Summary: We are to come with boldness to the throne of grace, mercy and grace will be given to us to prosper in every area of our lives. Whaterver the case, we should come with a mind ready to do the will of God at all t
OBTAINING MERCY FOR DIVINE BREAKTHROUGH
Study Text: Hebrews 4: 12 – 16
- All Christians will continue to need two things throughout their lives:
a. "mercy" I.e., forgiveness for our sins
b. "grace to help in time of need" I.e., God's favor to help us in time of need
- The Christian finds these things in answer to prayer
a. By confessing our sins to God in prayer, there is mercy 1Jn 1:9
b. By praying for strength from the Holy Spirit, there is grace to help in time of need
Eph 3:16, 20; 6:10-13
- During the present dispensation of grace, God's throne is "the throne of grace." Judgment does not issue from it.
- At a future time there will appear "a great white throne" from which God will judge all who have rejected His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
- Beloved Christian, are you acquainted with this place? When did you last appear before the throne of grace? Our text says, "Let us come."
- There are five things that are needed for us to obtain mercy at the throne of grace for our divine breakthrough:
1. Meditate on the word of God Psalm 1: 1 – 3.
- We are urged to come "boldly" or "confidently" so that we can speak freely and frankly to our Heavenly Father.
- When we take delight in His word, to study, understand and practise what is commanded, we will possess the righteousness of God that produce boldness.
- If you want God’s best, if you want to make your way prosperous and have good success, these are the three things you must do: think God’s Word, speak God’s Word, and act God’s Word. The result of doing all three is success--God’s best.
- Take a look at the example of Joshua and the instructions the Lord gave him as he was about to lead Israel into their inheritance. (Joshua 1:8).
- That last part, "you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success," is equivalent to saying, "you will find God’s best."
- What are the conditions? There are three of them, and they all relate to God’s Word:
1. The Word is "not to depart from your mouth."
2. You are to "meditate in it day and night"--that means continually.
3. You are to "observe to do according to all that is written in it."
2. Examine the status of your faith 1 Cor 13: 5
- Paul said, "Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith."
- The expression "in the faith" refers to being a faithful Christian. Thus we are to examine whether or not we are remaining faithful to the Lord.
- We need to remember that the danger of backsliding is ever present
a. It is possible to fall away if we neglect our salvation - Heb 2:1-4
b. It is possible to develop an evil heart of unbelief - Heb 3:12-14
- What this text implies, however, is that it is possible to know of one's standing before God
- We cannot trust solely upon what we may think of ourselves. Therefore even though we might "think" we are right, we are not the final arbitrator - 1Cor 4:4
- We cannot compare ourselves with others, or trust their approval
a. To compare ourselves with others is unwise - 2Cor 10:12
b. The approval of others does not mean the approval of God - 1Cor 4:3
- Again, it is the commendation of the Lord that makes one approved - 2Cor 10:18
- It is the Lord who is the ultimate Judge - 2Cor 5:10
3. Repent and Return to God with Sincerity
- Repentance is not merely being sorry and just simply saying, “I am sorry.” 2 Cor 7:9 - 10
- This involves stopping the sin that is in one’s life. Rom 6:1
- This involves choosing to do what is right instead of what is wrong in the future.Rom 6:17-22
- Repentance is important and we must understand what it is and that God commands it! Acts 17:30
1. It is based upon faith.
2. It requires a change in mind and attitude.
3. It requires a change in lifestyle.
4. It results in forgiveness.
4. Call upon God with Boldness and Confidence
- This word "with confidence" as used here in Hebrews, stands for our freedom to approach God without hesitation or inhibition.
- This is made possible by the blood of Jesus - Heb 10:19-22. And so this passage speaks of the wonderful privilege Christians have through prayer: to approach our gracious God, with full confidence that He hears our prayers.
- It is important to utilize this privilege, and in our text we find several reasons for doing so.
- Our text then tells us that there is a procedure for coming to the throne of grace. We are to come boldly, or confidently so that we can speak freely and frankly to our Heavenly Father.