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Posted by Pastor Rick John on

Encourage0gram
May 10, 2020
 
Happy, Blessed Mother’s Day!  
 
One of the qualities I so appreciate in my mom is her willingness to listen. She is open to everyone!  She is a good listener because she truly cares! Thank you, Lord, for the blessings I have experienced because you gave me a mom who loves me and cares for me.
 
Let’s continue our study in the “Let Us” patch of Hebrews 10. 
Here is the first invitation:
 
NIV Hebrews 10:22
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.
 
We can draw near to God!
All who saw the Lord in the Old Testament were afraid they would die!  When a sinner sees the holy God – it is frightening!  You may remember the man who touched the ark and dropped dead!  Isaiah saw the Lord high lifted up on His heavenly throne and cried out – “I am a man of unclean lips.”  He was cleansed by a hot coal delivered to his lips by an angel (see Isaiah 6).
 
Look at the grand list of invitations in Hebrews to draw near to God.  As you read each one, take a moment to give our Lord praise!
 
NIV Hebrews 4:16
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.
 
NIV Hebrews 7:25
Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.
 
NIV Hebrews 10:1
The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming-- not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.
 
NIV Hebrews 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
 
How do we now approach God?
 

  1. With a sincere heart.  A sincere heart is simply a true one. A heart full of gospel truth is invited to approach God face to face.  Hebrews warns us to not harden our hearts (3:8,10,12,15) as the ancient Israelites did.  When we do not listen to God’s word, we are hardening our hearts.  God’s sharp word does surgery to cleanse our hearts (4:12).  In 8:10 and 10:16, God promises to put His word in the hearts of all in His new covenant.  God promises to strengthen our hearts with His grace (13:9). 
  2. With full assurance of faith.  The assurance comes not from the quality or quantity of our faith but in its object – Jesus our great High Priest!  We can look for assurance in many places but only in Jesus are we safe and sound! In Colossians 2:2 we see that growing in our knowledge of Jesus increases the assurance of our faith! 
  3. With a clean conscience.  This is such a wonderful gift to experience. We all sin but God has provided for us in Christ a clean conscience.  Our conscience is used by the Holy Spirit to guide us when it is full of truth.  We can draw near to God because he has forgiven all our sins!  We do not fear the holiness of God as Isaiah did, but are drawn closer to Him.  
  4. With a cleansed body. The final way we draw near is with a water washed body. I believe this is a reference to our water baptism.  In baptism it is not the water that cleanses us but our profession of our union with Christ.  (see Romans 6:1-7) 

 
Today we draw near to God solely because of Jesus our Savior! God invites us and we must respond!  Celebrate this day by drawing near to Jesus!
 
Please join our worship service today.  We will worship in songs, prayers and a wonderful interview with our newest missionary! The sermon explores the subject of how to stand firm in the Lord.  When you log on to our website (www.fcchurch.org) you can click on the sermon directly.  Once the premier has begun at 9:00 AM the service will be available at any time online.  
 
My prayers go out to each of you,
 
Pastor Rick

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