HOW CLOSE IS CLOSE?

THE GAME OF HORSESHOES DATES BACK TO THE GRECIAN ARMY. IF YOU HAVE EVER TOSSED HORSESHOES, THE OBJECT IS TO THROW A ‘RINGER’. BUT, YOU CAN SCORE BY THROWING YOUR HORSESHOES CLOSER TO THE POST THAN YOUR OPPONENT. HORSESHOES IS ONE OF THE FEW GAMES WHERE GETTING CLOSE WILL REWARD YOU.

MANY LIVE THEIR LIVES WITH AN ATTITUDE OF PLAYING A GAME, BELIEVING ‘CLOSE ENOUGH’ IS ‘GOOD ENOUGH’ OR ‘JUST OK’ IS ACCEPTABLE.

LIVING A GODLY LIFE IS NOT A ‘CLOSE ENOUGH’, ‘GOOD ENOUGH’ OR ‘JUST OK’ GAME. IN OUR SOCIETY, WE ARE FALLING VICTIM TO THOSE WHO PROPOSE TO WATER DOWN GOD’S WORD. WE NEED TO BE REMINDED OF GOD’S 10 COMMANDMENTS….GOD’S LAWS, NOT MAN’S LAWS. EACH WAS SCRIPTED BY GOD THRU MOSES. THERE HAVE BEEN NO ‘IFS’, ‘MAYBES’, ‘NOT AS IMPORTANT AS IT USED TO BE’ OR A ‘DISREGARD’ ADDED TO GOD’S ORIGINAL 10 COMMANDMENTS. NONE OF HIS COMMANDMENTS HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM SCRIPTURE.

MANY INDIVIDUALS IN OUR SOCIETY HAVE DECIDED GOD’S RULES ARE TOO DIFFICULT. MANY BELIEVE WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO LIVE LIFE AS WE CHOOSE. MAN’S LAWS ARE REPLACING GOD’S LAWS IN OUR COURTS. GOD ALLOWS ALL OF THIS TODAY. GOD’S JUDGEMENT WILL COME. IN THE BEGINNING, GOD GAVE US FREE WILL. ADAM AND EVE DECIDED TO TRUST THEIR OWN FREE WILL OVER GOD’S INSTRUCTIONS. THEY FELL FROM GOD’S GRACE BY ONE ACTION. THEY CAME ‘CLOSE’…CLOSE ENOUGH TO PASS THE SIN TO ALL MANKIND.

HOW ‘CLOSE’ ARE YOU TO GOD? DO YOU LIVE BY HIS CHOICES OR BY YOUR CHOICES? IS YOUR WALK WITH GOD A ‘RINGER’? ARE YOU LIVING YOUR LIFE TO GET ‘CLOSE’ BUT STILL FAILING?

GET SO CLOSE TO GOD THAT YOU FEEL HIS CLEANSING PRESENCE ALL DAY, EVERYDAY.

“LET US DRAW NEAR [CLOSE] TO GOD WITH A SINCERE HEART AND WITH FULL ASSURANCE THAT FAITH BRINGS, HAVING OUR HEARTS SPRINKLED TO CLEANSE US FROM A GUILTY CONSCIENCE AND HAVING OUR BODIES WASHED WITH PURE WATER.” HEBREWS 10:22 NIV