20 Sep Online Prayer, THE THRONE OF GRACE, Wednesday, September 19, 2018
The EXIT RAMP FROM EVIL and HELL and THE ON RAMP TO RIGHTEOUSNESS and HEAVEN
Hebrews 4:14-16 NASB
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
The well-known hymn Amazing Grace is a clarion call to both saint and sinner. Yet, the second stanza presents an intriguing thought: ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved; How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed. Hymn writer, John Newton gives a profound insight that has been lost in translation in today’s ill-conceived teaching on cheap grace and discipleship without cost. The Eternal Spirit reveals the depth to which sin corrupted leaving nothing uncontaminated and a hell that has no bottom. But because of the grace of God the Savior made Him able to save to the uttermost, those that come to God by Him, seeing He ever lives to make intercession for them. (Heb. 7:25) This is what makes amazing grace amazing still!
Once one gets a glimpse of how deeply a holy God disdains sin and how He hates evil with a burning hot wrath, it begins to enlighten the eyes to wickedness and sinfulness and the measure of justice and judgment. God created hell to be a place for everlasting banishment for the devil, his ilk, and millions of those who have rejected so great a salvation in the Son. The illumination of the punishment we face creates a crisis of truth. There is a hell to shun, a heaven to gain, and an offense of sin to be judged one way or another (Heb. 9:27). The reality of hell is deeply disturbing. The descriptions of fires burning, torments, and outer darkness are but mere distractions to the true horrors of hell. The Bible says, Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men. (2 Cor. 5:11). The most dreadful reality of hell is that once the soul has entered here there is now forever no way of escape. All hope has been abandoned where God cannot save because salvation has been cast off. But what is “the terror of the Lord”? The Scriptures offer references that should sober every soul in reverential fear for the holiness of God: Psalm 50:22 NIV, Consider this, you who forget God, or I will tear you to pieces, with none to deliver. Beloved, this does not mean that God will dismember the bodies of the unbelieving. It means that God will remove His ability to remember those that choose to forget Him. In other words, He is saying He will forget those who forgot Him. (Mt. 10:28) It is the very same divine ability He possess within Himself to never to remember any confessed sin again: I will remove their sins are far as the east is to the west…and their sins and iniquities I will remember no more. (Ps. 103:12; Heb. 10:17) This is a future reality that exists where all of us will soon arrive. For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former things shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
Once the soul comprehends, not only what we were SAVED FROM, but likewise, what we were SAVED FOR we will understand that it was grace that taught our hearts to fear and grace our fears relieved! We must have our eyes of understanding opened to the helpless, hopeless estate we are in as fallen creatures under the wrath of a just God and that we were destined for eternal damnation.
Not only did grace reach down into the hell we deserved and lifted us to the rock that is higher, He saved us from our own self-destruction. It was in utter despair that the soul cried out: O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this body of death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Rom. 7:24-25) Thus, How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed.
Today we observe Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement on God’s calendar. It is the most holy and sober day of the Seven Feasts of the Lord. It is considered the Day of Judgment. However, Jesus fulfilled our Yom Kippur 2,000 years ago on Calvary: He who knew no sin, became sin, so we could become the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor. 5:21)…with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption…who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God…(Heb. 9:12-14). Not only did He accept on Himself the punishment of our rap sheet, His blood stained the pages of the books that recorded our condemnation and sealed our fate in a hopeless hell. Thus, God became the Just and Justifier of those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work of atonement once and for all. (Rom. 3:21-26) Therefore, we ought to give more earnest heed, to the things we have heard, lest at any time we should slip. How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation? (Heb. 2:1, 3)
As we draw near to God in prayer today, we are not approaching the Throne of Judgment but the THRONE OF GRACE. However, our free and open access are not to be taken flippantly or esteemed lightly. Clearly, the eyes of heaven focus on our approach. There is no fear before their eyes. (Rom. 3:18) and they have no reverence or awe of Me. (Jer. 2:19; Heb. 12:28 NIV)
The Throne of Grace stands upon the altar of the cross. Yom Kippur observes the day when the high priest would take the blood sacrifice and offer it on the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Holies. Jesus, the Son of God fulfilled dual roles in fulfilling this Feast. He was both, the Great High Priest and the Lamb of God. We are commanded to hold fast our confession because our Great High Priest has passed through the heavens. (Heb. 4:14-15) This means that when Jesus ascended into heaven He offered His very own blood at the Mercy Seat in the heavenly sanctuary (See Heb. 8:1-2, 12-14, 24-28; 9:12-14). Here is where our atonement day took place: It was the LORD’S will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer…for He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for their transgressions. (Is. 53:10-12) The Hebrew word for “atonement” is the same word as” intercession”. Even now our Advocate is at the right hand of God, at the throne of grace making “atonement” for us today!
