Scripture Reading: Hebrews 4:14-16. 14. We need to hold on to our declaration of faith: We have a superior chief priest who has gone through the heavens. That person is Jesus, the Son of God. 15. We have a chief priest who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses. He was tempted in every way that we are, but he didn’t sin. 16. So we can go confidently to the throne of God’s kindness to receive mercy and find kindness, which will help us at the right time.
Think: As I read this section of Scripture, I noticed three things that we need to do. 1) As when we first declared our faith in the salvation freely given by God through Jesus, His son; we need to constantly and consistently reaffirm that faith. 2) Do not return to the sin which once held us. We will be tempted, even as Jesus was, but in the same way he avoided sin, we are not to sin. 3) Go to God, seek, and accept His compassion and forgiveness.
Pray: Jesus, I believe that you are the instrument of God’s salvation and merciful grace freely given. Through your goodness I am forgiven of my sin and with the help of the Holy Spirit I can resist sinning. I believe that, if I slip from the path you’ve laid before me, I can be forgiven still by returning to your throne of mercy. All praise to your holy name. Amen.