Don’t assume God is watching from a distance. Isolation creates a downward cycle of fret. Choose instead to be the person who clutches the presence of God with both hands. We can calmly take our concerns to God because he is as near as our next breath. And because the Lord is near, we can be anxious for nothing…
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all the very best to you today my friend and if no one has told you so far today let me be the first to do so that god loves you god loves you i want to talk to you about what god did to win your heart now i think i’ll need six minutes maybe six minutes and 31 seconds if you can’t stay around please post your prayer needs before you leave and we’ll be praying for you i want to share with you about god’s promise from jesus’s torn flesh and that promise is simply this you have access to god you have access to god he wants to hear from you he invites you to come into his presence once separated you from him has been removed the scripture says in ephesians 2 13 now in through christ jesus you who were far away from god are brought near see nothing remains between you and god but an open door now how could this be how could this be well someone opened the curtain someone tore down the fail something happened something happened in the death of christ that opened the door for you and me and that something is described by the writer of hebrews the writer of hebrews wrote so brothers and sisters we are completely free to enter the most holy place without fear why because of the blood of jesus’s death we can enter through a new and living way that jesus opened for us it leads through the curtain christ’s body that’s in hebrews chapter 10. to the original readers i bet those last four words well i bet they were explosive the curtain christ’s body according to the writer the curtain equals the body of christ hence whatever happened to the body of christ to the flesh of jesus happened to the curtain now what happened to his flesh well you know it was torn it was it was torn by the whips it was torn by the thorns it was torn by the weight of the cross it was torn by the point of the nails but in the horror of his torn flesh we find the splendor of the open door the scripture tells us through matthew 27 that jesus cried out again in a loud voice and died and then the curtain of the temple was torn into two pieces from the top to the bottom you see friend this curtain is nothing short of the than the curtain of the temple the veil that hung before the holy of holies the holy of holies you’ll remember was the part of the temple that no one could enter no one but the high priest entered the holy of holies no one no one went there to do so meant death in no uncertain turns the curtain declared this far and no farther what did 1500 years of a curtain draped holy of holies communicate well it communicated simply this that god is holy and he is separate from us and he is unapproachable god is holy and we are sinners and there is a distance a chasm a gap between us isn’t this our problem we know god is good we know we are not and we as a result feel far from god the ancient words of job or the ancient words of job are our words if only there was a mediator who could bring us together job 9 oh but there is jesus hasn’t left us with an unapproachable god yes god is holy yes we are sinners yes yes yes however god is our mediator first timothy 2 and verse 5. for there is one god and one mediator between god and men and that is the man jesus it’s not a mediator one who goes between wasn’t jesus the curtain between us and god and wasn’t his flesh torn and what did the torn curtain in the temple mean well for the jews it meant no more barrier no more separation no more distance between them and the holy of holies no more priests to go between them and god no more animal sacrifices to atone for their sins and for us what did the torn curtains signify for us well it means that we are welcome we are welcomed into god’s presence any day any time god has removed the barrier that separates us from him the barrier of sin it is down he has removed the curtain but we have a tendency do we not a tendency to put the barrier back up though there is no curtain in the temple there is certainly a curtain in the heart oftentimes we allow our mistakes to be a curtain that keeps us from god our guilty conscience becomes a curtain that separates us from god perhaps you’ve done this perhaps you’ve allowed a veil of guilt to come between you and your father you wonder if you could ever feel close to god again the message of the torn flesh is you can god welcomes you god is not avoiding you god is not resisting you the curtain is down the door is open and god invites you in the blood has been spilt the veil has been split you are welcome in the presence of god in my heart i think somebody is hearing this message for the very first time and the spirit of god is telling you and urging you to come into the presence of god would you do that so much has been taken from you from us over the last weeks and months so much so much freedom so much peace for some of you some many relationships but you know what has not been taken from you the presence of god the presence of god step into his presence today tell him what’s on your heart do not pillow your head tonight without having a good long talk from the father who tore the curtain through the tearing of the flesh of his son so that you would have that privilege all the best to you my friend
Max Lucado Channel: “You Have Access to God” video teaching series by Max Lucado. He is a best-selling Christian author and minister at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. He has written almost 100 books with 92 million copies in print, with many of them occupying spots on every major national bestseller list.
Lucado focuses on preaching and writing to the hurting, the guilty, the lonely, the discouraged. And his message is simple: God loves you; let him. He graduated from Abilene Christian University where he received a B.A. degree in Mass Communications and an M.A. degree in Bible and Biblical Studies.
His books have sold more than 120 million copies in 54 languages worldwide. They regularly appear on bestseller lists, including The New York Times. His writing has also been featured in Bible studies, Bible commentaries, songs, greeting cards, and even plush toys.
- For the latest updates, news and information, visit him online at: https://maxlucado.com
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God’s call to courage is not a call to naïveté or ignorance. We aren’t to be oblivious to the overwhelming challenges that life brings. We are to counterbalance them with long looks at God’s accomplishments. The scripture says, “We must pay closer attention to what we have heard so that we do not drift away from it” (Hebrews 2:1 NASB). Today do whatever it takes to keep your gaze on Jesus…
Max Lucado. 1,938,657 likes · 14,037 talking about this. In the ultimate declaration of communion, God called himself Immanuel, which means, “God with us.” He became flesh, he became sin, he defeated the grave. He is still with us. In the form of his Spirit, he comforts, teaches, and convicts.
The latest Tweets from Max Lucado. Let every person you meet be a new person in your mind. None of this labeling or preconceived notions. Listening is a healing balm for raw emotions. Happiness happens not by fixing people, but by accepting people and entrusting them into the care of God. Jesus did this…
Listen to UpWords with Max Lucado daily broadcasts free online. Christian radio programs, ministry shows, podcasts & audio sermons. | When we pray for one another we enter God’s workshop, we pick up a hammer, and we help him accomplish his purposes. Our prayers unlock the storehouses of heaven. The link between God’s goodness and your friends is your prayers. When you pray, when you speak for the ones who need help to the One who can give it, something wonderful happens—this is how happiness happens…
Max Lucado – Grace (Book) | More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine
Max Lucado asks questions about grace to probe the depth of God’s love. The bestselling author says that God’s grace has a wildness about it and invites readers to learn more. This book reminds readers that there’s more to grace than we’ve ever imagined. In this cornerstone message of Lucado’s ministry, he challenges readers to not only receive grace but also to be changed by grace. Shaped by grace. Strengthened by grace. Learn more…
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