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Come As You Are (Part 4)

TOT 75 | Come As You Are

God loves us unconditionally, justified us in His own blood, and doesn’t remember our sins anymore.  That’s the unshakable foundation upon which all believers stand, and the heart of this podcast series. It reminds of us of this unfailing truth; we, as children of God, can always come to our Father just as we are! Join Dr. Siohvaughn once more as she guides us to uncover these eternal truths!


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Come As You Are (Part 4)

We’re going to be continuing on with our series. This is part four titled Come As You Are. Before we do that, let’s take a moment, acknowledge God and pray. I thank you, Heavenly Father for this opportunity to get at the feet of Jesus and hear His word. I pray that you will continue to give to each and every one of us the spirit of your wisdom, revelation and the knowledge of Jesus. I pray that the eyes of our understanding will become enlightened all the more that we may know, even more God of the depths of the hope of His calling. What are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in us, the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe according to the working of His mighty power? I ask you, Lord Jesus, that you will expound on the scriptures to us about the things concerning yourself. I thank you that you will open our understanding that we might comprehend the scriptures and that we might know you more. To know you more is to love you more for sure. I thank you, also that as we behold Jesus, you’re transforming us into His very same image, not by our might or power, but by your Holy Spirit in Jesus’ name, we pray.

God Is The Only True Judge

We’re going to be continuing on with our series, which I absolutely love. This word also is on time and time lists. People all over the world for various reasons are crying out to God. No question about that. There are still those who may hesitate to do so because of what they deem as sin in their life or their current spiritual condition. In some large regard, they judge themselves. They try the facts in their own life and case. They have sentenced themselves prior to ever going to God who is the only true and righteous judge. It is unfortunate. Hopefully, this series is dismantling those lies and is reversing those curses in people’s life who believe that they can’t come to God due to some imperfection in their life.

Every human being that’s coming to God, except for our Lord Jesus Christ, w ho’s also God. He was also fully man. Everyone else has some imperfections. We have some faults. We have some things we do wrong and we have some things we do right. God is love. God is slow to anger and abounding in mercy. He chooses not to lose one. God doesn’t want to lose anyone. God is not willing that anyone should perish. I want to encourage people who are children of God. Even those who are maybe on the fence about it and contemplating coming to God, I want to tell and encourage them to go ahead and come to God. He loves you. He desires and it’s His joy to help. He’s a giver. That’s His language of love.

When you’re as rich and as full as God is, you need someone to love on. You need someone to give it to. What’s the purpose of being a multi-billionaire? It’s like the woman or man didn’t have any children even to pass it along to, it’s almost like a waste of fortune. Come to God just as you are and get to know Him for yourself. You don’t have to take my word for it. It will not be long before you realize that God is not holding your sins against you. That’s the reason why He sent His son Jesus to die for your sins and mine on the cross. God wants to do that. In this series, God is unveiling to us His love, which is unconditional love, as we know.

God was speaking to us previously about how He justified us, the children of God in His own blood. God’s only true and righteous judge. None of us have a heaven or hell to put anyone in. God doesn’t want any person in hell. Hell was created for demons, not for people. I encourage people to come to God because He wants to heal you. He wants to bless you. He wants to restore you. He’s eager to forgive you and take you under His wings and give them an opportunity to prove to you that He is who He says He is. God is love. That’s what the Bible says. Not someone’s interpretation, just in plain English. God wants you to take Him at His word and give Him a chance.

Not only that but when we’re born again and we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, God doesn’t remember our sins anymore. God spoke to me once and told me, “When you come to me in prayer, take a moment and remember that I forgot.” Our own consciousness even has a tendency as well, when we go to God and want to ask God for something, or we need God’s help to try to bring to our mind or to our remembrance something that we did wrong. God has something that He wants to come to our remembrance. He wants us to remember the fact, the truth that He forgot our sins.

God can’t lie. He says, “All your sins and your lawless deeds, I will, by no means remember anymore.” God is not punishing you or holding something against you that He forgot. This is Holy amnesia, so to speak. God has forgotten put away not going to impute the sin to us. All of that is even found in Romans, in Hebrews, and even in Jeremiah, where God talks about the New Covenant that He was established, once Christ came and died on the cross for our sins, which He did. God is not mad at you. He’s not holding your sins against you. He doesn’t even remember them anymore.

