Thursday, June 7, 2012

I'm Closer Now!

I’m Closer Now

Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.

Sin can cause a great divide between us and god. It can seem that we are a world away from God at times. Even looking at the world and how expansive the universe is, we have to stop and ask like the psalmist, “What is man that you (God) are mindful of him?” The writer of Ecclesiastes concluded that life was meaningless because the fate of the wise, the fool and the animal were the same; they all die.

If we were to stop with the conclusions of the writer of Ecclesiastes, we would leave depressed like him but we have knowledge of something he didn’t. We have the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. The writer of Ecclesiastes was extremely wise but didn’t have the knowledge of who Jesus was and what he could do. Through Jesus, God reconciled the world back to himself. For those of us who were far away, Jesus drew us back to God by dying for our sins on the cross. He was the perfect sacrifice because he was without sin and his blood purified us of our separation from God’s Holiness.

How do we get closer to God?

1. Accept the gift of God’s salvation by receiving Jesus as your Lord and savior. Before Jesus we were foreigners and excluded from the promise of eternal life with God. The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life.

2. Confess your sins to Jesus. When we confess our sins to Jesus, God is faithful to forgive us of each and every sin.

3. Turn from your wicked ways. Grace makes us want to live right. When we experience the love of God we have the desire to turn away from what displeases him.

4. Walk in the newness of life. When we surrender our lives to Jesus the Holy Spirit begins to change us from the inside out so that we begin to live a new life in Jesus. As a result, we begin to walk closer to God because we have the mind of Christ.

Today, you have the opportunity to walk closer with God than you did yesterday. You are closer to your destiny than you think you are. It’s time to get back to where you are supposed to be in God. Don’t let anything separate you from the Love of God. It’s time to get back to God.

Dear God,

Thank you for drawing me closer. Draw me nearer to your precious bleeding side. Your blood cleanses me and refreshes me so that I can walk closer with you than I have in the past. Thank you for forgiving me and extending your Grace. Today, I desire a closer walk with you.

In Jesus Name,


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