Mended Hearts (revisiting a prior message)

“Let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.”

Hebrews 4:16

Oh, Tuesday DIVAs! I am so humbled by our Lord! That in His mercy He would assemble us before His throne of grace and allow us to make our request known to Him. Can you fathom it? That He would call us and allow us the privilege of laying our hearts before Him to receive His ministry? What grace! What mercy! Let’s not hold back a thing before the One who is completely safe. Run princess to the open arms of your King! He has been awaiting your arrival.

How do we approach His throne of grace with boldness? The ONLY reason we can even ingress is because of Jesus’ finished work on the cross.  Because of this alone we have been granted access to God’s throne.  Therefore, we approach with the boldness of being His adopted child (John 1:12, Ephesians 1:5).  We boldly approach with our hand in His because we are accepted (Romans 15:7).  We boldly approach with the ability to have the fullness of Christ in us (Colossians 2:9-10, 1 Corinthians 12:27).  We boldly approach in agreement with His Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17).  We boldly approach as a new creation (Romans 6:6, Colossians 3:1-3).  We boldly approach because we are chosen, royal, holy, and His special possession (1 Peter 2:9).  We boldly approach because God shows no favoritism (Romans 2:11).   We boldly approach because the Father lavishes great love towards us (1 John 3:1)!  If you are in Christ, do not think for a second you are anything less!  Now, with BOLDNESS approach the throne of grace…and receive.

If you are familiar with the book of Esther, you will recall that Haman made an edict declaring all the Jews would be put to death because of his rage toward Mordecai. Seeking acquittal, Mordecai took to the streets wearing sackcloth and wailing loudly.  Why?  Because He knew liberation and deliverance would come to the Jewish people.  What about you?  Do you know God to be your liberator and deliverer?  If you do, choosing ‘sackcloth’ as opposed to a wall will begin to feel more and more instinctive to you.  Praise God!

While searching the bible I found the word “sackcloth” was commonly paired with two things (1) feeling the pain of an injury and allowing God to minister to it and (2) humility towards God and your circumstances.

When our heart has been injured, our fleshly nature desires to respond by building an impenetrable wall to protect it from further trauma. What if instead, we covered our souls with sackcloth and forgot about constructing that toxic wall? Would you be willing? If we adorn our hearts with sackcloth we must (1) acknowledge the pain (instead of defending it or disregarding the injury) to the Lord and let HIM tend to it and (2) be humble and absolutely obedient to His direction. Would we be courageous enough to stop the construction and step out from behind our hand-built walls?  Let’s adorn our hearts with sackcloth and let the King of Glory come in!   You and I can fulfill the “hope of our calling” by letting God do the miraculous in us! When we allow Him access to our fractured hearts He is able to do what only He can do and we become something that in our own strength we could never achieve.  Let’s completely trust Him with our hearts and circumstances DIVAs.  He is so worth it…and so are you.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit,

Amanda

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ALL for His glory!

 

 

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