Weekend Word | With Confidence, Draw Near

May 10, 2024
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Weekend Word is a regular rhythm on the Fieldstone Counseling social media accounts. Each Friday, we share an abbreviated post from one of our counselors, centered around a passage of scripture and offering brief reflective thoughts. These posts will now be added to our Resources page here on the website for additional reading preferences. We hope they might become a refreshing shift for you as you enter into the weekend!

What do you do when you sin? That is a hard question to which anyone can give a good Sunday school answer, but if you were to sit with it and honestly answer, what would that answer be? Maybe your approach is
indifference - "This happens all the time, and I am not perfect, so what?"
despair - "I have done it again, tempted and gave into it, how could I? There is no hope. I will never learn."
Repentance: "Here I am, Lord. I am sorry. I need your help to live as who you have called me to be." 
In all of those scenarios, Hebrews 4:15-16 offers wonderful hope! The author of Hebrews points out that as believers, we can approach God confidently and receive help! Why is that? 

→ We have a high priest: In religious terms, a high priest is a mediator between God and humans, offering sacrifices and making atonement for sins. Jesus is our high priest. He has made it possible for us to approach God without the need for any rituals or sacrifices. Through his life, death, and resurrection, he has cleared the path for us to access God directly. This empowerment should encourage us to seek God's help in our struggles with sin and temptation.

→ Despite being in heaven now, Jesus is not detached from our earthly experiences. As both fully human and God, he possesses an unparalleled capacity to empathize with our weaknesses. He is the one who truly understands and shares in our struggles, making us feel less alone in our shortcomings.

→ God is our true source of mercy and grace, and this passage assures us that because of Jesus, we can come to the Lord and find the grace and mercy we need.

Whatever weakness you are facing, the temptation to sin, complain, be angry, or be vengeful, keep the faith—remain steadfast and seek the Lord in the midst of your trial and temptation. Because of the work of Jesus, our great high priest, you do not need to fear or hesitate to come to God. So make that approach today, knowing you will get the mercy and grace you need. Take a moment now to reflect on your struggles and the truth in this passage. After that, spend some time in prayer with confidence.

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