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.
(Hebrews 7:25 KJV)
According to Hebrews 7:25 Jesus is our faithful High Priest, who “…ever lives to make intercession for us,” and because of this we will never be denied when we enter into God’s presence bearing His name! This free passage and unlimited access to God’s throne was granted us through the work of the cross, but is based on the condition that we remain “in” Him.
Jesus underwent such terrible suffering for a “special” purpose and that was to make us holy, as He is holy. A sheer impossibility without the “spilling” of the cross (1 Peter 1:16) “…Jesus…suffered…to make the people holy through his own blood” (Heb 13:12). Because God is the same yesterday today and forever, and there is no shadow of turning with Him, He is “unable” to change. His love remains constant throughout the generations. Most importantly because we saw how Jesus remained utterly faithful to His Father’s will, throughout every trial and temptation – it is by this we know that without fail or compromise Jesus will remain faithful to us. His faithfulness that has been tried, tested and proven! Making His love for us unfailing, unadulterated and unconditional!
Divine LOVE is never based on anything we are but on who He is; 1 John 4:7-21 says, “God is Love…” and 1 Corinthians 13:8 tells us that “…Love never fails.” God’s love for us is unaffected by anything we have done or accomplished in our lifetime. Rather it is affected only by what Jesus has done. “I think that if there could be one sight more wonderful than the love of Christ,” says Spurgeon, “it would be the blood of Christ...” and continued, “much we talk of Jesus’ blood, but how little’s understood!”
He further addressed the blood by saying, “I do not know of anything more divine. It seems to me as if all the eternal purposes worked up to the blood of the Cross, and then worked from the blood of the cross towards the sublime consummation of all things. Oh, to think that He should become man! God has made spirit, pure spirit, embodied spirit; and then materialism; and somehow, as if He would take all up into one, the Godhead links Himself with the material. He then wears dust about Him even as we wear it; and taking it all up, He then goes, and in that fashion, redeems His people from all the evil of their soul, their spirit, and their body, by the pouring out of a life, which while it was human, was so in connection with the divine, that we speak correctly of ‘the blood of God.’”
When we turn to the twentieth chapter of the book of Acts we find that Paul put it like this, “Feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.” As a result whenever we hear God addressed as the, “God who loved and died,” it could be said that this is an “incorrect accuracy” or like Spurgeon classically coined it, “a strictly absolute accuracy of incorrectness!”Always the case whenever the “finite” tries to talk of the “infinite.” When “earthy” try to describe the “heavenly!” Such as the only sacrifice that could every obliterate, annihilate, and extinguish sin or any trace of it! “He hath finished the transgression, made an end of sins, made reconciliation for iniquity, and brought in everlasting righteousness.”
When we get to heaven, perhaps only then shall we understand in its entirety just what the blood truly meant. When we see the One who love’s us and washed us from our sins in his own blood! May the Holy Spirit show us Gethsemane, Gabbatha, and Golgotha! And show us what our Lord is doing in this precise moment! So that in those times of complete depression we will know that He is standing and pleading for us!
In the moment that a family member is ill; (children or spouse) and no food is in the cupboards; the pressure is all around but we are able to “see” Christ standing there, dressed in His glory; knowing our name and pleading for us, we could turn to our families and to the circumstances and holler, “He is praying for us, it’s all going to be okay!” The sight of Christ praying, pleading and interceding brings courage to swell in the heart – the Holy Spirit must be allowed to show us a pleading Christ!
Nevertheless although He is “pleading” He is still “reigning” at the right hand side of God, where the Father has put “all” things under His feet. No fear exists for those who believe His great declaration, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations; and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”
Most precious of all may the Holy Spirit grant us a clear view of His return. Jesus is “coming,” our most brilliant hope! Yet although our adversary behaves even bolder and passionate faith seems almost extinct, these are just “tokens” of His “coming.” Even Jesus said that He would not return unless first there was a “falling-away.”
So despite the consequences of the growing darkness, we must remind ourselves that on the lake of Galilee Jesus came in the thick of night when the storm was at its worst to be with His disciples. And just as the storm fled so will the enemies of His Word, name and blood, flee from the face of His “injured love!” As for us, we will stand victorious with the infinite mercy of our loving saviour; seeing with the “natural eye” what the Holy Spirit has been showing us all along!
So it is with divine purpose that the Holy Spirit takes of the things of Christ and shows them unto us. Just as with Jacob who laid himself down to sleep and the Lord began to speak with him, “The land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it.” We need to ask ourselves this question: “can I sleep on the “promise” of God? Can I relax and trust what He is saying to me without trying to work it out for myself? If yes, the same promise we “sleep- on” is ours! Because being able to “rest” in what God shows us is vitally important and effects whether we become recipients or just observers!
Consider Abraham, who also heard God say, “look from the place where thou are northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: for all the land, which thou seest, to thee will I give it.” Effectively God was saying to Abraham, “What you are ‘able’ to ‘see’ by faith, I am ‘able’ give you!” Consequently our ability to “see” is also crucial to our “receiving.” Without faith we cannot “see” what God sees. Natural sight limits our scope and hope for the future to “all-things-temporal.” Faith which sees what the natural eye cant, engages with God in a way “flesh” cant. We must live by faith and not by (natural) sight.
For instance whenever we discovered that we are in a difficult circumstance, it took “seeing” our way out – before it actually happened! We “saw” our deliverance before deliverance showed up, which is faith. Just like the joy that was set “before” Jesus so that He could endure the cross. He “saw” victory before there was victory!
In life we set goals for ourselves, like losing weight or climbing a mountain! We have to see the top, the finish line or even the new thinner self – to keep the incentive alive! But it is still “faith” that achieves this! Without “seeing” the result and keeping it in our “minds-eye” so to speak – then we don’t stay fixed on the goal and therefore never overcome. However the moral of the story is... that in Christ we were born to overcome and what we “see” by faith we can have!
Precisely the reason why God showed both Abraham and Jacob exactly what He wanted them to possess! (God does not show us anything He does not want us to own - what’s the point?!) On the other hand our adversary torments us “all” the time by showing us what we don’t want to have. Its like faith in reverse! But is called fear.
With God He only ever shows us what He wants us to have, therefore if we see what He sees, we can have it! Faith always sees what happens before it happens, so that we can align with it. Living in “agreement” with the vision is the purpose of foreseeing it; where as “di-vision” is living in “diss-agreement” with the vision, resisting it and making it unproductive. In other words nothing happens that should happen because faith has been denied. In fact scripture tells us that the “just shall live by faith” because without it we can’t live “for” God or “with” God. He is a faith God; only faith pleases Him because without it we will fail.
Finally, in order for us to be productive (fruit bearing not barren) we must be able to “see” daily what God is showing us, because this is what He wants us to have! We must always permit His Spirit to increase our vision (spiritual sight) so that we can enjoy all that has been prepared for us in Christ!
PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Father thank you that although I was blind now I SEE! Thank you for giving me ears to hear and eyes to see. That whenever You communication with me, I don’t fail to understand. Help me by your Spirit to grow in this every day. So that daily I am being trained and “sensitized” to respond correctly to Your voice. I want to be ready in season and out, so that I can possess whatever you want me to have – by faith! Amen.
CONFESSION OF THE DAY
Father today I confess that when I hear and when I see what You are showing me, I will respond by faith. I will lean on the supernatural before it gives way to the natural, not vice-versa! I will trust in You and as You did set “joy” before Christ; then no matter what daily challenges I face, I know that You have given me the power to endure and to OVERCOME till the victory manifests. Hallelujah!
THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO MAKE THIS MINISTRY POSSIBLE!
WE LOVE YOU…!
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