W for Welcome

W for Welcome

Come Fearlessly Into God’s Presence ! What a daunting statement.

Most of us face insecurities in relationships.  This is especially true when meeting important people or  famous people or authority figures.

How many of you get nervous when faced with talking to your doctor or lawyer or even your pastor?

If you were invited to visit with, talk to the Queen of England would you be nervous or tongue-tied? Would it feel awkward?

Does today’s verse cause you to feel uncertain & embarrassed or do you feel confident in approaching God ?

Ephesians 3:12 says this :

Because of Jesus and our faith in Him we can now come fearlessly
Into the Father’s presence, assured of his glad welcome.

Most of us believe that because of what Jesus did on the Cross we are forgiven.

This faith (trust)  that we are forgiven makes a difference not only in the  future but in our present- in our everyday life.

Forgiveness Is Reality Both Positionally & Experientially

Trusting That We Can Approach God Without Fear

Trusting That He Welcomes Us Gladly is Another Matter

 

Mark Batterson puts it this way

Every Christian knows that God loves them . That fact often remains a tenet or tenant of the mind. Until it gets into your heart , it remains information. When it gets into your heart it results in transformation.

The Father Not Only Loves You He Likes You

The 3 R’s

Jesus came for three reasons : restoration, revelation, relationship .

Restoration:
He came to restore our relationship with God through his death on the cross.

Revelation :
.Jesus revealed to an astonished Jewish community that God is truly father.

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear but you received a spirit of adoption through which we cry – Abba Father! (Romans 8:15)

Abba  in literal English means: daddy, papa, my own dear father. Our first  words are usually  da-da or ab,ab, abba.

Relationship:
He demonstrated how to have relationship with the Father. He demonstrated how we are to  pray – how to come to God boldly & fearlessly beginning with the words – Our Father.

These Two Words
Our Father
Are Not Only Real
But  Are Also
Revolutionary

A Glad Welcome

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This iconic image of  John-John was taken in the Oval Office at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis  (circa 1960). His father, President John F Kennedy was making decisions to avert a  potential nuclear war.

 

 

No matter what else he  was doing JFK always had time for his son. Little John Jr. had free, confident access to his father.

 

We Are Called To
Come Fearlessly
Into Our Father’s Presence
Confident That
We Are Welcomed
Gladly

Chutzpah

Because of Jesus and our faith in Him we can now come fearlessly
Into the Father’s presence, assured of his glad welcome.

The Yiddish word chutzpah is defined as supreme self-confidence, boldness, nerve, sometimes an obnoxious aggressiveness.

Have the chutzpah to come into  your Father’s presence today.

Just Talk
Share Your Heart

Just Listen
Look for the Exploding Words

Just Write
Your Questions
His Responses

Jesus Says:

I no longer call you servants I call you friends. (John 15:15)

Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father (John 14:9)

My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them.(John 14:23)

Ask anything in my name & I will do it (John 14:14)

Hebrews 10:19-22

So friends, we can now without hesitation walk right up to God, into the Holy place . Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice acting as our priest before God. The curtain into God’s presence is his body.  So let’s do it – full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside & out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word.

1 John 3 : 18-24

My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.

And friends, once that’s taken care of and we’re no longer accusing or condemning ourselves, we’re bold and free before God! We’re able to stretch our hands out and receive what we asked for because we’re doing what he said, doing what pleases him. Again, this is God’s command: to believe in his personally named Son, Jesus Christ. He told us to love each other, in line with the original command. As we keep his commands, we live deeply and surely in him, and he lives in us. And this is how we experience his deep and abiding presence in us: by the Spirit he gave us.

Virtually yours

linda

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