Near to god

I don’t feel God is close, I can’t see, touch, smell, hear, or taste Him, as He is not physical or subject to my senses. However, God’s word tells me He is near, via Holy Spirit. I believe the Word and I have sensed in my Spirit his closeness on many occasions, even ecstatically. In the Spirit, I hear His voice and see things He reveals in dreams.  Spiritual senses are different than physical ones which operate through a connection with our skin, ears, eyes, nose and tongue. The Spirit is connected directly to our consciousness, but like physical senses is interpreted in our brain

“Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (Eph. 2:12-13) The Blood of Christ removes the spiritual barrier of sin excluding us. We can’t frame Spiritual reality from a physical perspective and expect to understand. The world does this and remains ignorant and blind, even scoffs. “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” (1 Cor. 2:14)

“But what does it say? ‘The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,’ that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” ( Romans 10:8-9) God’s word is in our voice and heart, as it is a Spiritual message perceived in the heart with faith. 

“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:8) We wash and purify ourselves spiritually by rejecting evil thoughts, pride, selfishness, duplicity and submitting to God’s ways and means, such that we have the mind of Christ. (Heb. 10:22; 1 Cor. 2:16) It’s like many encounters Yeshua, (Jesus’ Hebrew name) had with people and His own disciples. When Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman encountered Him, they tried to relate in the natural, but He was speaking Spiritually. Frequently, the disciples tried to relate naturally to Yeshua, but He was filled with Spiritual purpose and action.

The next time you feel alone, activate your Spiritual understanding and you will perceive that the three person God is the One who is there, near you. “What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?” (Deut. 4:7, see Eph. 2:12 above regarding citizenship)