The Unshakable Foundation

Children of God, I even encourage you to come to God, come to Him as much as possible for whatever it is you want to talk to Him about and get to know Him, have questions, need help. Jesus is literally the answer. That’s the unshakeable foundation that God was sharing with us that we, as Christian believers, are to stand on. That’s the foundation from which God builds our entire relationship with Him. It’s a sure and secure foundation. You don’t have that insecure feeling of, He’s got angry with me. It’s like, “Will He reject my prayer?” You know that He will, by no means, reject your prayer. He’s already given you Jesus. When we were all in sin, the Bible says, “God demonstrated his love towards us by sending His only son to die for us.”

God gave us His best when we were at our worst. If He gave us his best when we were at our worst, now that He has forgiven us, and I’m talking about people who are born again, children of God, people have given their life to Christ and put their trust in Jesus. The Lord has no reason not to be good to us. God desires to be good to us. That’s why He took the drastic measures He did to reconcile us to Himself. I’m sure it was incredibly painful and cost God beyond maybe what we’ll ever truly comprehend and understand to watch His innocent son die the most gruesome death and have all the weight, curse, disease, and pain of sin all come upon Him, having done nothing wrong. It costs God everything to give us everything.

That’s how strong His desire is to love. Let’s do God a solid and not just have a thankful heart, not only just say, “Thank you very much,” but this is my top Thanksgiving. That’s when we go to God and receive all the benefits of Christ’s death. He did save us from hell, but there is more to this story. There’s more to the blood of Jesus. There’s more to the provision. There’s much more to the true lamb of God, the son of God, God Himself in the flesh. There’s much more to Him. I don’t believe we’ve even begun to tap into it. Pray, ask God for what you need. Ask God for what you want. Trust Him with everything else in your life and everything you need and desire. He is certainly worthy of that.

He certainly doesn’t have any reason to withhold anything good from you because He’s given you Jesus. He’s the best and the lesser is always included and the greater. The Holy Spirit was pouring that out of me. I didn’t plan on saying that but I’m certain that someone needed to hear it or someone needed to be reminded of it. It was still all good. Thank you, Lord, for that. We looked at even more closely and finished up looking at Hannah. That’s the example God gave us in the Bible of showing us how you can come to God, just as you are not trying to fix your life or fix yourself. We have no power to do that. We need God. He made it so. He wants to help us.

TOT 75 | Come As You Are
Come As You Are: God is not holding your sins against you. That’s the reason why He sent His son Jesus to die for your sins on the cross.

No one goes to the doctor, they have a broken bone, for example, they put their bone back in place, cast it, medicate themselves, do all of that. It’s like, “What are you going to the doctor for? It looks to me like you’re taking care of everything.” We don’t do that. We go to the doctor for the help that it is that we’re looking for. Even more so, let’s go to God and not try to fix our own fracture. Let’s not make that worse. We’re not the licensed medical person in regard to our spirituality and even our natural needs. We’re not God. God is God and we’re His people. God is dad and we’re the children. He’s the provider, we’re the provided for. Let’s not continue to try to provide for ourselves. That’s God’s part.

When Hannah Came In Bitter

Will He work things in us and through us? Absolutely. Sometimes He takes the reigns and works for us. We have to be willing to allow God to be God and to do what it is He wants to do. We looked at how Hannah came to God. We looked at how the Bible says that Hannah was in bitterness of soul. I love it because we know that bitterness is a sin. It’s good news that the Holy Spirit recorded that for us. Hannah was not like, “Let me get my heart right before I go to God.” She had to go to God. You’re in bitterness. You’re feeling unforgiving. You’re feeling consumed by rage or heavily depressed. Those are people mostly in need. Those are other people who want to shy on or run away from God. Those are the people who want to hunt Him down and overtake Him. Hannah, thank God, had that wisdom.

She must have had some relationship with God and some revelation about the grace and the love of God, that instead of her running away from God or trying to fix herself first before she came to Him for the help that she needed, for the breakthrough that she desired. Hannah was not coming to God even because she necessarily had a need as far as she would die without it. Hannah was coming to God for the desire of her heart. She came in the middle of feeling bitter. I’m certain, unforgiving. She was battling what I believe is nothing less than severe depression. She wasn’t eating. She was sorrowful, even in her spirit. The Bible says, “This woman was grieved.” The Bible says to rejoice always. Hannah said, “I’m trying but the only thing keeps coming out of tears.”

I love that God put her life in here for us because that to me is real. She was bearing in her wound, as you all know if you read the last episode and if you didn’t, please do so. She came to God like that, bitter, angry at her husband’s other wife and it was bad. She had nothing necessarily good to bring God. She brought God her complaint, the Bible said. She was complaining. She was bitter. She’s depressed and that’s all she had. She came as she was just how she was. We saw what God did. God didn’t just give Hannah a child. He gave her destiny. She gave birth to what we call Samuel. She gave birth to destinies. We have a book of 1st Samuel and 2nd Samuel in our Bible.

