Draw Near


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  • 11/8/2009
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  • Draw Near

    1. 2. <ul><li>Have you ever felt far away from God? </li></ul><ul><li>Today we are going to talk about drawing near to God. James 4:7-12 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Paul taught that God is not far from us… Acts 17:26-27; Ps. 38:21; 73:28 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God really wants us to know Him! Jer. 9:13-14, 23-24 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The LORD wants us to have an intimate fellowship with Him. Gen. 2:7; 3:8-9 </li></ul></ul>
    2. 3. <ul><li>God is saying, I want some of your time. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God wants us to be more with Him! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The thing that helps us to be close to God is the thing that scares us – intimacy! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
    3. 4. So How Do I Get Close To God? James 4:7-12 <ul><li>Submit to God ! “For this cause be ruled by God…” v.7 ; Jn. 8:31-32 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If we listen to anyone else we will get lost in sin. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resist the devil ! “…but make war on the Evil One and he will be put to flight before you.” v.7 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If we don’t resist, sin will leak in and destroy us! Romans 6:23 </li></ul></ul>
    4. 5. So How Do I Get Close To God? James 4:7-12 <ul><li>You must draw near to God ! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By prayer: Heb. 4:16; 1 Tim. 2:5 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>By infusing the Word of God into our hearts and lives . This will bring us close to Christ in real obedience to His truth. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It’s through obedience to Christ… Heb. 5:9; Heb. 10:22; John 14:6 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not just talk… Matthew 15:8 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>We must walk and talk with God every day! James 2:12 </li></ul></ul></ul>
    5. 6. So How Do I Get Close To God? James 4:7-12 <ul><li>You have to QUIT dabbling in sin ! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wash your hands… James 4:8; 1 Jn. 1:9 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bit by bit we get in trouble… Gen. 3:1; Ps. 1:1 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You need to PURIFY your Inner Life ! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God cares about what happens to your heart. Prov. 27:19; 1 Jn. 1:5-7 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hebrew “Yada” is to know Him… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Opposite of knowing Him isn’t always ignorance but sometimes rebellion . Rom. 1:20-25 </li></ul></ul>
    6. 7. So How Do I Get Close To God? James 4:7-12 <ul><li>You have to HUMBLE yourself ! v.10 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The heart of obedience is humility! 2 Cor. 7:10 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why is it so important to humble yourself? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sin keeps us from intimacy with God </li></ul></ul>
    7. 8. So How Do I Get Close To God? James 4:7-12 <ul><li>You must BEHAVE yourself ! vv.11-12 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We will never be able to draw near to God until we draw near to each other! 1 John 4:20-21 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parents aren’t happy when siblings are arguing and neither is God. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We must be careful of what we say , think and do . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You need to think well, speak well and show love to your Christian brothers and sisters. </li></ul></ul>
    8. 9. Are You Near To God Right Now? <ul><li>Do you want to draw near to God? Draw near to His people. </li></ul><ul><li>Get into Christ today and walk with Him for the rest of your life! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hear Jesus… Romans 10:17 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Believe… John 8:24 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Repent… Luke 13:3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confess… Acts 8:37 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be Baptized… Acts 22:16 </li></ul></ul>