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Living Free - Apr. 16, 2007

  • 2007 Apr 16

Today's Scripture
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.

Consider this ...
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 things - unless we allow them to distract us from our personal relationship with God.

If you truly want to do things God's way and to have a closer relationship with him, take an honest look at your priorities. Admit to God that you've allowed busy-ness or other distractions to take your eyes off him. Ask for his forgiveness and his help in making him first in your life.

Prayer ...
Father, I know I sometimes let the busy-ness 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 ...

These thoughts adapted from ...      

A Passionate Pursuit of God by Dr. Mike Chapman shows you 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 is the second study in the Abundant Living Series. This 45-minute format will accommodate groups with limited meeting times. 


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