How can I have a deeper relationship with Jesus? John
The Bible speaks about an intimate and dynamic relationship with Jesus. Is He alive and near you, or can your relationship best be described as distant?. The Cursillos in Christianity Movement provides us with a sure method to enable us to live what is fundamental for being a Christian in our God-given. As Christians grow in faith, we hunger for a deeper relationship with God and give you every help you need to build an intense, intimate relationship with him.HOW TO DEVELOP A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD - BEING YOUNG CHRISTIANS - BIBLE CHAT SERIES #2
God started with and has always cried out for man to come close to Him, but sin still stood in the way. Until the day when everything changed. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. He came to walk right beside us. He came and lived right with us! He slept with us, laughed with us, and even showered with us! Whatever the case may be. You get my drift. Those are things that are transparent and intimate.
He walked in our midst and became the living example of not only how God desires to be in a relationship with us, but how to have a relationship with God. He gave us hands-on instruction!
I want to highlight just a few examples of how Jesus modeled how to have intimacy with God. He went out to pray alone.
Night fell while he was there alone. Jesus spent time communicating with the Father. Many of us think that prayer is some ritualistic thing that we do and that there is specific formulas or methods we have to use to pray. It is communication between God and us, and also many times between God and us.
It is 2-way communication. And when you understand that, then it is not a problem anymore to pray for an houror two or even four.
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In my relationship with God, I spent many years not turning on the radio in my truck but instead of turning to the spiritual frequency of the Holy Spirit and doing nothing but talking and listening to God. Not even putting on praise music, but just talking and listening to God; Inviting His presence to come to where I was and hang out with me. I just spent time being one with God. Speaking What He Speaks John The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it.
That in some way He was operating out of His Divinity. But according to this scripture and others, He was following the lead of God the Father, and not acting out of his own volition. Jesus is both fully God and fully man modeled both sides of being in a relationship with God. He modeled how God loves us and wants to have a personal relationship with us, and he modeled how to have a relationship with God. As believers, we are called to a place of intimacy with God. It was not just to save your backsides from Hell that Jesus died, but it was to establish a way for God to be intimate with us and for us to be intimate with God.
Having an intimate personal relationship with us was the goal of God! And how about you? Like one of them? Or, will you, by the grace of God, be a spiritually-hot finisher, building up other Christians spiritually and evangelizing the lost till the day you die?
If you want to be a fruitful, spiritual finisher, then you need to have a consistently close relationship with God. But how can we experience such a personal, life-long relationship with the Almighty? Are you the kind of person God really likes not just loves and wants to use as a tool for furthering His kingdom? First, a close relationship developed through David getting to know God. Whether by personal experience, the written Scriptures, or religious instructions from others, David got to know God as: Are you getting to know God more intimately by reading for yourself and meditating upon His word, the Bible?
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And through the Bible teachings from others? Does it drive you into reading the Bible? Do you often think about God, about His majesty, attributes, and wonderful works?
Or, do you meditate on selfish dreams or lustful thoughts?
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A fourth factor in building an intimate relationship with God is sharing your thoughts and feelings, and questions with Him. Do you thank Him for protecting and delivering you from dangers and harm? But now, O Lord, please take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have acted very foolishly.
Do you humbly confess them and take full responsibility for them, so that no one else suffers from God because of them? Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgression, and my sin is ever before me. Against You, You only, I have sinned, and done what is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified when You speak, and blameless when You judge…Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me…restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and sustain me with a willing spirit…You do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering.
You have relieved me in my distress; be gracious to me and hear my prayer…The Lord hears when I call to Him…You have put gladness in my heart…In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, do make me to dwell in safety. And my soul is greatly dismayed; but You, O Lord — how long? Return, O Lord, rescue my soul; save me because of Your lovingkindness… I am weary with my sighing; every night I make my bed swim, I dissolve my couch with my tears. My eye has wasted away with grief; it has become old because of all my adversaries.
Or, do you bottle them up and let them fester into bitterness, depression, or worry? If so, are you sharing them with God? Why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble? In pride the wicked hotly pursue the afflicted; let them be caught in the plots which they have devised…Break the arm of the wicked and the evildoer…vindicate the orphan and the oppressed, that man who is of the earth may cause terror no more. Or, do you only complain to others about the crime, drugs, violence, and corruption in your society?
Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? Do you have the kind of close relationship with God that gives you the freedom to? And do you express your trust in Him in spite of unanswered questions? Or, do you think heaven is going to be boring? Do you ever try to fake God out in prayer by telling Him lies about others or about yourself?
Or, does that thought bore you? Again David shares his feelings in Psalm Do you tell Him that very often? And do you share with God that you want your words and thoughts to be acceptable to Him? To make one's Bible study personally "profitable," what is a major key?
You must think about them night and day so that you will faithfully do everything written in them. Only then will you prosper and succeed. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. It's important to not read the Bible in a rush. Take time to really think about what you are reading and you will get a lot more out of it.
Meditate and reflect deeply on the meaning of the scriptures and their application to your life. Meditating on God's laws helps immensely to write them on your heart Hebrews 8: Can we talk to God at any time and know that He hears us? And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. The Bible has many scriptures that exhort us to pray and many that give pointers on how to pray. God expects us to maintain daily two-way communication with Him—reading His messages in the Bible and talking to Himin prayer. And the more you pray, the more natural it will be for you.
The Bible compares the "prayers of the saints" with sweet-smelling incense, because they please God Revelation 5: Can we walk with God? And what exactly does that mean? This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it. In the Bible, the word walk is often used to refer to one's lifestyle—how we live our life. To walk according to God's Word means to apply it, to put it into action.
To walk with God means to obey His commandments and to follow—imitate—Jesus' example. This includes keeping the Fourth Commandment as Jesus did. Observing God's Sabbath day provides a whole day to focus on drawing close to God. As you see, we must talk and walk with God. Does spiritual fasting also help in drawing close to God?
So we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer. Fasting is valuable when we are faced with a big problem and we urgently need God's help. Even when we aren't faced with big problems, we should fast occasionally as a special form of worship and to draw closer to God.
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When you sincerely fast, God is pleased and will help you grow spiritually. When we meditate on God's ways and His creation, can we learn valuable lessons?
As we discussed in Lesson 4 in this series, God has two primary means of revealing Himself to humanity: His written revelation—the Bible—and the evidence of creation. Creation is fascinating, because we never cease to learn from it and be inspired by it. From creation we learn many things about the Creator. Will we be much closer to God if we stay away from bad influences? As God has said: I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.