– Hannah Whittal Smith, 1800’s
Never doubt that God’s will in heaven for each of us on earth is still like it was in Moses’ days, “Let my people go! That they may worship me!” Hear Him say today to all our seen and unseen adversaries, “Let my people go! That they may live coram Deo!” God’s work for us is to aggressively believe and act in accordance with the fact that He still delivers us from any hindrance that blocks us from worshiping before His face without reserve. Christ died to set the captives free, and last I looked none of us is as free as He died to make us. With a firm understanding of an ever-present Savior in time of need, there is no sin, no hindrance, no stronghold, that can ultimately keep us from living coram Deo.
The very “reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” (Smith 1998) The cross of the resurrected Christ is the ax that destroyed the devil’s authority. Yet the devil still has power as evidenced by one look at Christians’ lives. This shows that Christians have yet to daily swing that ax in order to destroy his yokes. We need to put on the victory of the cross like a pair of shoes and walk it out. Only when by faith we persistently apply His blood to every doorpost of our lives, do we begin to shut out destroyers from our midst.
Jesus came not only to impute His righteousness and holiness to our account, but also to impart His righteousness and holiness as a practical reality in our lives. Jesus became our sin that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Co. 5:21) This truth is like the queen in the chess-like battles of life. This truth needs to be engaged in every play of our lives if we are ever to have the frequently cleaned conscience it takes to live confidently before Him. (1 Jn. 3:19) It’s time to say ‘checkmate!’ to every hindrance blocking our spot before the face of God.
Adapted from the Coram Deo Secret