Lord, You stand by Your promises so that I might stand ON those promises
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
“It was a perfect sacrifice by a perfect person to perfect some very imperfect people.” (v.14 The Message)
By that single offering, Lord, You did “everything that needed to be done for everyone who takes part in the purifying process—[including me] … Once sins are taken care of for good, there’s no longer any need to offer sacrifices for them.”
So now I can– “without hesitation—walk right up to You, into ‘the Holy Place.’ Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of His sacrifice, acting as [my] priest before You. The ‘curtain’ into Your presence is His body.”
So, may I step forward– “full of belief, confident that [I’m] presentable inside an out. Help [me] to keep a firm grip on the promises that keep [me] going. You always keep Your Word. Guide [me] in seeing how inventive [I] can be in encouraging, loving and helping out others, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring others on, especially as [I see] the big Day approaching” when I get to see You face-to-face!
Oh! on that day, may I be found crawling up into Your lap … or perhaps, You’ll pick me up and hold me near to Your heart! Keep me faithful to You here in this life, Father … so that I’ll get to hear You say, “Well done!” on that Day. Help me to stick it out, staying with Your plan so I’ll see the ‘completion’ You’ve promised. By Your strength, I’m no quitter who loses out. Oh, no! I can be determined to stay with it and survive, trusting You all the way.
You have made me. . .
… someone who knows the One who said, “Blessed are the children …” and through whom those who meet me can encounter this One who came to love them and save them.
… someone who can direct others to You for all that they need.
… someone to whom You’ve entrusted a portion of Your riches so that my life can function, can be equipped and can make an impact on lives here that need You, that need to be reminded that they need You or that they belong to You and You love them.
… someone who is truly able, because of You, to set an example of a woman who first belongs to You–heart, body, mind and soul– someone You can use to move another heart closer to Your own, simply by the choices she makes … even the tough ones of setting aside her own will for the higher purpose of pointing another life to You–a purpose that has an impact on eternity –way beyond the moment (1 Thessalonians 4:3-7).
Only YOU, Lord, can fine-tune my heart to want what You want and not what I want or what others or the world tells me I should seek … Go at it, Lord! just like You’re already at work doing in me …and keep making me a little more like Jesus each step of Our journey together. Amen