Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
How often is it that we find ourselves in desperate need. In need of mercy and help. We are given the assurance, that we can come with confidence before the throne of grace. Listen, Jesus Christ has taken on the seed of Abraham (humanity) to better understand you and I and to better help you and I when we are in need. He is sitting at the right hand of the King of Majesty intervening on our behalf. Praise God!!!
Starting on Tuesday, April 2nd for the next two weeks, each day, I will post on Instagram and A Gathering of Friends FB page a text that will walk us through access to the throne, grace, mercy and claiming the promises of God hearing us when we cry out. You can find the reading plan here in the unit and on the website.
To end this study, on April 16th at 630pm PST, we will be having a ZOOM video conference to spend some time sharing and in prayer. I am so looking forward to spending that time with you. Please know, that you must register to receive the invite for the conference.
Well, Hey y’all! AGOF is back again. I want to introduce to you our next devotional series. Unsearchable Riches-Dwelling in Ephesians. Let me tell you something…what a powerful book. I believe one of the lies that the enemy of our souls gets us to believe and dwell on is our inadequacies and shortfalls. But the book of Ephesians gives us much insight into who we are when we dwell and position ourselves in Christ. WOW! It is what moved my heart.
So, this is how this is going to work (a bit different from our Psalms devotion). Sometimes on Sunday, I will post the passages that we are on (the reading plan is available), prayer and praise thoughts, and on Saturday morning at 0730 we will have a live discussion on FB. I will create an event to remind you of the devotion time on Saturday morning.
There are a few things that I would like for you to do so that you can keep updated:
1. If you are new here, go to A Gathering of Friends Ministries with Marilyn Salmon page and follow so you can get all the updates.
2. Go to A Gathering of Friends Bible Study group and request to join. Here is where you will find all of the units that we have been working etc.
3. I will also be posting on Instagram so if you are not on there, please go and find A Gathering of Friends Ministries and follow.
I am looking forward to spending time with you in this upcoming series.
Have you ever thought, “Am I actually forgiven”? Has forgiveness been an aloof concept that we
just can’t seem to get our hands on? In the scheme of our lives, most of us have
done something that didn’t quite jive with God.
Whether through hurting someone with our words or deeds-intentionally or
unintentionally. Or some act that has
affected our own lives.
Our heart’s deed
flashes before our consciousness and there it is!
Confession seems right for the soul.
“Lord, I confess.
For 20 years, I sat in the dark abyss of uncertain
forgiveness. This was a place that gnawed at my very spirit. It seemed that everything that went wrong in
life pointed to that moment where I had failed God. What a way to live. No freedom.
I didn’t recognize this as the voice of condemnation from the enemy of
souls. If I had only been hearing and
seeing past my own self, I would have seen and heard the voice of God calling
me by name and telling me that I am redeemed.
The foundation of forgiveness is found in 1 John 1:9. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and
just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The
simple yet elaborate “pardon plan” is consistent with the abundance of
overflowing grace. This was a design
that only the sovereign God could devise.
There you go! Here is
I need you to get this!
Redemption. Sweet deliverance
and liberation through His precious blood.
The old rugged cross placed as a way of undeserving pardon. A fountain that opens up, cleanses and
refreshes the pleading soul each time you and I come before God in confession
and asking for pardon.
Yes, forgiveness is within our reach. “In whom we have redemption through his
blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.” Ephesians 1:7.
Deep breath in. Deep
breath out. I have got to get myself
still. My heart was feeling hurried and
rushed. I needed to get some words on
paper and it just wasn’t happening. My
commitment to “just write” once a week was becoming quite the ordeal. An ordeal over the past couple of weeks that
usually turned into nothing. Nada. A
blank computer screen. What was I thinking
when I considered this off the wall idea as part of my goal-setting? “Just
write!” Write about what?
Getting still was becoming hard to pin down. Quite
frustrating actually. Within 15 minutes, I had fretfully reviewed my
writing goals on my phone app. The aroma of the food that I had simmering in
the pot overtook my attention and I was off to have a taste. I sat back down and then scurried off to
floss my teeth. Where is the focus here?
Have you ever felt where you just could not get yourself to
find that point of focus? What about that
place where you could settle your thoughts and actually get a task done?
I finally sat and bowed my head in quiet surrendered
prayer. My heart soon settled and my
thoughts became more clear. I just
waited with the assurance that He would soon reveal Himself. In the moment, I began to realize my
dependence on Him. His voice, as I was
busy striving with Him was to simply “get still”.
We are commanded in Psalms 46:10 to “Be still, and know that
I am God.” We are instructed to stop
striving with God. Relax. He will reveal Himself. Simply be in His presence as we wait.
God has proven himself each time as I have sat down in front
of a blank computer screen with hands poised and ready to type. I have
learned to just be with Him. Not even
for the singular purpose of “getting something on paper” but simply just to
know Him in the moment.