Come Close to God: James 4:8

7So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.

James 4:7-8 (NLT)

Come close to God, and God will come close to you. God is waiting for you to knock on the door, to reach out to Him. God is waiting, ready to accept us with open arms. When we reach out to God, He welcomes us and draws near to us. Pride causes resistance to God; being humble brings us close to God.
Washing; cleaning our hands means reforming our ways, ceasing to do evil, and amending our actions. A pure heart is free of evil desires and false teachings and is focused on God. It is a heart full of love, compassion, purity.
Our prayer should be; “Create in me a pure heart,Β O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 (NIV)
Our loyalty is to God. Our hearts are not pure when divided between God and worldly things. A pure heart fully trusts in God.Β 

Will you come close to God, follow His word, praise Him, and go to Him in prayer with a pure heart?

Prayer; Our Heavenly Father, guide us in Your truth. Help us to come close to You, and cease to do evil. Create in us a pure heart, O God focused on You. Like the open and bright flower of the Gerbera Daisy, may our hearts be open and shine brightly with Your love. In Jesus’ holy name. Amen

I believe in the power of prayer. If you need prayer, I would be glad to pray for you. Leave a comment or message me on the contact page. 🌺

7 thoughts on “Come Close to God: James 4:8

  1. Reading this reminded me of a painting I once saw ( online) of Jesus standing in front of a closed door and on the other side is a person. He is waiting for us to open the door and welcome Him in. You said it right, pride is a hinderance. We have to repent and turn from our ways.
    Blessings to you Jeanne πŸ˜ŠπŸ’™

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    1. Manu, I have seen similar paintings. It is heartwarming to realize Jesus is patiently waiting for everyone who is lost. When we come close to God and resist evil, He will come close to us. May we have pure hearts and renewed spirit. Have a wonderful week! Blessings! πŸ’–πŸŒ·πŸŒΊ

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  2. Amen Jeanne. I just shared this verse with a friend recently. He does come close to us when come close to Him. Sitting at Jesus feet is a very peaceful place to be. May we desire and pray for those clean hearts, resisting the Devil. Have a wonderful week! πŸ’•πŸŒ³πŸŒΊπŸ’—

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    1. Hi Tina, Isn’t it wonderful that when we draw closer to God, He comes close to us? What a blessing; to be able to rest at Jesus’ feet. May we strive to have pure hearts and a steadfast spirit. It is good to hear from you! Have a peaceful and joy-filled week! πŸ’–πŸ’βœ¨πŸŒΊ

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