The Bible talks about how not one word he spoke fell to the ground. He was a great man of God, a great prophet. Someone who ministered before the Lord almost all the days of His life. Not only that, but even naturally speaking, God gave her more children. Hannah had plenty of more children. She came to God just as she was trusting that the grace of God, even the sin in her life, His love would cover. The Bible says, “Love covers a multitude of sins.” She trusted in the grace of God. The Bible talks about how mercy triumphs over judgment. She knew enough about God herself. She trusted in His love and grace to come and pour out her whole complaint, pour out everything.

She gave God the barely good, the bad, and the ugly, horrifying. She gave it to Him and this lady got her heart’s desire and much more. He over answered her prayer. He was to Hannah, what He is to us, the God of exceedingly, abundantly and above all, we ask or thank for. He’s the God of surprises. He likes to surprise us with His goodness. We’re going to pick up and we’re going to talk a little bit about someone who’s in the New Testament. The Bible doesn’t give her name, but you’ve heard of this woman in reference to her as this, The Lady with the Issue of Blood.

Before we go to her particular testimony, I want to read to you something from Leviticus 15, just to bring home the point that this woman is another example of someone who came to God. She came to Jesus. This is during Jesus’ earthly ministry. The Bible says, “If you’ve seen Jesus, you’ve seen God. They are one. God the Father and the Son.” Jesus came in the earth where people can see Him, get to know Him. He was unveiling God. He is God in the flesh. When we know Jesus, we know God. I want to bring home the point, we are by no means under the law as New Covenant Believers’. I’m not stating that we are. I want to read it because God is bringing out His goodness for us.

I’m not reading this because someone is obligated to follow this. You’re born again. You’re not by any means obligated to be under the Old Covenant. You’re in the New Covenant. The Old Covenant has become obsolete, passing away and all those things. The actual Bible tells you regarding the letter of the law. The letter keels, the Bible says, “It’s a ministry of death.” God is not trying to bring death to you. He doesn’t want you to die trying to get back under the law. The blessings of God and the New Covenant are certainly by the mercy, grace, and love of God. Let’s keep it like that that we received freely from God. I want to bring home the point of the law that was in existence at that time.

Jesus came to fulfill the law, but His ministry wasn’t done. He was not done fulfilling that yet. People were doing things on their own and having to keep these laws in order to be declared righteous before God. This lady with this issue of blood, I want you to know which law she was breaking when she did what she did and how severe that was. Nevertheless, she came to Jesus just how she was. You’ll see the result of her doing that and be encouraged yourself and know for yourself, you have every reason to come to God, just as you are, no matter what you’ve done and how many times you’ve done it, it doesn’t make a difference. God’s arms are open.

God Wants To Heal You

His heart is big and He wants to love you into wholeness and deliverance. In Leviticus 15, and I’m reading from the New King James version. I went old school for some reason during this series and I’m not doing too much digital. I’m reading from my actual Bible. In verse 25, it says, “If a woman has a discharge of blood for many days, other than at the time of her customary impurity.” Her customary period or menstrual cycle or, “If it runs beyond her usual time of impurity, all the days of her unclean discharge shall be as the days of her customary impurity. She shall be unclean. Every bed on which she lies, all the days of her discharge shall be as her bed of impurity and whatever she sits on, she’ll be unclean as the uncleanliness of her impurity. Whoever touches those things, she’ll be unclean. He shall wash his clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening.”

We skip down to verse 31. It says, “Thus, you shall separate the children of Israel from their uncleanliness lest they die in their uncleanliness when they defile my tabernacle, which is among them.” This is the law for one who has a discharge, for him who admits semen and is an unclean thereby and for who is indisposed because of her customary impurity. For one who has a discharge, either man or woman, and for Him who lies with her, who was unclean. It brought death. I want you to know that so you can see how good God is. That was the law. Those were the consequences. Here we go to this particular woman who we can learn a lot about the heart of God from and why we should be like Hannah and come to God just as we are without reserve and hesitation.

TOT 75 | Come As You Are
Come As You Are: You have every reason to come to God, just as you are, no matter what you’ve done, no matter how many times you’ve done it; it doesn’t make a difference.

