It’s time to draw near
    March 14 2011 by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer

    A few weeks ago an article was published on the Convention web site and in the Biblical Recorder about the congregation of Lake Norman Baptist Church in Huntersville reading through the Bible together in one year.

    I am always encouraged when I hear stories of how local churches are serious about growing in their knowledge of the Lord and in their relationship with Him.

    As you know, our Find it Here emphasis this year is discipleship. I do not believe we can talk about discipleship apart from considering our personal time alone with God.

    We can have excellent mentors and great Bible study leaders. We can enjoy praying with family and friends. We can listen to wonderful preaching every week — but we cannot use any of that as a substitute for our own personal time alone with God.

    Spending time with God is a priority in my life and it should be a part of a daily routine for each of us. But please, never consider time with God as something that is just part of a routine. Your time with God is so much more than that.

    When you take time to fellowship with God on a regular basis you grow in your understanding about His heart and His character. It is the time when God can speak to you, give you wisdom and teach you timeless truths.

    Reading the scriptures is also a priority for me.

    The Bible is inspired (God breathed) truth without any mixture of error.

    It is rich with treasures that God wants to root firmly and deeply within our hearts. With an open Bible before you, pause and meditate on the words you read.

    Reflect on the goodness, grace and power of God. Praise Him for all that He is and thank Him for all that He does. You will discover that it is both interesting and delightful when the Holy Spirit enlightens your understanding of a scripture passage in a special way when you are alone with Him. Are you aware that God can speak to us when we listen in the place of prayer? But always remember that His spoken word will never contradict His written word!

    How generous of our Father to allow us to draw near to Him at any moment, day or night, through prayer. Prayer really is a privilege with benefits.

    It should come as no surprise when we discover that the evil one will use every tool he can to keep us from spending time alone with our Father in heaven. He recognizes that great spiritual power is available when we consistently spend time with God through Bible study and prayer.

    Don’t miss out on the abundance of blessings that are yours when you seek after God. Draw near to Him today.

    “The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.” Psalm 145:18

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    3/14/2011 9:06:00 AM by Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC Executive Director-Treasurer | with 0 comments

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