Part 2 of 4
Last week I started a series called Marching Orders (first post) which I intend to finish this week. In the first post I gave three orders given by the Apostle Paul to the Church at the end of the Church age (Hebrew 10:22-25). Each order begins with the words “let us”.
1. Let us draw near.
2. Let us hold fast.
3. Let us consider one another.
In part two of this series, let us look at the first of these orders. “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”
First we must understand what a miracle it is that we even have this ability!
All throughout the Old Testament men were separated from the presence of God. The presence of God dwelt in the tabernacle within the Holiest of Holies. The only person that was allowed to enter that place was the high priest and even he was only to enter one time in a year. There was a veil of separation between God and man.
Thank God that there is a new and living way, that being Jesus Christ. When He died, the veil was rent from top to bottom. Through Him, we have direct access to the presence of God.
But it doesn’t stop there, He poured out His Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. He no longer dwells in temples made with man’s hands, but He dwells in the hearts of men!
The greatest miracle is the fact that a sinful man can be forgiven and granted access into the presence of a Holy God!
How do we draw nigh to God? We need to have a relationship with Him. We draw near to God by basic spiritual disciplines; prayer, fasting, study of the Word, etc.
If you have ever been to a Hibachi grill, you have watched as the Chef prepared the food while performing all sorts of amazing tricks; the onion volcano, the twirling spatulas, the tossed eggs. After watching one of these performances, I asked the chef what the most difficult part of his job was. His answer shocked me. He told me the most difficult part was stirring the food.
All the tricks are nice but the most difficult part is often the most basic!
The Church needs a revival of spiritual discipline and meaningful relationship with God.
Warriors of Morning Draw Near to God!