Living Close to God – Part 2

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.  –James 4:8

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” –Ps.:46:10

We need to get still in order to experience God. It is in the stillness that we get to know and experience God’s presence. David understood this when he wrote Psalm 46:10. Isaiah also understood this when he wrote,  “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” — Is. 10:15

As long as we are satisfied with the status quo, we will never come to the point where we truly experience God as He desires to be experienced. The experience is always on God’s terms, not ours.

A. W. Tozer, Voice of a Prophet: Who Speaks for God?

In the midst of today’s noise, we need to get before the Lord in stillness and quietness. As you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you. –James. 4:8

All the noise can keep you from hearing His “still small voice” speaking to you in the quiet of your heart. Don’t let it!

Your faith will grow as a result of your interpersonal communion with God. When you draw near to God, the promises of God become real in your life. Peace, strength, hope, joy, faith, love…will begin to characterize how you live. 

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” –John. 16:13

In Jeremiah 29:12-14, the Lord invites us to , “call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,”

There is nothing better than being in the presence of the Lord! Today, if you hear His voice, draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having your hearts sprinkled to cleanse you from a guilty conscience and having your bodies washed with pure water. –Heb. 10:22

It is in the stillness that we get to know and experience God’s presence.

Draw near to Him “with a sincere heart”, honestly; with real purity of heart; without simulation or disguise, and confronting our own hypocrisy and known sin. A sincere, genuine heart is also an undivided heart not divided between God and the world, but is wholly dedicated to God alone. 

Draw near to Him with full assurance of faith and a clean conscience. Don’t allow your faith to wane during this time of shaking. Don’t allow the negativeness of today’s climate to cause your heart to become cluttered with negativity. We must make sure to continually speak the truth of the gospel to ourselves and to one another, so that we will learn to live in the freedom that already belongs to us in Christ.

“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,  and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,  not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” –Heb. 10:19-25

The Passion Translation of Hebrews 11:6 says, “He rewards the faith of those who give all their passion and strength into seeking him.”

Mercy, peace and love be your in abundance!

Dr. A.

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