A Mother’s Day Story-A Letter From My Mom

A Mother’s Day Story-A Letter From My Mom

Seven years ago my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was a shock to us all but it was also a great blessing. It brought my Mom closer to God and it showed us both what it means to stand by God and His promise. When I first got the news I looked up and said, “God, what’s going on with my Mom?” It was a simple prayer. I was a child in shock seeking understanding from Her Father, to be honest I did not have time for a lot of words. God answered my prayer.

That’s the beauty of prayer, prayer is not a ritual. It’s not about grandeur or great length, it doesn’t require elegant speech. Prayer is a conversation with God, birthed from your relationship with Him. The only thing prayer requires is belief in God the Father who is able and a sincere heart. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.” -1john 5:14-15

I heard God say that my Mother’s diagnosis was not unto death but to draw her and the only thing He wanted me to do is stand and not waver. So I did and He did what He promised. God healed her and drew my Mom to Him and she has been cancer free for seven years and counting. Thank you Father God!

On this Mother’s Day I thought I’d share the letter my Mom wrote to me for my birthday, two years after her diagnosis. I have spoken with her about this and she is fine with it.

cropped-pink-rose.jpgJune 20, 2009

To my dearest daughter, this is quite an emotional letter for me. I thought I’d take this time to share some of my thoughts with you. This was the longest and hardest journey I have ever faced. I know that God has healed me, blessed me and kept me going, but you were my greatest hope and faith. You were the one who gave me the faith and encouragement to not give up. Your prayers and your constant reminders about how bless I was made me believe and strengthened my faith in God. There were days I wanted to give up and you never gave me the opportunity to do that. I feel that this, like you said, was God getting my attention. He did get my attention; I realize now how special life is. Now I try to live one day at a time and not stress and even try to enjoy life. In time I will do more to enjoy my life.

I just want to say thank you for traveling with me on this journey, for being my daughter, my friend and going the extra mile with me. I know I was a pain at times but thank you for not letting me feel like a burden to you. You gave and gave your time and never complained and I know I might joke around at times about us but I know you love me no matter what my faults may be. I may have not been perfect but I treasure you and have loved you from the day I found out I was carrying you. You have always been in my heart and nothing can or ever will take that away.

This is your Day and I feel so blessed that God has allowed me to see you if just another year. I pray I will be around to “torture you” in your old days. I know my grandkids gave me hope to go on but you gave me inspiration and faith to believe and for that I am eternally grateful. There is so much I can say to you but for now I just want to say thank you and I love you always.

Mom

Happy Mother’s Day to all Mothers and Mothers to be!
Whether you are a parent or not, you are givers of life. Whether you are birthing a new business idea, a ministry, a career, a new hobby or a little bundle of joy. Within you lies the ability to receive, conceive, nurture and bring forth new dreams, new hopes, innovative ideas, great adventures and children that will change the world. Know that everything your involved in for Christ has the potential to inspire a generation for you are God’s handiwork created in Christ to do great works.

-A Kingdom Princess

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever. “Psalm 106

Thank you Father, for loving me and saving me. For never leaving or forsaking me. Thank you for the Righteous blood you shed for me, for giving up your beloved Son Jesus for me. Thank you for Your Son, who didn’t just save me, but saved my family, my loved ones, and my friends. Thank you Jesus, for hearing every prayer, spoken and unspoken. Thank you for collecting every tear. Thank you for every encouraging word you gave me. Thank you for all the smiles you put on my face, for the joy you stirred up in my heart. Thank you for giving me hope when things seemed hopeless, strength whenever I feel weak. Thank you for giving me the victory in all things because You are with me. Thank you for giving me a life that I can live abundantly.

I feel so blessed to be loved, known and called by the God of all creation. I feel blessed with every revelation you give me Father God. I feel blessed every time I hear my children praise your name. I feel so bless when you use my spouse and I to share your word.

Thank you for Your Grace that abounds in the lives of your people, for Your Word that takes them to new heights and greater depths and Your Spirit that dwells inside of them. Thank you for Your Love that is unfailing and everlasting. I’m thankful that no height or depth, no angel or demon can separate us from Your Love. Thank you for your tender mercy toward us all.

