“Under the old covenant, the priest stands and ministers before the altar day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which can never take away sins. But our High Priest offered Himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then He sat down in the place of honour at God’s right hand.”
There is no sin or nothing you have done that God’s grace cannot reach. Even the things you may have done that you can’t possibly think God will forgive you for. Perhaps there are things that you have done in your life, that you feel are so unthinkably wrong, that God actually despises you for it. Or perhaps you are so embarrassed that you can’t even talk to God about it.
Well, if that is you friends, know that there is Good News. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, covered every part of our life and included even our darkest secrets, even the ones we bury with our shame. He died for everything. There is no part of our lives that God’s grace cannot reach. His love reaches into the deepest part of our souls, forgiving, healing and setting us free. The only thing we have to do, once confessed to Him, is to let Him. His sacrifice was once for all time, and then He sat down because His work was finished. We now can enjoy the fruits of Jesus’ labour. His love, forgiveness and unlimited grace. That’s the Good News. That’s the Gospel. And YOU are included in it!
“If you repay good with evil, evil will never leave your home….Do not repay evil for evil. .. Do not be overcome with evil but overcome evil with good.”
PROVERBS 17:13, ROMANS 12:17A, 21
It almost feels natural to want to get revenge when someone hurts or offends us. We want the upper-hand, almost as if we feel we deserve it because of the wrong done to us. There is however, no end to revenge. The only way bitterness, revengeful thoughts and hurt is overcome, is by forgiveness and release. The longer we hold on to grudges and have a desire to seek revenge, the longer we ourselves suffer. Jesus came to bring peace, to restore broken relationships and to show us that we don’t have to live in animosity with each other, but can live in peace and harmony. The Bible tells us that the only way to overcome evil is by doing good; and we do good because we have a good good Father who lives in us. Let His light shine in you and out of you. Let His nature become yours. Let Him deal with all your hurt and offence and replace it with love for all people. Don’t hold on to bitterness, it will only eat YOU up. Let it go and give it to God.
“…He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honour and gave Him the name above all other names.”
When we pray ‘Lord, Your name is above all names’ or ‘You are the King and kings and Lord of lords’ do we realise what we are actually saying. We are lifting the Name of God above every thing, every situation, every addiction, every pain, every worry and every power both in Heaven and on Earth. Why can we do this? Because God is above all. He is not in the same level as these things. He is above it – yet He cares, yet He listens and yet He answers. When you pray to the King above all Kings, remember who it is you are praying. Remember His position and your position in Him. He is the authority above all things.
“Give us today the food we need..YOUR Heavenly Father already know all your needs.”
MATTHEW 6:11, 32b
Today’s devotion is simple. We all have needs, wants and desires. Yet instead of letting those things consume our thoughts and cause us to worry, how about just relaxing in the provision of Almighty God, our Heavenly Father. Firstly, God knows all we need before we even ask, and secondly, what He gives, is from His unlimited storehouses. Whether that be grace, love, finances, or food, every good gift comes from Him and is freely available to all His children if we just ask. Even Jesus Himself, in His model prayer, tells us to freely and boldly ask for all we need. He is not hiding His provision but wants to freely give to all those who ask. Don’t be afraid, don’t be shy, ask God in Jesus’ Name and He will provide all your needs. It is weakness to ask, but strength to trust.