Friday, March 4, 2016

The Heart That Intercedes

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The Heart That Intercedes
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This week in our Beth Moore Bible Study, we discussed the topic The Heart That Intercedes.  As a believer in Jesus, I’ve always known that He intercedes for us, but I never really thought about the truth that He lives to do so.

The Heart That Intercedes

Day 1 of The Heart That Intercedes:  We discussed the holy calling of the priesthood.  In Numbers chapter 8 and in Leviticus chapters 10, 21, and 22, we learn that God is extremely specific about the qualifications of the priesthood.  He was specific about the qualifications so that He will be sanctified among the sons of Israel.  If God’s instructions were not followed, the offender died.
"God never called us to naivete.  He called us to integrity . . . The biblical concept of integrity emphasized mature innocence, not childlike ignorance . . . Sanctification is not about long hair and abstinence.  It is about purity – purity maintained in the midst of an impure world . . . Maintaining purity in ministry is the result of nothing less than deliberate devotion.  For those really fulfilling their calling of evangelism and ministry, purity is neither easy nor accidental.  We must guard our minds and put on our armor.  A war rages out there.  And we are Satan’s favorite prisoners." – Beth Moore
Day 2 of The Heart That Intercedes:  This day’s topic was titled A Peculiar Priest.  On this day, we studied the duties of the priests.  Their job consisted of ministering in the sanctuary, teaching in the temple, offered intercession at the altar of incense, offered sacrifices for the people, and blessed the people.

Day 3 of The Heart That Intercedes:  This day’s topic was titled The Open Door.  We learned about why it was necessary for Christ to become flesh and fulfill His role as our Intercessor (High Priest).  Christ became flesh so that He would be merciful and faithful and to make propitiation for the sins of people – so He could help those who are tempted.
Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted. – Hebrews 2:17-18 
Day 4 of The Heart That Intercedes:  This day’s topic was titled The Right Hand of God.  Today’s lesson dove deeper into the heart of Jesus, our Intercessor.  We learned that Jesus heals us from the ravages of sin by His scourging.  He predestined us to the conformation of his image.  He is always with us.  He blesses us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. – Ephesians 1:3 
Day 5 of The Heart That Intercedes:  This day’s lesson was titled Heaven, the Blessed Adoption Agency.  This lesson was precious because we read that we are his royal priesthood.  God made us for His own possession.  We are His adopted children.  We can personally call him “Father.”
You are not illegitimate, my beloved sister.  You have been planned and purposed.  Your Father has acknowledged you as His child.  – Beth Moore
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  – Matthew 19:14
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