COME BOLDLY UNTO THE THRONE OF GRACE
uildings but one of the believing vs. unbelief. Let me ask you a question. Do you believe that the Bible IS the revealed word and will of God or are you just playing around? Is it so real that it is seated in your heart or is just mental assent? Do you want to enter into God’s rest and have God’s help or are you still happy with going it on your own? In Hebrews starting in chapter three God lays it out very clearly. The only way into God’s peace is by believing.
COME BOLDLY UNTO THE THRONE OF GRACE
We are always fighting a battle. Not one that is evidenced by bombs and craters and burning buildings but one of the believing vs. unbelief. Let me ask you a question. Do you believe that the Bible IS the revealed word and will of God or are you just playing around? Is it so real that it is seated in your heart or is just mental assent? Do you want to enter into God’s rest and have God’s help or are you still happy with going it on your own? In Hebrews starting in chapter three God lays it out very clearly. The only way into God’s peace is by believing.
Believing is not a passive activity it takes commitment, it takes dedication, it takes men and women that want change in their lives.
Hebrews 3:15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.
17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?
19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
It is always about believing! Do you believe? Are you willing to claim the promises in God’s Word come hell or high water? What will it take for you to finally give up what you have done in the past and start doing what the Word tells you to do? Hardening your heart is unbelief and unbelief is hardening your heart. Pharaoh hardened his heart when Moses said “let my people go.” Pharaoh didn’t believe that it was the One True God that had given Moses the words to say. He didn’t believe. If he had believed, perhaps he could have saved his crops. If he had believed he might have saved the livestock of Egypt. If only he had believed the first born of every household would not have needed to die! If he had gotten the message to his brain that God was helping Moses and the Children of Israel he wouldn’t have taken his army out to be destroyed in the Red Sea.
To see God’s deliverance you must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him ( Hebrews 11:6).
As you read down through the passage in Hebrews look at the number of times the word believe and the word “unbelief” appear.
Hebrews 3;7 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
We have to labor, we have to work at entering into God’s rest. It is not easy but with God’s help we can. When the Bible says, in I Peter 5:6&7, to “cast your cares on Him for He careth for you” do you give it to Him in prayer and take it back just as soon as you quit praying. It is not like a fishing lure that you cast out and then reel back in, no, no. It is like throwing (casting) a saddle on a horse. Do you carry that saddle after you put it on the horse? No! After you put it on the horse it is the horses responsibility to carry the saddle. That is what God is saying. We are to put our burdens on Him and then it is His responsibility to carry that burden for you. Do you believe that? Well, you better because this is as much a commandment of God as anything else in God’s Word.
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Boldly! Not hesitantly, not on hands and knees but Boldly. That is the way God wants us, His children, to come unto him. In the Bible times if a person came unto the King without permission then they were in jeopardy of having their heads chopped off. The only way that wouldn’t happen is if you found grace in the eyes of the king and he let you live. A good example of this is in Esther beginning in chapter three.
Esther 3: 7 In the first month, that is, the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of king Ahasuerus, they cast Pur, that is, the lot, before Haman from day to day, and from month to month, to the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar.
8 And Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people; neither keep they the king’s laws: therefore it is not for the king’s profit to suffer them.
9 If it please the king, let it be written that they may be destroyed: and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver to the hands of those that have the charge of the business, to bring it into the king’s treasuries.
10 And the king took his ring from his hand, and gave it unto Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the Jews’ enemy.
11 And the king said unto Haman, The silver is given to thee, the people also, to do with them as it seemeth good to thee.
12 Then were the king’s scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and there was written according to all that Haman had commanded unto the king’s lieutenants, and to the governors that were over every province, and to the rulers of every people of every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language; in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king’s ring.
13 And the letters were sent by posts into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to cause to perish, all Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, even upon the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to take the spoil of them for a prey.
14 The copy of the writing for a commandment to be given in every province was published unto all people, that they should be ready against that day.
15 The posts went out, being hastened by the king’s commandment, and the decree was given in Shushan the palace. And the king and Haman sat down to drink; but the city Shushan was perplexed.
4:1 When Mordecai perceived all that was done, Mordecai rent his clothes, and put on sackcloth with ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and cried with a loud and a bitter cry;
2 And came even before the king’s gate: for none might enter into the king’s gate clothed with sackcloth.
3 And in every province, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.
4 So Esther’s maids and her chamberlains came and told it her. Then was the queen exceedingly grieved; and she sent raiment to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him: but he received it not.
5 Then called Esther for Hatach, one of the king’s chamberlains, whom he had appointed to attend upon her, and gave him a commandment to Mordecai, to know what it was, and why it was.
6 So Hatach went forth to Mordecai unto the street of the city, which was before the king’s gate.
7 And Mordecai told him of all that had happened unto him, and of the sum of the money that Haman had promised to pay to the king’s treasuries for the Jews, to destroy them.
8 Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that was given at Shushan to destroy them, to show it unto Esther, and to declare it unto her, and to charge her that she should go in unto the king, to make supplication unto him, and to make request before him for her people.
9 And Hatach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai.
10 Again Esther spake unto Hatach, and gave him commandment unto Mordecai;
11 All the king’s servants, and the people of the king’s provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days.
12 And they told to Mordecai Esther’s words.
13 Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king’s house, more than all the Jews.
14 For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
15 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer,
16 Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.
17 So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.
5:1 Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king’s house, over against the king’s house: and the king sat upon his royal throne in the royal house, over against the gate of the house.
2 And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favour in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden sceptre that was in his hand. So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the sceptre.
3 Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther? and what is thy request? it shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom.
God has made it available to dispense with all of the Law of the Old Testament; the law that kept us from direct access to God. Now, by the blood of Christ, we have access into the throne room of God to be able to walk in boldly to get God’s help. Labor by studying God’s Word (II Timothy 2:15) and by keeping your thoughts on God (Isaiah 26:3) and you too will enter into the peace of God and have your burdens carried by God and your prayers answered.