Jesus our Intercessor – Hebrews 7:25

Hebrews 7:

[25] 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.

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Jesus, being the High Priest, the Son of God, is able to save all those who come before God, seeking salvation. Through Jesus’ work on the cross, all of our sins can be washed away.

Jesus presently sits in Heaven with The Father but still helps us, even from His Heavenly seat. Jesus is eternally our High Priest. He goes before God, interceding for the people and through him, Christians can enjoy fellowship with God.

Dear Father,

Thank you for sending Jesus to this earth for my salvation. Thank you that you allowed your only Son to be sacrificed so that I could come before you God, sinless and blameless through Jesus, the perfect, spotless Lamb.

Thank you Jesus for all you have done for me, I know, that because you intercede on my behalf, I can now come before the Father sinless and will one day be welcomed into heaven. Even upon my death you will speak on my behalf.

I can not comprehend how much each of you really gave for me (Father giving his son and Jesus giving his life) but, I am so very thankful.

Indeed God, you are worthy of my many praises. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I will praise your name now and through eternity. In the precious name of Jesus, I pray.

Amen

All the Glory to you Lord!

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Instruct and Teach Me Lord – Psalm 32: 8-10

[8] I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
[9] Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
[10] Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about. (KJV)

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As I studied this particular Psalm, there were different points of view. Some felt it was the Fathers words to David and others felt that David was telling his people what had been taught to him. Either way it’s a wonderful message sent by God.

We are asked to follow God and if we do, the Lord will teach, lead and guide us. The point made here is that we need to willingly follow, not by being forced or pulled in a certain direction as horses and mules need to be lead, but to gladly follow wherever our Father leads us. He leads and we follow!

There are two paths offered to everyone, regardless of who they are, where they live or what the family situation. Everyone is given the same two choices…the path of righteousness (goodness) or the path of unrighteous (wickedness). Everyone follows the one of their own choosing.

As followers of the Lord, there may come times when we fail and slip off the path. God will allow certain blocks to come our way, with trials to go through so we can learn through these afflictions and get back on our true path.

The people who choose not to be his children are left to wander on their own and they have no guidance. This leads to wicked ways because sin is of the world. Sin eventually leads to sorrow and unhappiness.

Some might say God is cruel. He is not! The choice is our own. He has lovingly given us the free will to choose how we want to live. So in choosing, we are creating our own life and then our eternal destination.

So, when making our choice, we need to remember that sorrow comes to those who choose to live the way of the world and mercy comes to those who have choose to walk the way with the Lord.

Heavenly Father

You are majestic Lord. You are the one and only true God. Above you there is no other.

I don’t understand how people cannot choose to live for you. There is so much peace and love in being your child. I have changed so much in the 9 years that I have been your child. I would never want to go back to the times before I knew you.

In you, I feel contentment. I get up every morning, knowing that whatever happens, good or bad, in my day, that I will be able to relax in you and handle the situation.

Does this mean that I don’t worry, or I will never be sad or angry? No, it doesn’t. I am still living in a world full of sin and so the things that I deem bad, sad or absolutely horrible will still happen. But…as a child of God, I can rest in your arms. The Holy Spirit will give me the peace that passes understanding and Jesus will help me to go on with my day, regardless of the circumstances.

With the promise from you Father, that you will always be with us, and a promise of an eternity with you, why do people still choose to live a life without you?

Please Father, help my friends and family see, through me, how wonderful you are. I pray Father that every one of them thinks carefully before they automatically turn away from you, to go it alone.

You don’t put restraints on us, you don’t demand us to change in any way. You don’t demand we give up any of our bad habits. You accept each person, just as we are; sin and all. It doesn’t even matter how much sin or even what kind of sins we may be carrying or committing because you meet every person exactly where we are.

I had a boat full of sin when I first came to you. Many of those sins I thought were unforgivable. But…when I truly repented, through Jesus, they were all forgiven, taken away immediately. What a weight was lifted from my shoulders. Praise you Jesus!

Many people change right away at the time of forgiveness. They stop swearing or excessive drinking , stop holding anger, stop critiquing or gossiping. Some carry their sins while they are learning and growing. Either way, once we repent and ask Jesus into our lives, the Holy Spirit will lead us and we will grow and thrive as children of God.

Thank you Father that you love us and we can pray to you through Jesus anytime, anywhere, in any situation and you are right there ready to help.

Thank you for your love, understanding and for allowing me to have the free-will to live as I chose.

Thank you that my choice is to live for you!

With delight and reverence and in the name of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen.

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Jesus is Willing to Cleanse the Body and Soul – Matthew 8: 1-4

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[1] When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
[2] And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
[3] And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
[4] And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. (KJV)

Leprosy, in those days, was a horrible disease not only physically but mentally as well. Lepers were considered to have done evil and this was their punishment. The manner in which leprosy came on their body was misconceived as a symptom of sin in their soul.

The Law of Moses has detailed instructions in place (Leviticus 13, Leviticus 14) regarding the proper ways for the leper to guard against interconnecting with others. Most people (and even the priest’s) treated lepers in a horrible manner. But in his grace and mercy, Jesus treated them with love.

Jesus had just finished his Sermon on the Mount and many who heard it were following Him down the mountain. However, Jesus must have gone off alone at some point, when a man with leprosy came to Jesus, worshipping Him.

The leper understood that Jesus was more than just a healing man. He calls out to Jesus saying “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.”. By crying out “Lord”, shows that he had knowledge many others were missing.

