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|Draw Close To God, And He Will Draw Close To You : Do You Have A New Year Resolu by Restroom: 11:12am On Dec 31, 2018|
The Bible shows that the activities we engage in can either draw us closer to God, or make God far away from us.
Billions of people who profess to be religious cannot boast of having a personal and close relationship with God, mostly because they walk by sight instead of faith. Those who walk by sight, may go to church regularly, sing all the church songs and read all the Bible verses quoted in the sermon by their religious leaders.
But when it comes to application of what they learn, they fail woefully. This is the reason why evils continue to grow all over the earth and are perpetrated by people who claim to be godly.
Wickedness and all kinds of vices continue to be perpetrated by people who go to church and mosques.
The fact that a person claims to be Christian but practices evil, shows that his form of worship is futile and cannot be accepted by God.
Some 2000 years ago, the Bible in (2 Timothy 3:5) stated this about people of the last days:
(2 Timothy 3:1-5) But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here. 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, 3 having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, 4 betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, 5 having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away.
Clearly, if we examine ourselves and discover that we exhibit all or some of these characteristics of people of the last days, it means that we ourselves have allowed this scripture to be fulfill in our lives. People and children of the last days, are facing a bleak future in the hands of God, on the day of judgment.
For us not to be classified among sinners of the last days, church going is not enough. James 4: 4 states:
(James 4:4) Adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever, therefore, wants to be a friend of the world is making himself an enemy of God.
Those who exhibits the characters of people in the world, cannot be friends of God.
There has to be a deliberate change for us to be accepted by God.
James 4:8 states:
(James 4: Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you indecisive ones.
This verse plainly shows that we must be decisive in our desire to please God, and remove our hands from sin. As we continue to make changes in our life, and purify our heart from sin, God will take notice and draw close to us.
To make this process easy, we must follow the Bible advice found in Psalms 1: 1-3, where it states:
(Psalm 1:1-3) Happy is the man who does not walk according to the advice of the wicked And does not stand on the path of sinners And does not sit in the seat of scoffers. 2 But his delight is in the law of Jehovah, And he reads His law in an undertone day and night. 3 He will be like a tree planted by streams of water, A tree that produces fruit in its season, The foliage of which does not wither. And everything he does will succeed.
To be successful in drawing close to God and remaining his friend:
We must try to read the bible every day
Pray every day
Attend Christian service regularly
We must not be hypocrite
We must be sincere to ourselves
We must apply what we read in the bible and constantly turn away from evil
We must stop associating with bad friends and evil doers who can corrupt us and make us return back to our old ways
In the same vein, we must make friends with likeminded, righteous people who will make it easy for us to keep living a righteous way of life.
Beside that , we must also talk to other people about God and his ways
So, a new year it is, and a lot of persons are busy making one resolution or the other. But before February or March, most of them are back to their old ways. The fornicator, adulterers, armed robbers, prostitute and all evil doers, quickly forget about their resolution and go back to their vomit.
Because the desire to worship or please God, was not there in the first place. They just had a new feeling because a new year is coming. In time the new feeling which is not based on faith reverts back to the old emotions.
God is not one to be mocked.
Our decision to change, should not based on a date or an event. That simply means that the change would not last, and is not borne out of love for God, faith or the desire to please God.
Ephesians 4: 22- 23 states:
You were taught to put away the old personality that conforms to your former course of conduct and that is being corrupted according to its deceptive desires. 23 And you should continue to be made new in your dominant mental attitude, 24 and should put on the new personality that was created according to God’s will in true righteousness and loyalty.
Colossians 3:5-10 reads
5 Deaden, therefore, your body members that are on the earth as respects sexual immorality, uncleanness, uncontrolled sexual passion, hurtful desire, and greediness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of those things the wrath of God is coming. 7 That is how you too used to conduct yourselves in your former way of life. 8 But now you must put them all away from you: wrath, anger, badness, abusive speech, and obscene talk out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another. Strip off the old personality with its practices, 10 and clothe yourselves with the new personality, which through accurate knowledge is being made new according to the image of the One who created it,
For me, being a better person is an every day project. It is not a 365 days long project, were I have to wait for new year to decide, I need to make a change for the better. God lives from eternity to eternity, and so, if we make up our mind to obey him in all things, we will discover that we really have no need for the world so called New year resolutions that become meaningless for most persons within 90 days of entering the new year.
It is far much better to resolve to do the will of God in our lives every day, come rain or sun, New Year or no New Year, because there is no New year in the eyes of God! God does not change.
So, there you have it. The Bible tells us what we must do, to be better persons every day, from year to year till eternity. Lets read it everyday, and follow it guidance, in order for us to be truly close to God everyday, from year to year and so survive the destruction of this world, which is fast approaching.
If you would like to learn more about how to draw close to God, feel free to speak with one of Jehovah’s witnesses around you or you can visit: www.jw.org.
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