Devotion for the Ninth Day of Christmas

young-man-with-bible_monkeybusinessHebrews 4:12-15 (NASB)
12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

We may be able to hide our sins from other people, but we cannot hide them from God. And we cannot deny them when His Word convicts us. Jesus knows our weaknesses—He faced the temptations we do, but, unlike us, Jesus did not give in to temptation. If we confess our sins and repent, we find grace and mercy at the throne of God because we are judged on the righteousness of Christ rather than on our own sinfulness.

Lord, we confess that we are weak and give in to temptation. We repent for everything we have done that we shouldn’t have done and everything we should have done that we didn’t do. We can’t be strong on our own, Lord. We need the righteousness of Jesus so we can stand before Your throne with confidence. He has washed away our sins, and we give our lives to Him. In His name we pray. Amen.

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