Monday, June 2, 2008

Go straight to the throne

I love this quote by Charles Spurgeon. I wonder if you long like me to get to the point where we might see the promises of God and truly understand that they are the PROMISES of God. They are not telling us what He intends, what we might hope can happen. They are as sure as His faithfulness. When we doubt His promises, we doubt His character. What He says is, is. What He says will be, will be. Who He says He is to us...that He is, right now, at this very moment. There is nothing left to be done to satisfy Him. His Son has seen to the payment needed to procure for us not only right standing with the Judge of the Universe, but the Father's care, compassion and love for us. We are not simply right with though a paper transaction has taken place. We are in the family. The adoption is secure. We belong.

This needs to move us to claiming what comes with being in the family. We have the Father's attention. Let's not defame Him by coming hesitantly to Him. Let us stride boldly to the throne of grace that we may find grace and receive mercy in our times of need. (Heb. 4:16) Paul even went so far as to tell us that in Christ all the promises of God are "yes"! (2 Cor. 1:18-22)

So, read the Word again today with new eyes and search out a promise. Ask Him as Spurgeon tells us to below, "God, I come asking that You do the very thing You have said you will do. Here is Your promise. Do as You promised." And wait, expectantly, knowing that it is not even possible that He will fail you. He is faithful...He will do it.

“God’s promises were never meant to be thrown aside as waste paper. He intended that they should be used. Nothing pleases our Lord better than to see His promises put in circulation. He loves to see His children bring them up to Him, and say, ‘Lord, do as you promised.’ We glorify God when we please His promises. Do you think that God will be any the poorer for giving you the riches He has promised? Do you dream that He will be any less holy for giving holiness to you? Do you imagine He will be any less pure for washing you from your sins? He has said, ‘Come now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are red as crimson they shall be like wool.’
Faith embraces the promise of pardon. It doesn’t delay, saying, ‘This is a precious promise, I wonder if it is true?’ but goes straight to the throne with it, and pleads, ‘Lord, here is the promise. Do as you promised.’ Our Lord replies, ‘Be it to you even as you will.’ When a Christian grasps a promise but doesn’t take it to God, then God is dishonored; but when one hastens to the throne of grace, and cries, ‘Lord, I have nothing to recommend me but this, You have said it;’ then the desire shall be granted.
Our heavenly banker delights to cash His own notes. Never let the promise rust. Draw the word of promise out of its scabbard, and use it with holy violence. Don’t think that God will be troubled by your importunately reminding Him of His promises. He loves to hear the loud outcries of needy souls. It is His delight to give favors. He is more ready to hear than you are to ask. It is God’s nature to keep His promises. Therefore, go at once to the throne with, ‘Do as You promised..’”

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