When you come to God, you come into His gates with some things that you are thankful for. Then you come into His courts with praise. You tell Him how wonderful He is. But you can do all that and not even be in the Throne Room; the place of God’s presence.
You can thank Him, praise Him and love Him and still not be actually in His presence. You have to get into the Holy of Holies to access God. In the Old Testament Tabernacle, to get into the Holy of Holies, you had to go by way of the altar.
It’s like going to the doctor’s office and only sitting in the waiting room. Someone says, ‘Did you go to the doctor’s?’ and you say, ‘Yes, I did’. And you did! But you didn’t even get to see the doctor! To get all the doctor has for you, you have to get past the waiting room.
Where you get God’s help is in His Throne Room, the place of His presence. And to get there, you have to go by way of the altar where Jesus’ blood was shed. We get access to the Holy of Holies, the very presence of God through the blood.
But what does the blood do? It cleanses our conscience so we can come boldly into His presence without fear or doubt. With a clean conscience, we know we have the right to be in God’s presence.
So allow Jesus’ blood to purge you. And thank Him for the blood since we cannot get past the gates without the blood. We draw near to God by the blood. We come boldly before the Throne of God to obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Heb 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Heb 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.