligently for that one coin she lost. When she finds it, she calls her friends to rejoice with her (verse 9). Jesus tells us that the woman still had nine coins, but it was very important to find the missing coin .

Luke 15:10 There is joy in the presence of the angels

10Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Before we get to verse 10, we needed to pay attention to what was happening in verses 1 and 2. In this post, I am not delving into the area of the religious men who are consumed with God’s laws, rather than love. They obviously held a different opinion than Jesus Christ. Christ hated sin but felt love for the sinners. I will at some point, post on this verse but I encourage you to study it on your own. There is so much information packed into verses 1,2, and 10. Along with these 3 verses, you need to also study deeper into the lost son.

Luke 15:11-32 – The Lost Son

11And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 1

4And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 17And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

The Lost Son heads back home

18I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

21And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

The elder son is jealous and doesn’t understand

25Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. 26And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. 27And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. 28And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. 29And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: 30But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

Thought dead but now alive

31And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. 32It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

Jesus continues with the parable of the prodigal son. The younger son wants to take his inheritance and leave; so his father gives him the money and the son goes on his way. After he loses everything, the young son humbly returns to his father’s house (verse 24). Everyone is happy. The son considered dead and now found alive.

In these parables, we see the same message; Jesus is concerned over every lost soul! Jesus said that in order to save sinners, the Pharisees needed to spend time with them. They should not shun or preach at them, but befriend them.

Here’s what I found in studying…

The word “lost” does not mean only the unsaved people who will not receive life eternal. They can be Christians that have been on the narrow path leading to God and eternal life, now moved to the wide path leading to eternal death. These “lost” could also be people who have not heard about Jesus or are confused and need help understanding.

The sheep represents the person who is falling away from faith

Jesus is concerned over every lost soul. He wants everyone rescued from Satan, his demons and eternal death.

The lost coin represents a believer

The lost coin represent a believer who has fallen away from the church. It’s the church’s duty to watch out for each other and to diligently search to save souls.

The lost son

The last parable digs a quite a bit deeper. The elder brother represents the Jewish people who remained solid in their religious ways and hung onto laws and rituals. However, they became self-righteous, proud and eventually ended up far from God (like the Pharisees). This parable also shows that the father of the two sons, loved both equally. In the same way, God loves the Jews and the Gentiles equally.

Once humbled, the father took his “lost” son back immediately, just as if nothing had ever happened. God will also take back his humbled “lost” children as if they never left.

Jesus was teaching the Pharisees that every lost person is very important to God. Those people who have moved away from God are just as important as those who love and believe in God (and after the crucifixion, believe in Jesus).

Father God doesn’t have to take us back!

The Lord doesn’t have to find the lost, save people or forgive our sins. He does it because he wants to and because he loves us so much. Unfortunately, most of the Pharisee’s didn’t listen or take advantage of Jesus’ warnings to change their ways. Still today there are many Jewish people who continue to live by the law and rituals and will not recognize Jesus as the Messiah!

Jesus is concerned over every lost soul. So; the job God has given believers today, is to find the lost (regardless of who they are or what they’ve done) and tell them about Jesus. That may even mean “hanging out”, or perhaps sharing a meal with sinners, just as Jesus did.

We are all sinners, not deserving salvation. However, God loves all of us and does not want to see, even one person lost.

Picture with word LOST at top.  Sheep, coins and an image of a man on side of paper.  Text reads "I say unto you that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.  Luke 15:7
Joy in heaven when one lost soul is found

My Prayer for Luke 15:1-32

God, the Father of Life Eternal,

I ask you Lord, to place the lost along my path, those you know I can help. Guide me and give me the words that would touch their hearts and open their eyes to you or to hear your call.

Help me Father, to realize that not every person wants salvation. “I” am not the person to save people, you do that. My job is to pray for and seek out the lost . And then show them to the way to believe once found. Unfortunately, not all will accept that offer.

I will praise and glorify your name each and every day. Help me to continually be on the watch for the lost and tell them of the good news of Jesus Christ. Also I will pray for those who do not know you, praying they will hear your call.

