Not only is Jesus our Savior and Lord, He is God’s anointed High Priest. And through Him we have been made fit to approach the awesome throne of God Most High. This means Christ’s high priestly role is an eternal and continuous one. Because of His sacrifice, He has once and for all atoned for all our sins. We’ve been sealed by His Holy Spirit which can’t be rendered void. And our access to a Holy, Omnipotent, God has been sealed as well.
Our Lord Jesus is the ultimate and final Word of God. He is the incarnate Word, who took upon Himself human flesh (John 1). And as our great, High Priest, He is forever interceding day and night for His Church. Jesus is the only Mediator between man and God. We need to remember this each time we seek to approach God’s mercy seat. Beloved, Jesus is our righteous, Kinsman-Redeemer, who has become our Mediator. He was given the name that is above every name. He cannot fail! And all of us who have trusted in His death, burial, and resurrection, for the forgiveness of our sins and eternal life, have been called to “hold fast our confession.” (v.14)
No wonder we are exhorted by the writer of the book of Hebrews to hold fast to our confession! To take God at His word and boldly approach His throne of grace in order to leave our baskets of burdens there at His feet; trusting the One Who is able to make all grace abound to us! He waits to hear from you!
Local churches in Ukraine and Russia are launching a large-scale humanitarian outreach across Ukraine as war erupts around them and many suffer. And Christian aid groups are joining the cause and sending much needing supplies to the war torn area. Supported by U.S.-based Slavic Gospel Association (SGA), the church-driven emergency response will provide food, winter clothes, blankets and medicines for thousands of at-risk people, including orphans, abandoned children with special needs, the elderly, those uprooted by the conflict, and marginalized ethnic groups. Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian international humanitarian aid group led by evangelist Franklin Graham, is also involved in providing emergency relief to Ukraine from the neighboring countries. Read more about the aid here.
Pastor Survives After Being Stabbed Seven Times
Pastor Ivan Pitts at Second Baptist Church in Santa Ana is recovering after police say he was brutally attacked and stabbed outside his home in Long Beach. Pitts was in his driveway when a man came up to the pastor and asked him if he could ask a question and when Pitts acknowledged him, he stabbed Pitts seven times. Twice in the eye, four times in the back and once in the neck, shoulder area,” said Gardener. Pitts ran to a construction site nearby to get help from workers. They got a picture of the man’s license plate. Long Beach police say the suspect’s car was found by Huntington Beach police. Officers arrested the suspect. Pitts received surgery to repair three cuts to his left eyelid and a tendon. He’s recovering in “great spirits,” according to a update from the church in which he declared “I am so fortunate.” Read more about the stabbing here.
Florida Governor DeSantis Urges CPAC Crowd To Put On Full Armor Of God
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis delivered a rousing speech at the opening day of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida. There the Republican governor told the conservative attendees that people across the nation must put on the “full armor of God to stand firm against the left.” “Their goal is not to make our country great,” DeSantis told the crowd. “It’s to marginalize the conservative half of the country. They want us to be powerless. They want us to be voiceless. They want us to be second-class citizens,” DeSantis continued. “I can tell you this: In Florida, we will be standing our ground,” he contended. “We will be holding that line. We are not going to back down. … We have only begun to fight.” Read more about his speech here.
Christian record Label Signs TikTok Singer After Her Song Goes Viral
Katy Nichole, a Christian singer and songwriter, signed a record deal with Christian label Centricity Music after her debut single, “In Jesus Name (God of Possible),” went viral, garnering over 80 million views on TikTok. Before signing onto the label, Nichole’s song was played on the K-Love radio station, marking the first time in its 40-year history that the major Christian radio station debuted a song that went viral on social media. The song has reached well over 150 million people and has also reached the second highest position on the iTunes’ overall Top Songs chart while remaining No. 1 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel chart since the song’s release. the lyrics came from Katy’s prayer journal that were written during the pandemic, and in response to her own story of suffering, hope and healing. Read more about the song here.
The apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:12 that there is a great spiritual war waging all around us. As such, we are commanded to be warriors in God’s army. Soldiers armed against the Enemy’s attacks, and at the ready with our spiritual weapons. And some of the greatest ammunition we have is prayer. Prayer is an unbreakable bond between us and God. And a great privilege, for it allows us to get closer to our heavenly Father. There is no special formula, ritual, or words that have to be said. All God wants is for us to come to Him in complete and humble faith. Through the blood of Jesus Christ we have unlimited access to the Father and His throne. And He wants to hear from us! James 4:2 tells us we don’t have, because we don’t ask. So today I challenge you to ask! Go to God in prayer. Give to Him your heart and all it holds. And have unshakable faith that if it is His will, He will see it done!