“It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before Him in their worship.
John 4:22-23 The Message
I’m “thankful today for the freedom You give us to bring our raw feelings to You. You’re the only one with whom we don’t have to pose or pretend about anything.
Because if we don’t bring our painful emotions to You, we will take them somewhere. Somebody will feel the brunt of our anguish and anger. Stuffing and dumping these feelings always brings destructive consequences. So grant us good gospel freedom as we come before You today.
Heavenly Father, only You have the big enough heart, deep enough wisdom and broad enough shoulders to walk with us through the chaotic and conflicted seasons of life. We praise You for the constancy of Your welcome. … Meet us with the promise and provision of new covenant grace.
So, friends, we can now—without hesitation—walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of His sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The “curtain” into God’s presence is His body.
So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out.
Hebrews 10:19-22 The Message