After going through some trials and difficulties in my life, that I knew only God could help me overcome, I developed a personal relationship with him. While I’d known a lot about God for most of my life, it took a long time for me to really get to know him. It’s never enough to just know about God because you can’t rely on your knowledge but on him for strength when things get tough. You must rely on him and to be honest, you don’t have to wait until you’re in a difficult situation to begin developing a personal relationship with God; you can begin right now YES I MEAN IT.
So, if you’re like me and you know everything in this world is vanity without God BUT if you believe there’s GOD, church, and Christianity but your relationship with God is lacking, I’d like to walk you through the steps YOU should take on how to have a better relationship with God. I also want you to know that having a personal relationship with God is not something that can only be attained through your pastor or spiritual leader. God wants to get to know each of his children, and you are one of them.
What does it mean to have a personal relationship with God?
A personal relationship with God is similar to any other relationship in your life. You and he share a bond of friendship, affection, and trust. It entails getting to know him and being known by him. It entails much more than simply attending church or reading our Bibles. God has created for us to have a relationship with Him. It is, in fact, our major goal in life.
What does it mean to be acquainted with God?
What does it mean to know God if knowing about God isn’t the same as knowing him? Here’s an example. You have a crush on a certain guy in your life. You’ve known him since high school, you know where he lives, you have his phone number, you’re familiar with his hobbies, and you might even be friends with the same kind of friends. You talk now and then, but there’s still something lacking. You’ve never had a lengthy conversation with him, never heard him share stories about his life, and never seen him cry or feel ecstatic in a moment of celebration. You’re unaware of his major pet peeves or the tiny oddities about him that most people are unaware of.
It’s the same when it comes to knowing God. You may have known about God your entire life through church and your Christian church, but knowing him on a personal level is a completely other experience.
How to have a better relationship with God
1. Spend time in prayer and reading God’s word with him.
Start by praying and reading God’s word on a regular basis if you want to create a personal relationship with him. This is the most vital approach to improve your relationship with him because, in reality, no relationship can live without it. Although God is sovereign, we will never be forced to spend time with him. As a result, we must desire it and actively pursue it.
Spending time with God, on the other hand, will not always seem like a spiritual high, and it may not be as exhilarating as the worship at your Sunday morning church service. However, consider this: speaking with your significant other or even friends isn’t always entertaining, but it is vital and meaningful for those relationships to thrive. It may not always be enjoyable to spend quiet time praying and studying the Bible, but it is well worth it.
2. Pray to God wherever you are.
I understand if this one sounds strange. How can you converse to God all the time, or, as the Bible says, “pray constantly”? Essentially, this means that you should always be in a prayerful mindset and that God should always be first in your heart, even during the day. So, when you have a difficult task at work, your first thought is to pray to God for assistance. Alternatively, when something amazing occurs in your life, the first thing you do is praise God.
I adore the fact that God is a “personal God,” meaning that he is close by and only responds when you have a spiritual need. Actually, I was looking for my lost digital pen last week and couldn’t find it anywhere. I prayed, and a few minutes later, it was discovered in a random basket of papers I had never thought to look in! God is always with us, and he wants to know about everything – the good, the bad, the ugly, the large, and the small.
3. Establish a connection with people.
Our relationships with people, I believe, are critical to the development of our connection with God. This verse, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another,” is one of my favorites. Proverbs 27:17 We rely on one another. We can grow closer to God through learning and growing alongside like-minded Christians.
In college, I was a member of a group that met weekly for Bible study and worship. The rest of the group was reinforced in their faith and connection to God as each member shared their experiences with God. Join a Christian group in your school, church, or in your neighborhood. You never know how much a Christian connection around you can help you strengthen your own personal relationship with God.
4. Pay attention to God’s voice and obey his commands.
Isn’t it true that a relationship is a two-way street? As a result, although talking to God is crucial, so is listening to him. The truth is that God is always speaking, but we don’t always hear him. Many things can distract us, including social media, television, our friends, and even work. Make certain that no distractions are interfering with your ability to hear God’s voice. I could go into greater detail on hearing God’s voice, but it will have to wait for another article.