Furthermore, it behooves us to comprehend the wonder of approaching the Throne of Grace. Hebrews draws an interesting contrast in this regard: For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses. (v. 15) The sentence structure is written in the double-negative in order to accentuate the positive and reinforce reality. By saying we “do not have a high priest,” means to view Him in reverse to understand its significance. This means that He is not like one aloof, untouched, and unable to identify with us in His Priestly Intercession. It affirms that He is the Great High Priest who is able. Moreover, it says who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but what in every way tempted such as we are, not without sin. (v. 15) In other words, He is not like one who has no understanding nor has any involvement in our temptations and sufferings. The literal translation in the Greek is who cannot sympatheō with our sympatheō. There is significance in the double-use of the word we translate to sympathetic here. It literally means, that because He bore our griefs, carried our sorrows, and was tempted in all manner as we are then He understands our weaknesses with the understanding we have. Because He both carried them to the cross and lives inside of us to complete His full involvement and identification with us.
The Altar of the Cross is where the Throne of Grace is seated. It is the EXIT RAMP from earthly evil and hell below and the On RAMP to righteousness and heaven above. Jesus is our Atonement as the Great High Priest (Rom. 5:11) and the Lamb slain before the foundations of the world to be Lord of our confession. (1 Cor. 5:7 NIV)
Our Priestly Intercessor is able to save us to the uttermost because He ever lives to make atonement for us on this Yom Kippur 2018!
Let us approach knowing to whom we come and where He has seated Himself. Behold, the goodness and sternness of God. (Rom. 11:22) Of the Early Church, it was documented: Then had the churches rest….and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Spirit, and were multiplied. (Acts 9:31)
Jesus is the new and living way to exit death and destruction and enter the ways of the Lord. Proverbs 16:6, By the fear of the Lord men depart from evil—The Exit Ramp from evil and hell. Psalm 118:21, 24, Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them…this is the gate of the Lord into which the righteous enter –the On Ramp for righteousness and heaven.
Today, on this Yom Kippur, we will hold fast our confessions before our Great High Priest interceding for us at the Throne of Grace. It is here that we come to the thoroughfares of the exchange of grace down 5 respective avenues of approach:
But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness…Heb. 1:8-9 NKJV
Let us fix our eyes of Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before Him; endured the cross, despising its shame and has set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Heb. 12:2 NKJV
the action of acknowledging guilt or transgression or forsaking the cause and effect; godly sorrow that brings humility to salvation; a turn away from something wrong with returning to something right; a 180⁰ change of attitude and/or heart
Isaiah 30:15 NIV
IN REPENTANCE and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.
Luke 3:8 NIV
Produce fruit in keeping with REPENTANCE.
2 Corinthians 7:10 NIV
Godly sorrow brings REPENTANCE THAT LEADS TO SALVATION and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
General Direction: That we would understand that personal and corporate repentance and confession will be the difference between spiritual breakthrough or national breakdown; that we would learn true humility and its virtue and to allow godly sorrow to lead us to repentance that is sustained by bearing fruits in keeping with repentance to salvation.
