CONFIDENCE IN THE PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
19 And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can confidently enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.
20 By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place.
21 And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house,
22 let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.
Confidence or boldness. It’s something that we all need, and for many of us, it’s something that we struggle with from time to time. But I’m not talking about earthly confidence. I’m talking about a Christ-centered, spiritual confidence that can drastically change our lives. If we can learn to operate with boldness when we are about to be in the presence of the Holy Spirit, then we have the type of confidence that genuinely matters.
Growing up in church, I was always comfortable worshiping with the rest of the congregation. I loved the sound of all the voices singing together and feeling the Holy Spirit fill the room. It is such a sweet moment when you know God’s presence is there with you. But what took me so long to realize is that I can have the same experience alone in my home without all the lights and production. Not to say that corporate worship isn’t essential. However, we can take these moments when we’re alone with God to learn how to operate with confidence in the presence of the Lord. So, when we are in a corporate setting, we can have that same time with Him. So, how do we have that?
We have to believe what Scripture says. “We can confidently enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus.” Through His Son’s blood, God gave us the gift of intimacy with Him. That means the Lord wants to spend time with you! He sees us for who we are, not for who we were. We don’t have to offer sacrifices through an earthly priest anymore. God, the great High Priest, is who we can go directly to! (Hebrews 10:21-22.) By believing and receiving what Scripture says, we can build that Christ-centered confidence in our walk with the Lord. However, just reading what God says about you is not enough; we have to engrain His Words in our hearts. Commit His Words to memory, so when those moments arise, we can combat those feelings of insecurity. It may not be instantaneous, but if you pursue this with a sincere heart, the Lord will reward you.
Take a moment to spend time in the presence of the Lord confidently. Ask Him to give you boldness in His name. Remember that because of Jesus’ work on the cross, you can confidently enter into the presence of God.
Memorize Hebrews 10:19-22.