Posted by: missionventureministries | January 9, 2012

DRAW NEAR TO GOD AND HE WILL DRAW NEAR TO YOU – James 4:8

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”  – James 4:8

We draw near to God by confessing sin and studying God’s Word. The goal of every believer is to walk in obedience and unbroken fellowship with our heavenly Father. God draws near to believers who are loyal to His way of thinking as revealed in the Holy Bible.

As Christian we are to commit our lives to obey Jesus Christ as Lord, to put ourselves under God as our supreme ruler, to give our allegiance to Him. To draw near to God is when we have a great desire for closeness with the living God, to get to know Him better as we fellowship with Him. It is the pursuit of an intimate love relationship with God.

The Lord longs to have fellowship with us. He told Zacharias: “Therefore say to them, ‘thus says the LORD of hosts: “Return to Me,” says the LORD of hosts, “and I will return to you,” says the LORD of hosts.” – Zachariah 1:3

When we are saved we long to be in communion with the One who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. As the priest of old drew near to God, so does the one who comes with saving faith, the one who comes with humility and is literally in awe of the majesty of an infinitely holy loving gracious merciful God.  

Paul’s great cry was: “O that I may know Him” (Philippians 3:10).  His desire was that he would “rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord,” – 2 Corinthians 5:8. Paul continues, “Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him” – 2 Corinthians 5:9.

Like Paul, it is fantastic to understand what it means to want God’s energy flowing through us. To understand what it is to want to know all there is of the intimacy of a living communion with a holy God. That should be the pursuit of the heart of every believer.

It is amazing that God who transcends the universe allows us to enter into communion with Him through prayer and fellowship. We neither earn nor deserve this yet the Father delights in having companionship with us. He welcomes our voice and takes pleasure in answering our prayers. We have a compassionate High Priest who is waiting for us to draw near, “let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16

When we draw near to God, He will draw near to us. God requires that we exercise our desire toward Him first and He will embrace any believer no matter how long or to what extent he went away from Him. God stands ready to accept us with open arms.  “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him.” – Psalm 145:18

 

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