During the years of giving up, I still knew I was a Christian though my life didn’t look like it. I wasn’t going to church anywhere and avoided most of the Christians I knew. If you had asked me, I would have told you that God was distant and uninvolved in my life. I wish I’d understood this truth:
I Corinthians 6:17 says “the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” I had joined myself to the Lord at sixteen but lived my life based on how I felt. It’s not that feelings are a bad thing, but most of us that survived our teen years know that feelings aren’t the most stable foundation for living. God says I am one spirit with the Lord Jesus. What difference does it make? To me, it changes everything.
Have you ever heard someone say they’re not close to God right now or that they want to get closer to God? Or maybe someone has quoted the verse from Isaiah 59:2 that says, “Your iniquities (sins) have made a separation between you and your God.” At the time this was written—under the Law of Moses—it was true that sin separated you from God. But under grace things have changed. Under grace, God says he who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
If we accept Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection for the forgiveness of our sins (past, present and future) and realize that after He ascended to heaven He sent the Holy Spirit to live His life in those who believe in Him, we have God the Holy Spirit living in us and we are one spirit with Him.
How can you get any closer than that? There is no separation. No matter how it feels.