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Ephesians 3:12 on My Mind

NewOMM“Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.” –Ephesians 3:12, NLT

It distresses me that some people, even Christians, are afraid or don’t know how to talk to God. This is what He created us for! He loves us. He wants us to love Him back. And, as in all other relationships, communication is the tool we use to get to know one another, to understand each other, to resolve conflict, to grow close.

God invites us to grow closer to Him each day.

In the beginning, Adam and Eve enjoyed walking and talking in the garden with God. They enjoyed a closer relationship with Him than any of us have ever yet known.

But sin built a barrier between them and God. Sin gives people a reason to fear His Presence, a reason to cower in the dark.

That’s why we need Jesus. Because of His sacrifice on our behalf and if we’ve placed our faith in Him as our Savior, that barrier of sin is gone. We can enter God’s Presence boldly and with confidence.

Eph3-12When I was in junior high school, my mom and I were baking one day. The vanilla smelled so good, I asked my mom if I could taste it. She told me no, telling me that I wouldn’t like the taste.

Later that day, she left to run some errands. I remembered the vanilla in the pantry and decided to try it for myself. I guess I didn’t believe my mom. But I should have! It tasted so bad that I spit it back out—and got it all over my clothes.

Not wanting my mom to know what I’d done, I changed, washed the strong smell of vanilla out of my clothes, and put them in the dryer. They finished drying just in time for me to change back into them before my mom came home.

I’d gotten away with it! But I still felt badly about what I’d done. I avoided my mom for most of the afternoon until I couldn’t stand it anymore and made a tearful and fearful confession.

She laughed! I was so confused—and relieved. Our relationship was restored.

In the same way, if ever we do wrong, thanks to Jesus, we can confess this wrong to God, knowing He will always forgive. The wall of sin between us will come down, so we can boldly and confidently enter His Presence again.

Father, thank You for creating us for fellowship with You. And thank You for Your Son, Jesus, Who died on the cross and rose again, that we can enjoy this fellowship—now and through eternity. We love You, Lord. Draw us into Your Presence often. This is where we long to dwell, forever with You, growing closer each day. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Janet Benlien Reeves

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