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Bold In His Presence by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

Bold In His Presence by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

Let us therefore come boldly unto the
throne of grace, that we may obtain
mercy, and find grace to help in time of
need (Hebrews 4:16).

In Luke 18:9-14, the Lord Jesus gave a parable
of the Pharisee who was obsessed by his own
virtue, and “religiosity,” contrary to a tax
collector who humbly asked God for mercy. The
Pharisee, priding himself in his self-righteousness, said to
God, “…I thank thee, that I am not as other men are,
extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I
possess…” (Luke 18:11-13).

However, the Publican, feeling unqualified to
even stand before God, said, “God be merciful to me a
sinner.” In the words of the Master, the Publican went
away justified, while the Pharisee was condemned in
his pride. But who was Jesus teaching this to? It was
the Jews; He was teaching them not to trust in their
self-righteousness; He was teaching them humility in
prayer.

Today, there’re Christians who, in reference to
this parable, would pray with a beggarly attitude,
condemning themselves before the Father. But God
doesn’t want that. The Publican prayed that way
because he lived under the Old Testament; Jesus hadn’t
yet consummated the works of salvation. Now that
He has, we’re bold and confident before our heavenly
Father. His vicarious sacrifice in our behalf gave us righteousness; thus, we’re bold and unashamed before
Him in love.

Therefore, don’t pray, “Please Father, I know I
don’t qualify for the blessings I’m asking for, but have
mercy on me, Lord.” No! He already had mercy on you
and blessed you with ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly
places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3). One of those
blessings is righteousness, which gives you the ability to
stand before God without guilt, fear, condemnation or
inferiority. You can talk to God directly and fellowship
with Him in love, because He’s your loving, gracious,
heavenly Father. Hallelujah!

The Lord Jesus is our ability to stand in God’s
presence without fear, for He’s our righteousness (1
Corinthians 1:30). He gave us the right to be bold
in God’s presence; so, don’t pray as one who isn’t
qualified to be in His presence. Be bold.

Notice our opening verse again; it says to “obtain
mercy,” not “ask for mercy”; which means, grab it!
Whatever you desire, His mercy already made it
available; therefore, boldly reach out and take it! Glory
to God!

CONFESSION
I have boldness and access with confidence by the
faith of Jesus Christ, in whom I’ve obtained an
inheritance, being predestinated according to His
divine will. I live above circumstances, because I’m
an associate of the God-kind. Hallelujah!

FURTHER STUDY:
Ephesians 3:11-12; Romans 8:16-17; Hebrews 4:16 AMPC

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Romans 2:1-29 & Psalms 38-41

2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Luke 11:27-36 & Judges 1

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