Father we thank You, for all that You’ve done, all that You’re doing and all of the glorious things You are getting ready to do in this life and the next. Thank You for being our God, our Father and Friend.

Happy Thanksgiving!

“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”    1Corinthians 15:57 (NIV)

Today is Your Day

oceanYears ago my husband and I were visiting a friend in the hospital, her diagnosis was grim but she still managed to smile. She asked me about my writing and I told her that I was working on a book. Her husband looked at her and said, “You always said you would write a book one day.” She never did. Sadly her story is a very common one. You may have heard it before; “I’ll travel and take that art class one day.” Or, “I’ll rest and enjoy life when I retire. “ Even sadder are the Believers who say; “One day I’ll have my peace and joy, when I get to Heaven.”

While at the Post Office my mother and I were griping about how we really needed to slow down and take a break. The gentlemen standing behind us politely cut in and said, “You’ll get plenty of rest when you’re dead.” We laughed at this but later I thought, “Could it be that peace, joy and rest could only be had when we get to Heaven?

A Thief Made Whole

Two thieves hung on either side of Jesus as He hung on the cross. One thief mocked Him the other rebuked the thief and boldly confessed that Jesus was innocent and underserving of this punishment. Then he turned to Him and said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” Listen to what Jesus says, “Truly I tell you today you will be with me in paradise.” –Luke23: 39-43

Let’s fast-forward, Jesus died later that day. The following day the Jewish leaders wanted to take the bodies down, for the sake of their traditions. They broke the legs of the two criminals because they were still alive; when they came to Jesus and saw that He was dead they pierced His side. Jesus was dead, the thief was alive but didn’t Jesus promise him that he would be in paradise with Him today?

The Promise of Today

1John says that everyone who believes that Jesus is the Messiah is born of God. Romans 10 says if you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved. Picture the thief on the cross, he may have been nailed to a cross but he was set free. No longer a thief but Saved. Imagine the peace he had with the hope Jesus had given him, a peace that became his, Today.

This thief received the gift of paradise Today but how much more is your peace and joy in the fullness and finished work of Christ right now. The thief had a promise but you my friend received the fulfillment of the Promise. You were raised up with Christ and received the Spirit of Sonship through His finished work. You are clothed in His Righteousness, sealed by His blood, filled with His Holy Spirit. You are saved, justified, at peace with God. The kingdom of God is not only with you but it is in you.

I believe the very moment you come to Jesus with a sincere heart and believe that your are the object of His great love and affection, salvation is yours, healing and deliverance is yours, freedom is yours. Peace, joy and love are yours. Paradise is yours even as you lay in a hospital bed, sit in a prison cell or hang on a cross. You are seated with Christ, as Christ is so are you on this earth, not when you get your self together, or when you get to Heaven. Not some day but right now in Christ.

My friend if you are in Christ, Paradise and all it has to offer is yours in Him right now, so what are you waiting for!

Seek and You Will Find

I’ve come to realize in my own walk with Christ that you cannot seek God and call upon His name and God not affect every area of your life. The beauty of prayer is this, when you pray you unleash God’s power and will into your life. He touches everyone and everything that is connected to you. Now God is not a bully, He doesn’t bulldoze His way into your life, He’s a gentleman, which is why He says, “Ask…seek…knock. He’s waiting for you to invite Him in.

a childOUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES

I shared with my 17-year old son the news of me being accepted back into the Bachelors program after having to drop out twice. My son says to me, “I don’t know why you’re so surprised, didn’t God say that He was going to do it. God always does what He says!” To that I said Hallelujah!

FAITH LIKE A CHILD

A few months ago I was teaching my 10-year old about prayer and how she should bring her fears to God. Like most kids she confessed that the only thing she fears is her parents splitting up because she doesn’t want to be separated from her family. I don’t know why but I felt prompted to ask, “You don’t fear death?” and she said to me, “No, I know I’m going to be with my family in eternity.” My heart said, “Wow, glory to God!” I could not believe the faith that was coming out of a 10- year old child. I know adults who haven’t fully embraced the gift of eternity, yet my daughter does.

The other day my four-year old wanted me to play with him and I told him that mommy wasn’t feeling so good. As soon as the words left my mouth, he placed his little toddler hands on my chest and prayed, “Father God in the name of Jesus, make mommy feel all better. Amen.” To that I said, thank you God.

