No Escape from Need

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 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16 NKJV

I’m back at the throne of grace, and with good reason. Now, I’m not in the throes of a world-ending spiritual crisis or anything. No, it’s just Friday and I’m still breathing. And that’s what I want to touch on today. I’m writing this for me, a reminder that I sorely need more often than not. The crux is simple:  I will need the throne of grace as long as I live on this earth.

For a long time, I thought that my unending desire to get cleaned up, cleaned out and made shiny once and for all was just me. But I don’t think so anymore. I’ve talked to too many people who’ve expressed frustration that no sooner do they believe themselves to be rid of some stronghold or festering wound, then it’s back in their faces again. I’ve said (and heard), “I thought I was done with that!” more times than I can accurately recall. The whole human race seems to have a desire to reach the great and final shiny point, the condition that can only mean that at last, we’ve reached the pinnacle and all is well. But that will never happen.

We will need the throne of grace as long as we live on this earth. There’s no way around it, and that’s by design. As long as I can access my old woman with a single thought, I NEED GOD. I need His grace and mercy, His wisdom and longsuffering, His chastening and protection. Above all else, I need His love. I need Him.

For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
Romans 8:29-30 NASB

I love this promise because it’s so thorough. I belong to God and have since before the world ever was. He’s promised to take me from His dream into reality and then beyond. That’s absolutely incredible! What He did NOT promise to do is put me beyond the need of Him.

I will never NOT need God. And that’s not because I’m some hopeless mess who even God can’t fix. It’s all part of His perfect and glorious plan. We are held and promised and there is grace abundant for us all every day. We are not a disappointment to God, only to our own pride. There’s no escaping my need, but there’s also no crisis.

For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more [certain], now that we are reconciled, that we shall be saved (daily delivered from sin’s dominion) through His [resurrection] life.
Romans 5:10 AMP

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Posted by Lynne
June 22, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Oh Jen, thank you for sharing the truth that Holy Spirit reveals to you as you commune with Him. Thanks for the reminder that we will never not need Him. Life happens for us to need Him, and thank goodness it is all a part of His glorious plan. His grace and mercy is new every morning. “I Need the Every Hour” is a hymn that I cling to often.

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Posted by Pauline
June 21, 2014 at 11:18 am

Always an encouragement, Jennifer! I had never seen that underlined phrase of the verse quoted at the bottom of your post: Rom 5:10, “daily delivered . . . ” What a lie that I am this “hopeless mess who even God can’t fix.” So simple: need — something that is usually attributed to those outside of Christ that they have to acknowledge. But WE have Christ, in the Person of His Holy Spirit, dwelling within — no problem with us! Thank you Jennifer, for bringing Truth, Christ, into my warped thinking.

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Posted by Wanda
June 20, 2014 at 2:59 pm

All I can say is thank you once again for putting me back on track with your transparency, and sharing of your personal journey. I love you, Jen

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Posted by Irene
June 20, 2014 at 8:05 am

What a relief to know this! As the old hymn says, “I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord.” What a marvelous thing to discover this truth at such a young age dearest Jennifer.

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    Posted by Lori
    June 20, 2014 at 8:09 am

    O Irene! I have been singing that too!

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Posted by Lori
June 20, 2014 at 7:45 am

Thank you Jen! Such light and life and love …ah, that’s Him!
And I how I needed him this morning. Bless you !

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Posted by Paul
June 20, 2014 at 6:47 am

Thank you, Jen! What a revelation to consider that “we are NOT a disappointment to God, only to our own pride”! Another powerful devotional today…blessings to you always!!

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Posted by Sam
June 20, 2014 at 5:22 am

Bless you Jen! I remind myself along with you today. These days the Lord Jesus is coming to me as a perfect Lamb-solution.

Your words “connected” inside of me with Him again. With the perfect Lamb-solution.

Love abounding.

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