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06/15/2009

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Getting Near To God


"Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water" (Heb. 10:22). In our lives often near is good. It is good to be near the ones we care for. The more we care for them, the nearer we want to be. We ought to get as near to the truths of life as we are able. Through reading the Word and meditation on it, we draw closer to the truths they contain. So.....How do we get nearer to our God? Its not a proximity thing, but a spiritual one. In today's verse, the writer of the Book of Hebrews gives us a blueprint on how we ought to get near to God.

First it should be "with a sincere heart." Most people can spot a phoney a mile away. God is not interested in phonies. We need sincerity. There is no "lip service" with God! "These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away" (Matt. 15:28). The true and meaningful issues of life are those of the heart. "Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life" (Prov. 4:23). To approach God, it must be with a true rather than a false heart.

If we are sincere, we can then have confidence. With a sincere heart "in full assurance of faith." When our hearts are right we can approach with this full assurance that He wants us near to Him. "But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind" (Jas. 1:6). When my kids were little, they never tired of me tossing them up into the air. They had full assurance that their daddy would catch them. "Having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience" is next. We can't get near to someone if our consciences are filled with guilt. We just don't feel right. It is our belief that we have obeyed God and made things right with Him that relieves our conscience and allows us to draw near.

Finally, "and having our bodies washed with pure water." To me this indicates our final act of submission to the will of God. When Paul talks about the final step in his conversion, these words are recorded in Acts 22:16. "And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on the name of the Lord." With this last act of obedience we draw near to our God through His Son....

Have a wonderful beginning to your week...Let your light shine for Him....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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