Free to Rejoice in the Father's Love - Always
Judy A Bauman
We Are Not Alone
Today as I write you, I rejoice in the Father’s love and pray you do too. We can know that no matter what turns life may take, the LORD God will be with us. He will never leave nor forsake us. This is His promise! During difficult times, sometimes referred to as a “dark night of the soul,” we need to set our face like flint and seek the Father’s will in the situation. Jesus lived this by example.
The Father will always provide a way for us when we seek Him. The Bible teaches that the testing of our faith is precious to God. He tested all the patriarchs and their examples are found all throughout Scripture so that we may learn from them. God shares the good and the bad times to strengthen our walk with Him – heart, soul, mind, body, and spirit. He wants us to see by Biblical example that whatever we are going through, we are not alone and that there are solutions. This is also why hearing the testimonies of others strengthens our resolve. I believe HOW we go through times of testing will speak of our growth in Him to those around us. (See Matthew 5:16)
Be Led of God’s Spirit
Right now, some of you reading this post may feel abandoned by God or that you are in trouble with Him. I pray you will learn to see through the eyes of your understanding (see Ephesians 1:18) and not be swayed by your feelings. Feelings are fickle and can change from one moment to the next. The eyes of your understanding is spiritual insight that God gives which supersedes your natural abilities.
Jesus is our High Priest, and because of this fact, we can go boldly to the Throne of Grace in our time of trouble. He doesn’t require we sing three songs, study for an hour, run out and do a charitable act, and then pray for an hour before approaching Him. No – He says, “COME BOLDLY!” We don’t need to beg and plead for mercy or attempt to cover our own sin before approaching the Father. If we could cover our own sin, then we wouldn’t need a Savior! We are to RUN to Him at the very moment we need help. When we “come boldly to the receive mercy and find grace in our time of need” we are actually obeying Scripture! (See Hebrews 4:14-16) This coming boldly to the Lord is something that takes some practice because it comes naturally to try to cover ourselves.
Jesus Has You Covered
This ‘cover up’ is the same mindset Adam and Eve had in the Garden when they sewed the fig leaves together. They were hoping to hide their sin, but it obviously didn’t work. God saw it. Here is what is amazing: He took skins and made clothing to cover them. A blood sacrifice was required to cover their sin, and this was a type and shadow of what Jesus does for all mankind! If we turn to Him and repent, He will cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Declare the Word of God over your feelings and situation and see the Lord’s hand swoop in and cover you. When God covers your sin, it is covered! Now that is the gift of God and our biggest part is to receive it and rejoice in His freedom. Again, I remind you, whom the Son has set free is free indeed! Do not allow your heart to be troubled, but put your trust in the Lord. AMEN!
In the Father’s love,
Judy A Bauman
Hebrews 4: 14 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. 15 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. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.