Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A Purpose Driven Life - Chapter 12

A Purpose Driven Life Chapter 12 - Friend of God II

Chapter Overview: You are only as close to God as you choose to be.  "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you"
Rick makes a number of main points in this chapter:
  1. You must choose to be honest with God
  2. You must choose to obey God in faith
  3. You must choose to value what God values
  4. You must desire friendship with God more than anything else

2011 (40 years old)

I can be honest with God.  However, there's a point where your gripe gets in the way of moving forward with God. For example, my issue with the next point.  I can't 'choose' to obey God in faith because how do I know what He is saying?  My argument is this:  I believe He can make Himself heard (He is speaking to me).  However, I don't have a lot of faith in my ability to correctly discern what He is saying.  Was this You, God, or was it that?  Which one was You?  Perhaps I over analyze it.  It's a real struggle.  And because it is and continues to be, I use it as a cop-out.

2016 (45 years old)

I'm as close to God as I want to be. God uses everything... EVERYTHING for our good. Sometimes we blame him for our circumstances.  He wants us to be honest with him, even when we feel hurt.  Pain is God's megaphone. Like the church in Ephesus, if your motivation for doing things for God is duty, then you've missed it completely. You're just going through the motions and you're missing God. What are some practical choices I can make today in order to grow closer to God?  Perhaps ask myself this question in every situation and circumstance I find myself in today, remembering that God always has my best interest at heart and that he likes honesty and obedience. Outward results don't matter - that's not what God is interested in or looking at.

Can I be truly honest with God?  He likes that.  Woman with closed eyes looking up

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