Good morning, Father.
Thank you for healing and restoration — and SLEEP! Thank you for getting my son home safely and for keeping peace in the home the entire Thanksgiving holiday. Thank you for working with me and my husband on our own issues individually and together, and thank you for the nice opportunity to witness to my daughter as well. Thank you for making my husband’s truck strong enough to drive the few blocks to the store and back again, and please guide my husband and me in how to raise enough money to get transportation again — and still to pay the bills. Thank you, Shepherd.
Hebrews 10:14-22 ERV
With one sacrifice Christ made his people perfect forever. They are the ones who are being made holy.
The Holy Spirit also tells us about this. First he says,
“This is the agreement I will make with my people in the future, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts. I will write my laws in their minds.”
Then he says, “I will forget their sins and never again remember the evil they have done.”
And after everything is forgiven, there is no more need for a sacrifice to pay for sins.
And so, brothers and sisters, we are completely free to enter the Most Holy Place. We can do this without fear because of the blood sacrifice of Jesus.
We enter through a new way that Jesus opened for us. It is a living way that leads through the curtain–Christ’s body.
And we have a great priest who rules the house of God.
Sprinkled with the blood of Christ, our hearts have been made free from a guilty conscience, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. So come near to God with a sincere heart, full of confidence because of our faith in Christ.
Father, I know that you value our reverence, our humility before you and respect for your awesome Power and Authority. Without that, we cannot be wise. I also know that you value boldness, for you want us to know you and believe your Word enough to ACT on it and act like we truly believe what it says. You want us to come boldly before you, accepting your forgiveness that you provided through your Son. I pray that you strengthen our hearts and help us to be bold before you. Help us to lay down our own guilt on the altar of our hearts and let it GO! Help us to walk free of our own failures, refusing to let the things of the past rob us of what you have for us NOW and in the future. Help us to see that guilt and shame are just tools of the enemy — and that YOU desire us to use the way you have provided, to step free of those shackles and tread freely on the mountain paths you have established for us. Amen!