Look at the way David handled himself in the face of discouragement. We will never feel good about ourselves without knowing how to handle moments of discouragement – and such moments can come often and even come in bunches.
Who do you want as your priest? Do you want Aaron or Jesus, a Shaman soothsayer or Jesus, Joseph Smith of Mormonism or Jesus, an Islamist cleric or Jesus, an ecclesiastical Catholic or Jesus, a guru of Eastern mysticism or Jesus, Shirley McLaine and Madonna or Jesus? Checking the fine print just might be a good idea.
God wants us to feel good about ourselves. I don’t mean that there are never times for sorrow and/or repentance. However, we are to live from joy to joy and strength to strength due to the resources He has poured into our lives. Though everyone may defy the power of God in our lives, what matters is what we – as individuals – believe.
The commandments, rituals, and regulations of the Mosaic Law cannot get men and women to God. The law, as well intentioned as it may be, cannot produce human perfection, which is the minimum requirement for access to God. So, what hope do we have? Actually, we have a better hope, says the writer of Hebrews, a hope that makes us perfect before God. Sound crazy?
Forgiveness is free. Forgiveness comes to us totally and completely. There is no such thing as partial or gradual forgiveness. It doesn’t come by inches. You’ve either got it or you don’t. Get this. You can have it today – 100 percent, and start again.
Christianity is neither an addition to Judaism nor does it adorn Judaism. To the contrary, Christianity is a new order. Essentiality, Judaism gives us the symbols while Jesus gives us the substance. If you’re looking for spiritual, life-changing power, then cease clinging to the symbols and open your life to the substance.