We all want to maintain a healthy
relationship with God, and spend time in His word but sometimes life can get the best of us, especially when trying to balance your work and family. Carving out time to talk to God becomes another item on the list of things we need to check off.
Over time it becomes lower and lower on the list and eventually goes to bottom of the list. Then before we even realize it, our relationship with God has become something we do on special occasions or not at all. You don’t need a bunch of books or time to prepare; there is no exact equation that is required to make you have a better and more meaningful interaction with our God.
All you need is a willing and open heart. That is the first step that opens the door to improving and going deeper with God. There may not be a magic formula that can provide you the exact way to achieve your goal of improving your
relationship with God but, below are just a few of the several ways you can begin to build and grow the relationship.
1. Meditating on His Word
You cannot truly love God if you don’t read His Word. Therefore, strengthen your connection with God by knowing Him better. You can know and understand God deeper by reading His words and teachings in the Scriptures, listening about Him from a true preacher, and practicing what you have learned from Him.
2. Don’t Be Materialistic Refrain from indulging yourself with worldly things, such as lust of the flesh, drunkenness, gluttony, and greed of material wealth. Instead, nurture your life with spiritual things, such as love, faithfulness, compassion, patience, and self-control to grow your relationship with God. “Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” – 1 John 2:15 KJV 3. Fasting and Praying
The Bible has many examples of people of God who voluntarily went without food and drink for a time to humble themselves and draw closer to God (Ezra 8:23;
Esther 4:16; Psalms 35:13).
Christ said His disciples would fast and explained that particularly vexing situations can sometimes only be dealt with by prayer and fasting (Matthew 9:15; 17:21). In that way, fasting can be looked on as a power tool for building our relationship with God.
But there are some things to understand first. Biblical fasting is not for show (Matthew 6:16-18). It’s not to be undertaken lightly if your doctor or parents (if you’re under 18) object. It’s not to try to get something from others or to try to force God to do what we want (Isaiah 58:3-4).
Fasting should first and foremost be about personally drawing near to God (James 4:7-10; 1 Peter 5:6-7). It should also be about compassion and sharing with others (Isaiah 58:6-7).
Since God is the source of all power, draw closer to Him and cast all your cares and worries on Him, this will give us the spiritual strength we need, even while feeling physically weak.
We all go through difficult times in our lives. The question we have to ask our self is would we push through? Or, would we get dragged down into the depths of our own despair? It is very easy to allow our circumstances to get the best of us, give up or become discouraged.
Notwithstanding, God wants to use our difficulties to strengthen our faith, and our job is to trust in Him and know that He knows the outcome of our trials. We have to keep moving forward, with God’s guidance- sometimes we can only look forward to the next moment but then we should stop and remember to thank God for allowing us that moment, and trust that He has everything under control. When you feel negativity start to seep into your mind, open the Bible and start reading God’s truth, it will help you to keep going.
The definition of perseverance is doing something, even when you don’t want to, with willingness, a good attitude, humble acceptance of the situation and then making the steps to move forward.
5. Love one another
Scripture says that love is the greatest fruit of the spirit, and it is hard to disagree with that when you stop and examine all that God has done for us and blessed us with. God’s love manifests itself in so many forms that often all we need to do is turn our heads and we can see a physical example of that love.
God calls us to love one another and in order to do that; we must get beyond our selfishness and sometimes do something out of our comfort zone. Sometimes loving others is easy and sometimes, it’s more of a challenge but no matter who the person or the circumstances, we are called to embrace everyone just as our Savior did for us.
Love is what binds us together and provides the power to share the ultimate example of love – Christ’s sacrifice – with those who need to hear it most.
Relationships take time, so be patient and don’t get frustrated when you don’t feel closer to God overnight. The more time you spend with Him, the more you chose Him and His word over television, your phone or things of this world, the more you will start to see a transformation from within yourself and feel a deeper bond with the Savior. Come to Him with an open and expectant heart of love, thankfulness and gratitude and the rest will happen naturally. Reference: Image Credit: