Before the Throne of Grace Mini-Study

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.

Unsearchable Riches-Dwelling in Ephesians

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.
https://www.facebook.com/agatheringoffriendsministries/?ref=bookmarks

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. 
https://www.facebook.com/…/717431821947182/learning_content/

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.

Resting in Sweet Forgiveness

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! 

Heart Conviction.

Confession seems right for the soul.

“Lord, I confess.  Please forgive.”

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 the plan!

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.

Be Still

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.