Getting Close to God!

From The Heart of Pastor Shane (January 31, 2017)

Many of us make the mistake of thinking that since God already knows our needs He will automatically meet them.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  God asks of us to continually come to Him and be very specific about all of our needs.

In James 4:2 we read, “you do not have because you do not ask.”  Jesus says in Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find, knock, and it will be opened to you.”  We are even told over in Philippians 4:19, “my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches and glory by Christ Jesus.”  If you have any material need, you should call upon the Lord for that need and God will provide that need if it is best for you.

According to God’s Holy Word our source of safety and security is in the Lord.  Psalm 55:16 tells us, “As for me, I will call upon God, And the Lord shall save me.”  In Psalm 86:7, it teaches: “in the day of my trouble I will call upon You, For You will answer me.”  If you are going through a situation in life and need the Lord’s deliverance and shelter from trouble, call upon His Name.

God has promised to be our guide.  He knows exactly where we are headed and God offers to be with us all the way on the journey.  For strength and guidance, we should always calls upon the Lord.  In order for men to be saved, they must call upon the name of the Lord.  If you want freedom from God’s wrath, you must call upon His name.  Psalm 116:13 reads: “I will take upon the cup of salvation, And call upon the name of the Lord.”

Maybe you are at a point in your life where you stagnant in your faith, as though you are just going through the motions of life.  Maybe there is some wedge between you and God, making Him seem distant.  When David sinned with Bathsheba, he felt this way.  In his prayer he cried, “Restore to me the joy of Your Salvation.”

God wants us to be close to Him and to experience His full and complete life.  God will give back the joy of your relationship with Him.  Amen!

~Pastor Shane