Verse 19 is awesome: "And so,(AKA-because of what was said in the previous 18 verses) dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus."
Read that verse again. And again. Let that Truth sink deep into your being. Jesus sacrificed for our sins & made us HOLY once & for all. This is not just so that we can get into heaven some day. This is a vital Truth for our life right now. We are not Old Testament Jews who need to have priests offer day and night sacrifices for our sins, who are living in constant guilt, and who can't talk with God. Christ is our perfect High Priest! He made it possible for us to have a RELATIONSHIP with our Heavenly Father again. He made it possible for us to go into the MOST HOLY PLACE and talk with and listen to our Creator and unconditional Lover.
And verse 22 says: "Let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water."
Satan would love to try to convince you that you are not worthy of being in God's presence. He would love for you to keep your guilty conscience. He would love for you to stay as far away from Him as possible.
It's been over 2000 years since Hebrews was written, and people are still living under the lie that we are guilty & unworthy of coming into God's presence. All of us hard-workers want to DO something in order to earn God's acceptance. But that's not grace. We need to accept Christ's perfect sacrifice one and for all. The author of Hebrews here is pretty straight-forward here. And I think it best to listen to him instead. :)
Can you relate??
Of course, God's Presence can be encountered anywhere, but we would LOVE for you to join us at HOME. While you're there, here's a few things you could do for starters:
- Ask Christ's Holy Spirit to help you recognize when Satan is lying to you about your unworthiness in God's sight.
- Ask Him to help you accept His grace fully--to surrender your desire to do something to earn His presence.
- Ask Him to help you understand the Truth that you can BOLDLY ENTER into God's presence. (Just so you know, bold by definition means requiring or exhibiting courage and bravery. Because there's nothing to be afraid of. God DELIGHTS in you!)
- Ask Him to teach you how to go right into His presence with a SINCERE heart that FULLY TRUSTS Him.
Our wonderful, loving Father will never force you go come into His Presence, but what a joy for both you and Him when you do come. So come (boldly)--He's been waiting for YOU! :)