Once you have a desire for God, and truly experience Him, there is no turning back. “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Psalm 34:8. “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6. “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Psalm 37:4. God invites and draws a person to come to Him. It is up to that person to respond to God. “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:44. Apart from God, I am nothing. It is only by God’s Grace and Drawing Power that you can respond to Him in faith through Jesus Christ. “My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.” Psalm 63:8. God desires to be experienced by you. It is a shame that more people do not accept God’s Free Offer: to repent, and have faith in Him. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6. You should hunger and thirst after God, and not be satisfied to only believe God, being justified by your faith in Jesus Christ. You are to long for God, desiring all of Him. Christianity is about the pursuit of a deep relationship with God. Do not be content with just a little, limited taste of God. Completely hunger after God.
God is a Person, with feelings, who desires to express love, and to be loved by you. Draw near to God, cry out, pursue Him, and desire to experience intimacy with Him. God’s Presence comes in response to your intimacy with Him. “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” James 4:8. See Hebrews 10:19-25. “…I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.” “And he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.” Exodus 33:13-14, 33:18. God created you, so that you should seek Him and find Him. “That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:” Acts 17:27. You show God that you love Him by keeping His Commands and not denying Jesus.
You draw near to God through your humble submission to Him. See James 4:6-10. Jesus is “…the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;” Hebrews 5:9. You are to take up your cross, deny your flesh, walk in The Spirit, and follow Christ. “…Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16. It is when you deny yourself and fully submit to Jesus, that you enjoy intimacy with God. Intimacy requires that you become dead to your own selfish carnal desires and wants, and follow after His Will. Draw near to God, by obedience to Christ. See John 14:23.
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