- 9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward [a]us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless;– 2 Pet. 2:9, 11, 14 NKJV
- 4 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?– Rom. 2:4 NKJV
- 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.– 1 Tim. 2:4 NKJV
- 17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven[a]is at hand.”– Mt. 4:17 NKJV
- 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”– Mt. 3:2 NKJV
- 3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.– Lk. 13:3 NKJV
- 31 Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O house of Israel?– Ezk. 18:31 NKJV
- 2 Take words with you,And return to the Lord.Say to Him,“Take away all iniquity;Receive us graciously,For we will offer the sacrifices[a] of our lips.– Hos. 14:2 NKJV
- 12 “Now, therefore,” says the Lord,“Turn to Me with all your heart,With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”– Joel 2:12 NKJV
- 19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,– Ac. 3:19 NKJV
- 22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you.–Ac. 8:22 NKJV
- 30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,– Ac. 17:30 NKJV
- 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.– 2 Chron. 7:14 NKJV
- 13 But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of[a]temptation fall away.– Lk. 8:13 NKJV
- 18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart,And saves such as [a]have a contrite spirit.– Ps. 34:18 NKJV
- 6 Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. 9 Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. 13 Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,A broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise.– Ps. 51:6, 9-13, 17 NKJV
- 19 because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they would become a desolation and a curse, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,” says the Lord.– 2 Kgs. 22:19 NKJV
- 7 Let the [a]wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.– Is. 55:7 NKJV
- 2 For all those things My hand has made,And all those things exist,”Says the Lord.“But on this one will I look:On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit,And who trembles at My word.– Is. 66:2 NKJV
- That we would recognize that the God of all grace has scheduled a season of repentance (40 Days of Teshuvah) leading up to Yom Kippur to call His people to turn and return to Him.
- That we would realize that God cannot do what He has promised to do until we do what He commanded us to do.
- That our repentance would begin with us first then we need to intercede for God’s people to turn from their wicked ways and remember judgment begins at the house of the Lord.
- That we would understand that God seeks truth in the innermost part of our hearts and highly values a broken and contrite spirit.
- That God’s people would learn to humble themselves before God because humility is one of the greatest virtues of believers.
- That we would comprehend that repentance and revival praying are not options or opinions but essential if we are going to experience it.
- That God’s people would acknowledge that His goodness leads us to repentance that He is not willing for any to perish but acknowledge the truth.
- That repentance is the key to spiritual breakthrough or national breakdown.
- That we must learn that repentance is not a one-time act but that we continue to bear fruit in keeping with repentance.
- That our repentance moves beyond just worldly sorrow and regret but moves us to a deeper level of true humility and godly sorrow to salvation.
to make amends to someone; to compensate, repay, or give restitution
Proverbs 28:13 NKJV
He who covers his sin will not prosper, But whoever CONFESSES AND FORSAKES THEM will have mercy.
1 John 1:7-9 NKJV
But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we CONFESS OUR SINS, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
General Direction: That we comprehend that our recompense to God is fully accepting His sacrifice at the cross and completely embracing the Spirit of grace to usher us into salvation wherein we continue to bear fruit worthy of repentance and good works and full of much fruit in labors of love; to bring restitution where we should and restoration where we can.
