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First, WHAT is a “relationship”? A relationship is: an alliance, an association, a bonding, a connection, a correspondence, a link, family ties, family connections, fellowship, kinship, etc.
A relationship is the way that two or more people are connected, or the way that they behave toward each other.
When you are in a relationship, you are emotionally involved or connected in some way. If you are related to somebody . . . parents, aunts, uncles, cousins . . . you share a family relationship with them.
When you are in a relationship with God, as your heavenly Father (Mat.6:14,26,32), it resembles a family relationship.
How can I have a closer relationship with God?"
To develop a close relationship with God is a worthy goal and reveals a heart that is truly born again (John 3:3-11), for only those who are “in Christ” really want a closer relationship with God.
There is one thing we must understand, and that is, in this life on Earth we will never be as close to God as we should be, no matter how much we want it to be so. The reason for this is, stubborn sin in our lives. This is NOT a lack on God’s part, but on ours. Our sin remains a barrier to the full and complete fellowship with God which will be realized only when we are in glory.
When we consider the apostle Paul, we know that he had about as close a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, as anyone could possibly have in this life, but he still yearned for a closer relationship. Phil. 3:8-9 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: (KJV)
No matter where we are in our faith and our walk with Christ, we can ALWAYS increase our faith, and have a closer walk with Him on Earth, and we can look forward to being glorified in Heaven one day, where we will have all eternity to grow in our relationship with the Lord.
There are some simple things we can do to have a closer relationship with God.
We must make a daily habit of confessing our sin to Him, because sin is the brick wall in our relationship with God, and only confession of sin removes that barrier. Confession of sins brings God’s forgiveness (1 John 1:9), and is what restores a relationship that has been strained. We must remember that confession is heartfelt contrition of those who recognize that their sin is an offense to a Holy God. When we confess our sin, we admit that God is right and we are wrong, and we realize that our sin is what nailed Jesus Christ to the cross. It is the cry of the publican who said, “God be merciful to me a sinner!” Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. (KJV)
We must listen when God speaks. 2 Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: (KJV) . . . That “more sure word of prophecy” is the Word of God. When we read the Bible, we “hear” God’s voice speaking to us. It is only through the “God-breathed” Scriptures that we become “thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim.3:16-17). IF we really want to grow closer to God, we should read His Word on a regular basis. When we read His Word, we are “listening” to God speak to us through His Spirit who illuminates the Word to us.
We must speak to Him in prayer. Just as reading the Bible is listening to God speak to us, our speaking to God is done when we pray to Him. The Gospels many times record Jesus going off by Himself (solitude) to commune with His Father in prayer. Prayer is so much more than just a way to ask God for things we need or want. If we consider the model prayer that Jesus gave His disciples in Mat.6:6-13, we see that the first three requests in that prayer are directed toward God (may His Name be hallowed (holy), may His Kingdom come, may His will be done). The last three petitions are requests where we ask God AFTER we have taken care of the first three (give us our daily bread, forgive us our debts, lead us not into temptation). Something we can do to help our prayer lives is to read the Psalms. Many of the Psalms are heartfelt cries to God for various things. In the beautiful Psalms we see adoration, contrition, remorse, respect, reverence, thanksgiving and heart felt pleas displayed in ways that will help us.
To have a closer relationship with God, we must live a life of obedience. Jesus told His disciples in the upper room: John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. (KJV)
James tells us: James 4:7-8 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (KJV)
Paul tells us in Romans that our obedience is our “living sacrifice” of thanksgiving to God. Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (KJV) We must remember that all Biblical exhortations to obedience are presented as our response to the grace of God we receive in salvation. We do NOT earn salvation through our obedience . . . BUT . . . it is how we show our love and gratitude toward God.
Another thing we can do to have a closer relationship with God is to find a church that teaches the Truth of God’s Holy Word. In today’s time, this gets more difficult with each passing day. Beware of cults and false teachers! They are everywhere! Ask what they teach. See below, what the Doctrine of Christ includes.
The Doctrine of Christ
*****#1. The Godhead, is often called the “Trinity” (one God (Deut.6:4) Who is composed of the 3 literal Persons of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Mat.28:19-20; Gen.11:7; Col.2:9; Mat.3:16-17)
*****#2. The Godhead became incarnate, became FLESH in Jesus Christ (John 1:1-3,14; 1 Tim. 3:16; Col.2:9)
*****#3 Jesus is the only BEGOTTEN Son of God (John 3:16)
*****#4. Christ's deity, Jesus IS Almighty God (John 1:1-3,14; 10:33; 1 Tim.3:16; Rev.1:8)
*****#5. Christ's death, burial and bodily resurrection (1Cor.15:1-4)
*****#6. Jesus' sinless life and perfection (2 Cor.5:21; 1 Pet.2:21-22; Heb.4:15)
*****#7. Jesus' literal, physical, Blood sacrifice for our sins (1 Pet.1:18-19; Heb.9:12,22-24)
*****#8. Jesus’ literal virgin birth (Isa.7:14; Mat.1:23)
*****#9. Jesus' literal Bodily ascension into Heaven (Acts 1:11)
*****#10. Jesus' Bodily return at the Rapture for the saints (1 Thes.4:17; Phil.3:19)
ALL the above are fundamental doctrines of the Bible-believing, Christian faith. The FOUNDATION of our Christian faith is JESUS CHRIST. The Foundation has already been laid, so you CANNOT lay another foundation. The price for your sins has already been paid in full. YOU ARE A SINNER, and unless you accept Christ's payment for your sins, you will spend eternity burning in the Lake of Fire (Rev.20:15). IF a church does NOT teach the above Biblical doctrines, they are teaching FALSELY! IF any doctrine does NOT agree with the Holy Word of God, they are NOT the bride of Christ (Rev.21:9), but a cult! BEWARE!!! They will lead you to the devil’s Hell (Mat.25:41).
A CULT is:
Any religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious.
Any religion or religious sect generally considered to be self-indulgent or false.
Any system or community of religious worship and rituals that does NOT agree with the Bible.
Any recognized means of expressing religious reverence; religious ceremony and ritual that does NOT agree with the Bible.
Conditions or Situations in our Lives
A Personal Relationship With God
A Spiritual Famine Coming
A Quiet Time With God
A Secret Place Needed
A Stable Relationship Takes Time
Alone With God
Being Alone With God Is Necessary
Being Introverted, Is It Good?
Careful Consideration Ne4cessary for Prayer
Christian Meditation, What Is It?
Conditions In Our Lives Today
Ears Should Pay Attention
Ears That Do Not Hear!
Ears That Refuse to Hear!
False Prophets Are Dangerous
God Is Still Speaking To us Today
Israel's Hard Heart
Jacob Wrestling With God
Jesus Felt Forsaken
Loneliness of Jeremiah
Meditating, How to
Meditating on God's Word Misunderstood
Meditating, on What Things?
Seeking The Kingdom of God
Solitude in the Old Testament
Solitude, What Is It?
Some Things Are Hard to Hear
The Laodicean Church
Warning, of NOT Hearing!