Drawing Close to God

16 Nov

Sometimes there are things that need to be said that are hard to hear, but in the end the temporary discomfort of listening is well worth it.  This is one of those things that can be hard to hear.

“What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.

You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. What do you think the Scriptures mean when they say that the spirit God has placed within us is filled with envy? But he gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say,

“God opposes the proud
but favors the humble.”

So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” James 4:1-10

So you see, it is hard to admit some things; that is because those things are not from God.

God wants you to love him with all your heart, all your mind, and all your soul.

“Oh, the joys of those who do not
follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.
They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do.” Psalm 1:1-3

In order to draw close to God, we also need to watch the company we keep.

As the saying goes, “Bad company corrupts good character.”

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4 Responses to “Drawing Close to God”

  1. Manny November 16, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    I like when the scripter says: “meditate day and night” it tells us that meditating helps against the evil like a shield.
    Thanks for the word!
    I love you..

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