He Feels Your Heartbeat

June 3, 2016

Hebrews 4: 14-16

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. 16Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

He Feels Your Heartbeat

As parents we understand what our children often do not.  When they are going through their maturing they come to places in life where we, as parents draw the line.  They don’t understand because they haven’t yet crossed the line and don’t feel that they will, but we don’t allow them to go there.  The reason we don’t allow them to go there is because we were once kids ourselves and through our own experiences or what we have learned from our maturing, we are protective of our children to help them avoid as many of life’s pitfalls as we possibly can.  We know that what we do is motivated out of love and concern for them and their welfare, but from their perspective we are often just being unfair, controlling and untrusting of them.  Even as much as we try to protect them, teach them and warn them, they are still going to make their share of mistakes, we all have.  I say all except one.  The Lord Jesus Christ walked this earth as a child, an adolescent and as an adult.  He was faced with all of the same temptations and pit falls that we face, but without sin.  Because He has been where we are at and walked through what we have walked through, who better could be an advocate for us with the Father than One who knows and understands our infirmities and our weaknesses.  Perhaps this is what makes Jesus such a faithful High Priest.  He both understands and epitomizes the righteousness and truth of God the Father and yet can still understand our frame and the weaknesses that we possess as human beings.  Even though He stands before God for us and represents us in righteousness, His heart is not to condemn us but restore us, correct us and mature us into that like place that we have wanted for our children.  Just as all that we do is to that end, so it is with the Lord.  Whom He loves He chastens, corrects, edifies, exhorts, teaches and directs, so that those who have a teachable heart for obedience come more and more into His good, acceptable and perfect will.  

We know His ways are perfect, but we are often struggling to submit our ways to His.  We still like to have total say of our will, desires and emotions and yet, in our spirit, we don’t want to hold on to what is in opposition to His will for our lives.  We know in our hearts that the Lord knows what is best for us and that He is actively working all things for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.  

The previous scripture in Hebrews 4:12 –13 tells us, “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”  Often our true motives for what we do is clouded even to us.  We see it through our own mind set, perspective and prejudice.  God is faithful with His perspective and the Word of God is living through the Holy Spirit to actively discern between flesh and spirit to accurately judge the true motive and intents of our heart.  Even when we see the people around us that we think we know their heart and their motives we are still judging from an earthly perspective based on our knowledge and understanding.  We may be right and we may not, so it is better that we don’t stand in a place of judgement, but rather discernment.  In our discernment we give counsel based on our understanding, but not standing in a place of condemnation and judgement.  The critical thing for all of us is that our spirits are open for correction, teaching and instruction in righteousness.  Without that we become dogmatic, sealed of f to our own opinion and we become unteachable.  If we come to that place of being unteachable, even by the Holy Spirit, then can we any longer continue to grow and mature in the things of the Lord.

No one knows us like Jesus.  He knows us better than we even know ourselves.  He knows how we will react, what we will say and what choices we will make in every situation.  Our hearts are an open book to Him.  If He has already read our book then it becomes evident that the only one that can change its outcome is He, as we allow Him, by the Holy Spirit, to edit the pages of our lives.  He is the High Priest of our confession.  The more we can come to the place where we are relinquishing self and resting in Him the greater peace and stability our life will have.  We alone can give that permission for His transformation process to work in us.  Let us yield our hearts to Him so that with godly wisdom He may order and direct our steps in the ways of His righteousness and purpose.

Blessings,

#kent

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