- 1 Now therefore, make confession to the Lord God of your fathers, and do His will; separate yourselves from the peoples of the land, and from the pagan wives.”– Ezra 10:11 NKJV
- 13 Only acknowledge your iniquity,That you have transgressed against the Lord your God,And have scattered your [a]charms To alien deities under every green tree, And you have not obeyed My voice,’ says the Lord.– Jer. 3:13 NKJV
- 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.– 1 Jn. 1:10-2:2 NKJV
- Bless the Lord, O my soul;And all that is within me, bless His holy name!2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,And forget not all His benefits:3 Who forgives all your iniquities,Who heals all your diseases, 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. 9 He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. –Ps. 103:1-3, 8-12 NKJV
- 25 “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake;And I will not remember your sins.–Is. 43:25 NKJV
- 31 Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.– Ac. 5:31 NKJV
- 38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins;–Ac. 13:38 NKJV
- -17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,- Eph. 1:17 NKJV
- 23 Forassuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.–Mk. 11:23-25 NKJV
- 4 And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns[a]to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”– Lk. 17:4 NKJV
- 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.– Eph. 4:32 NKJV
- 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.– Col. 3:13 NKJV
- 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.– Rom. 10:9-10 NKJV
- 7 But when they saw it, they all [a]complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.” 8 Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham;–Lk. 19:7-9 NKJV
- 11 She said, “No one, Lord.”And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go[a]and sin no more.”– Jn. 8:11 NKJV
- 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a[a]winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her [b]”– Mt. 11:19 NKJV
- 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.– Rom. 5:8 NKJV
- 15 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.– 1 Tim. 1:15 NKJV
- That our recompense to God means to accept the price that He paid in sending His only begotten Son to redeem us with His blood at a great price.
- That, although we cannot repay God for our salvation, we can allow our works to affirm the faith we have in Christ and seek to be pleasing to the Father, full of good works and fruits of labors of love.
- That our recompense is the acceptance that Jesus came into this world to save sinners and that God demonstrated His own love for us, in that while we yet sinners Christ died for us.
- That we make amends with others by forgiving everyone of everything the way God the Father forgave us in Christ.
- That we seek the kingdom of God by bringing restitution wherever we have taken, caused loss, or have an outstanding offense that needs restored.
- That when we confess and forsake sins we reestablish Christ’s death was not in vain but that He opened the gates of righteousness in the veil of His flesh for multitudes to enter through the Mercy-Seat.
- That our recompense to God becomes our reward when we love Him with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all of our strength.
- That our recompense of righteousness be self-evident in how we love others as we love ourselves and love the way God loves us in Christ Jesus.
- That we comprehend the hell that Jesus’ blood saved us from and the heaven He saved us for.
- That at the altar of the cross we have been forgiven once and for all of all our sins and healed all our diseases.
- That Jesus is Lord of our confession and is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness and raise us up and seat us in heavenly places in all spiritual blessing.
to action of being rescued or liberated; to experience the release and freedom of a deliverer;
to experience the captive being set free by opening prison doors, losing chains, and breaking yokes
Colossians 1:13-14 NKJV
He (Jesus) has DELIVERED us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of His Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Psalm 91:15-16 NKJV
Because he has set his love upon Me, THEREFORE I WILL DELIVER HIM, I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
HE SHALL CALL UPON ME, and I WILL ANSWER HIM IN TROUBLE; I WILL DELIVER HIM and honor him.
General Direction: That we fully comprehend and embrace no less than the complete deliverance of our salvation; that God’s ability to deliver us is based on His character and nature unleashed in the power of His promise and His word, wherein, He has exalted above His name; That in this world we will have tribulation and some things God will deliver us from others things He delivers us through.
