How to Draw Close to God and/or How to feel loved by
What does it mean to draw close to God? It means to get to know
God is like a fountain of love. He is overflowing with love. He
IS Love. (1Jh 4:8) When you get close to LOVE, what do you think
will happen? You will start to feel love! Here is your chance to
experience love in all its greatness as you have never felt it
God told me once that just like in an incident when a woman
touched Jesus and the power came out of Him and healed her, (Lk
8:43-48) in the same way, when a person touches God, the LOVE
comes out of Him and is poured onto a person. It's a fact.
That's the way it works. God said that we don't have to work hard
to feel His love. All we have to do is to touch Him, and it will
God is Love. And the nature of Love is in giving. Love gives. God
needs to give. That's His need. Love needs to give. But Love
cannot give to those who don't want it, or don't receive it, or
don't accept it. So in order for this to work, we need to want
God's love. And we need to come close to Him in order to receive
God is Holy. When we want to come close to Him, we need to purify
ourselves. We are washed and purified by the Word of God. So we
need to pour the Word of God into our soul. It will purify our
soul. And in the meantime, don't get your soul all dirty again by
letting some ungodly stuff into it at the same time as letting
God's Word into it. You will then have mixed results. If you
really want to draw close to God, try to eliminate other things,
nongodly things, or even just things that serve as a distraction
in your drawing close to God. (at least for now) At least until
you DO draw close to God.
And later, when you meet God, you can decide for yourself whether
you want to go back to the things like TV and books and hobbies.
But for the purposes of this journey, leave all those behind (for
now). Purify your soul completely by immersing it into the Word
of God. And don't even waste too much time reading spiritual
books. You can do it on the side, for a tiny bit. But mostly, let
it be the Word of God, because IT IS the one that purifies the
JAM 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash
your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts
JOH 15:3 You are already clean because of the word I have
spoken to you.
2CO 6:17 "Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the
Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you."
JOH 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is
1PE 1:22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the
2CO 7:1 let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates
body and spirit
1JO 3:3 Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just
as he is pure.
Let God's Word be poured out on you like rain. Read each verse
slowly and thoughtfully. Meditate on it. Try to see what GOD
wants to tell you. Listen to your heart for a few minutes.
Sometimes it takes a few minutes before a meaning from God comes.
Don't think of it theologically. Think of it as - your GOD,
TALKING to you right now. Let it pour into your soul like a
purifying water. Slowly move to another verse and another. Let
God's Word FILL your soul.
Give the Word of God your BEST time. The time when you are most
alert and most receptive. It's like giving God a living sacrifice
without defect or blemish. Your BEST time. Not the leftovers. Not
when you are too tired to think. Your best time. It's important.
Give this gift to your God. Think of the gift He gave to you: His
very life. Can you not even spare your time for Him?
It's very important. Our goal - is to learn to live this life for
God, not for ourselves. But we can at least start small. We can
at least start with giving our best time to His Word.
MAT 10:38-39 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me
is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and
whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
(Finds this life - means lives it for yourself. Lose life - means
lose eternal life. So Jesus said: if you live for yourself, you
will lose eternal life.)
MAT 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come
after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow
me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever
loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a
man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?
It's true that God asks a lot of you. But remember one thing:
He NEVER asks for more than He Himself already did.
He asks for everything. But I want to remind you that God too,
gave you everything. We are to FOLLOW in Jesus' footsteps. We are
to do what He already did. God didn't just give Himself at the
cross one time. God is still giving ALL of Himself to us. He
lives for us. The Holy Spirit, God, lives in us, and DAILY is
working in order to guide us, lead us, strengthen us, comfort us,
love us. Unselfishly. He is doing everything for us. All His
rules are for our good. Even when He tells us to praise Him, it's
not because He wants praise for Himself (although He does), He
tells it to us because it will make US feel good. It will HELP
us. It will give strength to US. The Holy Spirit is like a mother
who gives her life to taking care of her child. God never asked
us for MORE than HE did. So just remember this. All you have to
do is to reciprocate.
Another thing to remember is this: God does NOT want you to live
a boring sad little life. Rejecting yourself and the world does
NOT mean your life will suck. God wants to give you MORE than
what you have. He wants to give you RICHES, true riches. And they
are not just spiritually good. You will FEEL that they are good.
You will be HAPPY of what you found. The abundant life that God
has prepared for you can start here on earth. Your eyes will be
opened and you will see the "junk" of the world for what it is.
Paul said that he counts everything as nothing. Because whatever
God gave him is soooo much more. Paul is not brainwashing
himself. It's just that he really DID find the abundant life. It
really IS awaiting all those who are willing to give up their
life for God. But don't stress that you can't do it. Trust God.
He will help you. Focus on getting to know HIM better for now.
Forget about denying yourself just yet. This is for the future.
For now, just get to know Him so that you could feel His love for
His love for your is boundless. It's higher than heavens and
deeper than oceans and more. It's endless, it's boundless. And He
wants to pour it all into you. Of course, while on this earth, we
still have to suffer and go through trials. And so we can't
experience the joy and pleasure to the full extent which God
wants to give us. BUT, we can still partly experience the riches
of His great love. We can still have the peace that surpasses
understanding. We can still have the joy that's unspeakable and
comes from the depths of our hearts, not depending on our
circumstances. And it's exciting. It's not boring. It's not for
grandmothers. It's for every single soul and IT IS satisfying.