The leper wanted a healing and KNEW that Jesus COULD heal him but he didn’t know if Jesus was WILLING to heal him. So he asks, “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.”

Jesus was willing to cure him and because of the man’s faith knowing that Jesus had the Godly power and authority to heal, he was healed.

There is no ceremony, no big pompery. Jesus reaches out saying, “I will – be cleansed” and instantly the leper was completely healed.

Many healing’s throughout Jesus’ ministry happened without Jesus touching the person. In this case, I assume that Jesus specifically touched the leper, showing that he has the authority to go above the laws of Moses. Possibly, the touch was to confirm the man’s belief of exactly who Jesus is and the power he possesses.

Jesus tells the man (no longer a leper) not to tell anyone how he was healed.

However; Jesus did instruct him to go to the priest so that the man could obey the rules of the Mosaic laws (Leviticus 14). This shows that Jesus wanted him to get the blessing of health from the priest’s, so that he could go back into the town and back to his family.

During that time frame, legal steps had to happen in order for the man to receive a public bill of good health or he could not be welcomed back into the fold.

The man needed time to gather the required items for the sacrifices that he must take to the Priest in order to receive a certificate to prove that he was healed.

The following is why I assumed that Jesus must have been alone with the leper at some point, on his way off the mountain. Jesus instructs the man not to tell anyone how he was healed. Jesus was still in his ministry phase and knew this was not the time nor place for people to recognize him as their Messiah.

Jesus wanted the priest’s to hear the man’s own testimony that would give proof to the priest’s that Jesus was indeed the true Messiah.

If the priest’s received the news of the man’s healing from others, before he showed up, the priest’s would have had time to find a reason why they wouldn’t believe him. They might even reject that he had ever been a leper and not given him the certification that he needed in order to receive a public bill of good health.

Heavenly Father

Thank you that you are always aware of everything going on. You knew this leper inside and out, before you ever came face to face.

You allowed him to know who Jesus really is and you allowed him to come forward, knowing, without doubt that Jesus could heal him and then, through his faith, he was healed.

The leper had obviously already heard of Jesus and his healing’s. Possibly, he may have heard Jesus’ voice drifting down the mountains and he took strength in what he heard. Regardless of how; he KNEW who Jesus was he had no doubt at all that Jesus could heal him.

Before that day, the leper had probably endured the ailment for a very long time and was always trying to think of ways he could rid himself of the disease and the loneliness of not being with his family.

Quite often, when I am in a tough place, I may try to fix the problems myself, when really I should be turning them over to you. Whether I need hope or a blessing, whether healing or forgiveness, whether I need to stop fearing or need to learn love and patience, you are always willing to help me.

And, unlike the leper, who had to wait, hoping for Jesus to come his way, I am blessed to have access to the Holy Spirit and Jesus and you Father, continuously.

Thank you Lord that through this story of the leper, I am once again reminded that love and faith hold an important part in who I am, in how I live and how people may or may not see Jesus’ effect on my life.

I am very blessed to be your daughter and I pray that I always show others how wonderful it is to live for you everyday.

In Jesus’ precious name I pray,

Amen

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Are Your Prayers Answered? – Mark 11: 24-26

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 [25] And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
 [26] But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

This scripture is NOT saying that whatever we pray for we will receive. It is also NOT saying that if our faith is strong enough, we will receive what we are asking for.

It IS saying that we are to believe with faith, that God has heard our prayers and that He will answer in a way that is best for us.

The answers of our prayers are not necessarily given in the way we envisioned them being answered.

It is our job to pray in faith, and then stand in faith1 (stay strong, believe that God has heard our prayers) knowing that our Father knows what is best for us in all circumstances.

Forgiveness! How are we at forgiving others? Do we forgive on the outside but have burning bitterness inside our hearts? How can we expect God to forgive us if we are holding grudges/anger/hatred/unforgiveness against others?

We need to make things right and truly forgive those we hold anger over. In our forgiveness of others, our Father will then forgive us our trespasses.

If we are holding on and can’t seem to let the anger go, ask God for help. He is very willing to lead us to the peace of forgiveness. If for some reason we choose not to forgive the person, (regardless of what the anger is about) then God will not forgive us.

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Divine Father

I understand that I need to forgive those I hold anger towards and that I cannot have bitterness and unforgiveness in my heart.

I understand a big part of my prayers being answered depends on whether I am justified (cleansed). I receive that cleansing by true repentance and asking you for forgiveness and mercy.

Thank you Jesus for coming to stand for me and for being an intercessor between myself and God. Help me to be strong, in you. Help me to realize immediately if I start to hold bitterness inside. It is much easier to forgive right away than to allow it to simmer inside, eventually getting to a boiling point.

I know my prayers are effectual when I’ve been forgiven by you Father and have received your mercy.

Right now, I ask you Father for forgiveness for ….

I ask you to show me the situations or people that I am refusing to let go. Help me Lord to erase all anger, bitterness, hatred that I am holding over a situation or a person. I know Father sometimes bitterness is buried so deep that I am no longer even aware that it’s there. Please search me and bring it all to my remembrance so that I may deal with it (with your help) and be rid of it once and for all.

Thank you Lord for all you do for me and for giving me the knowledge of this very important verse.

In the name of Jesus, I pray.

Amen

1 side note: The scripture says “when we stand praying”…one author points out that it doesn’t matter whether we stand, sit, kneel or whatever method we choose to pray, as long as the prayer is given with true faith in God, he hears us.

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