- 7 And God sent me before you to preserve a [a]posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.– Gen. 45:7 NKJV
- 13 And do not lead us into temptation,But deliver us from the evil one.[a]For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.– Mt.6:13 NKJV
- 26 And so all Israel will be [a]saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;– Rom. 11:16 NKJV
- 48 He delivers me from my enemies.You also lift me up above those who rise against me;You have delivered me from the violent man.– Ps. 18:48 NKJV
- 17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears,And delivers them out of all their troubles. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,But the Lord delivers him out of them all.– Ps. 34:17, 19 NKJV
- 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor;He has sent Me [a]to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are [b]oppressed;– Lk. 4:18 NKJV
- 3 My heart was hot within me;While I was [a]musing, the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue: 4 “Lord, make me to know my end, And what is the measure of my days, That I may know how frail I am. 5 Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, And my age is as nothing before You; Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor. Selah 6 Surely every man walks about like a shadow; Surely they [b]busy themselves in vain; He heaps up riches, And does not know who will gather them. 7 “And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You. 8 Deliver me from all my transgressions; Do not make me the reproach of the foolish. –Ps. 49:3-8 NKJV
- 3 He is despised and [a]rejected by men, A Man of [b]sorrows and acquainted with [c]grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 4 Surely He has borne our [d]griefs And carried our [e]sorrows; Yet we [f]esteemed Him stricken, [g]Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded[h] for our transgressions, He was [i]bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes[j] we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord[k]has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. 11 [a]He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the [b]spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors. –Is. 53:3-7, 11-12 NKJV
- 11 So the ransomed of the Lord shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; Sorrow and sighing shall flee away. 12 “I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you should be afraid Of a man who will die, And of the son of a man who will be made like grass? –Is. 51:11-12 NKJV
- 17 For the iniquity of his covetousness I was angry and struck him;I hid and was angry,And he went on [a]backsliding in the way of his heart. –Is. 57:17 NKJV
- 14 having wiped out the [a]handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. –Col. 2:14-15 NKJV
- 7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, 8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, –Heb. 5:7-9 NKJV
- 25 Therefore He is also able to save [a]to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. –Heb. 7:25 NKJV
- 14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. –Heb. 2:14-15 NKJV
- 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. –1 Jn. 3:7-8 NKJV
- 4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. –1 Jn. 4:4 NKJV
- In You, O Lord, I [a]put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness. 2 Bow down Your ear to me, Deliver me speedily; Be my rock of [b]refuge, A [c]fortress of defense to save me. 3 For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name’s sake, Lead me and guide me. 4 Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, For You are my strength. 5 Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth. 6 I have hated those who regard useless idols; But I trust in the Lord. 7 I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy, For You have considered my trouble; You have known my soul in [d]adversities, 8 And have not shut[e] me up into the hand of the enemy; You have set my feet in a wide place. 14 But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” 15 My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, And from those who persecute me. –Ps. 31:1-8, 14-15 NKJV
- 13 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me;O Lord, make haste to help me! –Ps. 40:13 NKJV
- I love the Lord, because He has heard My voice and my supplications.2 Because He has inclined His ear to me,Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.3 The [a]pains of death surrounded me, And the [b]pangs of Sheol [c]laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow. 4 Then I called upon the name of the Lord: “O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!” 19 In the courts of the Lord’s house, In the midst of you, O Jerusalem. [a]Praise the Lord!–Ps. 116:1-4, 19 NKJV
- 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, –Ps. 107:2 NKJV
- 19 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. –Phil 1:19, 21 NKJV
- 7 You are my hiding place;You shall preserve me from trouble;You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah –Ps. 32:7 NKJV
- 17 The Lord your God is with you,the Mighty Warrior who saves.He will take great delight in you;in his love he will no longer rebuke you,but will rejoice over you with singing.” –Zeph. 3:17 NIV
- 170 Let my [a]supplication come before You; Deliver me according to Your word. –Ps. 119:170 NKJV
- 6 The words of the wicked are, “Lie in wait for blood,”But the mouth of the upright will deliver them. –Pro. 12:6 NKJV
- 7 But the Lord said to me: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak. 8 Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord. 9 Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. 10 See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant.” –Jer. 1:7-10 NKJV
- 15 Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?” 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 25 “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the[a]Son of God.” 29 Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this.” –Dan. 3:15-17, 25, 29 NKJV
- 7 Therefore I will look to the Lord;I will wait for the God of my salvation;My God will hear me. –Mic. 7:7 NKJV
- 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. –Ac. 10:38 NKJV
- 18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified[a] by faith in Me.’ –Ac. 26:18 NKJV
- 4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, –Gal. 1:4 NKJV
- 9 then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, –2 Pet. 2:19 NKJV
- “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor;He has sent Me to [a]heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, 3 To [b]console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” –Is. 61:1-3 NKJV
- That we understand that Jesus died for God’s judgment and justice to make Him the Just and Justifier of our faith.
