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Just a Closer Walk with Thee (2 of 2)
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
If I understand my text, then in this service if I would be willing to draw one inch closer to the Lord than I was when I came into this building tonight, I have his commitment in this verse that He will reciprocate in response to my actions. If I come an inch, He will come an inch. I might be willing to come a foot. If so, He will move up a foot and we will be two feet closer than we were when we started. I might be willing to come a yard, then He would come a yard. If I would come a mile, then He would come a mile and I would go home two miles closer to the Lord than I was when I came.
In I Samuel 2:30 God says, "them that honour me I will honour." In Malachi 3:7 He says, "Return unto me, and I will return unto you...." And In Proverbs 8:17 God says, "I love them that love me." And, of course, in our text He says, "If ye draw nigh unto me I will draw nigh unto you."
Now, tonight we're going to complete what we started last Wednesday night. We're going to look at nine concentric circles. Now, I want you to ask God to help you determine which circle represents your life. I want you to attempt to determine, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, exactly where you are in your relationship to God.
Last week we considered the first four circles, beginning with the outer rim. First of all, there is the circle that represents.
I. THE SCATTERING OF THE MULTITUDES
Look in Matthew 9:36 (read). This represents the multitudes (plural) that are lost; those who are scattered abroad "as sheep having no shepherd."
II. THE SALVATION OF THE MULTITUDE
Look in Acts 4:32. Here the multitudes become the multitude (singular) (read). Who are these people? Well, they are the people who were in the multitudes, but now they have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and they are not in the multitudes - they are in the multitude. They are believers.
III. THE SEARCHING OF THE 5000
Now, some of ...
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