Day 27

“Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin.” - Psalm 32:5
How can I draw close to a God who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and fully aware of all the reasons I do not belong in His presence?

Many Christians face insecurities when approaching God. Many feel unworthy or disqualified from this privilege.

Why the struggle? Because we are human and God is not! We have a propensity to sin. And we are incapable on our own to give God the righteousness He deserves.

Thankfully, God knows we have these struggles. And, He has an answer.

First, our confidence in drawing near to God is not based on our performance. Our confidence is in the performance of Jesus. Hebrews 4 instructs us to come to God with boldness based on our full confidence in the finished work of Jesus on our behalf.

Once we have received Christ as savior, then God sees us as clothed in Christ.

Secondly, our confidence in drawing near to God is based on His love. I can trust His love for me.
The very things in my life that appear to disqualify me – sin, weakness, failure, flaws, etc. – provide convincing proof of God’s love. God knows everything about us. He is fully aware of the good, the bad and the “ugly” in our lives, and He loves us anyway.

When we confess our sins to Him, we acknowledge what He already knows. We reveal the part of our life that puts His love for us to the test (at least in our minds). And praise God: He proves His love. He forgives and loves us anyway.

Romans 2:4 indicates that the kindness of God leads to repentance.
Pray: Heavenly Father, reveal anything in my life that would hinder my ability to come into Your presence. Thank You for loving me in spite of my failures. And thank You allowing me to draw near to You based on what Jesus did for me, not based on my own actions.  Lord, it is Your loving kindness that leads me to repentance.

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