Vision 2023:Drawing Closer to God
Drawing closer to God should be every child of God’s desire. This morning we preached about what we need in 2023. I did not include it but Drawing closer to God I think should be at the top of that list.
Just real quick I want to try and help us do just that as we move forward in 2023.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
This is our theme verse for 2023. Tonight I would like to real briefly before we get into looking at where I think God is leading us this year and coming years, I want to look at how we can draw closer to God in 2023.
turn with me to Heb. 10:19-25.
One of the best ways to draw nigh to God is through Prayer.
Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, Call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts: And let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; And to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, To all that call upon him in truth.
Prayer is our life line to the throne room. God loves it when His people seek Him and talk to Him
I love them that love me; And those that seek me early shall find me.
vs.22c - 23
If you want to draw closer to God in 2023, you will not get there by not reading His Word. Paul tells Timothy that His Word is 2Tim.3:16
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Scripture is ment to purify us and cleanse us so that God can use us. Dont you want to be used by God in 2023? God only uses people He communes with.
Our theme verse tells us that we are to cleanse our hands and purify our hearts. How is this done? Through reading of God’s Word. Then God will draw nigh to us
Results of not reading Scripture
Because he hath despised the word of the Lord, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.
We will draw nigh to God if we are unified in worship. God has placed a big emphasis on worship.
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: Bring an offering, and come into his courts.
Serve the Lord with gladness: Come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: It is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, And into his courts with praise: Be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
And He will meet with us if we come together unified in worship
It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the Lord; So that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud: for the glory of the Lord had filled the house of God.