God is closer than you think

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Knowing God”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” Galatians 2:20 (NIV)
 
Our thought for today: “God is closer than you think”
 
This morning I want to return us to a devotional thought that was shared by Jane Thibault in the book, “Pilgrimage into the Last Third of Life”. Sadly, at all stages of life, we can get so wrapped up in the cares and distractions of life that we miss God’s presence with us. The Biblical truth, and the spiritual reality, is that God is closer than you think. Jane writes:
 
How odd it is that we so often think of the Father, Jesus, and the Spirit as being “out there” somewhere, distant or at least external to ourselves. We pray to God “in heaven” as though heaven were some far-distant place. We pray and ask God to be with us, yet God is with us, within us, throughout us!”
 
This is what the Apostle Paul was teaching when he wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”
 
God is so close to you that His Holy Spirit actually lives in your heart. That being the case, we should know Him pretty well. He is closer to us than anyone else, and there is never a time when He is not with us and that close. Think about that. God loves you so much, and He wants to have such a close and personal relationship with you, that He has actually moved in and set up house in your heart.
 
This is why it’s so important for us to spend time every day cultivating that relationship with Him. Prayer, Bible reading, just sitting quietly with Him and thinking about Him, these are the things that help us to get to know Him as He really is, and to be comfortable with Him.
 
I encourage you to spend some time this morning just sitting quietly with God, thinking about Him, sensing His presence with you, and getting to know Him better.
 
God bless,
Pastor Jim  
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