Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Drawing Near: "Try some new venture with God..."

Are you hungry? Are you thirsty? Do you want more of God? Would you like to re-kindle your relationship?

James 4:8 (NKJV) says:
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
If we draw near to God, then just like any other relationship, our relationship with God will be strengthened by our efforts.  But unlike our other relationships, God is holy!  We cannot make peace with sin in our lives and expect to be on good terms with God!

Matthew 6:24 (NKJV):
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
You cannot draw near to God while giving your heart away to sin.  This is idolatry, and it is considered spiritual adultery in the eyes of God.  It is important to note that we will never be completely without sin this side of Heaven (though Jesus sets us free, we still make mistakes), but what God is looking for is our attitude towards it.  He looks for the struggle.  Are we at peace with sin or are we fighting it?  Are we making sin our master?  Or do we hate our sin and seek its eradication in our lives?

That being said, if you truly desire to draw closer to God, then why not start right away?  As John Piper says, "Try some new venture with God."

So, decide right now: What am I going to do this week to draw closer to God?

I would love to hear your ideas and their results.  Comment below or email me: sadiemegdan@gmail.com

Let us take time this very day to rethink our priorities and how prayer fits in. Make some new resolve. Try some new venture with God. Set a time. Set a place. Choose a portion of Scripture to guide you. Don’t be tyrannized by the press of busy days. We all need midcourse corrections. Make this a day of turning to prayer—for the glory of God and for the fullness of your joy. - John Piper

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