I occasionally read through Hebrews and recently while I was reading the letter, and I stopped at chapter 4, you know, where it says, “We do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses . . .” The Amplified Version, as usual, expands that when it says: “we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities . . .”
Read that again: “we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities . . .” Wow! Does it help you to know that your Father understands your feelings? That He can relate to everything you are experiencing? That He truly understands every feeling and never condemns you for suffering the attacks from the enemy? Instead, he tells us to hold on, and not to be afraid. He lets us know He is familiar with this kind of struggle. Then he offers us a gracious audience at his throne, with a promise of mercy and grace in our hour of need. It doesn’t matter if our negative thoughts have been the result of a physical or spiritual battle, our Lord offers comfort and help when most needed.
That’s all well and good, but what does He mean by telling us this? Well, I think that is obvious. He is encouraging all of His children to quit worrying and being anxious when we under the influence of negative thoughts. Quit accusing yourself of failure and wickedness. I understand that sin can cause your despair and fear — but not always. So don’t just lie down and take it! Don’t go to bed at night until you shut yourself in with him; approach his throne boldly, and claim the mercy and help he has so clearly promised. Claim mercy, receive forgiveness and bask in His Grace and allow it to expel every negative feeling. That is our Lord’s formula, not mine. Don’t send me emails contesting this.
Now after you have claimed victory, having used the authority of His Name, having come to Him with faith to lay hold of forgiveness and His promises, ride out your storm in a state of rest! Let your Father dissipate the negative circumstances at his own pace.
Remember father Abraham? “. . . having he waited long and endured patiently, he realized and obtained what God had promised him” (Hebrews 6:15). The Psalmist declared: “. . . Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning!” (Psalm 30:5).
Tonight you can go to sleep with this prayer on your lips: “Oh, Lord, I reject these negative feelings. I disown them. I don’t know where they came from or how, but I commit them all to you. Give me a new assurance and take away all my fear. Amen!”
“Because Yeshua experienced temptation when he suffered, he is able to help others when they are tempted.” (Hebrews 2:18)
With these Morning Messages, I take you on guided tours to, as Bunyan described, the Celestial City. At times we linger at corners familiar and unseen. And explore the depths of our faith along the way.
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