If I were to put a label on my husband it would be Mr. Revelation. He doesn’t spend the time studying the word, as most tend to think. You don’t see him holed up in his “spiritual closet” 24/7. He simply has the desire to know the heart of God and within minutes God reveals to him hidden truths you’ve never heard preached or taught before. It is amazing to see a man with no formal training gifted with a natural ability to read the “Spirit” behind the text and be able to understand and explain the most complicated verses in the bible.

Prayer Changes Things

Your prayer does not need to be high and lofty or of elegant speech, it just needs to be sincere. There have been moments in my prayer life where the only words I was able to get out in between my sobs is, “Father help me!” , and in those moments I witnessed the power of Heaven move with great authority in my life.

I’m sharing what God is doing in my family to encourage you in this, that every promise in Christ is a yes! God is not going to save you and not bless and heal your family. Your child is a “yes”; your marriage is a “yes”. Your healing is a “yes”. That victory you are seeking is a “yes” in Christ.

Don’t be deceived by what you see in this visible realm, even if the person who is giving you the most grief is the one closest to you. Don’t be discouraged for a greater realm is at work on your behalf.

Please know that you are “in Christ” today and every day that follows and that my friend is a position of greatness! Keep seeking; keep believing, your hope in Christ will not be put to shame.

 Ask…Seek… Knock…Pray! It’s an open invitation.

A Spring Prayer

pinkblossomIn Luke 4 Jesus boldly declares that He came to set the captives free and proclaim freedom for the prisoners. The prison break Jesus is speaking of is not a physical prison but an internal one. You can appear to have it all together but on the inside you’re sad and empty. This is not the life Jesus died for you to have. Jesus was beaten and pierced, He went to Hell and back and rose victorious so that you may have His fullness and joy in every area of your life.

What has you bound today? I believe by faith that this will be a season of release, renewal, much fruit and abundance for you.  Father God, my prayer is simple,  set the captives free!

Father free addictions, anger, anxiety, bitterness, broken hearts, condemnation, depression, disappointment and doubt. Father set the captives free!

Lord free emptiness, envy, fear, feelings of failure, hatred, jealousy, loss, negative thoughts, pain and pride. Release the bondage of racism, regret, resentment, sadness, selfishness, suffering and temptation. Father set the captives free!

Father free us from traditions! Christ said this in Matthew when asked why does His disciples break the traditions of the elders. Christ asked, “Why do you break the command of God for the sake of your traditions…These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” Father, here is my heart, I want to be real with You. Father set the captive free!

Father release the bonds of un-forgiveness, un-fruitfulness, unworthiness, vengeance  and worry. These are just works of the flesh not fruits of Your Spirit. We are destined to live above this. Father set the captives free!

See that thing that is holding you back and has you bound, nailed to the cross and see your freedom in the risen body of Christ, seated at the right hand of the Father.


Embrace the New You

See yourself as your Heavenly Father sees you, for you are Christ’s workmanship, created and destined for greatness.  You are Saved, Forgiven, Righteous, Justified, A Conqueror, His Ambassador, His Beloved, Whole, Fruitful … His Masterpiece. No longer bound but set free indeed! Amenpinktree

 

Do you have a “spring cleaning” story? Be encouraged to share!

Believer’s Anonymous

I was visiting a friend’s church where I was blessed to hear an amazing testimony. The guest speaker was speaking on behalf of a recovery program she attended. She began her testimony as most recovery programs begin,

 “Hi I’m Kat, and I am an addict and survivor of abuse.”

“Hi Kat!” the crowd replied.

(In case you’re wondering Kat is not her real name and I’ve left out some major details for privacy.)

 Kat had such a way with words; through her words she was able to give you an in-depth peek into her world. I laughed when she joked about her highs and I cried with her when she shared the intimate details of her lows. It would seem that she went from the pit to the palace and then back to the pit again. By the time she shared her triumph in the Lord and how He elevated her to a place above the palace. A place where she was seated with Christ on the right hand of the Father, everyone was standing and giving a wild praise and thanks to God. I remember saying to myself, “Yep, that’s my Father, all things work out to His glory!”

