Drawing near to God isn’t just a religious exercise or a duty—it’s a path to great reward.
The Supreme Court of the United States is a place of honor, respect and procedure. Many of us would like to show up and pursue some righteous changes in the Court, and if we were given the privilege, there is one thing we’d need to do first—answer the call.
When the Court is called into session, the opening formalities include an announcement by the marshal, in which he declares, “Oyez! Oyez! Oyez! All persons having business before the Honorable, the Supreme Court of the United States, are admonished to draw near and give their attention, for the Court is now sitting. God save the United States and this Honorable Court!”
All persons having business in the Court are first called to draw near. But, if everyone is in attendance, why call them to “draw near and give their attention”? It’s simple. Just showing up isn’t enough to get results. If anyone really wants to achieve a victory in what they’re after, they must participate and show their intent by drawing near (coming closer) and giving their attention.
There is another court in which you must draw near and give your full attention—the court of heaven. God is seated on the throne of the highest court, and He is making the same call to draw near (James 4:8). He has dominion over the earth, yet He is seeking one thing—YOU.
God doesn’t just call us to draw near for His own benefit. Drawing near to God and walking in the spirit are a lifestyle—a lifestyle of victory. The more you abide in God’s Word and in His presence, the more you will hear His voice and the more victorious and successful you will be in every area of life.
Additionally, The Word says God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). A reward is a prize, an honor, a gift. That’s what you can expect when you spend time drawing near to Him. Below are six rewards you can expect if you draw near to Jesus.
1. God Will Draw Near to You
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” –James 4:8 (NKJV)
To draw near to God, as is talked about in Hebrews 11:6, is to diligently seek Him.
What does it meant to diligently seek Him?
The word diligent means “persevering attention, constant effort, persistent.” In other words, when you draw near to God, you don’t just do so once in a while or when the mood strikes you. To diligently seek Him is to drop the things that are stealing your time from reading the Word and praying. Spending time with God becomes a priority in your life. It means when you have to go to work, you get up early enough to pray instead of skipping time with Him. It is a persistent and constant effort on your part to draw near.
The Passion Translation of Hebrews 11:6 says, “He rewards the faith of those who give all their passion and strength into seeking him.”
It says He rewards those who give all their passion and strength. What does that look like to you?
Some would call it pressing in. Not just pressing in to God or reading more Word or praying more. Pressing in to His presence.
The reward is that He, in turn, will draw near to you. There will be a closeness between you and God—a fellowship—a friendship. Nothing is more precious than friendship with Almighty God.
When He draws near to you, the doors of communication are wide open. You can hear His instruction, correction and encouragement. And, you will enjoy the other rewards that come directly through this relationship.
2. He Will Guide You Into All Truth
“He will guide you into all the truth.” –John 16:13 (NIV)
When you’re in tune with God, you get to follow Him to a very special place known and accessible only to His followers. It’s a place called TRUTH.
Some people think they know the truth, but they are deceived. God is the one and only TRUTH, and He says He will lead you into this truth. Not just some truth, a little truth or the truth we can comprehend—but ALL truth! What does that really mean?
If you’re a businessman, it means the Holy Spirit will show you how to increase your profits and reduce your expenses. If you’re a mother, it means the Holy Spirit will show you how to settle arguments between your children. If you’re a student, it means the Holy Spirit will show you how to excel in your classes.
God is the author of truth. If there’s a truth to know—He’s the One to reveal it to us!
There’s a story that came out of World War II that illustrates this perfectly. The United States Navy had run into some serious trouble. Their ships were being sunk by the enemy faster than they could build new ones—a process which at the time took an entire year.
Finally, they came up with a way that made it possible to build a ship in a single day. But there was one hitch. The process involved building the ship upside down and when the ships were turned upright, the welds would pop, and the ship would come apart.
The problem was presented to a deeply spiritual man who was a famous industrialist at the time. “I’ll find out how to do it,” he said. After days of prayer and fasting, God showed him the welding formula that would hold the ship together. It worked! Just one idea made it possible to go from building a ship a year, to building a ship a day. Can you begin to see now how God could prosper you through leading you into all truth?
If you’re facing a problem today, don’t drag around trying to handle it on your own. Take Jesus at His Word and start asking the Holy Spirit to give you the knowledge you need to solve it. Let your time with Jesus bring you into all truth and bring new insights to your job, your family, your finances and your health. Tap in to the truths He’s placed in you!
