Sunday Devotional: “Older but closer”

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...
Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


“A dear old man, a Christian, once told me, with a smile, that he thought he was worse now than when he had first become a Christian many years ago.
He did not mean that he had become more sinful, and he did not mean that since he had received Jesus as Lord and Saviour that he was more disobedient. No, what he meant was he was more aware of his sinful nature, now that he had walked with God for those many years.

And that is how it is. The closer we get to God, who is perfect, and holy, and pure, the more we realise we are not meeting His perfect standards.
But that is good news, really, because people who are not Christians usually couldn’t care less! So be encouraged – if you feel an increasing need for God’s indwelling power, you are moving nearer to Him. That’s the best direction to go.” [Quote]
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The Bible says to believers “it is God who works in you” (Philippians 2:13 NKJV)

“Nearer My God to Thee”


Philippians 4:6-8

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.