She gave thanks to God and thanked her friends and the program that helped her through the rough patches. Then she did something that saddened me, she ended her testimony just as she began, “I’m Kat and I am an addict and a survivor of abuse!” Even more alarming to me was the audience who clapped and said, “Hi Kat!”

My spirit was grieved, I remember thinking, “No, no, no, that’s not who you are, did anyone hear her testimony. She ‘s not an addict or a victim, she’s victorious! She’s no longer her past or her pain, she’s a child of God.”

I pray that no one is taking this as me bashing recovery programs, because I’m not. These programs are mighty ministries that have blessed and helped millions worldwide. I praise God for these programs, but her identifying herself as who she was and not who she is, grieved me. I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Wouldn’t it be great if there were a Believers Anonymous?” When I heard this I thought out loud, “Now that is a revelation that needs to take root in every believer’s heart including mine.


I believe we do a disservice to a person when we force them to hold on to who they were and not embrace who they are in Christ. When Christ ministered in the gospels He didn’t highlight our problems, He revealed who He was and what He could do and He continues to do that today. I thank God for the Angels on earth that God raised up to minister to me when I was overwhelmed by my brokenness. They reminded me that I am God’s beloved, not broken but whole in Him.

I Am Who Christ Says I Am

A child of GodNone of us need to be reminded of our past and faults. We know those old ghosts well; they still haunt us from time to time. The slightest thing will trigger it and when it comes back its like that cloak of despair the bible talks about in Isaiah 61. It just drapes over you and overwhelms you with a heaviness that takes you right back to that broken place.A person doesn’t need a reminder of who they were but they do need to be reminded of who they are in Christ.

Here’s a question for you: If God isn’t holding my sins and past against me then why am I wearing it like it’s the latest design on a Fashion Runway?

 “This is the covenant I will make with them…

I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.

Then He adds: Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.” –Heb 10:16-17

 In other words God is saying this is my promise to you, I care about the things on your heart and mind, which is why I am going to be intimately involved in your life. As for your past and your mistakes, I don’t hold it against you, consider it forgotten.

Imagine if we could embrace this. I did a word search and this is what I found. The word love is mentioned in the bible 686 times, see NIV. The word judgment is mentioned 158 times and wrath 181. God’s love for us outweighs His wrath and judgment. It was His love for us that came down in the flesh, died for us and restored us to who He called us to be. My question to Believers is when are we going to embrace God’s love and shake off the cloak of our past.

In this life I may feel pressed on all sides, but because I am the righteousness of God in Christ I am never crushed. The things around me may perplex me but He’ll never let me fall in despair. Despair suggests that there’s an absence of hope and as long as I am in Christ I have hope for Christ is my hope. Christ keeps me anchored in Him as He enters into the inner sanctuary of God’s heart to intercede on my behalf. I believe God wants our hearts and minds to embrace that we are Sons of God and we are not defeated. We are not our past, we are not our pain and even in those moments of pain we know that it’s going to work out for our good. Why, because the God of all Creation has claimed us and loves us with an unfailing Love.

Let’s not allow the voice of accusation to ring louder than the Love God deposited in our hearts. Allow His Word to play like an epic love story in your thoughts.


My prayer is for “Kat”, myself and for every believer out there. It’s Spring-cleaning time! Let’s throw away that coat of shame and wear our Robe of Righteousness that was hand-woven by God. Let’s boldly declare, “Hello world, I am a Believer, I am saved, the light of the world and the salt of the earth. I am an Ambassador of the Kingdom of God, I am Loved…. and I don’t have to be anonymous!” 🙂

Lend a hand in the Spring-cleaning; remind your brothers and sisters in Christ that they are God’s Beloved.

 

 

 

The Firstborn Blessing

Jesus is the firstbornHe chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, who He loved. Psalm 47:4

 Scripture reveals that those who are the descendants of Abraham by faith (Believers in Christ see Galatians 3:7) receive the firstborn blessing as an inheritance from the Father. This inheritance is revealed through the story of Jacob, the youngest son of Isaac. Isaac is the promised son of Abraham whom God established His covenant of grace through.

