Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 12, 2017 … Anytime … Anywhere!

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 193 

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from the group Symphony in Red, singing … Jesus I Come … poignantly singing of how we, as Christians, can come to God with our needs anytime … anywhere!

Highlight Verse[s]: Hebrews 4:16 [NLT] … 
16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. 
… Do you need Him today?! …. Well, come to Him … anytime/anywhere!!!
Highlight Passage [context]: Hebrews 4:14-16 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… God, telling us, that He is our High Priest, to Whom we can come - ANYTIME/ANYWHERE - to be at His throne of grace.

Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : … Psalm 73:28, 116:1-2 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… The Psalmists sing of being able to be near His God and knowing that He is always there to hear our prayers.

Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : … Matthew 28:20b [NLT] … 
20 … And be sure of this: I am with you ALWAYS, even to the end of the age.” 
… Jesus promises to be with us ALWAYS … EVERYWHERE!!

Reference Passage #3 [NKJV] : … Romans 5:2 [NLT] … 
2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. 
… The Apostle tells all of our privilege, by faith in Christ, to be able to share in His glory and confidently and joyfully come to our King.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Lawrence Darmani, used a word picture which I pray we all can grasp in faith. The ODB author wrote: A woman desiring to pray grabbed an empty chair [see photo] and knelt before it. In tears, she said, “My dear heavenly Father, please sit down here; You and I need to talk!” Then, looking directly at the vacant chair, she prayed. She demonstrated confidence in approaching the Lord; she imagined He was sitting on the chair and believed He was listening to her petition. 

Dear ones … do you grasp the importance and impact of that word picture? I hope so, because for those who do, we recognize that, as the highlight passage above recounts, we have a High Priest, … King Jesus …, Who sits on the throne of our hearts where we can come ANYTIME … ANYWHERE, boldly knowing that He is there and will take in whatever we need to share with Him [see Psalms 73:28 and 116:1-2].

And here I am today, this morning, and I was just on my knees by a comfortable bed I have in my office (where I often nap with my Savior); and I was on my knees, knowing - in faith - that my Lord, King Jesus, … my High Priest, … was right there bending down to hear whatever I brought to Him from my heart [see all the reference scriptures above].

Oh, … what a comfort … that I pray is shared by all reading with me here today.

My Prayer Today: Abba Father, … King Jesus, … precious Holy Spirit … as the linked song recounts, … I COME!! … Amen

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