Did you know that you are the MOST special person to God and that
He adores you beyond measure? It's true. And you can feel that
when you draw close to Him. He reveals Himself to people in
different ways. And He will show you how much He adores you. You
will be amazed. He is your treasure. Seek it. Seek Him. You will
be blessed beyond measure by what you find.
But sometimes, it takes a hard climb up the mountain before you
can see the breathtaking view. Be diligent. Make your flesh
surrender. Be a living sacrifice. Give your best to God. Give
your time to Him. And start climbing that mountain. And you know
what? You will reach a point when the climbing will become
enjoyable. If you just hold on through the hard part, the climb
DOES become enjoyable. Even before you reach breathtaking view,
you will already start to enjoy yourself. Just hang in there
until you start to enjoy it…
Another thing to remember is that God is a PERSON. He is a BEING.
Christianity is NOT about a bunch of rules to follow.
Christianity is about getting to know your God, falling in love
with your God. The rules are there only to keep you safe from the
influence of the evil one, to keep your soul from being corrupted
in this world, while we are in this world. The rules are
temporary. But the goal of everything is love. God loves. He
wants you to fall in love with Him. So this is what "getting
closer to God" is all about. This is why He created us. For love.
We are His Bride. (Ps 45, REV 21:9, Song of Songs 4:10, ISA 54:5)
We are not His pet. We are not incidental objects of His mercy.
We are His Bride. We are His treasure. MAL 3:17 MAT 13:44 PSA
135:4 We are the best that He has. Imagine a person who fell in
love with a girl. Do you think that person has anything better
than His girl? In the same way, God (who chose us as His portion
and His Bride) does not have anything better than His Bride. And
that's why, even now, He gave His total time to taking care of
His Bride. 1PE 5:7 EPH 5:29 ISA 40:11
That's why He died for Her. Eph 5:2 That's why it says in the
parable MAT 13:44 that a merchant saw a treasure in the field,
sold everything he had, and bought that field. Jesus Christ is
the merchant. He gave his life for the whole world, (the field)
in order to redeem His Bride, His chosen ones, (the treasure) out
of this world (the field).
God dedicated his ALL to having us. He is watching over us as
the apple of His eye. ZEC 2:8 ISA 27:3 DEU 33:12 He is going through a lot of pain, even
now, just so that He could have us - His Beloved. "I would give
anything for your love", He would say. (Jh 3:16) And He did. He
gave everything. And He will give us everything in heaven too. It
says that God gave Jesus everything. And that whatever God has is
Jesus'. JOH 16:15 But it also says that we are co-heirs with
Jesus Christ. ROM 8:17 So that means that God gave US
everything that He has. How much more can God give? Is there
anything that He didn't give?
The Bible says that WE are God's portion. His inheritance. Stop
and think about it. What does it mean? How do people rejoice over
getting an inheritance? HE has inheritance in US.
EPH 1:18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be
enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has
called you, the riches of His glorious
inheritance in the saints,
ZEC 2:12 The LORD will inherit Judah as His portion
And God wants us to think the same of Him. He wants us to think
that HE is our portion. Our inheritance. Ps 119:57, Lam 3:24, Ps
25:10 God is jealous because He loves us so much. He doesn't
want to give us up. JAM 4:5, 2CO 11:2 SON 8:6 .. for love is as
strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave DEU 4:24
We are His treasure. His TREASURED possession. WE are PRECIOUS to
ISA 43:4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and
because I love you…
EXO 19:5 ..you will be my treasured possession. Although
the whole earth is mine, 6 you will be for me a kingdom of
priests and a holy nation.' 1PE 2:9
Do you know HOW a groom in love rejoices over his bride? That's
how God will too.
ISA 62:5 … as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your
God rejoice over you.
ISA 62:3 You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD'S hand, a
royal diadem in the hand of your God.
PSA 45:11 The king is enthralled by your beauty SON 4:10 How
delightful is your love…my bride!
God has prepared for us a gift of perfect love. He gives us His
love and His everything and Himself. And He wants us to give Him
our love, ourselves, and our everything. So we can be bound
together forever by a perfect love.
Did you realize that God is wanting to become ONE with us? Did
you think of what it means? That God wants us to become a part of
God? Did you think of the greatness of His gift to us? JOH
17:23 I in them and you in me, all being perfected into
This is the great God that you need to draw close to. This is the
Love that you can touch.
So remember that God is a Being, a Person. He, by the Holy
Spirit, lives in you. He wants to fellowship with you. He wants
your love. He wants to talk to you. He wants you to talk to Him.
Fellowship with Him, just like you would with someone you love
the most on this earth. 1JO 1:3 -4
SON 2:14 My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places
on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice;
for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.
Talk to Him. He will find a way to talk back to you in time, in
different ways. Listen for His answers. Talk to Him in your
thoughts (or out loud). If you are blue, tell Him of your
troubles. If you are happy, thank Him for all He gave you. And in
between, just think of Him, of His greatness, of His character,
His grace, His humility and admire Him. Tell Him so. Don't just
talk to Him when you pray, or when you have needs. Talk to Him
every spare moment that you have. Every time that your mind is
not occupied by NECESSARY things. (Otherwise, make things that
distract you fade into background, and focus your thoughts on Him
Touch His heart by your loving thoughts. Caress Him by your
gentle feelings. And you will be touched by Love. You will feel
His love. And you will find a joy that you never had before.
REV 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone
hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with
him, and he with me. (remember, this is written to the