The Story of the Firstborn Blessing

Jacob desired the birthright and the blessings of the firstborn and sought it out deceptively. The time had come for Isaac to bless the firstborn. Isaac’s eyes were weak in sight. In order for Jacob to deceive his father, he had to take on the appearance of his brother Esau, whom Isaac loved. Jacob covered his hands and neck with goatskin, for his brother was a hairy man. Then he dressed himself in his brother’s best clothes. When Jacob drew near to his father to serve him the fresh game he requested, Isaac touched his hands and caught the familiar scent of his beloved son.

“Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the Lord had blessed.” Gen 27:27

 Isaac was satisfied that this was indeed his beloved son and gave this firstborn blessing:

“May God give you Heaven’s dew and Earth’s richness- And abundance of grain and new wine. May nations serve you and peoples bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may the sons of your mother  bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed And those who bless you be blessed.”-Gen 27:28-29

 See Christ in the Scripturethe gift

For us Christ is the beloved firstborn of God and in the story of Jacob it was prophesied that the older will serve the younger. Christ says in Matthew 20:28, the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”  Jesus, the older brother made us the beneficiaries of the firstborn blessing.

God says, “I will appoint Him to be my firstborn, the most exalted of the kings of the Earth.” –psalm 89:27

“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the first-born over all creation.” –Col 1:15

“He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead.”-Col 1:18


The Blessing is Yours

Through Christ the firstborn blessing is yours. Unlike Jacob this blessing did not have to be deceptively taken for it was willing given to you by the Father through Christ.

Jesus Says in His Prayer to the Father:

“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one- I in them and you in me- so that they may be brought to complete unity.  Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” –John 17:22-23

Whenever we are before the Father, just like Isaac, the Father is blinded to our sin and faults. For  Christ presents us Holy in the Father’s sight, without blemish and free from accusation. He doesn’t smell the rot and decay of our sinful nature just the sweet aroma of His beloved Son. This is our boast that, Christ loves us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Because of the firstborn we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ. (Ephesians 5:2, 2Cor 2:15, Col 1:19-22)

 We are the beneficiaries of the Firstborn Blessing. Dressed in the righteous robes of Christ and lovingly accepted in the Father’s sight.

The Thought Life

But we have the mind of Christ 1 Corinthians 2:16

Father God I thank you for keeping my thought life in constant fellowship with you. Your word says, For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord.-Isaiah 55:8 But because of Christ, who anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. We can abandon our discouraging thoughts and embrace His thoughts of us. Father thank you for giving us the mind of Christ.

What are Your thoughts of me?

That I am deeply loved by You and Your love for me is unconditional. God you love us so much that while we were still in sin, you gave us your Beloved Son so that anyone who believes may have eternal life with you.

Nothing can separate us from your Love. John 3:16 & Romans 8:38-39

No matter what things look like, hardships or triumphs, mountains or valleys, You make it all work out for my good. You saved me, justified, glorified and conformed me to the image of Your Son. You are with me always. Father if You are for me, who can be against me. I am more than a conqueror in You. Romans 8:28-37

finding peaceYou made me the righteousness of God in Christ, I am seated with Christ, who sits at Your right hand. I am who you say I am. I am not my mistakes, I am not my past or my failures. I am not my heartbreak. I am the object of Your love and mercy. The one whom you load up daily with your blessings. I am the one who You fight for. I am a child of God. I am yours. 2 Corinthians 5:21 & Ephesians 2:6

A Prayer for Today

Father God, keep the thought-life of your children in fellowship with You. Strip away the negative thoughts and fill their mind and hearts with Your thoughts of them. Thoughts of peace, joy and victory in You. With unveiled hearts let them see the love and grace of your Son in every situation that comes their way. May the peace of God, that peace that surpasses all understanding guard their hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1John 3:1

A Strange Request

It was late in the afternoon when I received an urgent phone call a  friend of mine was admitted to the ICU and his family who was at least 6 hours out asked if my mother and I would please go to the hospital for them. I’ve known this person since we were kids, I just ran into him at the food store just a few weeks earlier.  We laughed about some of the silly things we did growing up and promised that we would catch up sometime soon so  I was shocked when I heard that someone as young as him was fighting for his life.  On my way to the hospital I found myself asking the Lord what would you have me to do and I got my answer: pray for his salvation.

