Separating yourself out breeds selfishness and greater feelings of emptiness and aloneness—a perfect place to be devoured by the enemy. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the […]
Growing in ChristHow to know the Savior
It’s All About Relationship
Now that you have taken the important step to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and have had your sins forgiven, it is important that you take steps to grow in your relationship with God.
1. Love Letter
In any strong relationship you must get to know the person in order for it to last. The more you get to know the person, the more you like the person and love the person. It is the same way with God. The more we get to know how great He is and how loving He is, the more we desire to love Him and serve Him!
But how do we do this? We read the word of God. (Acts 2:42) The Bible is God’s "love letter" to us. It shows us what we can do to love God more; it also shows us the things that we do that displease God. When we apply these things to our lives, we grow in our relationship.
The second thing is communication. We have heard the saying before, "Communication is key." That is true in our growth in our relationship with God. We must communicate with God. This is called prayer. Some think that prayer must be formal and that only important things can be prayed for. But this is far from the truth. God wants to hear from us. As a loving Father, He wants to hear you express even the littlest things to Him.
3. Let’s Get Together!
The third key in our growth is being around others that will encourage us in our relationship with God. When you think about it, if you were a newlywed, it would not be healthy for your marriage if all your close friends were divorced and hated the idea of marriage! Your marrige would not last that long if that was the case.
Your relationship with God will not be very strong if you hang around with people who are opposed to it. So, the best way to remain encouraged and strong is to be with other believers. Go to church, see the examples of other Christians and make good solid relationships with them.
4. Let’s Eat!
The fourth key is that we take communion. It is an intimate meal between God and man. It allows us to remember what Jesus has done for us on the cross. You see, we as humans have the tendency to forget things. But God wants us to remember. So, when we have this special time with God it gives us the opportunity to recommit ourselves to God’s purpose and plan. It helps us to take stock of our lives and see if there is anything that displeases God and confess it to Him. He is most willing to forgive.
5. Dunkin’ Christians
Have you been baptized yet? Many people experience a great strength in their relationship with Jesus after they have been baptized. You might be wondering what baptism is. It is the outward expression of an inward change.
In other words, it is identifying and acknowledging to everyone around that you have made a choice for Jesus. It may well be called the wedding ring in the relationship between God and man. It tells everyone, "This is my choice, and I am sticking to it!"
6. Gifts! Gifts! Gifts!
In any good relationship, there are always good gifts given! God is no different. He gives us great gifts through His Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12–14; Romans 12:1–9; Ephesians 4:11, etc.) These gifts are given to us to help us in our relationship. (John 14:16)
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, The filling of the Spirit, gives us the strength we need to remain faithful to God. God gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit that we might have the strength to overcome temptations to become unfaithful. Jesus said that in order for us to receive this gift, all we have to do is ask. (Luke 11:13)
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NKJV)
“But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the LORD.”
Jeremiah 9:24 (NKJV)
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