JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE
Dr. James Merritt
1. How close are you to God? I can tell you exactly
how close you are. You are as close as you want to
be. God is as willing to get as close to you as you
are willing to get close to Him.
2. The first way to go one step higher for God, is to
get one step closer to God. When you take one step
closer to God, you actually get two steps closer to
God, for James 4:8 tells us, "Draw near to God and He
will draw near to you."
3. That verse is both a precept and a promise. The
precept is, you draw near to God; the promise is, God
will draw near to you.
4. Now why is it in that order? Why doesn't God draw
near to me so that I will then draw near to Him? Why
must I draw near to God first? Jere. 29:13 says, "And
you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me
with all your heart." Why do I have to initiate the
process? Why do I have to draw near to Him before He
will draw near to me?
5. Well, the answer is in an old story I read about a
farmer and his wife who were driving to town in their
pickup truck. The farmer was sitting behind the
steering wheel in silence; his wife was sitting on the
other side of the cab against the door. After several
miles the wife said, "Jed, when we first got married
we didn't sit this far apart." The old farmer dryly
replied, "I ain't the one that moved."
6. I want to talk to you about developing the
devotional life, or connecting with the quiet time.
If you are married, God wants to be closer to you than
you are to your own spouse. If you are single, God
wants to be closer to you than you are to your best
friend. If you are a child, God wants to be closer to
you than you are to your own parents. He wants all of
us to have "just a closer walk" with Him.
7. That comes through the devotional life; that
quiet time with God. God is waiting on you to draw
near to Him, and when you do He will draw near to you.
The way to do that, the way to walk closer to Him, is
I. Take Time For The Walk
1. Look at the text again, "Draw near to God and
He will draw near to you." This is not something you
do once in a lifetime. This is something you are to
do everyday. Don't assume that just because you
belong to a Bible-believing church, that you are
automatically near to God. It is possible to be
diligent in your religion, and yet distant in your
2. We ought to consciously, conscientiously, and
constantly be drawing near to God, and hopefully on a
daily basis. Many Christians are like a little boy I
heard about who returned home from his very first day
of kindergarten. His mother said, "Chase, how did you
like school today?" The little boy thought for a
moment and said, "It was fine, but it's not something
you'd want to do every day."
3. Well, I hope to mo ...
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