Draw Near to God

Kevin Ibanez

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.”  James 4: 8a

What an AMAZING Youth Beach Camp!  Last week, June 9 – 12, we took about 85 of us to San Onofre State Beach near San Clemente, CA to tent camp, and to grow closer to Christ and with one another.  God moved in a powerful way in the lives of all of us who were there.  We had about 20 teens make significant decisions for Christ at this year’s Beach Camp and I truly believe that everyone who attended was impacted by God in some tangible way.

There is something that happens when we disconnect from the routine of our world, and dedicate our time, and resources to focused attention on God, His Word and on others.  When we purposefully do this, when we draw near to God, He draws near to us.  And then, once God draws near, then that is when AMAZING happens!

My encouragement to you is to draw near to Jesus.  Make the effort, take the time, sacrifice a bit of your comfort, time, money, effort, etc. and purposefully seek out our Lord.  Do it, soon; do it today if you can.  Do not wait until everything is perfectly lined up in your life before you draw near to God, because if you are anything like me, my life will never be perfect and it will never happen.  If you draw near to God with a sincere heart dedicated to Him, He will respond.  When He responds, be ready to receive His love, grace, power and direction.  Do not be surprised if He does something outside of the ordinary – He is God, He is all-powerful and does not live within the boxes that we try to fit Him in.

The students and adults who went to our Summer Beach Camp received a fresh filling of the power of the Holy Spirit. They were renewed by God, and were encouraged by Him to live the Christian life in His strength.  Our Beach Camp theme this year was “Alive.”  The only way we can walk in God’s power and in the newness of life that Jesus wants us to live is when we live our lives in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the newness of life that He grants us as His born-again children.  So draw near to God and He will draw near to you and give you life, and life to the fullest!

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