Approaching God with Confidence

There is a good reason Satan wants us to feel like failures and dirty sinners. Feeling that way keeps us from confidently approaching God’s throne and having an intimate relationship with Him! The Bible tells us that the blood of Jesus was shed so that we can confidently approach an intimate relationship with our heavenly Father: Hebrews 10:22, “let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.”
 
God wants us to draw near to Him with a clean conscience that has been freed from dead works! Hebrews 9:14, “Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.”
 
Paul, the chief of sinners, made it clear that he was serving God from a clean conscience! 2 Timothy 1:3, “Timothy, I thank God for you—the God I serve with a clear conscience, just as my ancestors did. Night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.”
 
Worship is an intimate way of expressing our relationship with God. The Bible is clear that we should approach Him with a clean conscience that has been purged from sin: Hebrews 10:2, “If they could have provided perfect cleansing, the sacrifices would have stopped, for the worshipers would have been purified once for all time, and their feelings of guilt would have disappeared.”
 
Shame and guilt are based upon deception, which is the opposite of truth. It’s difficult to worship God in Spirit and truth, if there are imaginations hanging around in our minds that are contrary to the truth? John 4:24, “For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
 
So, how do we defeat or overcome guilt and shame? You need to stop thinking about your past failures. Are you ignoring them? No! You are ignoring a lie, not the sin, because the sin has been dealt with and washed away if we have repented. Therefore, you are meditating on something that no longer exists! If your sins are in the depths of the sea, then why are you still thinking about them? Micah 7:19, “Once again you will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean!”
 
We need to stop focusing on the problem, which has been dealt with, and begin to praise God for the solution to the problem, and think about how we have been washed clean from those failures! Instead of meditating on a lie, begin to meditate on the truth in God’s Word concerning your past failures.
Here are some great verses to get you started; I want to challenge you to look these verses up this week and pray that the Holy Spirit would reveal these truths to you in a deep way: Isaiah 1:18; 1 John 1:9; Psalms 103:12; Titus 2:14; Ephesians 1:7; Romans 8:1; Micah 7:19; Psalms 103:2-4.

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