Draw Near To God

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.   James 4:8
 
If God is everywhere, why does He sometimes seem so far away? The answer to that, of course, has nothing to do with God and everything to do with us. 
When we begin each day on our knees, in praise and worship to Him, God often seems very near indeed. If we ignore God’s presence or worse yet, rebel against it altogether, the world in which we live becomes a spiritual wasteland.
Are you tired, discouraged, or fearful? Be comforted because God is with you. Are you confused? Listen to the quiet voice of your Heavenly Father. Are you bitter? Talk with God and seek His guidance. Are you celebrating a great victory? Thank God and praise Him. He is the Giver of all things good.
In whatever condition you find yourself, wherever you are, whether you are happy or sad, victorious or vanquished, troubled or triumphant, celebrate God’s presence and be comforted. God is not just near; He has promised that He is right here, right now and that’s a promise you can depend on. 
 

TRUTH

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  John 8:32
 
God is vitally concerned with truth. His Word teaches the truth; His Spirit reveals the truth; His Son leads us to the truth. When we open our hearts to God and when we allow His Son to rule over our thoughts and our lives, God reveals Himself, and we come to understand the truth about ourselves and the Truth about God,s gift of grace.
The familiar words of John 8:32 remind us that when we come to know God’s Truth, we are liberated. Have you been liberated by that Truth? Are you living in accordance with the eternal truths that you find in God’s Holy Word? Hopefully so.
Today, as you fulfill the responsibilities that God has placed before you, ask yourself this question: “Do my thoughts and actions bear witness to the ultimate Truth that God has placed in my heart, or am I allowing the pressures of everyday life to overwhelm me?” It’s a profound question that deserves an answer…now.