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KEEP NEAR TO GOD

FAITH CAPSULE: Keeping testimonies and meditating God’s word will keep one near to God.

Psalm 145

TESTIMONIES OF GOD
A man with the understanding and knowledge of God’s testimonies will be near and not far from God to gain the blessings of God.
Psalm 119:1-6 buttressed what it means to walk and keep God’s testimonies, “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart! They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways. You have commanded us to keep Your precepts diligently. Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed When I look into all Your commandments.”
Keeping His testimonies by walking and keeping His word will be blessed.
The blessings of God are for those that are near to God, the evidence of having fear for God.
Do you fear God?
If you are one with the fear of God, you are obedient to Him and near to claim his promises.
With understanding, know to fear God which is God’s will for all man as identified in Deuteronomy 6:24-25, “And the Lord commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is this day. Then it will be righteousness for us if we are careful to observe all these commandments before the Lord our God, as He has commanded us.”
To fear God, keep His testimonies, walk, keep His word to be near to Him.
MEDITATING GOD’S WORD
The word of God is God.
Meditating the word of God is communicating with God to keep one that meditates continually to be near to God.
God did not hide the secret of meditation when He spoke to Joshua, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:8-9)
Of all several means of communicating with God to keep one near to His presence is meditating on God’s word day and night.
A true believer should have the desire to be near to God that is near for all that seeks Him. King David buttressed the identities of God, “The Lord is righteous in all His ways, gracious in all His works. The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. The Lord preserved all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy.” (Psalm 145:17-20)
The word of God is proven, to perfect to all who will give self to meditating His word for keeping near Him day and night.

Prayer for today: Ask God to take charge over your life to be near to Him.

TO KNOW GOD IS TO NEAR HIM

FAITH CAPSULE: Ones that does not know God is not near to God.

Luke 8:19-38

God is always near to all man while man is far from God.
What does it mean not to be near to God or to be far from God?
To be walking in the line of God’s word is obedient to God, to become near to God by walking with God or walking before God.
Manifestly, one that does not know God is not near to God while God is not far but near to one.
God is faithful, He is near always to His creation when one takes a place of distance from Him.
God cannot be deceived with man’s deception to claim His presence.
Regardless of how long you have been born in the believing of God or what you have been doing in the name of God is not and evidence of knowing God to keep self in His near.
Do you know Him?
Do you know about Him, to be near to you?
One that is giving self to worrying instead of worshipping God in times of unexpected challenges is the indication that one is not near but far from God that is always near. It also points to the fact that one does not know God but only know about God.
At a time of a life-threatening storm, disciples of Jesus that have spent enough time with Jesus were in the journey of life while afraid, not knowing Jesus was near, which is the evidence that they only know about Jesus.
Luke 8:23-25 records disciples of Jesus’ testimony that Jesus was near to His disciples but yet He was far to them because they were afraid, “But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in jeopardy. And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!”
In the journey of Jesus and disciples, repeatedly the disciple’s actions testified that they were far from Jesus despite He was near to them.
Do you truly know about God or to know God?
Know God in your ways to be near and not far from God.

Prayer for today: Ask God for the grace to live life in His presence.

MUST DO FOR GOD

FAITH CAPSULE: What must be done to serve God’s calling?

Acts 9

Among “must-do” to serve God’s calling is:
To be able to hear and see in the word (light) of God.
Consciously or unconsciously, do you know what is it that is holding you from serving in the calling of God over your life?
Have you given yourself to worldly materials or activities that is taking many down and not able to serve God?
So, what is it that you must do to come out of “worldly tying down agent” to serve God?
TO HEAR AND SEE IN THE WORD (LIGHT) OF GOD
The ability to hear and see in the word of God will set one to serve God’s calling.
Saul of Tarsus (Apostle Paul) was on his way to wreak havoc on the disciples of the Lord in Damascus when he heard and saw in God’s word which set him for what must be done for him to serve God.
Acts 9:1-5 records, “Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he journeyed, he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. [a]It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
Saul of Tarsus heard and saw in the word of God to gain knowledge and understanding of Jesus that set him to serve in the calling of God upon his life.
Bible records Saul’s response to Jesus: “So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” (Acts 9:6) It was after Saul’s answer that changed his name to Paul; he received instruction from Jesus that made him serve God.
For you, think and act on WHAT MUST BE DONE TO SERVE GOD’S CALLING.
Pray the prayer of wisdom and knowledge as prayed in Colossians 1:9-10, “…ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
It is not any man’s choice not to serve God, but it is the will of God and His calling for all man to live life for the glory of God and not to live a life of waste!

