Hold Fast and God Bold

Hold Fast

Hebrews 4:14-16

New King James Version

Our Compassionate High Priest

14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

In this passage the Word of God is calling for us as Christians to

  1. Hold fast to our Confession
  2. And to come boldly to the throne of grace

We’re going to cover both tonight as they go together…

How can could we come boldly before the throne of grace if we don’t first old fast to our confession

We need to have confidence in the Lord, that is that boldness to go before the throne of grace completely trusting in Him

We can’t be wavering in our faith and at the same time go boldly before the throne of grace

James 1:5-8

New King James Version

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

We need to HOLD FAST TO OUR CONFESSION

(That is Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior, and that we put all our hope and trust in Him)

When I hear hold fast, it reminds me of being on a ride at the fair  –

Story about Jayda

Our family goes annually to the fair; however our daughter Jayda is not a fan of the rides… And honestly neither am I.

Jeremy, Jarrett, and Nevaeh all LOVE THEM

Because Jeremy loves rides so much, he had convinced Jayda to get on the tilt a whirl with us…

Before the ride even started, she was yelling out, “I’m going to Die… “

The ride starts…”I’m really going to Die”

Jarrett Could hear her crying out from where he was standing and watching

She was holding so tight to me that she was making it spin faster.

She Clung tight to us till the very end, she was literally holding on for dear life. (Mom, I almost died!)

In life we will experience ups and downs temptation and persecution

Like Pastor Matt said Sunday, Persecution will come

It might even at times feel just like Jayda did on that ride…

Are you clinging to your Father?

Are you HOLDING FAST to your confession?

The term to HOLD FAST comes from the word Krat-eh’-o (Krateô)

Its to lay hold of and cling tightly

It’s to use strength to seize or retain (literally or figuratively)

Hold fast to your confession, your faith and belief in Jesus Christ

take hold of it with all your strength and cling to it!

Get in your Word and dig deeper and continue to strengthen and grow your relationship and faith in the Lord!

Stay in fellowship with other believers, strengthen and build one another up in the faith!

Because you have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens!

Jesus came down an lived a life here on earth and like us was tried and tempted, and yet remained sinless

15 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

He lived life here on earth just like us

He walked through trials and temptation beyond what we have even experienced

He was tempted by Satan when he fasted 40 days and nights in the wilderness…

He was tempted with food when He was hungry from fasting

He was tempted to test God

He was tempted to gain all the kingdoms of the world if He would bow down to Satan

And each time He came against those temptations with the Word of God!

He was persecuted, betrayed by friends, beaten, and crucified.

He can sympathize with us, he knows and understands what your going through!

That’s our GOD!

The enemy is hard at word – Hold Fast

Don’t be swayed by false doctrine, or the ways of this world.

People are calling Evil Good and Good evil

Earlier this year I watched a video of a Streat Preacher:

I don’t know if it was the right time or place,

But what I do know is He was proclaiming the Word of God and calling for people to repent and come to Jesus.

They didn’t want to receive it

There were people trying to stop him from speaking

They were pushing him and waving incense in his face

At one point I think they actually knocked him down

They said he was speaking hate and being offensive towards others…

This world loves its sin

And they call it Good

And when told the Word of God they call it Evil, say its Hateful…

They call Good Evil and Evil Good

2 Timothy 3:1-7

Perilous Times and Perilous Men

But know this, that in the last days [a]perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, [b]unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

When I read that all together as a whole, I’m like Ya I would for sure stay away from a person like that…

But we also need to take time and read each one and make sure we don’t have any of these characteristics in US!

In the scripture it says these are also people who “have a form of godliness but denying its power

Let’s read back through these characteristics and please take this time to evaluate yourself!

The first one was – being lovers of themselves (Selfish),

lovers of money (Greed)   I’ve struggled with that and I have to make sure I don’t allow it back in, Jeremy is very generous. Gives Huge tips often. Trappers 40% Tip.

boasters (To brag) Remember Everything that is good comes from God

We need to glorify Him not ourselves

proud (Being prideful) It’s thinking of yourself higher than you ought to

It’s being wise in your own eyes, pride can make us unwilling to receive biblical correction

hold fast

Psalm 141:5

5 Let the righteous strike me;

It shall be a kindness.

And let him rebuke me;

It shall be as excellent oil;

Let my head not refuse it.

For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked.

I’ve seen people be consumed by pride completely fall away from the truth

Don’t let pride take hold of you, humble yourself before the Lord

blasphemers, not showing respect or reverence towards God

disobedient to parents for the kids in here…,

unthankful, unholy, unloving, [b]

unforgiving- As Christians WE HAVE TO BE FORGIVING

Colossians 3:12-13

Character of the New Man (In other words Character of a Christian…)

12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.

