“After the death of Aaron’s two sons—they died when they came before God with strange fire—God spoke to Moses: “Tell your brother Aaron not to enter into the Holy of Holies, barging inside the curtain that’s before the Atonement-Cover on the Chest whenever he feels like it, lest he die, because I am present in the Cloud over the Atonement-Cover.”
Leviticus 16:1-2 MSG
“So now we draw near freely and boldly to where grace is enthroned, to receive mercy’s kiss and discover the grace we urgently need to strengthen us in our time of weakness.”
Hebrews 4:16 TPT
Moses was instructed to tell Aaron the high priest not to barge into God’s presence whenever he felt like it. The process of gaining access to God’s presence was very stringent and failure to follow every step could result in death. If you continue reading Leviticus 16 you’ll see all the preparations that went into entering the most Holy Place.. Fast forward to today, and what we have obtained through grace because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. No longer is it necessary to offer the blood of animals because the Lamb of God has been sacrificed once and for all time.
As I read the warning and instructions given to Aaron, I reflected on how much we take for granted when approaching the Throne of Grace. The irreverence and ingratitude is glaring. There’s no fear of His holiness. We’re demanding and childish in our prayers. We’ve created a god of our own making and desires, instead of adhering to the example Jesus Himself lived and taught us when approaching the Father. That word “boldly “ does not imply that we can treat Him like a buddy. It does however invite us to come without fear of judgment or condemnation -to come with confidence because of the finished work of Jesus.
I marvel at the grace of God. I too would be dead a long time ago if it wasn’t for Jesus. Because the judgment of God is not as swift as before, the Church has become a hotbed for sin. More people are living with seared consciences than ever before. The sins and transgressions of the world have found a hiding place in God’s house. The word is so tepid and politically correct that I wonder if these pastors are reading the same Bible I am. I read something the other day that so shocked me I didn’t know what to think. The pulpits today are filled with career preachers instead of ministers of the Gospel. This was what I read:
As CBN News reported in November,
more than 4,000 churches closed in
the U.S. in 2020 alone. Over that same
time period, over 20,000 pastors left
the ministry and 50 percent of current
pastors say they would leave the
ministry if they had another way of
making a living, according to The
Barna Group, the country's foremost researcher on religion.
Are you sick to your stomach? This is the line that got me. ‘If they had another way of making a living they’d quit the ministry’ in my mind, they have already quit. And as far as another way of making a living-It’s called reeducation. It’s obvious they weren’t called. God takes care of His sheep and under-shepherds. They aren’t hirelings. They’re commissioned. This isn’t a job you just quit at whim nor is it a way to just collect a paycheck. That’s unholy fire before a Holy God. I shudder at what they’re teaching their congregation. What is their relationship to the Father like? Now don’t get me wrong, I understand being disappointed or even discouraged, we’re human. But when a pastor leaves the ministry because of testing or trials, which Jesus promised will come, who exactly are they accountable to, God or man?
Is that situation too hard for the Lord? Who’s their anchor? Who’s their support? In Philippians Paul said these words that are lost on those pastors who have quit the ministry.
“I’m not telling you this because I’m in need, for I have learned to be satisfied in any circumstance. I know what it means to lack, and I know what it means to experience overwhelming abundance. For I’m trained in the secret of overcoming all things, whether in fullness or in hunger. And I find that the strength of Christ’s explosive power infuses me to conquer every difficulty.”Philippians 4:11-13 TPT
People may leave the building, but Jesus promised to never forsake His Church. He who started the work is faithful to complete it. Philippians 1:6. I believe God is doing house cleaning.“For the time is ripe for judgment to begin in God’s own household. And if it starts with us, what will be the fate of those who refuse to obey the gospel of God?”
1 Peter 4:17 TPT
I’ve read nowhere in scripture where churches closed because of lack of financial support. Those who trust in the Lord will never be put to shame. The gates of hell shall not prevail against the church built by Jesus Christ. Solomon wrote in Proverbs “If you faint when under pressure, you have need of courage.”Proverbs 24:10 TPT
We have not been operating in reverence towards God. We have been given this wonderful access, yet we have squandered our opportunity and instead have forged our own way of fulfilling God’s mandate for our lives and that of His Church. The demonic plague of Covid has exposed the heart of the church. The throne of grace was replaced by government mandates and orders. Those who chose to stand up were maligned and dragged into court but their efforts were rewarded. They didn’t close their doors and quit God.
The throne of grace is where we find help in time of need. Every need. We have run away instead of towards the only help for the Church. Quitting is never a spiritual remedy for the challenges we must and will face as believers in Jesus Christ. If we neglect this great access, bought and paid for with the blood of Jesus, we are most miserable indeed. What are we demonstrating to the world? Where’s our help coming from? The Church doesn’t need another career pastor, who is hanging on for paycheck. It needs souled out committed men and women of God who won’t quit when the going gets tough. We don’t need Christians in name only, but a Church who believes and stands on the infallible Word of the Living God.
The pathway to the Throne of Grace is the narrow road. But it delivers on its promise to be a place to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. We are not prevented ever, we don’t have to do all the rituals of Aaron. Maybe it’s so easy we’ve either taken it for granted or ignored it’s benefits. May we not allow the trials of this life to make us question our walk with Jesus. He never reneged on His promises, He’s made a way for us in every circumstance. When life puts the squeeze on you, run to the Throne of Grace. When people desert you, run to the Throne of Grace. Pastors, remember who called you and anointed you. He never promised it would be easy, but He promised to be with you. Run to the Throne of Grace. Jesus would’ve died for one, He alone adds to the Church daily such as should be saved-Not you. Run to the Throne of Grace. Preach when it’s favorable and when it’s not. Preach to one as though you’re preaching to thousands-If you have indeed been called. Church, support the work of The kingdom. If you have a pastor who has proven faithful in teaching the uncompromised Word of the living God, and cares for the flock, support him by praying for and encouraging him. Give financially to keep the ministry going. The devil wants to divide and conquer. Don’t let him. Run to the Throne of Grace.
Jesus is coming back for a glorious Church. The one He died for. The answers we need are to be found at the Throne of Grace. He alone is the answer for His Church. May we all be found faithful. May we come boldly with reverence and awe for He waits for us at the Throne of Grace. Join me in praying for every pastor who is trying to do the right thing. Those that have not surrendered to the effects of a pandemic but are standing surefooted on the Word and promises of the One who called them. Join me at the Throne of Grace.🙏
See Hebrews 10:19-39
Written by permission of the Holy Spirit
January 20, 2022