How To Have A Meaningful Relationship With God
A relationship is an essential part of human’s existence; whether you are working, schooling, teaching, parenting, or simply shopping, you need a relationship before you can successfully understand or interact with people. God desires to have a relationship with us-
Isaiah 1:18 “18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Not just one-sided, but a meaningful relationship.
Before we dived in on how to have or nurture a meaningful relationship with God, we need to know the importance of having one in the first place.
Importance of a meaningful relationship with God
The importance of a meaningful relationship with God is innumerable; however, we have outlined just a few importances that will open your mind to a world of exploits.
Better Knowledge of your Creator
Often, Christians rely on pastors, ministers of the Gospel, clerics, etc. to hear from God, but it is wrong. Do not get it wrong I am not saying it is wrong for us to go to church, to listen to the word of God, because it is essential to fellowship with like minds. The scripture says, “Do not forsake the gathering of brethren” “Iron sharpens iron” also, evil communication corrupts good manners, in the same way, goodly communication enhances good manners.
However, in the Old Testament, a mediator was needed to communicate with the people of God what the Lord has to say. The good news is, Jesus Christ is our Mediator, when He died, the veil was to the temple was torn- which means, every believer can have access to God.
The more you create time to study the word of God, with the Holy Spirit as your guide you will begin to have more understanding who your Maker is.
Sin becomes easy to overcome
When you know who your Father is, fleeing from temptations and sins become easy! As you study the word of God, your heart becomes filled with the word, and as you ponder on these words, you become glorified
2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Have you ever wondered why husbands and wives start to look alike especially after years of marriage? The same thing with God when you spend time in His presence, His glory starts rubbing off on you. Our God is righteous when you spend time with Him, His righteousness begins to cover you that sin has nowhere to dwell in you. Many Christians are battling with sinful addictions today because they do not spend time in God’s presence.
You begin to do exploit
The scripture says in Isaiah that those who know their God shall be strong and do exploits! Daniel 11:32b. “…but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits”
You cannot do exploits if you do not know much about your Maker, because the more time you spend with Him, The more He reveals the deep things to you. The truth is you cannot afford to be on the fence about God and His existence, you need Him more than ever.
You are covered
When you dwell in the secret place of God, in essence, when you spend time in His presence, He protects you Psalm 91:1 “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
How to have a meaningful relationship with God
Now that we have had a glimpse of some of the importance of fellowshipping with God, how do we create this relationship Him?
Jeremiah 29:12-14- “12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
14 And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.”
James 4:8- “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
Start your day with God
It is sad that a lot us get caught up with so many things but God; we are so busy running errands, exercising, pitching for the next project deals, school runs, grocery shopping, babysitting, etc. that we forget to say “Good morning” and “Thank you” to our God. Your first action in the morning can determine how the rest of the day will go. If the first thing you do is to complain about the kids, work, or bills, that is what you are going to do the rest of your day. However, if you commit your ways to God in the morning, He will ensure your day goes smoothly.
Psalms 37:5-7- “5 Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass”
How do you start your day with God?
First of all, thank Him for making you see the day, thank Him for the good things of yesterday because He is the doer James 1:17-“ Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
APPRECIATION IS THE APPLICATION FOR MORE when you are thankful, your tank will be full.
Secondly, ask in faith- it is not enough to ask, you need to ask in Faith! Pleasing God without faith is impossible. When you pray, believe that our heavenly Father, who freely gives us things, will come to your aid.
Romans 8:32- “32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?”
Lastly, end your prayer with thanksgiving- thank Him for what you have asked in Faith. When you thank Him for what He is yet to do for you, you commit Him to show up in your case.
Study the Word of God
2 Timothy 3:16- “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”
The Bible is written for a reason, it is not mere literature, the more you study the word of God, and let the Holy Spirit lead you through each chapter and verse, the more you know about God and His ways. No one is perfect, that is why the word of God is there to instruct, correct, and inspire you.
Hebrews 4:12-16, the word of God is quick and powerful… you need the sword (the Word) to shatter every lie of the devil. The reason Christians fall prey to false doctrines is that we do not find the time to study the word of God on our own; we depend solely on the preacher to tell us what God is saying concerning some situations. Romans 15:4
Meditating on the word of God
Joshua 1:8- “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
It is not enough to study the Word of God; you need to meditate on what you have read, this is where the Rhema comes in. When you meditate on the Word, you start to speak the word without even knowing, when you brood on the word of God, the Light will spring forth to shatter every darkness around your life. John 1:1-5.
Worship and Praise God
Praise and worship should not be limited to the church only; no rule says you can only worship God in church service. God enjoys your heartfelt praise and worship. He is never tired of your worship and praise. Praise is the only thing God cannot give Himself. To show you how much God enjoys praise, He said will raise stones if we do not praise Him- God forbid! When you are praiseful, you are Godful, and when you are Godful, no devil is permitted to come near your household! God inhabits the praise of His people
Psalms 22:3- “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.”
A praiseful Christian is an ever-winning Christian 2 Chronicles 20:21- “And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever”
We are created to praise Him Isaiah 43:21- “This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.”
Jesus Christ Is Waiting For You
Keeping relationship is good, and having one with the Almighty God is the best. However, you cannot have a relationship with Him when you are not His son or daughter. John 1:12 you need to accept Him as your Lord and Savior, and believe that He came to die for us, that we may have life abundantly.
John 3:16-“ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 10:10- “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Encourage Yourself: If you have missed it, it is not too late to come back to Him; there is no perfect way pray for forgiveness, just pour it out; He understands you, He sees the heart, and He will accept you back.