It is not sufficient to simply listen; we must also act in obedience when he speaks. I understand that the word “obedience” has a negative connotation. However, the Bible states that those who love God will obey his commands. Trusting God is a big part of obeying him. We tend to do the opposite of what he says when we don’t trust him. When we don’t trust someone, it’s usually because we haven’t built a strong bond with him yet.
5. Be willing to place your heart’s trust in Him.
Having a personal relationship with someone you don’t trust is difficult. And I understand; I’m a skeptic who has trouble trusting others at times. But let me tell you something: God is dependable. You may put your faith in him with all of your heart and soul, knowing that he will never let you down.
You can also confide in him about the less-than-polite ideas and feelings that run through your mind. You may tell him when you’re angry or terrified; you can trust him when you’ve sinned or fallen short, and you can be assured that he won’t reject you. You can tell him your darkest secrets and your hidden hardships that no one else should know about. After all, he’s the only one who can help you heal in the first place.
God already understands what you’re going through on the inside. When you’re hurting and confused of what to do, don’t sugarcoat it with Christian platitudes and clichés. Tell God all you’re feeling on the inside. He’s God, and he’s not insulted by your inner thoughts. Allow him to assist you in processing them.
6. Make no comparisons between your connection with God and that of others.
In today’s environment, there is a major comparison problem. I suppose that has something to do with social media and our frequent access to each other’s life highlights. However, you must overcome comparison if you wish to establish a meaningful personal relationship with God. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side, and your connection with God will be different from the next girl’s.
I recall gathering with a group of friends for prayer while I was in high school. As they paced back and forth on the floor, some of them were praying aloud, forceful prayers. Others prayed with eloquence, and I pondered why I couldn’t put my thoughts together as well as they did. But God simply wanted me to pray in my own way. He didn’t want to hear my best impersonation of someone else’s voice; he wanted to hear my own. Our relationship with God, like prayer, is not a competition. It can’t be compared to anything else. It’s a special kind of relationship between God and us.
7. Discover how to rely on God.
Finally, you must learn to rely on God if you want to have a personal relationship with him. I’m a fairly independent person that likes to accomplish things on my own. But, in order to pursue a connection with God, I had to learn to rely on God for everything. This may have included praying and asking for direction before making a decision, asking him to be with me throughout the day before going to work, or asking him to give me insight into my daily talks. Developing a good relationship with God necessitates relying on him.
It takes time to build a relationship with God. It won’t happen all at once, and you can think your relationship with him is strong one day and question if he’s still there the next. But it’s all part of the adventure. A relationship with God, like any other, is complicated. In each season, you’ll learn more about him and have more opportunities to interact with him. As you get to know him better, he’ll reveal more about himself and teach you more about himself.
8. A Wide Range of Devotions
I occasionally read a psalm, an Old Testament chapter, and a New Testament chapter. Other times, I read just one chapter or a section of a chapter and meditate on it for a longer period of time. Alternatively, I could read a Bible book with a nice commentary. Though my reading speed varies, I make an effort to read both testaments in a systematic manner rather than jumping around from one to the other.
9. Getting Enough Sleep
If I get a healthy seven to eight hours of sleep each night, I have greater energy and attention while I read God’s Word.
10. Sermons that are centered on Christ
I listen to numerous preachers outside of my own tradition on sites like sermonaudio.com because I find their approaches to texts to be interesting and intriguing.
11. Maintain Your Salvation Efforts.
Finally, have an everlasting relationship with God. Continue to put your salvation gift to good use. Do not put a stop to the Holy Spirit who has sealed you for the day of redemption. Allow perfect love to work through your faith so that you might have confidence on the Day of Judgment.
“Therefore, my beloved, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, as ye have always obeyed, not only in my presence but now much more in my absence.” Because it is God who works in you to will and to do according to his good pleasure.” — KJV Philippians 2:12-13
To tell you the truth, praying every night or attending Mass every Sunday does not ensure a close relationship with God. Your prayers and worship can assist you in reuniting with God. If they are combined with insincerity, dishonesty, hypocrisy, and a lack of activity, you may find yourself in a relationship with God’s direct opposite.
It’s not just about discussions and celebrations when it comes to having a good relationship with God; it’s also about the works and sacrifices we make out of love. The above 10 listed biblical strategies will help guide you on how to have a better relationship with God at all times.
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