We first must learn to cast the whole of our trust and reliance upon Jesus, who is the Captain of our ship and the Author and Finisher of our faith…
When in trouble, these are the necessary keys to enter into God’s presence:
“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.”
There is also a dress code requirement and certain other protocols that must be followed before we are allowed to enter into God’s presence.
First of all, we are ONLY allowed to come into God’s Presence by way of the blood of Jesus, and His propitious sacrifice on Calvary’s Cross; and when we do, the dress code requirement can be found in the book of Isaiah.
Isaiah the prophet said,
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach Good News unto the meek. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound,
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of JOY for mourning, the GARMENT OF PRAISE for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified.”
And then Jesus, who is the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy, announced in His first sermon, when He started His ministry. . .
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the Gospel (Good News) to the poor. He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”
And He closed the book, and He gave it again to the minister and sat down.
And the eyes of all those who were in the synagogue were fastened on Him.
And He began to say unto them,
‘THIS DAY IS THIS SCRIPTURE FULFILLED IN YOUR EARS.’”
The Bible makes it very clear that it’s ONLY through Jesus Christ and His shed blood, that we have access to come into God’s presence.
And the Bible even tells us that because of Jesus’ propitious sacrifice and shed blood that we can BOLDLY come into God’s presence:
“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil…let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith” (Hebrews 10:19–20, 22).
“In whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him (Jesus).” (Ephesians 3:12)
The moment we believe in Jesus Christ for salvation from hell we are placed “in Christ” (Eph 1:13-14; 2:8-9).
This phrase “in Christ/Him” refers to how God sees us.
In the first three chapters of Ephesians, the apostle Paul has been focusing on how God sees us after we come to faith in Jesus.
As a member of Christ’s body, the church, I can approach God’s throne room in prayer with “boldness” and “confidence.”
The word “boldness” (parresia) literally means “all” (pa) “speech” (rhesis) or freedom to say all.
It conveys an attitude of openness that comes from freedom and a lack of fear.
The word “confidence” (pepoithesis) refers to being persuaded that God is Someone I can fully trust and rely upon, much like the confidence that a beloved child has towards his gracious and loving father.
But again this access is ONLY granted us through the Cross of Christ and His shed blood.
John 3:3, 5
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”
And then again Jesus tells us in John 14:6,
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”
So the biblical protocols are that we first enter by way of Jesus’ shed blood and the cross of Calvary; and then after having been born again, we can then only “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise!”
How many times in life, when we are in trouble and we’re facing overwhelming challenges (financial, sickness, or otherwise), do we ask God what is it you want me to do here?
Well in fulfillment of the prophetic scriptures, in the Old Testament, and having now been granted access into God’s presence, in the New Testament, through the propitious work of Jesus, this is what the Bible says we are to do in every situation:
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice evermore.
17 Pray without ceasing.
18 In EVERY THING give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
[Please note also, in verse 18, we’re not thanking God for all the bad things that happen in our life; but rather the reason why we’re told to thank Him in EVERY situation is because of the promise of Romans 8:28, which tells us that God will enter into every situation (the Good, the Bad and the Ugly) and He will work it for our good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.]
We should also know that the Bible tells us that the JOY of the Lord is our strength (Neh 8:10), but maybe what some of you don’t know is that to REJOICE means to return to that same JOY, that gives us the strength we need to face any challenge or battle in life, due to the faith, power and strength that Jesus brings to us, to face and overcome those challenges. Selah (let us pause and calmly think about that)
Sun, November 21
God At Eventide
by Two Listeners
BE GLAD IN THE LORD
Wait before Me with a song of praise in your hearts. Sing unto Me a new song. There will always be something in each day for which to thank Me.
Acknowledge every little happening as a revelation of My Love and thought for you. Praise has the power to wash away the bitterness of life. Be glad in the Lord.
Rejoice evermore. Great is the heart’s “Thank You.”
As you learn to thank Me more and more you will more and more see Me in the little happenings, and increasingly see much about which to rejoice.
Praise and thanksgiving are the preservers of youth.
Now unto Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
— Jude 1:24-25
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