How can we draw near to God?

You will begin drawing near to Him after you realize that He is totally pleased with you. Once you realize that you are a completely forgiven person.  You will draw near to Him because He is your Savior, and your friend, and your life.

“Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:22)

Believers in Jesus Christ:  God has no expectations of you.  He has already done all of the work Himself; there is nothing left to do; He is not only the Lord of the Sabbath, He is the fulfillment of the Sabbath:  He is the Sabbath Day rest.

You have believed in the gospel, you have been born again of the Spirit, you have been made into a new creation in Christ… now rest!  Rest in Jesus the Sabbath; rest and relax in the Promised Land of peace.

Draw near to God knowing that He does not hold your sins against you.  He really is “love.”  We all know that 1 John says that “God is love.”  Draw near to Him who is love, and you will find that ‘He’ is what has been missing from your life.  And He is not second-best.

He is not “the consolation prize,” as Aaron Budjen says.

Aaron has a radio teaching ministry, and a website from which you can download all of his broadcasts for free.  Scroll down to the bottom section of his radio archive page to find his excellent series on the book of Hebrews.

His teaching will help you to grasp the complete forgiveness of sins that is yours in Christ.  You must grasp this basic, fundamental issue of your relationship with Jesus Christ in order to grow in grace and in the knowledge of your Lord.

And as you grow in grace and in the knowledge of your Lord Jesus Christ, you will draw near to Him.

God eagerly desires your fellowship and your friendship.  And what an amazing thing to look up at the sky and the mountains, to “consider the lilies and how they grow”, and to realize that the God who created all things, the everlasting God of the universe, is the One who dwells inside of you because of your faith in His gospel.

Draw near to Him today — your Creator, your God, and your friend.

August 17, 2016

The New Covenant

Can you rightly divide the word of truth? Do you understand the difference between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant? Is your Christian life one of freedom or do you kind of feel like you are stuck in slavery to a bunch of rules?  

There are only TWO covenants, and to rightly divide the word of truth we must understand the difference between the two.  Trusting in this truth is the door that will set you free from a life of slavery to the Law of Moses; from a life of wandering in the wilderness of the Sinai Peninsula. Paul tells us in Galatians that, yes, Hagar and Sarah ARE symbols of a much greater truth.

These two women serve as an illustration of God’s two covenants. The first woman, Hagar, represents Mount Sinai where people received the law that enslaved them. And now Jerusalem is just like Mount Sinai in Arabia, because she and her children live in slavery to the law. But the other woman, Sarah, represents the heavenly Jerusalem. She is the free woman, and she is our mother. (Galatians 4:24-26 NLT)

Go to the Living God Ministries website to learn from the best grace teacher out there:  Aaron Budjen.  In his Radio Archive section, scroll to the bottom and find his series on the book of Romans. The 3rd message in particular so clearly elucidates this issue of the two covenants, and will clear away many of the cobwebs of your Christian life. It’s titled: “Romans Message 3, Chapter 1:5, “The New Covenant.”

I want other Christians to be set free just as I have been! The Lord God truly is my life; He meets all of my deep needs now that I am free from the slavery of the Old Covenant. I pray that you will listen to Aaron’s message mentioned above, and that you will walk through the door and enter the New Covenant once and for all. 🙂

December 20, 2015

 

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