God’s New Year’s Opportunity for You

In today’s YouTube video, Rudy Ross and I continue our study of Hebrews (7.4-10).

During yesterday’s prayer time, I reflected on the awesome opportunity God gave his children through the crucifixion and resurrection of his Son.

The opportunity is to go into the Most Holy Place, which previously was reserved for the high priest on one special day each year.

Entrance to the Most Holy Place

Matthew records what happened to the veil of the temple at the death of Jesus.

“Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last.

“At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom” (Matthew 27.50-51).

The author of Hebrews interpreted the significance of the torn curtain that separated the Holy Place in the temple from the Most Holy Place.

We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain,

Where Jesus, a forerunner on our behalf, has entered, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek (Hebrews 6.19-20).

The great news of human history is that Jesus is our forerunner, and has entered into the inner shrine (the Most Holy Place).

By God’s grace, we are able to join our forerunner and also enter into the Most Holy Place that is eternal in the heavens.

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh),

And since we have a great priest over the house of God,

Let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water (Hebrews 10.19-22).

Let’s be clear about the opportunity we have before us. We are able to enter into the Most Holy Place and communicate with our King and our God.

Taking Advantage of This Opportunity

I want to take advantage of this opportunity in 2023. I am returning to an old method I have used in the past for 2023.

I will share my plans with you with the hope you will find a way that enables you to take advantage of God’s great gift of access to his presence.

(1) I use the Bible to inform my relationship with God.

God often communicates with me through the Bible. In addition, when I base my prayers on the Bible, I am freed from selfish praying.

(2) Following a pattern I learned from Francis Frangipane, I will read a chapter each day from the following sections of the Bible.

— Genesis – Esther

— Job – Song of Songs

— Isaiah – Malachi

— Matthew – John

— Romans – Revelation

The reading pattern involves five chapters a day. I will complete the Gospels before other passages and will start again with Matthew.

I plan to read in a translation that is different from the one I normally use. Reading other translations opens our eyes to messages we may miss while only focusing on the familiar.

I expect to find at least one idea to talk to God about in each chapter. I will both talk to him and listen to what I sense he wants me to know.

(3) Leave room for error.

There may come times when my system or one that you choose may not work. A bad day or the pressures of your schedule may keep you from meeting with the Lord.

(4) Your place and time are important.

I have a very comfortable chair where I like to pray. Unfortunately, it is too comfortable and I tend to “rest in the Lord” during my prayer time.

We do well to find a place and a time where we can give God the respect he is due. After all, we are entering the Most Holy Place of his presence.

God has gone to great lengths to open the door to his presence. Let’s take advantage of this awesome and gracious opportunity in the new year.

YouTube Video

Rudy Ross and I talk about Hebrews today on YouTube. You can see the video on the Bob Spradling channel.

I am indebted to Gareth Lee Cockerill’s commentary on Hebrews for the information contained in this blog.

Please email your prayer request to bsprad49@gmail.com. The Maywood prayer team will pray for you.

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