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The year is just one month old and our hearts are already full of gratitude towards the Lord for what we know He has in store for you. Lately we've been meditating on Hebrews 4:15 & 16, and in this letter, Jenny and I want to remind you of God's compassionate nature towards you, and His determined purpose to see you overcome and be victorious in all things this year.
Let's begin by taking a look at Hebrews 4:15, "For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathise and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning."
The Bible says that when Jesus came to earth and took on the form or likeness of man, He not only resembled us in appearance, He took on our human nature too. In other words, He came in the form of a man and was just like man. Philippians 2:6-7 says, "Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained, But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being."
Did you notice how Paul said Jesus was, first, in the form of God? This means before He was born on earth, He pre-existed as God. He carried the splendour, the majesty, the power and the glory of God. But because of His great love for us, and His desire to see us redeemed and living in an inseparable relationship of love, peace, joy and victory with Him, He chose to lay it all down. Jesus chose to exchange His eternal, glorious form for the form of a man.
Why would He go to such lengths? The Bible says by taking on the likeness or form of man, He was tempted in every way man is tempted. And since He experienced what we experience in every regard, He completely understands us and sympathises with us. In fact, the Word says He not only became man to carry the sin of the world upon Himself so we could be redeemed, but He did it so that He could become our compassionate High Priest Who constantly intercedes on our behalf.
What does this mean? Verse 16 of Hebrews 4 explains it clearly: "Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it]." You see, when Jesus gave up His own deity to become just like us, He placed Himself in a position where He could completely relate to us. He doesn't have to try imagining, or pretend to understand; He genuinely gets us, and what we are up against. All the challenges and rejection, the temptations to fear or quit, the opportunities to become disappointed and offended are not foreign to Him. He knows how difficult and painful life can be, and how easily we can be tempted to react and make wrong choices that will lead to failure. The truth is: He loves us so much that He will not stand by and just watch us destroy ourselves.
As our High Priest, He urges us to fearlessly and boldly draw near to Him, and confidently expect Him to grant us mercy when we fail - and fill us with supernatural grace to help us get up and overcome.
No matter what you have battled through in the year gone by, or what lies ahead, He wants you to know - beyond a shadow of a doubt - that He is your Redeemer, your Saviour and your compassionate High Priest. He has already made a way of escape and has overcome this world for you. So you can come to Him, take a firm hold of His Word and completely rely on His Spirit to refresh, revive and strengthen you to walk in victory in every area of your life. He is a wonderful, merciful Saviour; and His generosity of grace is simply matchless. And this year, dear friend, He wants you to take full advantage of it. You are not meant to do this alone!
Jenny and I are simply overwhelmed by your faithful giving to this ministry and we want you to know how much we appreciate you. Remember that in Christ, together, we can accomplish everything He has destined for us to do while we are on this side of eternity.
As you give your faith seed this month, be assured that it will produce the harvest God's Word has promised to produce for His kingdom and your life.
We love and appreciate you!
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