Hey Friends! Praying you feel the Lord near to you today! This devotional is part 2 of God is Steadfast. This is a powerful truth, especially through this season of uncertainty.
Read Hebrews 10:19-25
I really like this passage because not only does it encourage us by stating who God is and what He has done for us, but it also gives us direction and instruction on what we should be doing. God didn’t send His Son just to die for us, He died to save us so that we may have relationship with Him! Having a relationship with someone requires efforts on both parts, ours and God’s. God has already made the way like it says in Hebrews 10:20,
“by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His (Jesus’) body”.
This may seem confusing if we don’t understand the context. Jesus came and died on the cross for our sins, when He died on the cross, many powerful things happened. The curtain in the temple tore in two- Let’s look at Mark 15 to see what it says about this:
“37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. 38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”
Not only is this amazing because it tore without someone ripping it physically (God tore it when Jesus died). BUT, this was also the curtain that covered the Inner part of the sanctuary, the Most Holy Place, only the high priest could enter it, and only once a year on the day of atonement (to give a sacrifice for the sins of the people). God, by tearing the curtain into was saying, you are all allowed into the My Presence (the Most Holy Place), and I have made the final atonement for all sin. This was and is a big deal! God has made a way for us to enter into His Presence and therefore really enter into a deep and meaningful relationship with Him, let’s see what this passage asks of us! Let’s pursue this together!
This passage invites us to draw near to God with the full assurance that our faith brings and let us do just that as we spend these next 10-15 minutes with Him!
Prayer and Reflection
1. “Having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water”. This verse represents confession and repentance. Confession is giving our sin (which is what separates us from God: stealing, lying, lust, cheating, watching things that aren’t good for us, not keeping our promises, etc.), to God by sharing it with Him and others.
It can look like this, “God I confess lying to my mom about taking money from her, I am really sorry that I did that, I don’t want to be far from You, please forgive me.”
Repentance is confessing our sin and taking it one step further by turning away from it and not doing it again, it could look like this, “God I confess lying to my mom about taking money from her, I am really sorry that I did that, I don’t want to be far from You, please forgive me. Help me to not do this again, I know I have done it in the past, but I want to be done with stealing, I pray that You would set me free.” And then you would go, tell your mom that you stole from her and ask for her forgiveness, and make it a priority not to do it again, with the help of God and others.
Let’s take a few minutes to get quiet before God. Ask Him to reveal any obvious and hidden sin in your life that you need to confess. Write them down. Ask God for forgiveness, confess and repent of these sins, ask Him to give you strength to not do it again. If you need to, share it with a leader or a godly person in your life to help keep you accountable to not do it again.
2. Listen to the song, “Give Me Faith” by Elevation Worship. Listen to the words and write down whatever stands out to you. Ask God to give you faith to trust what He says, that He is good and that He doesn’t change. Ask Him for strength to trust Him, not matter what You are going through.
3. Verse 24-25 says,
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing but encouraging one another – all the more as your see the Day approaching”.
Ask God to bring someone to mind that you can encourage today. Be quiet as you wait for Him to bring someone to mind. Write them down. Ask Him what you can do to encourage them and go do it! You can’t encourage someone too much 😊 We all desire to be encouraged!
Your sister in Christ,