Face-to-face privileges.

Growing with God: A daily devotion with Tonia Slimm.

Part 1:

Hebrews 10:22-25 (NIV)
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. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Hebrews 10:22-25 (MSG)
So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word. Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.
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“Let us approach [God] with a true and sincere heart in unqualified assurance of faith, having had our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word]; and let us consider [thoughtfully] how we may encourage one another to love and to do good deeds, not forsaking our meeting together [as believers for worship and instruction], as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more [faithfully] as you see the day [of Christ’s return] approaching.” -AMPLIFIED

The writer of Hebrews encourages us to draw near to God. Approach Him, if you will, with a sincere heart and with full assurance of faith. Come close to the mercy-seat of God Most High. Do not fear this encounter that was once reserved only for the high-priest; because of the confidence we have in our Advocate we too can approach without trepidation.

To “draw near” means to literally have a face-to-face encounter. In the Greek the word used is “proserchomai”; “prós” meaning “facing” and “érchomai” meaning “come”. Let us come for a face-to-face encounter with God; to do so though, we must come with a sincere or true heart; one which has nothing to hide. God does not honor phony, fake, or counterfeit children. There is no room for hypocrisy in the family of God.

We are encouraged to have our hearts sprinkled clean from a guilty conscience. Just as the priests were sprinkled with the sacrificial blood and then their bodies washed clean with water before serving; so too are we sprinkled with the blood of Christ and washed clean.

Let us hold tightly, unswervingly, tenaciously, to the hope we profess. We have a blessed HOPE ; it is in Christ Jesus and the Eternal life that He has promised us. Hold tight to God’s promise of Eternity spent with Him; it is what will keep you running the race with confidence.

Charles Spurgeon encourages us with these words, “Hope in Christ, and in His coming, and in the victory of the truth. If the storms lower, believe that there is fair weather yet ahead; and if the night darkens into a seven-fold blackness, believe that the morning comes despite the darkening glooms. Do you have faith and trust in Him Who lives, and was dead, and is alive for evermore? Let your hope begin to hear the hallelujahs, which proclaim the reign of the Lord God omnipotent; for reign He must, and the victory shall be unto Him and to His truth. Hold fast your faith. Hold fast your hope. Not only hold it, but hold it fast without wavering. Let us never have a question about it. God grant that we may have an unquestioning, unstaggering faith! To hold fast the profession of our faith seems enough, but to hold it fast without wavering is better still; and so we ought to do.”

Face-to-face privileges hold tight to them. Let nothing come between you and your relationship with God, Most High. Nothing in this World could be more important than taking time to sit in the presence of the Almighty One. Nothing in this World should take away the value of the blood of Jesus Christ shed for the payment of your sins. What will your priorities be? What really matters most?  Be ever so careful; lest we get caught up in the busyness of this World and forget what is truly important. Take time to Face-time with God today.

My Prayer:

Most High, lest I forget the love extended to me, lest I forget in the busyness of life, lest I forget the privilege of approaching your mercy seat; please remind me often. You have made it possible for me to approach you anytime and anywhere. You have given me the opportunity to step into the very presence of your holy presence and speak face-to-face with you, the Creator of everything. I am honored and blessed. I never want to take that privilege for granted or misuse it.  I am humbled and honored by your grace extended to me. Help me to hold fast to the hope I have in you.

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