Friday, July 16, 2021

James 4:8 Devotion by Stephen Taylor

James 4:8

Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty, is divided between God and the world.


As I’m lying here and can’t sleep, the Holy Spirit is pouring this into me about how we as a church have to be more intentional. Is the time spent with Him intentional or optional? The time of considering God an option instead of the only option is over. We are either intentionally seeking God or living for the world! I know that as I have made my time with God a priority instead of a minority, He has looked upon it with favor and used it to draw me into Him and blessed and grown me more than words can say!!!!


Who am I that I even have the opportunity to come close to the Creator of the universe? And if that wasn't good enough, it says that He will then come close to me as well!! Think about it, He sent His Son to die for us, which was way more than any of us deserved, but He doesn’t stop there. He said, “I made the way, and I’m even willing to come closer if you would just seek me intentionally!” That speaks to the heart of our Father.


I believe that the more intentional you are seeking God and spending time with Him, the deeper and stronger your relationship will be with Him!!! I don’t get out of bed in the morning before I tell the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit good morning and ask Him to guide and guard my day. It may only be a few steps to the bathroom, but I don’t want to go anywhere without Him!!! Everyone has 20 minutes each morning they can spend in their Bibles and in prayer, and I challenge you to do it and see if He doesn’t respond!!! Divided loyalty is no loyalty at all, and I don’t think any of us want to be divided from Him on Judgment Day, so let’s get intentional now!!!


Be intentional, be a servant, be willing to sacrifice, and most importantly, open the door of your heart to Jesus !!!


I love you all, God bless, and Glory to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!




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