"Come near to God and he will come near to you." James 4:8 NIV
Thoughts for Today
Are you in a tug of war between your own agenda and God's plan for you? This week we will be looking at some ways to escape life's distractions and grow closer to God.
Life can slowly separate us from intimacy with God. Today there seems to be more than ever to distract us from the pursuit of a close personal relationship with him. We often find ourselves torn between our agenda and his desires for us. Guarding the inner fire—the passion for Christ—is a great challenge of the twenty-first century.
Think about it. What are some things in your life that prevent you from drawing closer to God? All-consuming distractions like being overloaded with e-mails, cell phones and hours on the freeway? Pleasing bosses, shuttling kids, trying out new gadgets? Hours on the golf course or in front of the TV? Perhaps even serving in the church? There is nothing wrong with any of these activities—unless we allow them to distract us from our personal relationship with God.
If you truly want to do things God's way and have a closer relationship with him, take an honest look at your priorities. Admit to God that you have allowed busyness or other distractions to take your eyes off him. Ask for his forgiveness and his help in making him first in your life.
Father, I know I sometimes let the busyness of the day interfere with my relationship with you. Sometimes I find time for everything else except my quiet time with you. Sometimes I get so focused on other things throughout the day that I forget you are right there with me. Please forgive me. Please help me make you first in my life. In Jesus' name …
A Passionate Pursuit of God: Drawing Nearer to Him by Dr. Mike Chapman. This study teaches participant how to move into God's inner circle, how to listen for the voice of God, how to enjoy the freedom of worship, and how to embrace the mission of worship. This 45-minute format will accommodate groups with limited meeting times. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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