Getting Closer to God

Main Verse: Jam. 4:8

Category: Consecration

 

INTRO

Make a choice to Serve the Lord.

Make provision to stay out of sin.

Check your heart and secure it.

 

 

I. DRAW NEAR TO GOD

 

    1.  You make the first move:

           • Zacchaeus …........................……….................. Lk. 19:1-10

               Was not stopped by his hindrance. 

               Was willing to make restitution.

           • The sinful woman anoints Jesus feet……… Lk. 7:36-:39

               Was willing to be criticized

               Was willing to surrender the best for Jesus

           • Make a choice …………........…...................…. 1 Kng. 18:21 

           • Don’t delay………..............…...................…......….. Jer. 8:20

 

II. CLEANSE YOUR SINS

 

     1. Be willing to forsake your sinful practices.......... Isa. 55:7

      2. Make provision to stay out of sin…............ Acts 19:18-20

      3. Burn your bridges behind you (the nets)

 

III. PURIFY YOUR HEARTS (762 TIMES)

 

      1. Heart is deceitful above all things......................... Jer. 17:9

       2. Ask God to cleanse it…………...........................…. Psa. 51:10

       3. The Word will expose the condition of it............Heb. 4:12

       4. Only things done from heart count to God

            • Worship…..........................……………................... Mat. 15:8

            • Prayer.................………….………….....................… Mk. 11:23

        5. It is the mainspring of life……......................……... Pro. 4:23

 

CONC.

Let us make a decision today to remove all hindrances and

resolve to get closer to God.

No more excuses. Cleanse your sins and purify your hears.

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