He Still Prays for Us

Closeup on the tulips.

Closeup on the tulips. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

Zechariah 3 describes a high priest named Joshua standing before the Lord, and
Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. Also present was an angel, who
had to be Christ because angels do not judge.

Joshua was a real man, not just a type of Christ. He was the high priest during
the time of Ezra and Nehemiah. In Ezra 10:18 it appears that Joshua had married
a heathen woman; at that time, the worst way a Jew could defile himself was by
marrying a Gentile.

“Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel”
(Zechariah 3:3). Joshua stands before the throne in his filthy garments, and
the devil is at his side, accusing him. Satan argued: “This man has broken Your
law and sinned against You.” The devil‘s accusations were correct: Joshua had
sinned and now Satan claimed Joshua for himself.

Beloved, this is exactly what happens with us. Satan comes before the throne of
grace to accuse us. He points at us and says, “You know all things, God, and You
see the compromise in this one’s life. If You are just, You must give me his
soul.” In Revelation 12:10, Satan is called “the accuser of our brethren” and
he stands before God right now to oppose you and me — to accuse us of sin.

That is when Jesus, our Advocate, steps up and says, “It is true, Father. He
has failed but there is faith in his heart — faith in the power of My blood.
I have paid for every sin he has or ever will commit.” Jesus then turns to
those standing by, “Take his filthy garments and put My robe of righteousness
upon his shoulders.”

Jesus said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan . . . Is not this a brand
plucked out of the fire?” (Zechariah 3: 2). What a picture! The devil was
forced to leave with a sound rebuke and Joshua walked away with a pardon, a new
garment and a crown of righteousness on his head.

“If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the
righteous” (1 John 2:1). Jesus has been in glory for these 2,000 years praying
for us and He is still praying for us.

Where to Find True Emotional Fulfillment

A man of many companions may come to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Proverbs 18:24

Psychologists tell us human beings have three very basic emotional needs or desires: The desire to be accepted, the desire to be approved, and the desire to be appreciated. It’s the fulfillment of these three needs that dictates a person’s emotional state. If someone is fulfilled in these three areas, they will be emotionally fulfilled.

One key aspect of the Christian faith is that Jesus Christ provides for all three of those emotional needs. In Christ, we are accepted by God, we’re approved in right standing before Him, and we’re appreciated and valued by God!

Now, much of the world today tries to find emotional fulfillment in the world. Because of that, there’s a large amount of constant discontentment in their lives. They’ll never understand what it means to be fully known as Christ knows them, and will always be looking for the spiritual companionship that only Jesus can provide.

While close emotional connections can be made with others, there’s no one who can truly meet your deep emotional needs like Jesus Christ. It’s in Him alone that you can truly be made complete. So instead of just looking to others to make you complete, stick with Jesus, who’s the closest companion you’ll ever have!

Pastor Graham

INSTEAD OF PLACING ALL YOUR TRUST IN EARTHLY RELATIONSHIPS, LOOK TO JESUS FOR YOUR EMOTIONAL FULFILLMENT AND YOU’LL NEVER BE DISAPPOINTED!

Promises And Prophecies


Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine

For most certainly, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not even one smallest letter or one tiny pen stroke shall in any way pass away from the law, until all things are accomplished. – Matthew 5:18

 

Christ referred here primarily to the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament. There are thousands of blossoms on the trees in the spring-time that never become fruits; but there are no lost blossoms on the Old Testament tree. The exact fulfillment of prophecy is an irrefutable evidence of Christianity. But the assurance of these words refers also to every promise of the Scripture. Not the smallest of these shall ever fail any one who trusts them.“No word He hath spoken shall ever be broken.” Every pledge God has made He will surely keep. Whenever we find a divine word we may lay hold of it with perfect confidence, and know that we are clinging to a rock that never can be shaken. “For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.”

This is true also of the divine threatenings against sin. Not one of these shall fail to be accomplished upon those who reject God’s words of grace and mercy. Christ said, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life;” and that word will prove true to every one who receives it. But He said also in the same sentence, “He that beieveth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him;” and this word shall just as surely be fulfilled a the other.

In these days, when so many people hold loose views of God’s Word, it is well that we fix it deeply in our minds that whatever God says in the Holy Scriptures He says with authority, that His promises are sure as His own eternity, and that every sentence of His is absolutely irrepealable. “Only words,” we sometimes say, as if words were unreal and unsubstantial; but the words of God are more real and substantial than even earth’s great mountains.

Following God’s Schedule

 

Twisted Tree and canopy. This is one of the ma...

Twisted Tree and canopy. This is one of the many beautiful trees in Cheam park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


 

Most of us enjoy feeling in control of our own schedule and grow frustrated when things don’t go according to plan. Yet if we truly desire to walk in the center of God’s perfect will, we must become willing to cooperate with His time frame.

Consider how you pray about situations in your life. Without realizing it, you may be demanding that God follow the schedule you’ve constructed according to your very limited human wisdom. Yet if we believe He is who He says He is, how can surrendering to His way not be to our benefit? Think about His unique, praiseworthy qualities:

  • His all-encompassing knowledge. Unlike us, the Lord has complete awareness about our world and the details of every individual life–past, present, and future.
  • His complete wisdom. God understands man’s every motive, whereas none of us are able to accurately discern people’s intentions. We make choices based on partial information, whereas He has the wisdom to take action based on truth.
  • His unconditional love. Our Creator is always motivated by love and constantly has our best in mind. Unless we trust His heart, our view of reality will be distorted.
  • His perfect sufficiency. At just the right time, God will provide us with everything we need to carry out His plan.

Submitting to God’s timetable requires faith and courage. Believe in the goodness of His heart and His plans–and determine to wait until He gives the signal to move forward. Then, as you follow His schedule, you’ll experience the joy of watching Him make all things beautiful in His timing.

Dr. Charles Stnaley

 

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