3. He Will Show You Things to Come
“He will show you things to come.” –John 16:13 (KJ21)
The future. Would you like to see it? Would you like the advantage of knowing how to prepare for things to come? Most of us would!
That is one of the rewards of drawing near to Jesus. When you abide in Him, you have access to an anointing with power that spans heaven and earth. That anointing teaches you all things—it causes you to know God’s will in any situation. That’s walking in what the Spirit of God tells you to do—that’s walking in VICTORY.
Victory doesn’t come by walking in your own ability and your own mental capacity. You can turn on the news and see what’s already happened, but God is the only One who can show you things to come. If we rely on what we know in the natural, we’ll be defeated like everybody else. But if we abide in the anointing and the anointing abides in us, there won’t be a single enemy that can bring defeat to our lives.
The Spirit of God will continually direct you, and He will show you things to come. He’ll reveal to you how to prevent problems and trouble. Even when tests and trials come, you’ll walk right through them.
4. He Will Make You Perfectly Strong
“The joy of the Lord is your strength.” –Nehemiah 8:10 (NKJV)
When you run into an impossible situation—one you just don’t have the strength or the ability to handle, are you often tempted to give up and accept defeat? Maybe it isn’t just one challenge, but a whole onslaught of trials all at once—an illness, a strained relationship, bad news, a temptation you never thought you’d face.
You don’t have to face discouragement or weariness ever again! God knew the moment He created you—you need Him. That’s why His Word says His strength is made perfect in you (2 Corinthians 12:9).
The word translated strength in this scripture is dunamis. It means “God’s miracle-working power.” Just think about that. When your human strength ends, that’s where God’s power begins. And He has promised that His miraculous power will bring you through!
So, don’t wait for a crisis to come before you draw near to Jesus. Build your relationship with Him so you are prepared when trouble comes. You’ll know in advance that if you’re sick and medicine has failed you, if your finances are out of control, if your family is falling apart, and you’ve done absolutely all you know to do and you still haven’t gotten results—you can rejoice! Because God’s grace is sufficient for you and when your strength ends, His power propels you to victory!
5. He Will Give You Everything You Need
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” –Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
What do you need today? Healing? Financial breakthrough? A miracle in your marriage?
There is a promise you need to know about—Matthew 6:33. It says that when you seek God’s kingdom first, and His righteousness, ALL things will be added to you. You don’t have to struggle and fight to get what you need—it’s all in the promise.
What’s your part?
To seek Him FIRST. Sounds simple, yet it’s a struggle for many. They feel irresponsible if they aren’t worrying or working by their own strength. Sure, we’re called to put forth an effort in the natural, but not to achieve the victory on our own.
What does it mean to seek Him first? It’s simple. Put the Word first.
No matter what your needs or goals, it is the wisdom that comes from the Word of God that will get you there. So, commit yourself right now to do what it takes to totally saturate yourself with the Word of God. Use every available moment to read, study, listen to and meditate on it. Draw near to the feet of Jesus through prayer and praise.
Then, watch everything you need and desire (even some things you’ve never imagined!) come right to you.
6. He Will Anoint Your Natural Abilities
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me.” –Luke 4:18 (NIV)
If God has ever called you to do something outside of what you would normally do, the first thing you thought might have been, I can’t do that.
God is not looking for ability, He’s looking for availability. It doesn’t matter what you are in the natural. It doesn’t matter what you look like. It doesn’t matter how smart you are or what birth order or birth privileges you had or didn’t have. The natural realm is no problem to God. He’s got the ability, and He’ll give you His ability. What He has to have is someone who will make themselves available to Him—someone who will draw near to Him and heed His voice.
Drawing near to Jesus moves you into the supernatural, where God’s ability moves onto your ability, and you’re no longer dependent on your own knowledge, intelligence or talents.
He never looks at your bank account. He never really looks at your natural ability. When He gives you an assignment, all He expects is that you obey Him in the promptings that come to you, take the next step, and trust in Him to give you supernatural ability to accomplish what He’s asked of you.
Don’t ever look at yourself in the natural and say, “I’m just not suited for that.” God doesn’t want you to do His work in the natural. The only way you can do His work is through His power and ability.
What is He calling you to do today? Is it beyond your own ability? Then draw near to Jesus, walk forward in faith, and God’s ability will meet you there.
Are you ready to experience the rewards of drawing near to God? When you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you, guide you into all truth, and show you things to come. He’ll make you perfectly strong, give you everything you need, and anoint your natural abilities. There is nothing you can’t do when you have access to these rewards! Victory is yours—now go draw near to Jesus and walk in it!
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