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Access Denied!
August 23, 2012

“ACCESS DENIED” is a computer term that informs you that you are restricted entrance into a site, due to critical problems, potential danger or breach of security. My website provider for Revival Prayer Ministries recently shut me down as I attempted to log in to my site using the wrong password. This occurred three times which led to the sudden warning of “access denied”. I was stumped and it took a bit of work to have my site up and running again. Whew!

 God’s Word  gives us a password where we gain access to all of Heaven & Earth! Memorize it because you’re going to need it in the dangerous and deceptive days ahead! HEB1019—“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus” (Hebrews 10:13). There is no other way of access to the Father! Jesus really meant it when He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no man comes unto the Father except by Me”. In Exodus 12, God instructed Moses to have every Jewish household living in Goshen, slay a lamb and apply its blood on the doorposts of their houses, for He was about to bring swift and severe judgment upon Egypt that would finally break Pharoah’s stubborn, proud heart and release God’s people to finally leave Egypt and its sore bondage. God’s punishment on the Egyptians came with His protection on His people, as He promised them,“When I see the blood, I will pass over you!” 4,500 years later, the “blood of the Lamb” is still our only access to the throne of grace!  Not good works, not being confirmed or baptized, not joining a church, not giving to the poor—the Blood of Jesus.

 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God...Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” (Romans 5:1, 2, 9).

 Justification is not a license to sin without consequence, nor is it fear of God’s wrath every time we fall to temptation. Our walk with God must always be the narrow path that ushers our eternal access into Heaven. As in everything, there are extremes on both sides of the road. One extreme is, “once saved, always saved”—we can live anyway we want as long as we at one time prayed a prayer to receive Jesus into our hearts. The other extreme is the need to get saved all over again every time we sin. Staying in the middle of the road of repentance is our sure safety, as David prayed in Psalm 51:10 after a tragic fall, “Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me”.

 Let’s be sure of this one thing—even though there is forgiveness, sin still comes with consequences! That is evident in the inexcusable failure of Moses in Numbers 20 when God told him to speak to the rock for water to gush out to quench the thirst of the murmuring people of God. “Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, Because you did not believe Me, to sanctify Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.” Where did Moses go wrong? He lost his temper and totally disobeyed God by furiously striking the rock, as he did previously, instead of speaking to it! Apparently, his reaction to the hard hearted complainers was unjustifiable as God called it rebellion! (some would call it “righteous anger”, but God knows the difference) “Now the Lord said to Moses: “During the strife of the congregation, you rebelled against My command to sanctify Me at the waters before their eyes.” (Numbers 27:12-14).  Moses was the top leader and people were watching him, and to whom much is given, shall much be required. As the person in charge, Moses was all the more accountable for his actions, which God called rebellion and it cost him the Promised Land! Access denied! In Deuteronomy 3, Moses begged God to change His mind and let him finish the job that God entrusted to him.

 “Then I pleaded with the Lord at that time, saying: O Lord God, I pray, let me cross over and see the good land beyond the Jordan, those pleasant mountains, and Lebanon. But the Lord was angry with me on your account, and would not listen to me. So the Lord said to me: ‘Enough of that! Speak no more to Me of this matter. Go up to the top of Pisgah, and lift your eyes toward the west, the north, the south, and the east; behold it with your eyes, for you shall not cross over this Jordan.”

 Think about it! After 40 long years of wandering and waiting, Moses was denied access into the Promised Land—Moses wanted nothing more than to set his feet upon the land flowing milk and honey—he wasn’t satisfied just to see it from a mountaintop—he prayed for God to reconsider—and the Lord replied,“Don’t speak to me anymore about this—you’re not going in!”

 This was the same man who prayed years earlier for God to change His mind about destroying the children of Israel because of their sin of idolatry with the golden calf which led to gross immorality among the camp—God repented to Moses’ intercession and stayed His judgment—but this time, God refused to change His mind—Moses was denied access to the beautiful land beyond the Jordan! Sometimes a quick, careless action comes with a steep price! Did this unfortunate event keep the man of God out of Heaven? No, for Hebrews 3:2 declares Moses, “faithful in all his house.” On the Mount of Transfiguration, it was Moses, along with Elijah, that stood in the presence of the glorified Christ and spoke with Him concerning His death on a cross where His blood would be shed to take away the sins of the world. (Luke 9:30-31)

 HEB1019—that is the only password that guarantees us access to the Promised Land“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus”. Go ahead...enter in right now!

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