July 07, 2020: SOAP #3869:   Hosea 10-12; Psalm 73; Hebrews 4 Scripture:   Hebrews (NIV) 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of […]

July 07, 2020: SOAP #3869:   Hosea 10-12; Psalm 73; Hebrews 4

Scripture:   Hebrews (NIV) 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Observation:  Jesus had to correctly answer every question on the test.  Jesus had to fulfill every requirement perfectly.  He walked in love and purity.   Getting 8 correct out of 10 questions is generally accepted in many schools.  But even 9 out of 10 was not acceptable for Jesus.   10 out of 10 was the only acceptable mark.  If His death would be acceptable on my behalf, He could have no sin of His own for which he would need to pay. 

I go to the throne of grace, looking for some help in dealing with my troubles.  I have no way to clean myself; I must go just as I am.  I have reached the end of faith in myself to live this life.  When I arrive at the throne of grace, I find I need something more.  The holiness of God convicts me of my sin.  But, I cannot un-do my sin.   I am trapped in sin.  To stay at the throne of grace, I need mercy.   There I discover that the wonderful Heavenly Father, had foresight for my need and sent His son to die on the cross to provide a sufficient supply of mercy. 

Application:   At the throne of grace, I found mercy!  His loving mercy paid for my sins.  He now offers me forgiveness on the basis Jesus' sacrifice on the cross"it is sufficient to pay for my sins.  I believe His offer is true and with a grateful heart I say 'Yes! I receive your forgiveness.  I thank you.  I make you my Lord!  I will live my life to please you.  Come live your life in me. Amen!'

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, hear my prayer and make my heart your home.  Make your presence noticeable in my life, noticeable to me and to those around me.  May I bring joy to you Amen

Pastor Leon
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