God wants you to have a great relationship with him.
God reveals His desire for relationship many times in scripture. Christ on behalf of God calls us to relationship in Revelation 3:20 when He says “Look! I have been standing at the door, and I am constantly knocking. If anyone hears me calling him and opens the door, I will come in and fellowship with him and he with me.” (Living Bible)
If we have answered God’s knock and He has come in to fellowship with us. Then how are we to build a great relationship with Him?
Let me suggest five scripturally base ways that we can to build a great relationship with God:
“Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!” Psalm 150:1-6 English Standard Version
Praising God is all about understanding the power, honor and glory of the Lord. We need to look no further than Genesis 1:1-3 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
We can praise God for so many things:
- We praise Him for our lives
- We praise Him for our families
- We praise Him for this wonderful country
When we consistently praise God we are building a great relationship with our Lord.
“Oh come, let us worship and bow down;let uskneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.” Psalm 95:6-7
While we may praise many things both earthly and Godly, as we are told in Luke 4:8 worship should be reserved for God alone. “Worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”
Worship is the art of losing self in the adoration of another. Praise can be a part of worship, but worship goes beyond praise. To truly worship God, we must let go of our self-worship.
We must be willing to humble ourselves before God, surrender every part of our lives to His control, and adore Him for who He is, not just what He has done. Worship is a lifestyle, not just an occasional activity. Jesus said the Father is seeking those who will worship Him “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23).
3. Studying His World:
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8 English Standard Version
Raul Ries the Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Church has written a wonderful blog post 5 Reasons Why We Should Study God’s Word. I am pleased to present part of Pastor Riles’ post as reasons for studying the word in our quest to build a great relationship with God.
- Word of God is infallible.
- The Word of God is complete.
- The Word of God is totally authoritative.
- God’s Word is totally sufficient for all of our needs.
- The Word of God will accomplish what it promises.
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
Prayer is the vehicle for daily dialog with God. Prayer gives us an opportunity to share all aspects of our lives with God. In prayer we can worship, praise and confess our sins to God. Daily prayer helps us builds a great relationship with God as we acknowledge who is really in control of our lives.
5 .Loving God:
“And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 English Standard Version
It’s interesting that our all-powerful God does not use his power to make us love Him. Instead God gives us free will to make the decision for ourselves. I assert that when we love God we will freely resolve to:
- Praise Him
- Worship Him
- Study His Word
- Pray to Him
Yes this familiar list are the elements that go into building a great relationship with God.
A Great Relationship Takes Great Work
I can attest from personal experience that my relationship with God takes great work. While it may seem counterintuitive the “work” of the relationship is my total surrender to the Lord.
The greatness of the relationship is the “peace” that has come into my life. This “peace” is with me even in the hardest of times because of my great relationship with God. Which is my total surrender to the Lord.
For Jesus in His Word said. “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29
God wants you to have a great relationship with him. It is my prayer that we will do everything possible to have it.
© 2015 Marben Bland