Instant Access

Instant Access

Thick and durable, the curtain stood guard. Threads of red, purple, and blue chased each other as they wove an angelic pattern that hinted at the cherubim on the ark of the covenant behind it. As wide as a first down and twice as long, the curtain separated sacred from sinful. Ethereal from earthly. Holiness from humanity.

Until it ripped.

From top to bottom.

And God said, “Come.”

The book of Hebrews reminds us—we have access.

Open.

Available.

Approved.

Reflect on these verses from Hebrews and see what’s included:

  • Let us then approach God’s 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)
  • “ . . . a better hope is introduced, by which we draw near to God . . . because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”(Hebrews 7:18-19, 24-25)
  • “Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:19-23)

So, come on. Come closer. Draw near. You have instant, unlimited access.

Workout of the Week: Instant Access

Memory Verse: “Let us then approach God’s 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)

Meditation Passage: Matthew 27:45-54

Just Do It: Draw near.

Blameless

Blameless

Blameless. Without fault. Beyond reproach.

And music to my ears.

My daughter shared a book from her psychology class with me: The Road Back to You by Ian Cron and Suzanne Stabile. The book explores the Enneagram (pictured above), an ancient personality type system. Uniquely, the authors tie this personality system to a person’s spiritual walk, highlighting each type’s deadly sin and offering ways to deal with one’s weak spots.

Helpful, hopeful, and humbling. All in one read.

Cron offers nine numbered personality types. I’m a One. The Perfectionist. I didn’t even take the test. One look at the blurb and I knew. Here’s a line from my chapter, “As a rule, Ones have a merciless inner critic; unlike ours, it never goes away. It’s punishing. It’s relentless.”

Welcome to my world.

So, when I read Jude in my quiet time this morning and saw blameless, well, I could breathe again.

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 24-25 NASB)

“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” (Eph. 1:4 NIV)

As I prepare for Easter (April 1), I’m looking at the Gospel, the Good News. And for this One, blameless is good news.

So what’s your good news? We often take our salvation for granted. This week:

  • Make a before-and-after salvation list.
  • Before salvation, what were you dealing with that is now gone or at least, manageable?
  • What do you have now that you didn’t before you committed your life to Christ?
  • What will you have in the future that wasn’t on the table before?
  • What hits your heart the hardest?

Refresh your memory. Soak in the goodness of His mercy and forgiveness.

“And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach—if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.” (Col 1:21-23 NASB)

The gospel. Best news ever.

Workout for the Week: Blameless

Memory Verse: “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.” (Eph. 1:4 NIV)

Meditation Passage: “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 24-25 NASB)

Just Do It: Pinpoint your good news.