Draw Near.  Now.

 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. – James 4:8 (ESV)

Some days are tough.  It’s hard to get passed the events of the day, and the temptation to latch on to just a little anger, or just a little worry, or just a little doubt, is great.

Instead of following negative emotions, draw near to God.  Pray to Him.  Cry out to Him.  Seek Him.  If you set the junk aside, cast your anxieties and concerns and cares on Him, and humbly, worshipfully, prayerfully draw near to the Lord, He promises He will draw near to you.

It is amazing the peace that comes when we give up the pain and sorrow and replace it with faith and joy, trusting God despite the circumstances.  And, yes, no matter what’s going on, regardless of what has happened, or what you may have done or said, or how deep down in a hole you find yourself, God will be there for you. 

And with you.

You need only be humble and honest, and draw near to God.  Don’t rest on your emotions.  Don’t give in to your fears.  Don’t let the enemy have one ounce of pull over you.  Rest in faith in Jesus.  Know He will never abandon you.  Know the Lord has a purpose for the things you face.

Quiet your soul and seek the Lord.  Draw near to Him.

Now.

Let His peace flow over you.

Now.

Let go of the anxious thoughts, the unforgiveness, the pity, the low emotions, and let God fill you with His love and mercy and grace and joy.

Now.

Know how deeply you are loved.  Know that you are filled with great worth because you are who God created you to be, and you are His child.

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