4 Principles for Growing Closer to God (Part 1)

4 Principles

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me— watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.

– Matthew 11: 28– 30 THE MESSAGE

How do we follow Christ in this manner, learning to live freely and lightly in the unforced rhythms of grace? Let me suggest four important principles for growing closer to God through Scripture.

Seek Me and Find Me

Seek Me and Find Me

CONNECTED TO THE SOURCE Just as we, as pastors and leaders, need to be connected to the Source, we need to do everything we can to make sure that those we are discipling get connected as quickly as possible to that same source. It’s that source that is the Artesian well, the fountainhead of truth. That source is the Scriptures: the infallible Word of God. We need to teach people to dig into the Read More

S is for Scripture

S is for Scripture

As you peruse Scripture reading for a given day, ask the Lord to bring home to your heart one text in particular.

That is a prayer the Holy Spirit loves to answer.

He will highlight one verse or thought that momentarily stops you in your tracks or seems to shine out from the page. He will whisper, “This is for you – this is a promise you can hold to” or ”This instruction will get you back on track.” Whatever the text is, write it down in your journal. Copy out the verse at the top of your entry for that day.

What is the Purpose of Life?

ML 12 What is the Purpose of Life

A young man in our church recently asked me for my thoughts on what is our main purpose in life. God’s purpose for us on earth would be like any loving parent in having children. If they are good parents, it would be the result of their love, and they would indeed pour out their love on their child. Then the parent would want the best for their child, a future and a hope. “‘For I know the plans Read More