I got to his room thinking that he would be awake so I could share with him the goodness of our God but to my surprise his nurse said that he was in a coma and that he probably won’t make it. So I sat at his bedside and talked to him about our childhood, the joys of parenting and playfully told him to wake up and get out of the bed or else. There he laid lifeless, hooked up to life support, breath being forced into his body. I wanted to pray for his healing but then the nurse came in and said that he had a couple of visitors, his coworkers who wanted to see him, so I only had a few minutes. So I leaned over and whispered in his ear and said, “You may not know God but He knows you and He loves you so much that He sent His beloved Son Jesus to die for you so that you may be free in Him. When you see Him be like the thief at the cross and just say, ‘Lord, remember me!’ and He will.” Then I left.

The next morning I got a phone call… he died earlier that morning. I was devastated. I asked God, why didn’t You ask me to pray for his healing, at least then he would be alive to share his testimony with others and now it’s too late. His response was, “Salvation is Healing.” Later that day I got a phone call from my Mom she just left the hospital to see his family who had arrived just before he passed. While she was there the hospital’s Chaplin showed up to pray for his departed soul and his family vehemently declined saying that they don’t believe in God and neither did he so they turned the Chaplin away and that is when the purpose of my visit was revealed. Had I been there while they were there they would have stopped me from praying for him so God sent me ahead of them to speak God’s salvation into his hearing. Then the Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance all of the many times God spoke to the dead and brought life to their mortal bodies.  In the book of Mathew Jesus returns life to a dead girl simply by taking her hands in His. (Matthew 9:18-26)  In the town of Nain Jesus raised a widow’s son Luke 7:11-16 with a simple command to get up and the young man did. We all know the story of Lazarus after being dead in the tomb for 4 days . Jesus, the word of God made flesh, told the people, “that if you believe you will see the glory of God.”-John11:40, This Jesus said in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” and he did.  I heard the Lord ask me, “Is it that hard for you to believe that I, creator of your spirit and your mortal body, can save a person who is brain-dead. ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’Matt 19:26  

Jesus commended the centurion man in Matthew 8 with being a man of great faith because he understood that all it took was a word from the Throne of Grace and his servant will be healed. I believe that my Lord and Savior  sent me ahead to speak God’s healing salvation into my childhood friend’s hearing and I believe that my Lord met with my friend in that space between life and death and there my friend received Salvation and True Healing Himself…Jesus Christ.

When the Veil Tore

“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up His Spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” Matthew 27:50-51 NKJV

During the days of Moses, God instructed the Israelites to construct a Holy Tabernacle. Within the inner courts of the tabernacle were the Holy place which housed the tent of meeting, altar of incense, table for showbread and the golden lampstand. Then there was the Most Holy Place, where the presence of God would dwell. Separating the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place was a long thick veil. Under the Mosaic Law only the High Priest from the Levite tribe was permitted to enter the Most Holy Place once per year and not without the blood of the lamb to atone for his sins and the sins of the Israelite nation. Under the Mosaic Law man’s access to God was limited, only the High Priest could enter God’s presence and offer gifts and sacrifice, only the Hebrews could be called sons and daughters of God, and only those who kept all of the Mosaic Laws could be called righteous.

But when Christ was nailed to the cross, “God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21), and, “Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ (which means, ‘My God, my God, why have your forsaken me?”, because God had to turn His back on His beloved Son so that He would never have to turn His back on us and forsake us (Joshua 1:5) Christ willing laid down His life for us on that cross and the veil that once separated us from God tore in two from top to bottom. When the veil tore Christ, “anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” (2 Corinthian 1:21-22) When the veil tore our Heavenly Father declared, “I will be a Father to you and you will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord almighty.” (2 CO 6:18)

Jesus paid for your sins, overcame the world, freed you from sin, cleansed you with His pure blood, gave you His righteousness and positioned you for greatness, “Love has been perfected among us in this day that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He (Christ) is, so are we in this world.” (1John 4:17) And where is Christ, seated on the right hand of the mighty God. (Luke 22:69)

While there is nothing wrong with praying at church or with your pastors, elders and ministers please know this child of God, when Jesus laid down His life for you and the veil tore YOU were given access to the throne room of Your Heavenly Father, the Great I Am, day or night, anywhere, anytime, anyplace. So “let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)