Prayer for today: Ask God to enable you to live life for His glory.

AVOID TEMPTATION

FAITH CAPSULE: Prayer is a way to stay away from temptation.

Luke 22

Every engagement with Satan is temptation enablement.
It was the day serpent engaged Eve that the temptation to eat of the fruit of the tree in the midst of the garden became a manifestation in her life. Eve ate against God’s command to become disobedient to God and was distanced from God’s presence.
Judas Iscariot engaged Satan. The Bible records, “Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve. So, he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him to them.  And they were glad and agreed to give him money.  So, he promised and sought the opportunity to betray Him to them in the absence of the multitude.” (Luke 22:3-6) The temptation will come with disobedient. Disobedient to God is the evidence of betraying God. The temptation is the key which opens door to all kinds of sin.
Jesus emphasized that prayer is a way to stay away from temptation.
The Bible records “Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed, and His disciples also followed Him. When He came to the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” (Luke 22:39-40)
Sleeping in the place of praying will lead to the avenue of temptation. While He was praying the disciples were sleeping. Jesus was praying earnestly but the disciples were sleeping with sorrow. Jesus approached them and said, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray lest you enter into temptation.” (Luke 22:46) Jesus must have seen what was about to happen when He came to speak to the disciples about their sleeping in the place of being awake.
At Jesus time with His disciples, “…a multitude; and he who was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them and drew near to Jesus to kiss Him. 48 But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”
Judas, the one Satan entered sold out his Lord and savior cheaply.  Consequence
Is there any way you have been selling Jesus out consciously or unconsciously?
At the time Jesus woke them up from sleeping they have entered the situation that caused all of them to be scattered, to save their life.
At the time Jesus woke them up from sleeping instead of praying Peter was set to strike instead of him to allow Jesus to speak to the situation.  Peter struck by cutting off the servant of the high priest’s ear. Jesus responded by speaking to the situation.
With temptation in the place of prayer, man will end up denying and selling Jesus out.
Engage unceasing prayer to disallow temptation.

Prayer for today: Ask for the grace to be strengthened on prayer altar.

GOD IS NEAR ALWAYS

FAITH CAPSULE: Walk obediently to be near to God.

Genesis 5

God is always near to all man while man is far from God.
What does it mean to be close to God or far from God?
To be walking in the line of God’s word is obedient to God, to become near to God by walking with God or walking before God.
DISOBEDIENT DENIES MAN NOT TO BE NEAR TO GOD
One in disobedient to the word of God will not be near to God that is never far from man (He is never sleeping but see all at all time)
One in disobedient will hid from God’s presence.
The sin of Adam and Eve made them be far from the near of God as stated in Genesis 3:6-10, “So, when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked, and I hid myself.”
Caring God created all man for His glory to keep all man near to Him but the sin the evidence of not knowing God keeps all far from God.
Just like Adam and Eve, sin will expose a man naked, which is a state of shame that should not have a place in the life of a man claiming to be walking in line with God’s word.
For a man to be far and not near to God is the result of being afraid in this world which is the evidence of not fearing God that is a sin before God.
We are to be dressed by the word of God and not be naked by putting on the world that we live.
Are you living obediently or disobediently before God?
Obediently, give self to God’s word to be walking in His presence.
Enoch was near to God because he walked with God. Genesis 5:21-24, ” Enoch lived sixty-five years and begot Methuselah. After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.”
It is important to be walking in God’s word to be near to Him.
The presence of God is His glory. Romans 3:23 buttressed, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” With sin, all will be short of His presence, not being in His presence that is always near.

Prayer for today: Ask for the grace to be near to God all the days of your life.