Tag: Closer

Zacchaeus’ Tree

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

Zacchaeus was too short to see Messiah passing by, so he ran ahead and climbed a tree. Messiah commended him by going to his house and blessing it. Zacchaeus didn’t let his shortness stop him. He was limited, but he’s remembered for not letting his shortcomings keep him from Messiah. He did whatever it took to get close to God. You need to do the same. Don’t let anything stop you from drawing near to Him, whatever you have to do. Even if it means planning for the long term, ask yourself, “Will this action get me closer to God or lead me farther away?” Then do whatever you have to do to get closer. You’ll be commended by God because it’s His will. He wants you to come closer, to overcome that obstacle, hindrance or that sin that separates you; ruling it out and other things in. Closing the door on it and opening a new door to righteousness. Whatever you have to do, make the decision once and for all. God will honor it. Get running and climb that tree, because God is waiting to bless your house.

Today’s Mission – Today base all your decisions on whether they will draw you closer to God. If the answer is no, go the other way.

by Jonathan Cahn

Friends of God

Vance Havnerby Vance Havner

And he was called the friend of God. James 2:23

Of all the preachers and teachers and religious folk of our day, how few impress us that they know God! Able and successful, earnest and aggressive, we find in them much that is good. But can we not count on our fingers those who have gone far into the deeper things of the Spirit, who have learned those precious secrets of intimacy with God? To how few could we go in an hour of deepest trouble, to how few dare we tell our inmost problems!

This age of Phenobarbital and psychoses does not lend itself to a closer walk with God. The price is great nowadays, and he who chooses to be God’s friend may be overlooked in the worship of celebrities. But in our better and needier moments we turn from heroes to seek some lowly soul who has learned those rare lessons of the school of Enoch who walked with God. Our efficient American Christianity is too busy putting things over to be interested in the quiet, slow saints who take time to be holy instead of just singing about it.

Give us more friends of God!

by Vance Havner