THE THRONE OF GRACE--WE MUST EXTEND IT TO OURSELVES

 BY John Belt

Hebrews 4:14-16, "Seeing then that 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 was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the Throne of Grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."

Father's Love

When we are having a difficult time, are in need, or found wanting in some area of life, we should always approach the Throne of Grace. The Father has no desire to condemn us or make us feel abandoned. He has adopted us into His family and only desires us to know His love and to grow as His children. We cannot be hard on ourselves when we fail. He is not hard on us. He is gentle with us. How we treat ourselves is how we will treat others--if we are hard on ourselves, we will be hard on others.

Just as we would extend grace and mercy to our own children, we must extend the same measure to ourselves. This can be difficult to do. We become so aware of our shortcomings and weaknesses. Sometimes, they can seem so big. But just like everything with God, it is a very small matter for Him to take care of. These are the very places He longs to come and fill. All it requires is simple yieldedness and a heart that can receive His love and sufficiency in simple faith. He desires to restore us with His love so that He can bring us back to a place where He can fill us and cause His love to flow through us.

His Faithfulness

Understand that when we come to the Lord with a transparent heart desiring to know and follow His will, He is faithful to reveal what is needed to bring us into a place of peace and rest in our spirit. There is no one as good as our God. There is no one as patient, kind, gracious and loving as Him. He is the impossible dream come true! He has made every provision for us to come boldly before His Throne of Grace. Why is it a "Throne of Grace?" It is because we need help. Thank the Lord that it is not a throne of judgment. There will be a Day for that. But the Throne of Grace is where we live right now. This is where He meets us. This is the glory of His Cross. This is why He paid the price. He desired to give us access to His Most Holy Place so we could come to Him for help in time of need.

We have need of Him. He is a merciful God, full of compassion. He really cares about us. He really desires to touch us in the deepest place of our hearts. He is there to lift us up and bring us close into His arms. There is no shifting with Him. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. On the Cross He stretched His arms open wide to show how much He really loves us. There is no limitation to the love He will show to us. He has no stopping point. The Lord never gives up on us. He is always knocking, always waiting, always there looking for an opportunity to reveal Himself in a fresh way to us.

The Alpha and Omega

God knows the number of our days. He knows the beginning from the end. I had a dream recently where I was looking at a bridge that crossed over a large river of water. As I began to walk across the bridge, the Lord was standing there. When I got to the other side of the bridge, I was amazed to see that He was standing on that side as well. He was waiting for me. As I saw this scene, I immediately understood that He was the Beginning and the End, the Author and the Finisher of our faith, and nothing takes Him by surprise. He knows our beginning and our end.

We are amazed because of all the things we go through--the difficulties, hardships, challenges and shortcomings. It is beyond our comprehension that He can know all these things, and yet, create a perfect tapestry out of our lives as we continually turn to Him as our source and help. He is our Restorer. He makes the wrong right and will work our weakness into His glory. It is always encouraging to know that He never used a perfect person. We see this mercy aspect of God that covers us in our weakness. Many of the "Bible saints" struggled, blew it and were restored because they had perfect hearts toward Him. They knew where to turn. In our knowings, the most profound and essential knowing--is to know Him.

This was quite an amazing revelation experience because just recently I wrote a song called, "Eternal One." A wonderful revelation to note of who God is as the Eternal One, is that He first of all "IS."

Revelation 1:8, "I AM Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, saith the Lord, which IS, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."

The Lord desires us to know first, that HE IS. We need to know that God is in the NOW. This is where He works. Although He sees the beginning and the end simultaneously, He communicates to us NOW. It is in the present-tense that God is desiring to reveal Himself to us. Here are the words to the song:

ETERNAL ONE
You are the Eternal One
You are the Holy One
You are the Only One who changes me!

You are Eternal Fire
My heart's one desire
You are the Blazing Fire who changes me!

Who changes me, who changes me
Sets me free! Makes me free!