I’m in the New Testament and Luke Chapter 8 is where I’m at. It’s verse 40. It says, “So it was when Jesus returned that the multitude welcomed Him for they were all waiting for Him. Behold, there came a man named Jairus and he was a ruler of the synagogue. He fell down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house. For he had an only daughter who was twelve years of age and she was dying. As he went, the multitude thronged him. Now a woman having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all of her livelihood on physicians, could not be healed by any, came behind, and touched the border of His garment. Immediately her flow of blood stopped.” Let’s meditate on this. Let’s chew on this. Let’s break this down. This woman, we see had a flow of blood for twelve years.

You’re a woman, you know that your menstrual cycle, praise the name of Jesus, doesn’t last twelve years. It doesn’t even last twelve months. For the glory of God, for most of us, it doesn’t even last twelve days. This lady was having perpetual bleeding for twelve years. Can you imagine how weak this lady must’ve been? The iron deficiency. She didn’t even have a normal skin tone anymore. Her hair was falling from her head. I’m certain you could see that. I’m sure she was wearing that perpetual impurity. I’m almost certain that’s the case. There’s no way you can drain out blood like that and not have an impact on this woman and her physical appearance.

Not only was she out in public because the Bible says that Jesus was heading to Jairus to go and heal his daughter who was twelve years old, who was very ill to the point of death if you know that particular testimony in the Bible. He’s out in public and people are thronging Him, the multitudes are there. This lady has no business out in public. We read that in Leviticus. The consequences are death. This law in Leviticus is God’s law. Jesus is God. In the middle of breaking God’s law, she went to God. God said, “Come boldly to the throne of grace.” This lady came boldly.

I like this lady. She came not only in the crowd of the other people, but came directly to the God who created the law. This is a bold sister right here. She touched the hem of His garment. Didn’t we read how do you have no business coming in contact or touching people if you’re unclean? You can defile them. The consequences are death for everybody involved. God is good and He’s not who people said He was. Did you go to those religious churches when you were younger like I did? He is love. The Bible says that she touched Jesus. She’s in the middle of breaking the law, a perpetual cycle she’s having. She’s already in the crowd of people and they’re thronging Him, so we already know.

The Bible doesn’t have to spell this out for us. The odds of her not touching anyone else are slim to none. She’s put herself in the ground, put her own life in danger and be killed under that law and everybody else’s. Even the Lord, when she touched Him, “What are you doing, Ma’am?” She’s doing this, “I’m getting to Jesus. I’m going to God by any means necessary. Excuse me, move out the way. I need God.” What about your impurity? What about your sin in your life? I love this woman. She is a wise woman to push past her own consciousness, condemnation, guilt, and to believe in the goodness of our God. As soon as she touched Jesus and as soon as she believed God is good, “I know God gave the law, but God is not a lawgiver. God is love. I’m going to touch him.” This is good news.

Immediately her flow of blood stopped. Jesus didn’t get contaminated. Jesus didn’t drop dead and neither did this woman. You’re not going to drop dead going into the presence of God. That time has come and gone. This lady, and the Lord demonstrating and pouring out what He would do, was charging all of her sins, just like ours. God was imputing them to Christ on that cross. The Lord was imputing His righteousness to us. This was happening. This was being demonstrated as soon as Jesus got on the scene. This is great news and it’s even more so now because we know Christ was being crucified, died, rose from the dead and so this whole thing is finished. He said, “It is finished. It’s over with now.”

This is what this lady was doing on the way to the fullness of the work of Jesus Christ. This is what she did on the way. Can you imagine what access we have? There’s no reason to run from God now whatsoever. You got every reason to run towards Him. You are going to be blessed. Your life is going to be transformed for the good. You can expect all good from God. Nothing bad, nothing wrong, no condemnation, and pointing the fingers. God doesn’t want to be a judge in your life. God wants to be your father and wants to love you into wholeness. Let Him be our dad. Let Him be our Papa. If you haven’t had necessarily the best natural dad, God wants to heal and restore you in that. He wants to do that. Let’s let Him do that.

It says in verse 45, Jesus said, “Who touched me?” When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, “Master, the multitudes throng and press you when you say, ‘Who touched me?'” These are multitudes of people. They’re all clinging to Him and trying to touch Him, get near Him, drawing on each other and trying to get on Him. Paparazzi got nothing in this scene. Jesus had to go out in a boat. You’ve never even seen anybody famous on the earth have to go camp out in the middle of the ocean or the sea because they cannot be on the land. Jesus is good. He is the desire of the nations. Jesus said, “Somebody touched me.” We know this touches a different kind of touch.

It’s not a physical touch because the multitudes were thronging, pressing Him, and touching Him but He noticed her touch. Now you tell me whether or not Jesus makes any mention of the sin she was in or how she was breaking the law, or how could you risk your life? How could you put these other people in jeopardy? Why would you touch me if you know you’re unclean? Don’t you know the law? Let’s see if there’s any reprimand, any rebuke whatsoever. Let’s read it for ourselves. The God who can’t lie is the one who authored it. Jesus said, “Somebody touched me for I perceive power going out for me.” When the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling and falling down before Him.

