Come Near to God



Come Near to God. Just as the Children of Israel were continually bombarded with the temptations of the world, so, too, do we face that same temptation every single day of our lives.


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4 You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:

"God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble."

7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

James 4:4-10, NIV



Come Near to God


Do you remember that passage from Joshua 24:15?



Choose you this day whom ye will serve; . . . but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. (KJV):



Just as the Children of Israel were continually bombarded with the temptations of the world, so, too, do we face that same temptation every single day of our lives. God is a jealous God; friendship with the world is hatred to God? Look at the next sentence, Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. God draws the lines very tightly; there is no in between ground.



The situation seems hopeless, doesn't it? How can we help but be overcome by the temptations of this world. Actually, we can not, but, God can! But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."



Our goal as Christians is to be near to God with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind. God will not have it any other way. I fear we have weakened our perception of God by thinking that He will be pleased with our halfhearted service to Him, and will understand when we are continually drawn back into the world and away from Him. There really is no middle ground!



What, then, is the answer? Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.



Pray today that you would constantly live near to God in humbleness of spirit leaving the world far behind. Not only will God come near to you, but He will also lift you up!




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