How close are you and God right now? What is your relationship like? Are you on fire and feel closer to the Lord than you ever have before? Or, are you already cringing as you read this because, well, you’ve been struggling in your relationship with God?
If you’re not as close with God as you would like and know you should be don’t stop reading this. I understand because I was there recently. And I have no doubt hundreds, if not thousands of other Christians have been where you are and are currently experiencing the same thing.
I’ve noticed a pattern in my own personal walk with God. When I am close with the Lord I am eager to grow and be challenged spiritually. I want every part of my heart exposed for the Lord to fix. I want Him to mold me despite how painful it may be. But when I am distant from the Lord, I am hesitant to read spiritual growth books and devotional books. I am scared for God to see every nook and cranny of my heart even though I already know He does see it.
When you are distant from Jesus it doesn’t just affect you. It also affects those around you. When you are not immersing yourself in Jesus, you are immersing yourself in the world. The world has plenty of self-absorbed unloving and non- compassionate women. What the world needs are women who are tenderhearted, compassionate, Christ-focused, and who put others before themselves. That is what happens when you bathe yourself in the presence of Almighty God; you become more like Him and less like the world.
Is there something between you and the Lord? 1 John 1:9 says,
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
We serve a merciful God. The Psalms shout God’s mercy from its pages. Psalm 103: 8-11 says,
“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.”
Ladies, you are loved by the Creator of the stars. The Lord does not want anything to stand between you two– not even your sin. That is why His son, Jesus, paid the penalty for all of your sins (past and present) and died an excruciating death on a cross. If you were the only human alive, Jesus would still have died for you. That is how much God desires a relationship with you.
What is keeping you from running into your Abba’s arms? James 4:8 says,
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts you double-minded.”
If you draw near to God He will draw near to you. The Lord wants to shower you with love and blessings. He cannot do this if you keep pushing Him away.
If you need to renew your relationship with the Lord, do so before you pillow your head tonight. Go before the throne of your Father and pour your heart out to Him. Every moment your relationship with God is broken is another moment of victory for Satan. Satan will fight to keep you from drawing near to God. He will whisper excuses to you. He will tell you that you are too far away from God. He will throw every distraction in your way just to make sure you don’t spend time with the Lord. Don’t listen to Satan’s lies. Listen to God’s truths – He loves you, forgives you, and wants a relationship with you.
It’s a new day with new mercies. Don’t let another day go by that could be a day spent at your Savior’s feet in sweet communion.
daily devotional Leah Marie