Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God.
– II Cor 3:4 ESV
Today I reconnected with Jerry White’s weekly devotional blog, A Disciples Notebook. (If you’ve had a stressful day, turn on your speakers and allow the tension of a busy week to turn toward God’s Spirit.) There were a number of recently posted items here including one by Thomas a Kempis; and one by Andrew Murray; but I thought I would present one here that Jerry wrote himself; though as always you’re encouraged to click through to read at source.
A sense of unworthiness rests upon diligent believers as long as they live on earth. Additionally, sinful failures bring shame, disappointment, and disgust. The enemy uses this sense of unworthiness and awareness of sinful failures as a club to beat down God’s sincere children. How can one approach God with any confidence whenever they have these strong negative feelings about themselves?
God’s Word says, Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 10:19, ESV). We do not enter the holy places of His presence by confidence in ourselves. Never! We must always come before our pure, holy Father because of the blood of Jesus. It is His work on the cross and His righteous worthiness given to us that make it possible for us to come before Him with utmost confidence. We should never come before the Lord based on how we feel about ourselves. We may approach Him confidently by faith in Christ and His finished work, never by faith in self and one’s behavior. On your worst day of falling short, or on what you may consider your best day of measuring up, the necessity of approaching God by the blood and name of Jesus is the same. You can come boldly through Jesus Christ.
Our great high priest, the Lord Jesus, triumphantly entered heaven in our behalf. His shed blood fully paid our sins’ debt and silences the Law’s accusations against us. His perfectly righteous life provided the gift of righteousness Holy God requires of us. He lived a completely human life like us, and was agonizingly tempted throughout His life, but He never sinned. Therefore He sympathizes (shares our feeling) with our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:14-15). Because of this, we can therefore with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16, ESV).
Child of God, you will never be worthy in yourself. You still fall short of His glory (Romans 3:23). You continue to stumble in many ways (James 3:2), whether it be in attitude, word, deed, or neglect. Repentance will be an ongoing necessity in your spiritual walk. Do not let this hinder your approach to your loving Father. He sees you in Christ, His beloved Son (Colossians 3:3). He looks at you with incomprehensible tenderness (John 15:9; 16:26-27). Never does He condemn you (Romans 8:1). Rejoice! You can have confidence before your Father because of who Christ is, what He accomplished for you, and the fact that you are clothed with Him.
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