19Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
- Both v23 and 6:19 mention the hope: “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess” (v23) and “this hope” (6:19). What is “the reason for the hope” (1 Peter 3:15) that I have? Many Christians feel the tension of being Christians in this secular society and find it difficult to share their faith with others. When was the last time I felt free to express my faith in Jesus Christ and the hope that this gives me?
- Christian fellowship and gatherings provide opportunities for believers to care for one another, encourage one another, etc. This week, share in my cell meeting the difficulty I have in sharing my faith with others. Ask the other members to pray for me and to encourage each other.
- During my quiet time alone today take a moment to ask God for the strength to express my faith in all circumstances.
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the “Spiritual Journal” book.