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Living Free - November 4, 2015

  • 2015 Nov 04
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A Deeper Relationship

Today's Scripture

"Come close to God, and God will come close to you." - (James 4:8 NLT)

Thoughts for Today

Many singles, without the responsibilities and distractions of marriage, have the time to develop a deeper and more intimate personal relationship with God. He wants us to know him—personally and intimately.

Developing that kind of relationship takes time. Of course, married people can develop a deep relationship with the Lord, but it is usually easier for single people to set aside time with him.

Consider this …

Paul said this . . .

I want you to be free from the concerns of this life. An unmarried man can spend his time doing the Lord’s work and thinking how to please him. But a married man has to think about his earthly responsibilities and how to please his wife. His interests are divided. In the same way, a woman who is no longer married or has never been married can be devoted to the Lord and holy in body and in spirit. But a married woman has to think about her earthly responsibilities and how to please her husband. I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible. (1 Corinthians 7:32-35 NLT)

Marriage is a gift from God . . . and so is singleness. Embrace each day! Draw close to God . . . and he will come close to you.

Prayer

Father, thank you for the freedom to come into your presence. Help me put my relationship with you above all else. In Jesus' name . . .

These thoughts were drawn from …

The Single Christian: Living as One in a World of Twos by Dr. Elizabeth Holland. In a world where everyone seems to have a mate, it is difficult to live life as a single person. Whether you have never been married, are divorced or are widowed, this study is for you. In The Single Christian, Dr. Holland examines many of the different facets of singleness, from rejection; bitterness and unforgiveness; loneliness; to dating; single parenting and the positives of being single. 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.

 

 

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