Draw Near to God, He is already Near to You

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Recently I thought I had too much on my plate. I exercised my ability to say “no”, and took my day off seriously. Looking to the future: I tossed the idea of cutting down my hours at work. I wanted to work on future details of our family, make our house a home, and visit my family back home more.

None of that was the plan, for now.

In a recent turn of events I was asked to take on more of a leadership role at the Church, with more responsibility, with pay cuts and budget cuts all across the board for our church.

So. I dropped my plans and fell on my face before Jesus. He has been my Rock. I have peace. I have joy. I am brave.

I know God will make it possible for me to plan our future as a family, cook, clean, plan visits, have people over, take care of our pets, enjoy life… all while taking on this important calling. I just need to listen to His voice.

I’m ashamed to say in these times of turmoil… they are the sweetest times of worship for me.

Why can’t I seem to be this close to my Lord during the good times?

I realized today that I find the most peace and joy in the trials– not because God has changed, but because I have. Tweet this.

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you {HE IS already close by}. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8

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Missing Out

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You know, sometimes we have been attending worship services for so long, we forget what worshiping God means.

Let’s think outside what we have assumed (that worship time means singing songs), because in that small mindset, we are missing out.

*I used to miss out. I was really cynical about worship music, and would pick and choose what I liked and didn’t like. I was missing out. I didn’t understand the purpose of corporate worship. I can’t tell you with words strong enough the change it made in my relationship with God when I started really worshiping God. I started worshiping not just when my preferences were met – but all the time. I set aside that Sunday morning corporate time as just for Him. I’m still learning this as we speak.

If we don’t get this- we have poverty of spirit- our relationship with God suffers. We miss:

1. Closeness with God. He demands our worship. It starts as early as Exodus when Moses was used by God to deliver Israel from Pharaoh’s rule, God said in His word that they worshiped in a huge party, my version said the word “a festival” of praise.

2. Joy– God says in the Bible that our joy is fulfilled through worshiping Him.

Psalm 16:11, “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

Psalm 63:3, “Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.”

3. Edifying of the believers. Edify means to instruct and improve. How can our faith in our God be nourished if we just sing songs?

Colossians 3:16, “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”

1 Corinthians 5:4, “So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present.”

The challenge: focus in on what it is God desires from you today. Just thank Him in any posture or any words that best fit your relationship with Him. Ask Him to cloud out distractions and ask God to speak tenderly to your heart what it is He desires out of your worship. 

You are loving, You are wise
There is nothing in my life You cannot revive
You are loving, You are wise
There is nothing too hard for our God