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Be of a contrite spirit

Key verse: Isaiah 66:2

For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

Psalms 24:1-4

A person with a contrite spirit is one with remorse and a show of sorrow for his misdeeds. Our God is the Holy One. He created us in holiness and expects us to be holy in all ramification of our lives. The sin we committed in Adam created a separation between us and the Holy One. It became a gulf of separation between man and God. This is simply because God’s eyes are too pure to look on sin. Yet, He loves us and curries our fellowship. These two situations are difficult to marry. Hence, Moses in the Old Testament suggested animal sacrifices unto the Jewish nation to enable them move a bit close to God in fellowship. A bit in that with all their animal sacrifices only the priest, after his own sacrifice and with chain tied around his waist just in case the purity of the Holy One slays him that he may be dragged out of the chamber, enters therein. In fact, a time was when at the mountain of God, they declined hearing the voice of God and granted Moses the leeway to do so on their behalf.

No one can properly appear before God with sin. But Christ has borne our sin and given us the right to approach the throne of grace in confidence crying Abba, Father. Nonetheless, access is not granted to everyone but those who, with a contrite spirit, acknowledge the sacrifice of Christ, having been operating in sin hitherto but embraces the sacrifice of Christ with a sorrowful heart concerning their ordinarily unacceptable nature, and remorsefully accepts to live henceforth by the leading of the Spirit of God based on the tenets of Christ. To these, access is readily granted to the throne of grace.

Have you been praying and seeking the face of God for some particular thing or the other and you are not convinced you have had access? Or have you been calling on God without a response at all? It is possible that your sin is separating between you and the Lord. You can also have access if you will humble yourself and acknowledge your filth. You don’t need any other sacrifice now than that which Christ has made for you. But you must understand it to take benefit of it. Get qualified for access and you will be received.

Pray: Father, I humble myself before you; by the grace I have in the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, please grant me unfettered access to your throne forever in Jesus name.

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