Wednesday, May 19, 2021

James 4:8 Scripture Meditation by Stephen Taylor

James 4:8

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Yesterday, as I was waiting on the shower water to heat up, God revealed something to me. See, that shower water takes a lot longer to heat up than it does to cool off, and our faith and relationship with Him can be the same way. It has taken me months of prayer, worship, daily Bible reading, church attendance, and fellowship to grow my relationship with God, and if I stop doing those things, my relationship with Him will instantly start to cool. And cool. And cool until I’m ice cold. And one thing I have learned about being cold is that you feel much more alone and isolated when you’re cold! Things look much bleaker in the winter than the summer here in Ohio!!

 


I have heard the word “intentional” a lot this week, and it’s so fitting here because whether it’s $1 or $100, 1 prayer or 10, 1 minute or 1 hour, we have to be intentional about spending time with God and serving Him!! It’s not always easy, but we have fought hard to grow closer to God, so let’s not give it back that easy!! God is fighting for us but we have to do our part also!!! The Scripture says, “Draw near to God AND God will draw near to you!” God wants to be closer to us; we just have to make the first move!! No matter how hot or cold, God still loves you and wants to grow closer with you!!! If you’re reading this, then it’s not too late to run into the Father’s arms!!! Be encouraged!!!!!

 

I love you all, God bless, and Glory to God!!!!

 

 

 

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