The Privilege – My Daily Bread!
Our call to praise the Lord is found in Psalm 79: 9, 80:19, NIV, which reads:
“Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of Your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for Your names sake. Restore us, O Lord God Almighty; make Your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.”
Once a year on Atonement Day Aaron the High Priest had to spend hours preparing himself to meet God. This was the day which was set aside so that Aaron could entreat the Lord to forgive the sins of the Israelite Nation. The intricate process he had to follow is described in detail in Leviticus Chapter 16. I marvel at how different this is from what we have to do to come before the Living God to obtain forgiveness of our sins today. Christ died in our place as the ultimate sacrifice once for all times thousands of years ago so that we might be reconciled to God, and attain to His grace and receive forgiveness of our sins.
And here is our awesome blessing: We need only come in prayer. Through Christ we have the privilege of approaching God anytime. Not once a year, but daily through the Blood of Christ. We have to simply believe. Acts 10: 43, NIV, tells us: “All the prophets testify about Him that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name.” And “therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through Him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses.” (Acts 13: 38-39, NIV)
However, this post is not about Christ’s awesome sacrifice, though we should do well to ponder over it often, this post is about the privilege of coming to God when we fall short of His grace and receiving forgiveness for our sins. This privilege allows us to remain in His fellowship, to enjoy His ‘unbroken presence’. But the key point worth noting here is the importance of not taking that privilege for granted. We must never forget that God is the Holy Lord of our lives; therefore, we should never approach Him carelessly. Just like Aaron, we too must prepare our hearts as we drawn near to the Living God in prayer. Though God allows us unfettered access to His thrown, we must always come with complete humility and reverence for who He is. We are also told that we should come with confidence that God will help us! “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4: 16, NIV)
Saints, let’s face it, when we do sin and fall short of His grace, and that will be often, do not lose heart, but go to God in prayer for more grace and mercy! This does not mean with an attitude of entitlement, but let our confidence be in what God can do to help us in our time of need! He can restore us and bath us in the light of His face – that we might live!
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