Thank you Father for loving each and every person in this world and that every one of them have exactly the same option of finding Christ and receiving salvation, as I did.

In the name of Jesus Christ, our Saviour, I pray. Amen

JAMES 4:6-10

James 4:6-10 – Closer to God

James 4:6-10 – Draw closer to God and resist the devil.

  • [6] But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
    [7] Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
    [8] Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
    [9] Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
    [10] Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
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Submit and draw closer to God

God gives grace! If we are willing to submit and draw closer to God and allow him to take the lead, we are blessed with grace. In that grace we are able to totally give ourselves over to God. However, He will not work in the people who believe it’s all about them (the proud).

Resist the devil – As soon as the natural person gets closer to God and truly gives their self over to him, they become his child. One of the wonderful gifts we receive from Almighty God is the authority to resist the devil. As strong as Satan is, he cannot overcome a Christian’s given authority and will flee at the name of Jesus.

Draw closer to God

James is telling the people they must stay close to God. The closer they are to him, the closer he will be to them. The same principles apply for us today. We must make a conscious effort to stay closer to God, following his lead. The flip side is that when we allow the enemy control, we are not living the life God intended for us.

Cleanse your hands

Because of Adam’s downfall in the Garden of Eden, we live in a world of sin. Therefore, it is very important for us to go before God; in the name of Jesus, confess and wash our hands of sin, and then receive God’s grace, his mercy and forgiveness.

Purify

We need our hearts to be purified. So many times we will only clean what we or others see. However it is very important to ask for God to search us, inside and out, to find whatever sins we may be hiding – possibly even from ourselves. Then we can take them before God, confess the sins and be purified through Jesus.

Double-minded

God has given us the right to make our own choices in the way that we live. However, it’s important for us to remember that we cannot serve two masters; it’s either the enemy’s we serve or God, our heavenly Father.

Be afflicted

Yes; a person living without the Lord may be enjoying life to the fullest, but there are eternal consequences. Without God’s presence, the worldly things that bring us joy, laughter and happiness are short lived and useless. James is telling us that it’s very important to let go of the worldly way of living and turn to God.

James is warning us that as we get closer to God, our sins will become more evident and we will feel convicted. This is a good thing! The need to lament, mourn, and weep will come upon us and we will feel the heaviness of the sin and will be crying out to God, to be rid of it.

Humble yourselves

As we go before God humbly, asking and receiving forgiveness, our Loving Father will wipe away our sins and then he will lift us up, giving us genuine love and happiness for eternity.

Draw closer to God

My prayer for James 4:6-10

The Lord my Shepherd (Yahweh Roi (Pronunciation: yah-WEH row-EE)

Thank you Lord, that when you called to me, I accepted your invitation and drew close to you. I then confessed my sins and made you the Lord and Ruler of my life. I have never looked back! The life I enjoy today with you by my side is more than I ever imagined. In you I have found peace, love, and joy.

Thank you Father for this message from James.

As I studied it this week, it was a reminder for me to always stay close to you God.

Search my heart Lord for those sins that could be deeply hidden inside me. Bring them to my mind so that I can confess with my mouth and have my heart purified.

The enemy is always standing right beside me, urging me to fall away from you, tempting me with all sorts of gifts and lies. Help me Lord to stay strong in Jesus, and resist the enemy.

If I am not living my life with you as my central authority, then I have no chance at resisting the devil. Please stay close to me and have the Holy Spirit convict me the moment I may drift towards the enemy’s territory.

I know Lord that as a Christian, my life will still be full of ups and downs.

I understand that I am not immune to bad things happening in my life. However, I do know that as your child, you will always be at my side; leading, helping and comforting me. Regardless of what is going on around me, help me to stand strong in you, covered by the Armour of God.

Thank you Father for your love, you grace, your mercy, and for all the wonderful gifts that I receive from you. I am thankful to you for sending your son Jesus and the Holy Spirit to earth to help us be the best we can be. May I always consciously and purposely choose you to lead my life.

For the glory to God and in the holy name of Christ, I pray.

Amen

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Yahweh Roi (Pronunciation: yah-WEH row-EE means The Lord is my Shepherd who watches over me night and day and leading me along the path of righteousness.