Well hello there everyone. I think it’s been a weird week for me; I have been extra tired, not as patient, and less bubbly than normal. That being said, I was very thankful to have high school Bible study to go to after work today. I love getting to check in with my girls half way through the week and hearing the Word from Aaron in the middle of the week. He picked back up in Hebrews 10 where we left off before the summer. We focused a lot on how Christ’s death tore the veil and God becomes our Abba Father! We have a God that we can access. Isn’t that so cool? He is not a distant God and we don’t have to “make ourselves acceptable” to Him…He did the work. We were born dead spiritually and needing to be revived; we are made alive in Christ and the Holy Spirit fills us! One thing that Aaron mentioned that really resinated with me was how our tendency when we sin is to retreat from God. We need to fight that tendency. We don’t need time away from God after conviction of sin to “deal with it” on our own or “fix” ourselves (this puts the work in our hands as if Christ’s work on the cross was not enough…it diminishes the power of the cross to say that we do anything to make ourselves right with God). The moment our hearts turn to sin, we need to turn around and sprint toward the cross. At the cross is where we find forgiveness and love and Christ; it’s where we need to remain. Because of the cross, we are free in Christ, finally free to obey God (we weren’t before). That’s real freedom– we get to delight and take joy in obedience to God! I am striving to continually retreat to the cross!
Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.