- Dearly Beloved,
"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,
"In [Jesus Christ] and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom
and confidence" (Ephesians 3:12, NIV).
My three-year-old daughter does not need any formality like knocking,
announcing of oneself and waiting for permission before she enters my
bedroom. She knows that the occupants of the room are her father and mother.
So, she can enter freely as she wants. This is not the case with other
relatives that are living with us who have to knock the door, announce
themselves, and wait for permission before they can enter the bedroom.
There is a spiritual lesson here. As children of God, Christians do not need
any formality or rite to approach the throne of grace � the presence of God
� to make their requests known to God, and it is certain that they will not
only be received warmly by God, but that their prayers also will be
answered. This is not true of adherents of many other world religions. They
cannot approach God boldly and freely. They have to go through some rituals
and ceremonies before they can talk to their gods. There is even no
certainty that such gods would accept their rituals and do what they are
requesting from the gods.
It should be pointed out that the Christian derives his/her boldness to
approach God not in his/her power, but in the faith in the Lord Jesus Christ
who has shed His blood on the cross for the atonement of our sins (Romans
5:2; Ephesians 2:18; Hebrews 7:25; 9:1-28; 1 John 2:1-2). The writer of the
book of Hebrews has this advice for the confident Christian: "Therefore,
brothers, 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 in full assurance of faith, 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. And let us consider how we may
spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting
together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one
another � and all the more as you see the Day approaching" (Hebrews
Are you confident to approach God boldly? Enter boldly into His presence and
make known your requests to Him. However, if you have not been washed by the
blood of Jesus Christ, this will be difficult to do. Confess your sins; come
to Jesus Christ for the salvation of your soul, then you also will be able
to approach God with confidence.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
+234 805 515 9591
"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have
sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,
whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS
GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).
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