Growing In Faith
The dictionary doesn’t have a definition for God-distancing, but, let me say - no Christian should ever knowingly practice it. It is crucially important to our spiritual health that we do not engage in God distancing. If we engage in this practice, we will get infected by a very sneaky and destructive spiritual virus.
So what is God-distancing?
God-distancing is the practice of staying distant from our all-powerful, loving creator God, and our Lord Jesus Christ, despite our great need for fellowship with them.
Those who God-distance may want to hear God’s voice and be led by the Holy Spirit, but they are not willing to pay the price. They may want the blessings of God’s Kingdom but remain too distracted to invest time with the King, Jesus Christ.
When a person is God-distancing they may not read their Bible, skip times of personal prayer and worship, and avoid church and fellowship with other Christians.
Am I keeping a safe distance from my Bible?
Do I regularly skip times of personal prayer and worship?
Avoid church services and fellowship with other Christians. The more you do these things, the more distant from God you will become, and the less will God’s fiery love and passion burn in your heart, which is a dangerous place to be in. It can leave you feeling empty and cold.
God-distancing is a dangerous spiritual practice, but many lukewarm churches accept it as normal. They distance from God almost religiously, and they inevitably gain the desired result—a life devoid of God’s presence. Tragic!
The empty feeling that comes with God-distancing is heartbreaking and miserable. If you distance yourself from God you may experience a weary and weak faith to face day to day struggles, a deep doubt in the validity of God’s Word.
So what can you do if you have this God-distancing "virus"?
The Word of God provides a straightforward antidote. God’s prescription truly works! It is time-tested and comes straight from God’s throne of grace, where Jesus sits as our High Priest.
I praise God that He has filled the Bible with remedies for the God-Distant "virus". To reverse your symptoms, start with the Apostle John’s conditional promise: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9, NLT)
Then follow up by obeying these words from Jesus found in the Gospel of Matthew: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33, NLT). Ask God to reveal His plan for your life, and commit to following Him! Go ahead, He’s listening!
Be sure to take your gos-pill (gospel) every day! We need God’s words to keep us strong in the faith found only in Jesus Christ. The Psalmist declares that God’s words “are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh” (Proverbs 4:22, NLT) Embrace God’s Word, don’t distance yourself from it!
If you have been God-distancing, remember that God never distances Himself from us. Hebrews 13:5 (NLT) says, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” Our God longs with eternal love to fellowship with us. He waits for us to close the gap we have created through God-distancing.
God truly want us to come to Him. Jesus doesn’t want us to miss out on the abundant life He offers by His love, mercy, and grace. Jesus paid for our redemption on the cross. Praise God!
I encourage you to keep walking close to Jesus. Keep relying on Him! Keep drawing close to Him in quiet times and throughout the day. The Holy Spirit will lead you! God will continue to dispense His supernatural fruits and gifts to you and provide your every need according to His riches in glory. He loves you with an everlasting love and always will! No more God-distancing!