- That we allow the Deliverer out of Zion to liberate us from every prison, entrapment, and bondage of sin’s dominion.
- That we learn to pray “deliver us from evil” and to give no place to the devil or stronghold for sin to stay in .
- That Jesus’ finished work of the cross has delivered us from the powers of darkness and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of God’s love.
- That God promises those who set their love on Him to deliver them, answer them, and satisfy them with long life
- That the Deliverer came to set the captives free, open prison doors, give beauty for ashes, oil of gladness for sorrows, and a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness.
- That our Redeemer seeks to be the “Lord of our confession” that He has cancelled our debts, disarmed our enemies, and will accomplish that which concerns us by establishing His work until the end.
- That God is able to deliver us from impossible circumstances but even if He chooses another way of deliverance we will not bow to false idols but continue to worship in spirit and in truth.
- That we must enter the kingdom through many tribulations and that there are some things God will DELIVER US FROM and there are some things God will DELIVER US THROUGH. (Phil. 1:19 NIV)
- That we learn to set our total trust in the Lord knowing that He knows how to deliver us and that all things are working for our good.
- That our deliverance depends on God’s promise and God promises are based on His character and faithfulness and has even exalted His word above His name. (Ps. 138:2-3)
The fact or state of freedom; liberty; self-government
Romans 6:14, 22 NKJV
For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.
Galatians 5:1 NASB
It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
1 Peter 2:16 NIV
Live as FREE MEN, but do not use YOUR FREEDOM as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.
General Direction: That we learn that our independence in Christ does not mean to serve ourselves but to serve Him and others as He served us; that we are not free to live the life we choose but to live the life chosen for us; that we understand fully what Jesus has set us free FROM and what He has set us free FOR; that freedom is never free.
- 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as [a]by the Spirit of the Lord. –2 Cor. 3:17-18 NKJV
- 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? 24 Therefore the law was our [a]tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.—Gal. 3:3, 24 NKJV
- 13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” –Gal. 5:13-14 NKJV
- 31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. –Jn. 8:31-32, 34, 36 NKJV
- “The Spirit of the Lord Godis upon Me,Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor;He has sent Me to [a]heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, 3 To [b]console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” 4 And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations. –Is. 61:1-4 NKJV
- 2 “Enlarge the place of your tent,And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings;Do not spare;Lengthen your cords,And strengthen your stakes.3 For you shall expand to the right and to the left,And your descendants will inherit the nations,And make the desolate cities inhabited. –Is. 54:2-3 NKJV
- 10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return,And come to Zion with singing,With everlasting joy on their heads.They shall obtain joy and gladness,And sorrow and sighing shall flee away. –Is. 35:10 NKJV
- There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who[a] do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of [a]corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.–Rom. 8:1-4, 21 NKJV
- 9 But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a [a]stumbling block to those who are weak. –1 Cor. 8:9 NKJV
- 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? –Rom. 6:16 NKJV
- 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. –Rom. 7:23 NKJV
- 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. –2 Tim. 2:25-26 NKJV
- 19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of [a]corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into [b]bondage. 20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. 21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22 But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,”and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.” –2 Pet. 2:19-22 NKJV
- 19 As righteousness leads to life,So he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death. –Pro. 11:19 NKJV
- 12 There is a way that seems right to a man,But its end is the way of death. –Pro. 14:12 NKJV
- 28 In the way of righteousness is life,And in its pathway there is no death. –Pro. 12:28 NKJV
- 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba,[a] Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, –Rom. 8:14-16 NKJV
- 24 Therefore the law was our [a]tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. –Gal. 3:24 NKJV
