By: Dr. Glenn Gaines, CVM South Central Region Representative

Approaching God is an enormous blessing that Christians have. To be able to go to the Lord of this world is such an indescribable privilege that we may sometimes take for granted. Jesus tells us to revere God in the Lord’s prayer. God is holy, the creator of you and I and the world we see.

If we were told that we were going to be able to converse with the President of the United States, CEO of a major corporation, Billy Graham or whoever you hold in high esteem, we would dress in our finest clothes and present the highest of manners and make sure that we chose our words carefully. Isn’t it great that we can approach someone who holds each one of these in His palm, anytime, anyplace and in any style of dress.

What makes being a follower of Jesus so superior to any other religion is that we get to take to a living Lord who defeated death. We have a Lord who loves us so much that He made us to fellowship with Him. He loves us so much that He gave His son to die so that we can have our sins forgiven and converse with Him. God loves us so much that He places Jesus as an interceder for us to Himself. I have a hard time realizing that I could be that valuable to the Creator. When in fact I am, so why wouldn’t I be praising Him every day in the fact that I can go to him as a broken, sinful man and have Him want to visit with me.

“Because He lives” is a favorite song for many reasons. The message explains the whole Christian faith. We believe because He lives. Every religion that I am aware of, has a dead god. If I am falling over a cliff to the valley floor hundreds of feet below, I want someone that is alive to reach for me. My savior LIVES which means that every day I have Him to grasp hold of. He is there for me to take refuge in. He is there to hold me when I am falling or feel so alone. He is there to help me when life is overwhelming and I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. As much as HE is there in our time of need, He is also there desiring me to approach him with my praise and thanksgiving for all that HE has done.

The words to “Because He lives”:

God sent his Son, they called him Jesus; He came to love, health and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon, an empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.
Because He lives, I can face tomorrow; Because he lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future, and life is worth living just because He lives.

Being able to connect with a Lord that lives for eternity and is waiting for us to come to Him is a comfort that only those that have done it can understand. Because He lives, means that I have access to Him when I receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Everyone approaches God at one time or another in their life. It may be for only the time before a  vet school test, or a personal trial, but we approach Him. As it was said one time, God is asked into every school house at test time, sports events, or those times when our behavior has been brought into question.

The Psalms has a great collection of David’s writings. Here he was a man after God’s own heart, but he failed in several areas. His heart yearned for God as he sang praises to Him, but many times he was offering up prayers in his time of need, for comfort, for forgiveness, and in times of trouble. In Psalm 50:17, God gives those that know Him, the privilege of being able to call upon him in our day of trouble, and He says that He will deliver us. Then it says, we will honor Him. In Psalm 34:17 it says, “He is close to the brokenhearted.”

How do we approach God? Through Jesus Christ! We have the ability to approach anytime and anyplace. God wants us to humble ourselves and Give him our knee time, uninterrupted time, fully focused and quiet time. James 4:7, “Humble yourself before God, resist Satan and he will flee from you, draw close to God and He will draw close to you.” To approach God with a humble attitude means that we know we can’t do it on our own. It is through His might that we defeat the one that wants to devour us.

Many feel like they are not worthy to approach God because of their past or present sins, but that is so far from the heart of God. Jesus removed that barrier with His death to allow us to draw close to God by asking for forgiveness.

How do we approach Him? With a heart that loves the one that loves us so much. We approach Him with all the reverence that He deserves. We approach him with a grateful heart.

Where do we approach God? We approach him in the quiet areas of our lives, in the workplace, in the presence of friends/family in need, in the busyness of the day, as we drive, as we walk, when we wake up, when we lay down, when we eat, when we celebrate, etc.

May we come to the Lord with confidence, knowing that He desires a relationship with us.

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