Words from the Heart for Thursday September 22nd, 2016
Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.
Ephesians 3:12 (NLT)
When we pray “in Jesus’ name,” we are not ending our prayers with a formula, but boldly asking Christ to pray with us and take our prayers to God to be answered. Pray in Jesus’ name with boldness – God hears you and He hears His Son!
The Bold Canadian was a patriotic song written during the War of 1812 following the Canadian victory in the battle of Detroit. It is believed that The Bold Canadian was written by a private from the Third York Militia’s First Flank Company named Cornelius Flummerfelt, who wrote the lines while marching in the Detroit campaign, or on the way back to York, Upper Canada. The song was used to celebrate the victory and further increase the numbers of Canadian militia to fight during the war. Although composed in late 1812, the first publication of the song was not until 1907, when the Niagara Historical Society printed part of the song in a pamphlet about Isaac Brock. Until then the song had been passed down in oral traditions resulting in a number of different versions.
When the Bible records incidents where people were ushered into the presence of God, that experience is always marked with fear and apprehension. We live in a day when people have mostly lost that sense of awe of God. They use His name so flippantly that the majesty and glory of God have been diminished in the eyes of most people. But just because people don’t recognize God’s power and glory doesn’t mean God isn’t all powerful and all glorious. He is, and when people who don’t know Christ, and who are locked in their sin, stand before Him one day, it will be with an overwhelming sense of dread. But this won’t be the case for those of us who have confessed our sin and trusted Jesus Christ and His completed work on the cross. We have the assurance through the peace and joy He has given us that we can stand before the great God of the universe without fear. In fact, Paul describes all of this by saying that we can come before God with boldness. Ephesians 3:12 says “Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.” What a difference Jesus makes. In Him, we come boldly before the great and awesome God of the universe. Sin cannot enter the presence of God, but the righteousness of Christ can, and when we trust Him, our sins are removed and Christ’s righteousness becomes ours. Come boldly before the Lord today.
These have been words from the heart.