Food for ThoughtHebrews 4:16 Grace
Food for Thought
An Guide to Kingdom Living

By Marni Montanez

Hebrews 4:16 English Standard Version

16. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

God invites us to draw close to Him without boundaries.  He wants us to feel safe, like children who trust Him and enjoy His presence.  He gives us permission to petition Him about anything and everything without condemnation or rejection.  Nothing is too small or too big for Him to hear and resolve.   

God allows us the certainty of approaching Him and gives us His full attention.  He desires to give us the grace and mercy that will help us live abundantly.  This mercy keeps us safe in Him when we make mistakes or bad choices and grace encourages us to move ahead in the Spirit of the Lord.  We can then move through obstacles and pass barriers of doubt or fear...

John 10:10 New King James Version

10. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

The throne of grace is our place of true acceptance.  It is His power and rule that readily gives us what we need in the moment we need it. God does not pick and choose what is important enough for us to come to Him with.  What is on our heart is valuable to Him and He wants us to feel free to be vulnerable and transparent in our need and even our wants.   

As carnal beings who behave like we are in control, we make plans that will affect our lives as well as others; sometimes this effect is negative, but He is always ready to help us turn the necessary corners in order to avoid many disasters.

Proverbs 16:9 New King James Version

9. A manís heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps.

God wants to sit upon the throne of our heart where He will bring us into our destiny.

Godís heart cry is to gather us up to Him and be our everything.  

Challenge:  Go to the throne of grace. Ask God for what is on your heart and believe that He wants to hear from you.   

God bless


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lamb-rightThe purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.