Thursday, May 21, 2015

God Thinking XCII - Question Of The Heart 10

"How can I get closer to God?  It seems that when I try, there is always something to cut it short, and I just don’t get to the place of glory that you talk about.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1 Peter 5:8

Count on resistance.  Your enemy is a planner. Just the thought that you desire a glory moment with God inflames your enemy to disrupt what you are doing or distract you long enough to lose the moment, anything to keep you from reaching beyond the norm.

The Bible says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
 8.  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.”  James 4:8

You can draw nigh to God, but it will require more than a moderate attempt at the last minute while rushing to get to the next thing.   

To draw nigh to God is a sacred event and not to be in the same repertoire as shopping, doing the laundry or getting a bite to eat.  If you want the glory of God you will have to seek it differently than other pursuits, because there isn’t as much resistance from the enemy in seeking other pursuits.

If we are going to be lit up like a light in the presence of God, we will have to learn to live a quiet and peaceful life.      
 1.  I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
 2.  For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.   1 Timothy 2:1-2

The Bible talks about living a quiet and peaceful life, being quiet before God and seeking a quiet place to meditate on His Word.  Nothing else will provide the proper setting for a glory moment with God. 

God isn’t going to compete for your affections. 
Entering into the inner court takes perseverance.  God doesn’t make it difficult, but the resistance from the enemy is formidable.

On this side of heaven there will always be resistance, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.   Ephesians 6:12

Some of us want a Moses experience while we have the TV on in the background and we are monitoring the mobile phone. 

The glory of God is not a commodity, nor will God respond in a glorious way, to a partially yielded vessel.  There’s only one way to get closer to God and that is to get further away from the world."

Excerpt from God thinking XCII - Questions Of The Heart by Keith C.                                          Powell Copyright 2015

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