Quick Hit:  James 4:8

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

How close do you want to be to God?  It is incredible to realize that you can be as close to God as you want to be.  As you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you.  He paid an awesome price, the death of His only begotten Son, to make the way possible for you to be near to Him.

James 4:8 goes on to say, “Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”  What often keeps us from drawing near to God is our unwillingness to stop sinning and to set our minds on the single pursuit of drawing near to God.  We often get “trapped” in sins and in ways of being like the world while at the same time trying to be near to God.  One way we purify our hearts is to determine that we will seek God.  Determine that you will be single-minded.  He will give you the power to overcome sin.  Jesus overcame all sin in the flesh and God will give you the power to overcome sin in the flesh through faith in Jesus if that is what you really desire.

So what will you do today to draw near to God?  What will you stop doing that pulls you away from God and what will you decide to do today to draw near to Him?  The lie of this world is that our lives are better, more interesting, more exciting and more fulfilled, if we live on our own, away from God.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  The greatness in knowing God is beyond compare.  He wants you to come near to Him.  He is calling you to come near to Him even now.

Humanly, we want to put this off.  So many of us want to be near to God, but fail to make the conscious effort, the conscious decision to do it.  Make the choice to do something concrete to draw near to God today!  Pull out your Bible and read it.  Then pray about what you read.  Talk to God about His word and tell Him that you want to be near to Him.  Make the choice to do this daily.  You have the power to choose to draw near to God.  You can make this choice.  God’s promise is that if you will draw near to Him, He will draw near to you.

- Written by David Liesenfelt  Copyright © 2005