James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
A passion for God’s presence causes us to want to worship Him. If we draw near to God, he will reciprocate and draw near to us. We feel the presence of God in worship. Drawing near to God is spending time with Him, worshiping Him, praying and talking to Him, inviting Him into every aspect of our lives. We need that time spent with God in our life when we come up against bad circumstances. Your close relationship with Him should be intimidating toward those things against you. As a result you should not be fearful or weary and joy should rise up in you which is your strength. It also makes love flow from us for people who are not likable.
David had a prophetic word over him that he was going to be the king over Israel before he met up with Goliath. When he heard the giant he knew that someone had to beat this guy or there would be no kingdom for him to inherit.
He decided to take him on knowing he would win. Goliath thought it was funny and tried to intimidate him. David was living in a place of close relationship with God from all his time in the wilderness singing songs of praise to God, talking and praying and through that he had the wisdom and strength from his place with God to kill the Lion and the Bear. He had spent time with God and gained knowledge of Him. He knew about the sovereignty of God and His majesty. Because of his relationship with God he was not only able to deflect the taunts from the giant he gave it back to him double. He had a prophesy, a promise from God and he knew that he was to be king so he couldn’t be killed and that gave him the assurance that he would win.
That is the thing about drawing near to God; He will draw near to you and you will build a relationship with Him that gives you a life beyond the circumstance. It gives you the ability to look at your circumstance beyond what it seems be in the natural to how God sees it and you know you will win despite how it looks. Prophecy puts you in touch with your personal promises from God and walking closely with Him puts you in touch with the favor that comes with it. Being near to Him allows you to see the promise, and understand the favor.
Drawing near to God focuses on all that God is and all the things He has spoken for you. Putting these things together causes confidence to rise up in you and you tackle the circumstance from a place of close relationship with God knowing He will fulfill His promise and He will take you through the circumstance.
Rejoicing, thanksgiving, praise and worship all bring us into a collective place that allows us to be God conscious and to have a perspective, energy, faith and a confidence to run toward the the circumstances against us. Ultimately from that time spent with God we know that He is one hundred percent for us. Having that assurance that God is for us so who can be against us is the most intimidating thing about you where the enemy is concerned.
To have this relationship with God and His favor, there are rules we need to learn and follow. First we must establish the changes James states in Chapter 4, verse 8 above. If you’ve committed sin, confess it, get rid of it, and put it under the blood of Jesus. Next, ask the Lord to examine your heart, your motives, and the things that make you do what you do. Bring your heart under His lordship as well.
Notice that when James writes about this he says, “Purify your hearts, double-minded people.” What does he mean by “double-minded”? A person who is double-minded is drawn in two completely different directions. Thus, he will get nowhere fast because his loyalty is divided and he vacillates between faith and unbelief. A double-minded person is unstable in all their ways and their spiritual walk is inconsistent because they try to serve God and their own interests at the same time. We’ve all learned that this kind of living never works. You cannot serve two masters. To obtain our promise we must have belief, faith and no doubt.
God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son so that whoever believes in Him would never perish but enjoy an eternal relationship with Him. Again, it’s all about relationship. It has always been about relationship. After Adam and Eve sinned we couldn’t get to where God was, so He came to us through Jesus. Until that time He loved us from afar, through or from behind a veil, because sin cannot exist in the same place as God’s glory. God sought to re-establish relationship with His children. We have that opportunity for relationship with the God of the universe if we just draw close to Him … He will do the rest.