WHAT DOES IT MEANS TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?
What Does Relationship with God Looks Like?
First, having a relationship with God must be based on Jesus and what He did for us on the cross. No matter how close you may want to be to God, you cannot have a relationship with Him until you accept Christ as your Savior and ask Him to forgive your sins. Sin separates us from God and what He wants for us.
Secondly, you must know deep inside your heart that God is with you, not against you. God doesn’t wait for you to fumble so He can punish you. He is a wonderful Father who loves you completely and is waiting to take you in just as you are with open arms.
Many people don’t understand who God is that they compare Him to our earthly fathers, but no matter how good an earthly father might be, he isn’t perfect and doesn’t reflect who God is. Your earthly Father will fail you at some point, but your heavenly Lord would not fail.
In Matthew 7:9-11, Jesus says, “Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” God understands what you need and how best to give it to you. That leads us to trust; God needs you to entrust your soul to Him.
When you belong to a religion, the most important thing you can do is get to know God through a personal relationship. God openly offers his love to all, but several people refuse it because they think it means “religion.” It is easy to have a relationship with God, just like being in a relationship with a friend. As much as your friend is real to you, so is God to you when you are in a relationship with Him, then He enables you to grace the whole world with His love.
Read and re-read the Bible like a personal letter; its a book from God to you. To get to know God, first, you need to listen to what He has to say. Start from the beginning with the book of Genesis, and slowly read your way to the end of the book of Revelations. Alternatively, you could start with John’s book to gain insight into Christ’s story and how he made provision for your life to live with Him in Heaven. He completed the plan of redemption, so that no one would be lost or abandoned, but that everybody should live in Christ’s new life.
Trust in Christ, and believe in him. Realize that with all of His being, God loves you, and He wants to help you walk through life, and when your life here is past, He wants you to live with Him in His Kingdom.
Love God, fulfill His Will above all else. The law’s greatest commandment is to obey God with all your heart, soul, and mind. (Matt. 22:35-38).
Loving God is upholding His commandments, and His commandments are not grievous. “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” (1 John 2:3-6). “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15). Read (John 14:21). “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.” (Lev 19:18) Jesus said, “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matt. 22:39-40) Strengthening our relationship with others is strengthening our relationship with God.
Here are some things you can do to develop your relationship with God:
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. (Ex 20:12)
Don’t kill (Ex 20:13)
Don’t commit adultery (Ex 20:14)
Leave some of the fruits of your harvest to be collected by the poor. (Leviticus 19:10)
Don’t steal . (Leviticus 19:11)
Don’t cheat (don’t deal falsely). (Leviticus 19:11)
Don’t lie. (Leviticus 19:11)
Do not swear falsely, to profane the name of God. (Leviticus 19:12)
Don’t curse the deaf (Leviticus 19:14).
Don’t judge wrongly. (Leviticus 19:15.)
Don’t gossip or spread rumors. (Leviticus 19:16)
Don’t hate your brother in your heart. (Leviticus 19:17) According to Jesus, this is the same thing as murder. (Matthew 5:21-22)
Do not take revenge or bear grudges against your neighbors. (Leviticus 19:18)
Don’t covet the house of your neighbor(Ex 20:17)
Repent of your sins, ask God to forgive you for all your sins, and do it well. Repentance is a feeling of genuine sorrow for your sins and a desire to sin no more. If you continue to enjoy sinful acts, it is not true repentance.
“For All Have Sin and Come Short of the Glory of God.” (Rom. 3:23)
Jesus our Savior is a gift from God. He let himself to be beaten and afflicted, and He died for all so that we might receive the comforter, which is the gift of the Holy Spirit. “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” (John 16:6).
Ask the Lord to give you the Holy Spirit, change you, and mold you into who he wants you to be. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38).
Understand that when you receive the Holy Spirit, you will be His child and live with Him forever until you leave this world.
Be in the mood of prayer and gratitude while praising God and bless others at all times.
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33) Spend time with God, think about Him, and pursue His will and do it.
Renew your mind as a Christian doing God’s will. (Romans 12:2) Nurture your mind with God’s Word. Set aside a time alone with God to read the Bible every day or night before going to bed — for instance, read the following bible versions: II Cor 5:7, John 13:34-34, John 14:6,23,26,27, John 10:10, Phil 4:13,19, Eph 1:3, I John 2:27, Jn 6:27, Eph 6:10, Hebrews 10:16-17. Meditate and focus on God’s word, and frequently pray for help in your everyday life.
What does a personal relationship with God mean?
Getting a spiritual relationship with God starts when we acknowledge our need for Him, accept that we are sinners, and through faith, embrace Jesus Christ as Savior. God, our heavenly Father, has always wished to be connected to us, and have a relationship with us. Not until Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3), both Adam and Eve knew God on an intimate and personal level.
What many people do not learn, understand, or think about is that Jesus gave us the most wonderful gift, the chance to spend eternity with God if we believe in Him. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23). Through the incarnation of Jesus Christ, God became a human being to take away our sin. He died and resurrected, and triumphed over sin, grave and death. If we embrace this gift, we have become acceptable to God and have a relationship with Him.
Many have a personal relationship with God in their daily lives. They talk to Him, read His Word and meditate on the scripture to get to know Him better. Many that have a spiritual relationship with God pray for wisdom (James 1:5), which is the most significant attribute that we will ever have. We make our petition known to Him in the name of Jesus (John 15:16). Jesus loves us so much that he sacrifice His life for us, and He fills the void between God and us.
Before Jesus died, he made it known that the Holy Spirit was accessible to those who earnestly tried to receive Him after He died. He is the One who lives and never leaves in the hearts of believers. He is guiding us, telling us the truths, and transforming our minds. Through this benevolent Holy Spirit, we will not be able to encounter evil and temptations. When we have Him, we continue to bring forth the fruit of the Spirit, which is “…love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance:” (Galatians 5:22-23).
This intimate relationship with God is not as hard to achieve as we would believe, and there is no mystical way to get it. Once we are God’s children, we receive the Holy Spirit, who will begin to work on our souls. We can pray without ceasing, read the Scriptures, and enter a Scriptures-believing church; all these things will help us develop spiritually.
Trusting God to bring us through every day and knowing that He is our sustainer is a way to build a relationship with Him. Even if we may not see improvements immediately, we will start to see them eventually that we are in a relationship with God, and all the truths will become self-evident.