May 4, 2017

Hebrews 4:16 (NLT) — 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

Did you notice the two promises in this verse? Did you notice that we play a part and God plays a part to bring about the promises? We work together with God. The promises are that we will receive mercy and we will receive grace. Our verse doesn’t say that we might receive mercy or that maybe we will receive grace. Our verse states emphatically that WE WILL receive grace and mercy.

So when will we receive this grace and mercy? We will receive when we come boldly and ask. We don’t come timidly. We don’t come doubting. We don’t come hesitantly. We come knowing that we are guaranteed grace and mercy. I don’t timidly walk into my bank with my head down and nervously  fill out a withdrawal slip and then hesitantly give the slip to the teller with my hand shaking and wonder if she will give me the money. NO, I walk in head up and confidently fill out the slip and give it to her or him with a steady hand and without the slightest doubt in my mind that I will receive my money.

God’s throne room is our bank that holds all of our grace and mercy. Jesus deposited grace and mercy into our account when he died for us on the cross and then rose again to guarantee that our account was full. This is much better than an FDIC guarantee. Prayer is our withdrawal slip. We ask our banker, who just happens to be our heavenly Father, for mercy and grace to help us live this life for him. He said that we will receive if we come boldly. Boldly means that we believe that we will receive.

Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) — 6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

It pleases the Father to no end when we come expecting to receive.

We have two young neighbor kids, Tommy and Laney, a brother and a sister, who always come and ring the doorbell on the side door of our house. They know that Cleo will open the door and give them fruit snacks. In fact with smiles on their faces they just walk right in and boldly  say without any hesitation “Cleo we want fruit snacks.” There is absolutely no doubt in their minds that they are going to receive what they asked for. Why do they do that? Because Cleo always gives them what they ask for. She has never run out of fruit snacks. They never ask her if she has them, they just ask for them. And by the way if Cleo doesn’t come right away when they ring the bell they begin to knock loudly on the door until she comes. There is nothing timid and shy about those two! They know the fruit snacks are in the house and they won’t go away empty handed.

When it comes to grace and mercy I believe our Father wants us to be like Tommy and Laney.

James 1:5–8 (NLT) — 5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.

Be Inspired Hilltop!



  1. Our forever full GM accounts are a sure sign that we are the richest people on the planet! Remind us of this Holy Spirit when we are tempted to think otherwise and help us walk confidently with your guarantee (promise) in our pocket (heart).