Deeper Life In Christ Ministries, Inc.
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Conyers, GA 30012
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What Does It Mean To Be Away With God?
Copyright © 2013 DLIC Bible Study Lesson, Pastor Juandolyn Stokes
What does it mean to be away with God? Does it mean being with God in a quiet setting, fostering the appropriate environment? Does it mean being away from others to be away with God? Are the implications specifically social, mental, physical, emotional or psychological? For we have seen in Scripture references about being way with God:
Psalms 16:11 “You will show me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures for evermore.”
John 15:4 “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” (It means to remain or stay around God.)
John 8:31 “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”
James 4:8 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
These scriptures all emphasize the importance of being away with God. From these scriptures, we have defined what it actually means to be away with God:
To have exclusive communion with God through dialogue, interaction and exchange for spiritual growth and development. It moves beyond the hope of intimacy to the practice of intimacy with God, nurtured by one’s desire to build their walk with God. (Scripture: Let nothing separate you from the love of God.)
To have personal devotion with God, and Christ that fosters positive familiarity, habituality of mind, body and soul (Romans 12:1-2)
To incorporate private fellowship with God in the sense of sharing things that you have in common. What you share with God is a relationship as well as God’s own Holy character. For God has raised our status through the death and resurrection of Christ.