Giving your life to God is important but so is having a relationship with Him. What does this mean? Going to church, reading your Bible some and praying some and being good to people seems to be enough. All of those are important but that’s not what it is all about. It is so much more!
I have visited many churches. Some have so many rituals that they follow weekly. There is nothing wrong with that, but I just want you to know that there is so much more than rituals to be a Christ follower. Nothing compares to having an intimate relationship with God!
John 14:6 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
God longs for us to communicate with him daily. When we hang out with a friend we want them to talk to us and spend time with us. If we didn’t see them or talk to them very much, then we couldn’t bond or have a strong relationship. This is how it is with God. How can you expect to have a relationship with Him if you aren’t spending time with Him? Also, how can you know what He wants of you if you aren’t communicating with Him? He wants to have a relationship with you so badly. It is up to you to make that happen. I pray to him all throughout the day, whether it is good or bad. I thank him for the simplest things (I love to hear the birds chirping). When something brings me joy, I thank Him for it.
I want you to try to commit one week of having alone time with God. These steps here are for those who are already believers. If you aren’t a believer yet then click here first. This is what it will look like:
- Find a chair that no one uses
- Put the chair in front of you
- Imagine that God is sitting in that chair
- Talk to him as you would a friend
- Tell him your concerns, hurts, praises, request, what you are thankful for, etc…
- Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance
GET SERIOUS ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
I purchased an NIV Life Application Bible with commentaries at the bottom to explain each verse to me when I don’t understand what the verse is saying. I start off by praying to God that He will reveal what He wants me to know.
Then I start reading a section in the Bible. You can read a few verses, a section or the whole chapter. Once I have read one section, I refer to the commentaries below to see how it applies to today. Then I sit a ponder on what the verses are saying and how it can apply to me. God then reveals to me what I need to work on or how can use help others with these verses, etc…
Make sure that you start reading the verses with the mindset of really wanting to hear from God. I have read verses many times and never really learned much, other than the story that is told. Really prepare yourself and gain a desire to really hear God’s voice (not an audible voice). What I mean is a thought or an impression to do or learn something.
God will give you His desires if you are truly seeking Him. There is nothing like receiving His blessings because you depended on Him through the tough times. Sometimes we might have to wait longer for some answers than others. Your attitude is everything! Find the good in every situation. The more trials you have, it will get easier to have a better attitude if you practice on the small trials. I have had to practice to be silent when someone says something unkind. I want to retaliate but I have learned to tame my tongue.
If you have any questions, leave a comment below. I would love to hear other ways that people get closer to God.
Next, I pray that I will take what I have learned and take action. It might be changing my attitude, helping someone, changing my spending habits, forgiving someone, taking a step of faith, etc…
What I learn might not be what I want to hear, but what I need to hear. I start praying that my desires will be God’s desires. It is hard sometimes because I am selfish by nature but I really want to want the same things that God want for me. I want to take off the old and put on the new. I want to be close with God.