Thought of the Day September 13, 2019 Draw near to God

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Jesus says, “He who does not gather with me, scatters” (Luke 11:23).  Unfortunately, this image of scattering or being hindered describes many of us whose lives are not ordered on the one thing necessary, who are not single-hearted, whose hearts are not focused on the one thing they should be. We are like the young rich man in the Gospel who heard Jesus tell him: “There is one thing that is missing in your life.” Because of so many distractions within him he couldn’t respond to Jesus. Like him, our lives are often scattered, confused, disordered, and filled with a jumble of conflicting drives that hinder them from the true goal of life. 

The double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:8)
Further, James says: “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you men of double mind” (James 4:8). When we draw near to God, our hearts become further cleansed and purified from the dross that hinders us.  Unless we have total allegiance to God, giving our heart to him exclusively, we will be like the husband who has a mistress besides his wife. This was the sin of Israel for which God chastised them. Through Hosea the prophet God tells Israel that you are like a harlot to me, your husband. I will lure you into the desert where I will purify and cleanse you. Then I will bring you back to me and wed you to myself as if you were a virgin bride.
Do we want our heart to be pure and focused on the Lord? What is hindering it? What can and will we do about it?

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