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Just how close can we get to God?
Is there a limit, do you suppose, as to just how far we can go in God? Could there be some natural barrier that somehow automatically pops up whenever we start to get too close to Him?
That’s the way it is with royalty, you know. Remember when Queen Elizabeth was greeted by Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating in 1992? He committed the ultimate gaffe by hugging the queen. The incident came to be known as the “Lizard of Oz” scandal. The prime minister simply got too close!
I have heard that British royalty sends out “advance men” to teach the public the proper way to act around the royal family. This envoy instructs those about to meet royalty along this line: “Do not touch members of the royal family; try not to make lingering eye contact (but if you do, smile but don’t stare). Do not drink water from a plastic bottle in their presence, quit eating when they do, and do not ask them questions.”
Do you suppose that God might employ a similar protocol? Do you think that perhaps God stations angels around His throne to prevent people from pressing in too closely? What does the Bible teach about this?
This is what the Bible says: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). In the Old Testament, God says many times that His people ought to seek His face (2 Chronicles). Later He says, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you . . . and I will restore your fortunes” (Jer. 29:13-14).
What does that mean? How do we look for Him with “all” our heart?
This just means we must have clean hands and a pure heart, and that we must then pursue His face with everything that is in us (James 4:8ff). Do we have to be “perfect” to find God?
No. What it means is that we must sincerely repent of every sin and relish no sin in our hearts. Simply stated—we must do our best to see life as He sees it and seek to emulate His thinking.
What’s the payback on this? If we do submit ourselves to God and seek His face, what’s in it for us?
The answer is simple: relationship. As we surrender to God, humble ourselves, repent, and seek His face; He will reveal Himself to us, and He will reveal to us just who we are with relation to Him.
It is awesome! It is also amazing! It is the most refreshing experience we can imagine. All of the junk that has attached itself to us since last we approached His presence is washed away as we draw near to Him. All worries, fears, dreads, hates, hurts, and insecurities are evaporated by His smile.
God’s protocol is simple and direct: “Seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matt. 7:7f).
Just how close can we get to God? We alone determine that. We are His kids—He will not turn us away.
I guarantee that the only stop signs we will ever encounter on the road to God will be found in our own feeble, insecure, little minds.We must have revival.
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Some thinkers have already written America off. For instance, in 2008 Fareed Zakaria wrote a New York Times Best Seller entitled The Post-American Worldin which he outlined just such a scenario.
According to many academics and philosophers (such as Mr. Zakaria), America’s role as a leader in the world is on the wane. Even some of our current political leaders are looking to the rest of the world for guidance through our tough times. They are speaking as though America’s best days are long gone.
Well, perhaps they are right. Maybe it is time to give up and bow down to what the world wants us to do; to surrender our liberties, and our leadership. Perhaps it is time for capitulation.
But, we do have a choice. And the choice is clear and real. In earlier times, when faced with similar circumstances, America (and other God-centric countries) simply heeded the imperative stated in the Old Testament: "If . . . My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land" (2 Chron. 7:13-14).
Nothing could be more clear, or more simple. Within that short statement resides all that is required of us to find our way back. It has worked before, and it will work again.
This book explains in clear terminology how you can do your part to help bring about the restoration of our country through a Third Great Awakening.
WINDis a call for national revival—a clarion call.
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