We continued to study Romans chapter five in the sermon yesterday, this time moving on to verse two. :) "our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God."
We spent some time in the Old Testament, pouring over Leviticus and the tabernacle scenes and realizing how unworthy, unable to approach the presence of the Lord in the Holy of Holies we, or even the high priest, really are. Even the priest chosen to make atonement before God once a year had to carry with him the blood of a sacrifice and a smokey veil as he went behind the curtain into the Holy Place, lest he die. He did not have full, direct access to God, he needed mediation.
This verse in Romans is telling us that those of us who have been saved now have access to God. Because Christ has paid the sacrifice for us (that is finished, we have been justified -past tense-), we now are able to go to God through the veil. Think of the bread at communion. Think of the broken loaf. Through brokenness we are shown Christ.
When we do something deliberately we know is wrong, do we shrink back from God, worried we are not worthy to approach Him? No, we should come boldly before His throne, full of repentance, because we have direct access to the Justifier. We can't clean ourselves up to get back into God's presence- He promises to cleanse us when we come. We are no longer in the slave market of sin. When we retreat from being bold before God, we in essence retreat towards enmity with Him. The transaction is done, between Christ and the Father, the sacrifice was made. So, we always have access to Him, in spite of our sins and failures. In fact, while we were still a sinner, Christ died for us. No matter what we do, He paid the price.
In our falleness, we may think of this as a "free pass" to do whatever we want. You know, 'cause God will forgive us. Paul goes on in chapter six to kick this idea out the door so, no, we should not feel the liberty to sin. :) We need to press on towards the mark, remember our position before the Lord, and use our access to Him boldly, praying often and without fear. :)
this past March... or my realllllly faithful followers may remember it from Easter 2012. I love it because it's so easy, flattering, and comfortable. I knew I needed to style it differently than I have here on the blog before, so I went with a "fun summer" look. :) One of the perks of blogging is that it forces me to be creative every week getting ready for church-- which I love! I feel like it helps me put more deliberate thought into how I'm dressing for my King each week.
I tried to tie all the different colors together-- hat and belt match (and earrings, sort of), shoes, halftee, and black flower match, and nails and hat trim match. :D
I just found some fabric and flowers stuffed in with our hair accessories and safety pinned it to the hat.
Dress: JCPenny's ($15)
Hat: Sears? JCPenny's? I'm not real sure... (~$10)
Belt: Charity Store ($2)
Earrings: Charity Store ($2)
Shoes: Charity Store ($2)
Nail polish: Wet N' Wild ($2)
Here's a picture that shows my hair feather, ha! I love doing out-of-the-ordinary things with my hair because I get bored doing the same 'dos over and over, yet I don't have time to try out new styles, etc. So, I love to crimp feathers into my hair. Right now I have two- a long one behind my ear attached near my scalp and another on the end of a tiny braid, shown here. They are not very noticeable, but they make me happy and add some interest to hairstyles. :) I think these two have been in for a month or two. And, I've heard your requests for a video on how I curl my hair-- I'll have to see if I can do that sometime soon. :) It's really really easy.
How was your Lord's Day yesterday? What did you wear? What was your sermon about? Do you go boldly before the throne of God, or are you more hesitant? Have a great day!!