- 4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born[a] of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, [b]“Abba, Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir [c]of God [d]through Christ. –Gal. 4:4-7 NKJV
- 19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; 20 that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” –Deut. 30:19-20 NKJV
- 8 “Now if the Lord your God enlarges your territory, as He swore to your fathers, and gives you the land which He promised to give to your fathers, 9 and if you keep all these commandments and do them, which I command you today, to love the Lord your God and to walk always in His ways, then you shall add three more cities for yourself besides these three, –Deut. 19:8-9 NKJV
- “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God: 6 “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. 7 “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. 8 “The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you. 9 “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. 10 Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. 12 The Lord will open to you His good [a]treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you [b]heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. –Deut. 28:1-2, 6-10, 12-13 NKJV
- 6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’Bring My sons from afar,And My daughters from the ends of the earth—7 Everyone who is called by My name,Whom I have created for My glory;I have formed him, yes, I have made him.” 18 “Do not remember the former things,Nor consider the things of old.19 Behold, I will do a new thing,Now it shall spring forth;Shall you not know it?I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.20 The beast of the field will honor Me,The jackals and the ostriches,Because I give waters in the wilderness And rivers in the desert,To give drink to My people, My chosen. –Is. 43:6-7, 18-20 NKJV
- 11 So the ransomed of the Lord shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; Sorrow and sighing shall flee away. 12 “I, even I, am He who comforts you. Who are you that you should be afraid Of a man who will die, And of the son of a man who will be made like grass? –Is. 51:11-12 NKJV
- 10 Go through,Go through the gates!Prepare the way for the people;Build up,Build up the highway!Take out the stones,Lift up a banner for the peoples!11 Indeed the Lord has proclaimed To the end of the world:“Say to the daughter of Zion,‘Surely your salvation is coming;Behold, His reward is with Him,And His [a]work before Him.’ ” 12 And they shall call them The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord; And you shall be called Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken. –Is. 62:10-12 NKJV
- 12 “For you shall go out with joy,And be led out with peace;The mountains and the hills Shall break forth into singing before you,And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. –Is. 55:12 NKJV
- That Jesus came not only to save us from eternal damnation in hell but to save us from ourselves and sin’s dominion.
- That our independence does not mean self-autonomy or self-rule but that our emancipation means we are free to serve the Lord in love.
- That is was for freedom’s sake that Christ set us free and we are as free as we want to be under the laws of love and obedience to Lordship via the Spirit of grace.
- That our liberation means we no longer have to live as slave/servants to bondage but as son/servants to righteousness and the government of the kingdom of heaven.
- That we are clearly warned to never to misuse or abuse our freedom in Christ and a cover-up for and /or compromise to sin.
- That the Spirit of grace is the Spirit of freedom and where He is invited to abide as He continues to give more grace and greater freedom to those who have matured and are responsible with the burden of freedom.
- That we master our freedom in Christ and no longer allow sin to have dominion over us so we can be untangled in helping others to get free.
- That freedom is never really free, but comes at a great cost at God’s expense, as well as, will cost us in discipleship and taking up our cross and following Christ in a fallen, corrupt world.
- That we are responsible on the level of freedom we have and that God clearly sets before us blessing and curses, life and death and counsels us to choose freedom in blessing and life.
- That we understand what God has FREED US FROM and FREED US FOR.
deep respect for someone or something; strong honor or high esteem or regard; to stand in awe
Jeremiah 2:19 NIV
Your wickedness will punish you; your backsliding will rebuke you.
Consider then and realize how evil and bitter it is for you
when you forsake the Lord your God AND HAVE NO AWE OF ME,” declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.
Hebrews 12:28-29 NIV
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful,
and SO WORSHIP GOD ACCEPTABLY WITH REVERENCE AND AWE, for our “God is a consuming fire.”
