Did You Know Jesus is Praying for You? ~ blog
Yesterday, my pastor, Rich Nathan of Vineyard Columbus preached a tremendous sermon on the very difficult passage in Hebrews 6 and 7. In that sermon he referenced this passage in Hebrews 7:25;
“Therefore, he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”
Paul also writes this in Romans 8:34;
“Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”
So many times, when we are still wrestling with sexual sin, we feel like God has abandoned us. Our shame and self-loathing cause us to believe what simply is not true. Then, if we buy this lie our tendency is to drift further away from God and deeper into isolation where we become even easier prey for the lion prowling around seeking whom he may devour.
The truth is that God never abandons us. We are told that absolutely nothing can separate us from the love of God. The author of Hebrews makes an incredible statement in chapter 6:18-19;
“God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.”
When we read in the Bible the word “hope” it does not have the meaning we have for hope today. In the Bible, the word hope does not mean something that may or may not happen. We use the word when we want something to happen, we have hope that it might happen but also realize that it might not happen.
Not so in the Bible. The word hope is used for something that is assuredly going to definitely happen. The author of Hebrews talks about our hope relative to our salvation. This hope is something that should give us great encouragement. The hope is that we who have been saved are permanent members of God’s family.
We have been born again by the Spirit and have gone from being dead in sin to being alive in Christ. This hope is said to be an “anchor for the soul” and it is firm and secure. If our salvation is something we can lose then it cannot be an anchor that is firm and secure. We have made our salvation based on our ability to obey the rules of God and the gospel of grace has been destroyed.
Then the writer tells us something amazing. He declares that Jesus, who is our hope has entered the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. He is referring to the Holy of Holies where Jesus went in and instead of offering the blood of bulls or goats offers His own blood on our behalf which resulted in all of our sins being completely forgiven. Not based on our good works, but in spite of our filthy rags of self-righteousness, His blood is completely sufficient to turn all of our sins as white as snow.
This is what the Bible clearly teaches us. One offering for all of our sins. When Jesus said; “It is Finished!” He meant it. And this belief is to be our anchor for our soul. And now, because we are in Christ by faith and because of the grace of God we are anchored to Him and He never lets us go.
Now add to that what these two passages teach us about what Jesus is doing now. We are clearly told that He is ever interceding on our behalf. He is continuously praying for you. Even right now He is praying for you. When you are being tempted, He is praying for you. When you are falling into sexual sin, He is praying for you.
And His Spirit, literally dwelling inside of you has a way of escape so that you do not have to fall back into sexual sin. The Spirit is waiting for you to reach out to Him and ask for His help. He will show you the way of escape and then it comes down to are you going to take it or not?
Part of the problem is we have made choosing sexual sin as our escape from our stressful reality so many times it has become almost automatic. We get tempted and triggered and we go on automatic pilot and fly right back into the crap we so strongly declare we do not want to go back to. This is why so many Christian men and women continue to live in sexual sin.
The solution first and foremost is Jesus and the Spirit. The Almighty and All sufficient God is dwelling in your body and is praying for you at the moment of temptation. I cannot help but believe that if we reach out to Him in the moment of temptation He can and will deliver us.
However, what we fail to do next is the problem. We fail to reach out to God, and we fail to reach out to another Christian who can help us stand strong against temptation. Which is why it is so imperative that we all have someone or a group of someone’s who can be our help and support in temptation.
For those of you who feel like you have nobody from whom you can receive help please find someone to whom you can be accountable. If you want to become part of a Team of men who will be there for you contact me and I will show you 11 Online Support Teams you can join and have the help you need. If none of those times fit your schedule then I will start a new OST for the two of us and I promise you it will grow and you will begin getting the help you need not only from Jesus and the Spirit but from like-minded men helping one another.