TOT 75 | Come As You Are
Come As You Are: God wants to heal you and restore you. Let Him do that.

She declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had indeed touched Him and how she was healed immediately. We know Jesus knows everything. God is all-knowing. Jesus doesn’t ask questions because He doesn’t know the answer. Even if somebody thought, “Ms. Siohvaughn, maybe He didn’t rebuke her because He didn’t know.” We know the Lord knows all things and that could not possibly be the case. This lady, He asked her for her deliverance and freedom for her to know, and for us who would come along and read it later. Jesus was well aware of the law.

He’s the lawgiver. He was well aware of this woman. He was about to go and be crucified. He loves this woman. He was well aware of the spiritual detriment and deadly condition and seeing she was in right at the moment she came to Him, but he needed her to know something, which is why the question was asked. She was given the answer and we can even read it this many years and centuries later, thousands of years later. This is why we can read this because Jesus wanted her to know, as well as you and I. He knows everything about us, everything we’d done right and wrong, but He loves us very much. This answer to this woman is His answer to us. When you see the answer, does it give you any rhyme or reason not to come to Him or does it do what it should do and make your bolt after Him like yesterday? Jesus told her He perceived the power going out. She tells Him everything that happened.

She’s been bleeding for years. It’s perpetual blood. She did, in fact, touch Him. She is in this crowd. She’s letting Him know what she did her confession of her sins. Let’s look at our Lord’s response because the Bible says, “Jesus is not a respecter of persons. He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever.” He said to her, “Daughter,” not woman, not lady, not what we refer to her as the lady with the issue of blood. He is the father. He is Abba, Father, Father God revealed, this daddy who’s also God. It’s not that He’s God and He’s our dad. No. Our dad just so happens to be God. Let’s know Him the father first. He says, “Daughter, be of good cheer. Your faith has made you well. Go into peace.”

You’re good. You’re loving. He reaffirms that to her. “Daughter, I’m your father. You’re my baby girl. Be of good cheer right now. Cheer up. Come on, celebrate your faith in my goodness. Your faith in my love for you made you completely well instantaneously.” No long-drawn-out process. Immediately her problem came to an end when she put her faith when she believed He’s that good, regardless of how bad I’m doing. His goodness will swallow up, erase, blot out, and make that no void empty ashes, nothing. He’s that good. His good is much more than what I did bad that it won’t even matter. This lady is a real example.

Lady with the issue of blood, to me, a lady with faith in the goodness of God. God healed immediately. I don’t know about you, but other than the painful, perpetual bleeding, I’m trying to be like her when I grow up. He tells her to go into peace. This lady is sneaking up and her faith wasn’t perfect. We see that she’s sneaking up touching the hem of His garment. Not coming to Him boldly as much, but she’s coming. It’s a boldness to even come, especially in a crowd, but not what the full boldness. She might’ve been in half faith, all big, this and that. God doesn’t require that, just the mustard seed size of faith is enough. This lady to me had more than a mustard seed, but it certainly was not perfect faith, which is why she probably came in and she wants to touch the hem.

You read on in the Bible, this is why it’s important too for us to come to God. We can see that in John 15, how God is glorified when we come to Him and ask Him for things. The glory of God comes via us asking Him for things and Him performing it. We do that by abiding in Him. He is His word and His words abiding in us. That happens as we read the Bible in here and knowing it teachings and preachings like what I know God is doing now through me. Not for me, but before His own glory and because of His love for you and for me, that is what He’s doing. We can learn a lot for sure from this woman even how her faith was imperfect and her behavior was imperfect.

It was deadly but the Lord did answer the desire of her heart and the faith she had in His goodness, mercy, and kindness caused this woman, not only to be healed but to be blessed and declared all these blessings over her life from Jesus Himself. It happened immediately. Thank you for your time. We’re going to continue on with this series. We are going to take our time and go through the particular examples that God gave us and let them break it down and feast on the love of God. I believe and declare before this series is over, we’re all going to be coming to God more boldly.

Even if we’re not perfect in our behavior, which none of us are, and we’re not perfect in our faith, we’re going to know this. God’s love is perfect. That’s going to be more than enough to make up the difference. I’m not only going to get what I asked God for. I’m going to get even more than that because I know how good He is. I know how much He loves me. He’ll do it. God bless you all. I love you all and talk to you again soon.

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