General Direction: That we guard against insulting the Spirit of grace, diminishing the value of the blood of Christ, or nullifying the power of the cross by assuming our religious rules, rituals, and routines can equal the price paid for our redemption; that we not allow ourselves to offer any worship or devotion that cost us nothing, with no sacrifice, lacking reverence and awe of who He is.
- 6 In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity;And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil. –Pro. 16:6 NKJV
- 10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. –Pro. 9:10 NKJV
- 13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil;Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate. –Pro. 8:13 NKJV
- 8 Let all the earth fear the Lord;let all the people of the world revere him.—Ps. 33:8 NIV
- 7 In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared;he is more awesome than all who surround him. –Ps. 89:7 NIV
- 10 The reverent fear and worship of the Lord is the beginning of [a]Wisdom and skill [the preceding and the first essential, the prerequisite and the alphabet]; a good understanding, wisdom, and meaning have all those who do [the will of the Lord]. Their praise of Him endures forever. –Ps. 111:10-11 AMP.
- 20 And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.” –Ex. 20:20 NKJV
- 31 Then the [a]churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified.[b] And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied. –Ac. 9:31 NKJV
- 19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, –Ac.3:19 NKJV
- 5 Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things. –Ac. 5:5 NKJV
- 13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. –Eccl. 12:13 NKJV
- 13 The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow;Let Him be your fear,And let Him be your dread. –Is. 8:13 NKJV
- 10 “Who among you fears the Lord?Who obeys the voice of His Servant?Who walks in darkness And has no light?Let him trust in the name of the Lord And rely upon his God. –Is. 50:10 NKJV
- 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in [a] –Mt. 10:28 NKJV
- 17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your [a]stay here in fear; –1 Pet. 1:17 NKJV
- 14 If you fear the Lord and serve Him and obey His voice, and do not rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then both you and the king who reigns over you will continue following the Lord your God. –1 Sam. 12:14 NKJV
- 12 Who is the man that fears the Lord?Him shall [a]He teach in the way He chooses. –Ps. 25:12 NKJV
- 19 Oh, how great is Your goodness,Which You have laid up for those who fear You,Which You have prepared for those who trust in You In the presence of the sons of men! –Ps. 31:19 NKJV
- 50 And His mercy is on those who fear Him-from generation to generation. –Lk. 1:50 NKJV
- 33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom,And before honor is humility. –Pro. 15:33 NKJV
- 23 The fear of the Lord leads to life,And he who has it will abide in satisfaction;He will not be visited with evil. –Pro. 19:23 NKJV
- 17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,But be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day; –Pro. 23:17 NKJV
- 25 The fear of man brings a snare,But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be [a]safe. –Pro. 29:25 NKJV
- 26 In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence,And His children will have a place of refuge.27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,To turn one away from the snares of death. —Pro. 14:26-27 NKJV
- That we understand the shaking and the shifting that will take place that we cannot escape but that we serve and worship God with deep reverence and stand in awe of His holiness, goodness, and truth.
- That our God is great and greatly to be praised and most worthy of all honor and that we do not come before Him empty-handed but bring Him offerings that cost us in sacrifice.
- That if we hardened our heart and allow our respect to drift on options or opinions our backslidings will rebuke us and our lukewarmness will punish us.
- That by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil and are delivered from the snare of the fear of men.
- That our level of revelation, understanding, and wisdom is in direct proportion to our reverence, awe, and responsibility with grace
- That in approaching the Throne of Grace we dare not diminish the mercies that were shown at the cross and the judgment we deserved was placed upon the Lamb of God.
- That we are careful not or trample the blood of Jesus underfoot or treat as trivial by assuming that our religious rules, rituals, and routines can equal the price that was paid.
- That coming to the Throne of Grace does not mean we can offer “strange fire” in devotion to other things and idolatry but that our point of entry is with clean hands, a pure heart in spirit and truth.
- That the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding to the fountain of life and work of grace.