Wednesday, April 7, 2010


"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin, let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:15-16).

I take great comfort in knowing that my Savior understands my feelings. He relates to all I am experiencing. He truly understands every feeling and never condemns me for suffering attacks from the enemy. Instead, he tells me to hold on, and not to be afraid. He lets me know he too is familiar with this kind of struggle. Then he offers me a gracious audience at his throne, with a promise of mercy and grace in my hour of need. Whether my negative feelings have been a result of a physical or spiritual battle, our Lord offers comfort and help when most needed.

What does our Lord mean by this? He is encouraging all his dear children to quit fretting when under the influence of negative thoughts. No more accusing yourself of failure and wickedness. Despair and fear can be caused by sin—but not always. So don't just lie down and take it! Don't go to bed at night until you shut yourself in with him, approach his throne boldly, and claim the mercy and help he has so clearly promised. Claim mercy, forgiveness, and grace to expel all negative feelings. That is Christ's formula, not mine.

Having claimed victory, having used the authority of his name, having come to him with faith to lay hold of forgiveness and the promises, ride out your storm in a state of rest! Let God dissipate the negative feelings at his own pace.

"…after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise" (Hebrews 6:15).

"…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning" (Psalm 30:5).

You can lie down to sleep with this prayer on your lips: "Oh, Lord, I reject these negative feelings. I disown them. I don't know where they came from or how, but I commit them all to you. Give me a new assurance and take away all fear. Amen!"

"For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to help them that are tempted" (Hebrews 2:18).