6 Steps to Staying Close to God

Encouraging Word


“You shall follow the Lord your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.” Deuteronomy 13:4

In this scripture verse, we find specific instructions on how to stay close to God. Six steps are mentioned that will enhance your relationship with Him.

  1. Follow. You begin by following God. To follow means to move behind in the same direction; to acknowledge the authority of; to conform. Jesus’ invitation to His disciples included the words, “follow Me.”
  2. Fear. Next, we are told to fear God. Fear here refers to having a holy reverence; awesome respect; to hold in high esteem; to worship. We need to get back to a “righteous fear” of God!
  3. Obey. A holy fear is followed by obedience. Obey means to follow instructions; adhere to; to put into practice; to be submissive. Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”
  4. Listen. To be close to God, you must listen to His voice. Listen is to give attention; to focus; to concentrate. We need to make sure we are listening to God and not the world, the Devil or self. The Bible says, “he who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
  5. Serve. Closeness to God requires a servant’s heart. We are told to serve Him. To serve is to make yourself available; to give allegiance; to address the needs of others. Matthew 6:24 says we can’t serve two masters. Like Joshua, we need to decide that we will serve the Lord (Joshua 22:5).
  6. Cling. The last instruction given is to cling to God. Cling is to adhere closely; cleave; grasp; hold tight; remain attached. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you . . .”

If we follow these instructions, we will remain close to God and our relationship will be strengthened.

-Tony Cooper 

Celebrating 27 Years of Service as Exec. Director, Jimmie Hale Mission

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