Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Growing Deeper in God

Recently a friend asked me, "How do we grow deeper in God?" I have been pondering that and the first scripture that came to my mind was James 4:8,

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded.

Psalm 19:7-14 also came to mind.

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous althogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. Let them not rule over me; Then I will be blameless, And I shall be acquitted of great transgression. Let the words of my moutyh and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.

I think we sometimes feel like there is some magic feeling or formula in connection with our relationship to God. I really believe it is much simpler than that. An older man once told me that our relationship to the Lord is like a three legged stool, the legs being Prayer, Bible study and Meditation. The stool won't stand if any of the legs are missing - all are important to our walk with the Lord. The Lord doesn't pull away from us, only we can pull away from him. We need to dwell in His word, meditate on it and talk to Him about it and about the events and people in our lives. That is, I believe, how we can grow deeper in HIM.

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