Matthew 6:14-15

14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

That’s a big statement – If you do not forgive others you will not be forgiven

Just knowing what we have been forgiven of and the grace that’s been given to should compel us to forgive others!

slanderers, without self-control – if your lacking in self-control fasting is a great way to root that out,

brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty,

lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, (Does your need to comfort come before being obedient to God?)

If you are struggling with any of these things get them out

Go before the throne of grace, fast and pray and root them out!

Don’t even let these things creep into your household!

Don’t allow yourself to become gullible!

Read your word so that you have a firm foundation and know Truth

Make sure you KNOW what is Good!

Don’t be deceived, Cling on to God and hold tight to your confession!

because Jesus Christ – Our LORD came down and lived a sinless life here on earth

And laid His life down as an atonement for our sins

Before Jesus there was a separation between God and man, symbolically through the veil and spiritually through sin.

But Jesus broke down that wall of separation!

hold fast

Hebrews 10:5-10

New King James Version

Christ’s Death Fulfills God’s Will

5 Therefore, when He came into the world, He said:

“Sacrifice and offering You did not desire,

But a body You have prepared for Me.

6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin

You had no pleasure.

7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come—

In the volume of the book it is written of Me—

To do Your will, O God.’ ”

8 Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), 9 then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, [a]O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 10 By that will we have been [b]sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

The veil has been torn!

This is why we are able to boldly go to the throne of grace!

The veil was literally torn when Christ died

It’s almost as if God was making a HUGE statement

That people could actually visually see it

And Matthew Mark and Luke all wrote their witness of it and we can now read about it!

hold fast

Matthew 27:50-54

New King James Version

50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.

51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

54 So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

People saw this and knew Jesus was the Son of God!

The veil wasn’t only torn literally, but spiritually

Hebrews 6:19-20

New King James Version

19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

Jesus has gone “behind the veil” for us, to serve as our High Priest.

In OT once a year the priest would go behind the veil to offer a sacrifice in the “Holy of Holies”

Exodus 30:10

New King James Version

10 And Aaron shall make atonement upon its horns once a year with the blood of the sin offering of atonement; once a year he shall make atonement upon it throughout your generations. It is most holy to the Lord.”

Leviticus 16:1-2

New King James Version

The Day of Atonement

16 Now the Lord spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they offered profane fire before the Lord, and died; 2 and the Lord said to Moses: “Tell Aaron your brother not to come at just any time into the Holy Place inside the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, lest he die; for I will appear in the cloud above the mercy seat.

Chapter 16 goes in detail on how this was done, even down to the priests clothing

This wasn’t an easy task, the high priest could die if this was not done properly

The people could not even enter in…

But because of Jesus – We no longer need to go through a regular priest to have access to God.

We can go directly to Christ who now serves in the role of high priest.

Because of what Jesus has done We can now boldly approach the throne of grace!

with a heart of Repentance awe and reverence for the Lord.

Now we know why we can go, why should we go?

Because apart from Christ we are weak!

We desperately need forgiveness

Jesus didn’t tell us apart from him we will do okay…

He didn’t say occasionally come to me for a little advice from time to time

In John 15:5 he tells us apart from Him we can do nothing!

We need to continually come to the throne of grace

As we are continually in need of grace and forgiveness in our lives

In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 the word tells us to pray with out ceasing!

Because we should be completely reliant on God

Continually allowing Him to shape us refine us strengthen us

We need to allow Him to convict and correct us and lead us into repentance

We need to continually go before the throne of grace and receive His grace and mercy and forgiveness in our lives!

And to clarify, I’m not saying to sin to obtain grace.

We should be striving to rely on the power on the Holy Spirit working inside of us to avoid sin.

But us, being human tend to fall into sin from time to time

And when that happens, we must repent

1 John 2:1-2

New King James Version

The Test of Knowing Christ

2 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

So how do we go before the throne of grace?

Boldly through prayer with confidence

Story: My kids, no matter where I am will boldly come for any need small or large!

Actually, every time I worked on my sermon this week It never failed one of my kids would walk in. No matter where I was in the house they would come and find me.

We should be bold like that with the Lord

Lastly, what can we expect when we approach the throne of grace?

We can expect mercy and forgiveness when repent and come before the throne of grace! It’s a promise of God and the Word tells us to come boldly!

The invitation is there will you receive it?

Don’t wait any longer, and don’t isolate in attempt to hide your sin…

You can’t hide it from God anyway

So, don’t remain in your bondage to sin, Instead Hold fast to your confession

And boldly go to the throne room of Grace

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