Draw Near

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  • 11/8/2009
  • 11/8/2009
  • 11/8/2009
  • 11/8/2009
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    • Have you ever felt far away from God?
    • Today we are going to talk about drawing near to God. James 4:7-12
      • Paul taught that God is not far from us… Acts 17:26-27; Ps. 38:21; 73:28
      • God really wants us to know Him! Jer. 9:13-14, 23-24
      • The LORD wants us to have an intimate fellowship with Him. Gen. 2:7; 3:8-9
  • 3.
    • God is saying, I want some of your time.
      • God wants us to be more with Him!
      • The thing that helps us to be close to God is the thing that scares us – intimacy!
    • John. 15:5-6 BBE “ I am the vine, you are the branches: he who is in me at all times as I am in him , gives much fruit, because without me you are able to do nothing. 6 If a man does not keep himself in me , he becomes dead and is cut off like a dry branch; such branches are taken up and put in the fire and burned.
  • 4. So How Do I Get Close To God? James 4:7-12
    • Submit to God ! “For this cause be ruled by God…” v.7 ; Jn. 8:31-32
      • If we listen to anyone else we will get lost in sin.
    • Resist the devil ! “…but make war on the Evil One and he will be put to flight before you.” v.7
      • If we don’t resist, sin will leak in and destroy us! Romans 6:23
  • 5. So How Do I Get Close To God? James 4:7-12
    • You must draw near to God !
      • By prayer: Heb. 4:16; 1 Tim. 2:5
      • By infusing the Word of God into our hearts and lives . This will bring us close to Christ in real obedience to His truth.
        • It’s through obedience to Christ… Heb. 5:9; Heb. 10:22; John 14:6
        • Not just talk… Matthew 15:8
        • We must walk and talk with God every day! James 2:12
  • 6. So How Do I Get Close To God? James 4:7-12
    • You have to QUIT dabbling in sin !
      • Wash your hands… James 4:8; 1 Jn. 1:9
      • Bit by bit we get in trouble… Gen. 3:1; Ps. 1:1
    • You need to PURIFY your Inner Life !
      • God cares about what happens to your heart. Prov. 27:19; 1 Jn. 1:5-7
      • Hebrew “Yada” is to know Him…
      • Opposite of knowing Him isn’t always ignorance but sometimes rebellion . Rom. 1:20-25
  • 7. So How Do I Get Close To God? James 4:7-12
    • You have to HUMBLE yourself ! v.10
      • The heart of obedience is humility! 2 Cor. 7:10
      • The root of all sin is a lack of the fear of the Lord, and the lack of the fear of the Lord comes from pride. James 3:16; Heb 12:28
      • Why is it so important to humble yourself?
        • You must humble yourself in order to fear the Lord! And one must fear the Lord in order to have the beginning of knowledge! Prov. 1:7; 8:13
      • Sin keeps us from intimacy with God
  • 8. So How Do I Get Close To God? James 4:7-12
    • You must BEHAVE yourself ! vv.11-12
      • We will never be able to draw near to God until we draw near to each other! 1 John 4:20-21
      • Parents aren’t happy when siblings are arguing and neither is God.
      • We must be careful of what we say , think and do .
      • You need to think well, speak well and show love to your Christian brothers and sisters.
  • 9. Are You Near To God Right Now?
    • Do you want to draw near to God? Draw near to His people.
    • Get into Christ today and walk with Him for the rest of your life!
      • Hear Jesus… Romans 10:17
      • Believe… John 8:24
      • Repent… Luke 13:3
      • Confess… Acts 8:37
      • Be Baptized… Acts 22:16