Approaching God
The Goals of a Christian are found in:
Ephesians 3:16-19  "that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be
strengthened with power through His  Spirit in the inner man; so that Christ may dwell
in  your hearts through faith; and that you, being  rooted  and grounded in love, may
be able to comprehend with  all the saints what is the breadth and length and  height
and depth, and to know the love of Christ  which  surpasses knowledge, that you may
be filled up to  all  the fullness of God."   The concluding purpose of this prayer is "that
you may be filled with all the fullness of God." The initial request pertains to an inner
working of the Spirit: "to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner
man;" The desired result of this is that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.    
The Holy Spirit is the key here for we need the Holy Spirit enabling us to stay in God's
word, to pray without ceasing, and to worship daily. It is the Holy Spirit that allows
Jesus to lead us in His way and it is the Holy Spirit that leads us to the throne room of
God when we pray. It is through God's word, praying and worshiping that we have the
mind of God. If these things are not accomplished then our Christian life is like a roller
coaster ride. You have ups and downs all within a 24-hour period.   As Christians, God
calls us to pursue His presence.  He calls us to get alone with Him, to seek His
presence, get his mind, and receive His word. This call is a divine urge to commune
with God.
A good person to study is Moses. Moses longed for the presence of God in his life. This
longing was intense in nature. And this determined the intensity of Gods touch on his
life. A lot of Christians do not let this intensity grow within them. They miss being
touched by God.   Another thing about Moses and His relationship with God is that God
caused Moses to wait. God would call Moses to Him and then Moses had to wait on God
to speak to him. This is where we really fall short.  If you have prayed and not met
with God, you only made it halfway...maybe. God's presence was untouched. Passage
after passage in the Bible tells us to wait on God. We need to have it in our hearts that
we are going to wait on the Lord and that we wont settle for anything less than
face-to-face communion with him. It is with this attitude that God will take you to
places within Him that are not touched by many. God's greatest desire for a Christian
is to take them deeper and further into His heart.   The Bible is the inspired word of
God written by man with God using their personality. These men went further into the
heart of God. Now God wants every Christian's personality. We are to be so
interlocked with the Holy Spirit that it would be hard to tell where our personality ends
and God's begins.   To accomplish that which is stated in Eph. 3, and to approach God
and wait, to have the mind of God and shared personalities, takes time and discipline.   
I use Psalm 100:4 as a guide in my approach to God to accomplish the things I have
talked about.   "Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give
thanks to Him; bless His name."   But before we can even enter the gates to the abode
of God, we must have Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the key to unlock the gates to the
realm of God. Before the gate is unlocked, we need to remember a few other
scripture.   John 9:31 We know that God does not hear sinners; But if anyone is
God-fearing, and does His will, He hears Him."   Psalm 66:18  "If I regard wickedness
in my heart, the Lord will not hear;  James 4:3  You ask and do not receive, because
you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures."   Ask the
Holy Spirit to help you in bringing your sins to mind and to cause your heart to become
repentant.   Some say forgive me, but they are not agreeing that it was sin and want
their heart to turn away from that sin. They are merely sorry for the outcome of their
sin or that they were caught in their sin. Stay here at the gate, examining yourself
until the Holy Spirit draws you through the gate.   If my heart is not prepared to go
through this gate, I can feel pressure around my heart. It is as if the Holy Spirit is
holding it back and saying, "Not yet."   With sin forgiven and washed by the blood of
Jesus, one can now enter the gate. I enter this gate with thanksgivings. One needs to
stand in the open gate giving thanks to the Lord God, waiting until the Holy Spirit
draws you to God's court. Remember Moses and how he waited for God. Then one
needs to stay in the court praising God until the Holy Spirit says you can enter the
throne room of God. It is then one can have confidence to enter into the presences of
God.    Hebrews 4:16  "Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of
grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need."   
Hebrews 10:19  "Since therefore, brethren, we have confidence to enter the holy place
by the blood of Jesus."   I John 3:21  "Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we
have confidence before God: I John 5:14  "And this is the confidence which we have
before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us."   Beloved, if
one approaches God through the blood of Jesus with His holiness in mind through
worship, one can approach His throne with confidence. It is here, humbled at the feet
of God, that one can ask for help and the desires of ones heart. The Holy Spirit will
guide you in praying in His will. Again, if you start to pray out of the will of God, the
Holy Spirit will put pressure on your heart. But let me warn you now, that when you
are at the feet of the living God, touching the hem of His Holiness, that your request
seem so unimportant. What you are experiencing and seeing more clearly are the
attributes of God. It is there that you realize that you are but "dirty rags and only want
to praise and worship God and the giving thanks for Jesus and the work He did in order
to save you and to bring you to His feet.   As I said, to wait and approach God and
accomplish Ephesians 3, we must take the time and discipline ourselves. Even though I
know what it is like to be at the feet of God, the longest I have done this daily without
a break is three weeks. But God is always there waiting for me.   Also, I think a noon
prayer and an evening prayer is important. At noon we know more about the day and
need to go to God for instruction and leading. We need to allow his staff to pull us back
onto the path He has chosen for us. In the evening we need to come in from the field
to our Shepherd. At the end of the day a shepherd would hold his rod low at the
entrance of the fold, and every sheep had to pass under the rod. By this means the
shepherd examined each sheep to see if it had any wound needing attention. In the
evening we need to pass under the rod of God. We need to allow him to examine us.
We need to allow Him to look at our wounds made by the world and wounds made by
our own sins. It is under this rod that our healing takes place. When some hear the
words staff and rod of God, it scares them. In Psalm 23:4 it says, "Thy rod and Thy
staff, they comfort me."  They bring comfort to one that approaches God in a worthy
manner.   In the evening when you have come into the sheepfold, you can have a
restful sleep for you know that the shepherd himself has inspected your wounds and
healed them. Then He stands at the gate guarding you as you rest.   Remember that
God did not create you for time; He created you for eternity. Your life here on earth
provides the opportunity to get acquainted with Him.   It is an opportunity for Him to
develop your character in His likeness. Let your heart seek Him continually. This is a
state of the heart that is constant. God uses your present time to mold and shape your
future usefulness here on earth and in eternity. Remembering that you were created
for eternity will help you in your prayer and worship time with the Lord. It will help you
to walk in the spirit. Ask yourself throughout the day, "Do I feel the presences of God?"
If you don't, then go to God and wait. Pray and worship Him. Then ask yourself,  Did I
feel His Holiness and His acceptance of my worship?"   In closing, let me say this. God
does not need our worship and prayers. God is self-sufficient.  Prayer is for our benefit.
Because of His love, He allows us to behold His attributes and will share them with us.
Nothing surpasses being bathed in God's glory.
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