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Today's Devotional Reading
Blessed Assurance

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And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever (Isaiah 32:17).

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine. Oh what a foretaste, of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God, Born of his Spirit, washed in his blood.
. . .Perfect submission, all is at rest, I in my Savior am happy and blessed:
Watching and waiting, looking above, Filled with his goodness, lost in his love ("Blessed Assurance", Fanny J. Crosby, 1873).

As you read the words of Fanny Crosby above, do you get the impression that she understood the peace, quietness and assurance that Isaiah spoke of in the verse above her words? There is a blessed assurance to everyone who trusts in Christ. Regardless of our sin and shame, Christ gave His life to take our blame! Sins past, present and future are no longer remembered. God provided a way for all of us to approach Him with a clear conscience so that we might come to Him without hindrance, anxiety or guilt. In and of ourselves we are guilty, yet as we truly trust in Jesus our guilt is removed! Believe it!
In Hebrews 10:19-23, the writer tells us this:

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.

The writer tells us that SINCE we have confidence, and we have a great priest, THEN "let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith." and "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess for he who promised is faithful." We are therefore shown that we do not enter into God's presence because we are worthy to do so, and we are shown that we do not have to fear coming into His presence because of our sin and shame. We do not come to God taking account of our rights and wrongs, hoping that we are good enough to be near Him. Instead we enter into the presence of God by trusting that Christ has given us access to God through His righteousness--so we do not regard our righteousness at all, but fully trust in Him.
Why does God tell us these things? Because He wants you to be able to approach Him without fear of retribution, without fear that you have failed to live up to His expectations, and without fear that we may have some overlooked imperfection that will keep us from approaching God, regardless of our efforts to do what is right.
He wants a relationship with you as a child, not as a subject in His court; and He wants you to "have confidence" when you approach Him. He wants you to enter into fellowship with Him without fear, anxiety or hindrance, so that you may come to know Him for who He really is, in His fullness.
Do not believe that you cannot approach God. If you have trusted in Christ, you are given free passage to come into the presence of the Father. Then, if there is unconfessed sin in your life, the Father will help you to deal with it as necessary. The point is, we should never let our sin keep us from coming to God to get things right. God is wanting to help us overcome sin, not destroy us for it. And He certainly does not want us to destroy ourselves over it either. It is a lie from the devil that tells you that God is no longer approachable because of your sin, or that God does not love you anymore. God wants to restore you, and that requires you coming to Him and letting Him help you deal with your sin. Running away from God will solve nothing. It is because of Christ's work that we can approach God regardless of our deeds. This is the blessed assurance, the "full assurance of faith" that enables us to "hold unswervingly to the hope we profess for he who promised is faithful."
May God grant you the ability to come to know fully, His full and blessed assurance.

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