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“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you. Sing for joy, you heavens, for the Lord has done this; shout aloud, you earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the Lord has redeemed Jacob, He displays His glory in Israel.” Isaiah 44:22

What a gift the Lord has given us, to be able to spend time in His manifest presence with no blinders and no veil! Because of the crucifixion, we’ve been given freedom. The Son of God broke the barrier that was between us, giving us full access to His presence. However, there are times when believers can feel distant from His presence. It can feel difficult at times to press-in or to feel anything at all during worship. I’ve deduced this down to either a spiritual brain-fog where we can’t understand how much Jesus loves us or we are believing a lie that our mistakes spoil our souls for good, thus making us unworthy. Well, newsflash: none of us are worthy! Every single person fails. How dare we believe that we can earn our salvation with good deeds? Are we to believe that we’re holy enough to buy our own ticket into Heaven? Was the blood not enough for us?

Scripture tells us that sin separates us from God, but it also tells us that nothing can separate us from His love! This is no contradiction, but a reminder that His love is bigger than our sin. The beauty of repentance is that it shouldn’t be a single choice that we make, but a posture that we choose to live in. Living in repentance means living in a constant state of thankfulness for the love and forgiveness that we don’t deserve! Thus, we should live our lives entering His gates with the password of, “Thank you!” every single day!


Prayer: Father, thank you for washing us clean daily, no matter how dirty we are. Give us courage to praise you so boldly, so unbridled, and so undignified, remembering what you’ve paid for! Soften our hearts to your presence. Thank you, forever! In Jesus name, amen!

Madison Grace Binion