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Listen while you read: "Jesus Thou Joy Of Loving Hearts"1 (Lyrics)

I was typing a message of consolation to a fellow believer on my cell phone and was just about finished, when my two-year-old great-grandson came running in, jumped on my lap, and proceeded to give me a big hug and kiss.

What happened next, I can't even explain. The pressure from his jump, bumped my phone. It caused the words "hahaha" to be added to my message, and then, to my alarm, the message was sent.

I gave my great-grandson a hug, three kisses, gently took him off my lap, and prayed that the recipient of my e-mail message would somehow understand as I apologized for what had just happened.

The little fellow meant no harm. It never occurred to him that he wouldn't be welcomed into my arms or that I wouldn't accept one of his precious hugs or kisses.

His boldness made me think of this passage:

Hebrews 10:19-20 – Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh. (KJV)

The veil of the temple that separated sinful mankind from our holy God was rent from top to bottom when Jesus died on Calvary's cross. We now have been given access to the Holy of Holies, the very throne of God, made possible by the precious blood of Jesus Christ.

Praise God, we are welcome to come boldly any time and all the time — no appointment necessary!

If we've ever hesitated to come to God thinking that He might be angry, upset with us, or too busy, or that our prayers were too insignificant, when we read this passage, we see otherwise. For when we come boldly to the throne of God, we do not come in our own merit; we come through the precious blood and sacrifice of His dear Son Jesus.

I like to think that the following poem shows how happy God is when, through the precious blood of Jesus, we boldly enter into the Holy of Holies.

    The Holy of Holies

    For you I have waited
    I'm so glad that you came
    You have your credentials
    My blood and My name

    Come, let's sit here together
    In our heavenly place
    I am here longing to hold you
    Feel the warmth of your face

    I created this glory
    With you on my mind
    All the things you desire
    In My presence you'll find

    But head-knowledge relations
    Just will not do
    For I want you to know Me
    And how much I love you

    The veil of the temple
    When it rent in two
    Was a picture of my flesh
    Of what I came to do

    I came to tear down walls
    Thoughts that aren't true
    Like the Holy of Holies
    Is just for a few

    The Holy of Holies
    Is not just for some
    The access is wide open
    Whosoever may come

    I want you to know that
    I love when you're near
    And you don't have to leave
    You're supposed to dwell here

God is never too busy, nor are our prayers and concerns too trivial for Him.

Hebrews 4:16 – Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (KJV)

Prayer: Father God, thank You that through the blood of Jesus, we have access to come boldly into the Holy of Holies. What an awesome privilege that is! Thank You so much! Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Cheryl!

    Great word today, Cheremiah. Loved the poem.

    A great reminder, Cheremiah! Many thanks and God bless!

    How wonderful your devotional is, and the poem gives so much.

    Thank you, Cheryl for this encouragement in our relationship with God.

    Yes, Cheryl, God is so good to us! Thanks for sharing this devotional with us. Blessings.

    A lovely devotional Cheryl. Thanks for sharing.
    (Ontario, Canada)

    Thank you for the lovely description of your grandson’s love. Grateful for the pictures you paint, Cheryl.

    Good morning Cheryl
    Thank you so much for your message this morning. The poem is beautiful.

    Lovely devotional Cheryl, and l enjoyed reading your poem! Thank you for sharing this important message.

    Hi Cheremiah,
    Another very good devotional and poem. I really enjoy your writings, keep up the good work.

    Hello Cheryl
    This was really good, and I enjoyed it. I really get a charge out of the scripture Hebrew 4:16. It is powerful to think we can do that.
    God bless.

    Hello Cheremiah,
    Thank you kindly for another beautiful devotional and poem. It is so wonderful that we have the ever-present grace and mercy of our Lord.
    Blessings to you. Enjoy a beautiful day!

    A beautiful devotional and poem, Cheryl!
    At 76 yrs. old, I have lots of time to spend at His Throne of Grace and do so many times a day! Sometimes I ask Jesus if He gets tired of seeing me again and again! His gentle answer is always a loving embrace. So, I practically live there! As our imaginations are wont to do, I picture the joy in seeing my family and friends, St. Paul and all the other Bible saints, in Heaven when I get there. Then, I wonder if I can tear my eyes away from Jesus long enough to locate them!
    Blessings and love from a Christian sister.

    What a precious picture you’ve given us! I shall cherish the idea of being welcomed into Jesus’ arms – into His Presence any time of the day or night – for any reason at all, big or small. So many of my wonderful friends refuse to think that the Lord would help them with their plans and decisions. They are convinced that because God gave us the ability to reason things out, we mustn’t go to Him for things that we ‘should’ be able to reason out ourselves. I become the butt of much scoffing when I say they should go to the Lord first!! However, from my experience, the decisions and working out of time in my life have always been so amazingly efficient and effective and full of His Presence, that I can only mourn over their determination to ‘do it themselves’. Your analogy is so perfect – just go to Him and enjoy His love, His care, His joy, His Presence, His patience and His promise to handle your affairs, then make your plans. What a gift we have in Jesus’ loving Presence – if only everyone would surrender to His care. God bless.

    I had fun with your devotional – I sent the beginning part to my readers about the mishaps of the “smart” phones.
    I got rid of mine and went back to a simple “dumb” phone.
    God bless!

    Dear Cheryl,
    I have saved in my Inbox your Devotional of 23rd July entitled “Holy of Holies.”
    I was very touched by the poem that it contained. I would like to use it at a meeting
    which I have organized in my church.
    (Northern Ireland)


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