How to Develop a Personal Relationship with God💗
Do you want to develop a personal relationship with God?
How many times have you heard people say: “you need to have a personal relationship with God”. How do you even have a relationship with One whom you cannot see?
I was raised in a Christian home and I went to church all the time, I prayed and read the bible because that’s what good Christians do, right?
I grew up knowing about God, but I never really knew Him. I loved God, but I really didn’t have a relationship with Him. He was my creator and my helper and I knew He listened to my prayers and loved me, but that was it.
For many years I stayed at this stage, but I always knew that there was more. When I heard people talking about having a personal relationship with the Lord, I knew that there was more than what I was experiencing.
But I was comfortable where I was, and I did nothing to change my situation. This is the problem that many of us have today, we are comfortable and afraid to step out of our comfort zone.
Why do we need this relationship with God?
We all know there is something more, a deeper level to our relationship with God. We were created to have a relationship, a friendship with God.
We need to stop being comfortable with the superficial seek Him with all of our heart.
God desires for you to get to know Him better. The more you know Him, the more you love Him and the more you love Him the deeper your relationship will be.
God doesn’t want to be the almighty powerful God that lives in a place millions of light-years from here. He wants to be your friend, that one that is always close to you and will never let you down.
God wants you to experience all that He has for you, He wants you to know His will for your life. But you can only experience that when you know Him.
God wants to be your father, and love you, and keep you, and teach you, and guide you. But to be all that for you, you are going to have to want it. He will do his part, but you are going to have to do yours.
Where to start
When my husband and I first started going out, we would talk on the phone for hours. We were constantly talking to each other, we would go out of our way to see each other.
He would come to my house after working all night just so he could spend some time with me. He made an effort to know me, and why not? I’m awesome! 😜
The best way to get to know someone and to have a relationship with them is to spend time with them. This rule also applies to God. Check out this Bible verse:
And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart.
To know God and have a relationship with Him, you need to know Him first by spending time with Him. You won’t regret it, I promise He is worth it.
Set it in your mind that no matter what, you will search for Him with all your heart until you are satisfied.
How to spend time with The Lord
Talking helps you build a relationship with God
What do you do when you spend time with someone? You talk, right?
This is one of the ways we spend time with God also, we talk.
You don’t have to drop to your knees and raise your hands 🙌 (unless you want to, which is perfectly fine) in order to talk to God.
You can talk to Him anytime, anywhere. You can do it on the inside or you can talk normally. I have long talks with God while driving and running errands.
“For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord, plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you shall call upon Me, and you shall come and pray to Me and I will listen to you.”
The most awesome thing is that God will talk back!!!
God loves to have conversations with us. You doing all the talking is not a conversation. But talking and listening is a conversation. You have to learn to listen if you want to grow in your faith and your relationship with God.
Make sure you are listening to what He has to say. The more you do this, the more you will get used to listening to His voice.
I talk to God about everything and you should too. He is a loving Father and even though He knows everything; He wants to hear it from you. He loves to hear your voice.
Talk to Him while you are getting ready for work, at home, while you make dinner or while working. You can talk to Him all the time, God always listens to our prayers and always answers.
Read the Bible
One of the best ways to know God is to through the bible. The Bible shows us who God is, what He likes, what kind of things He doesn’t like. The Bible is God’s word, you can get to know someone by listening to their words.
By reading the Bible we learn about God’s character, so it is important for us to make time and study the word of God and get to know Him.
Before you read the bible, ask The Holy Spirit to teach you His word in a way that you can understand it. The Holy Spirit makes the Word of God come alive to you. God will speak to you through His word too.
Pay attention to what you are reading, write down what The Lord puts in your heart. Learn Bible verses and be a doer of the word.
Listen to Bible teachers
Another great way to develop a relationship with God is to know Him by the revelation He has given to Bible teachers.
Now, not all the Bible teachers are created equal, 😉 so you have to make sure you are getting the word from people that are full of God, people that have a personal relationship with Him, and are not afraid of saying what the bible says.
Praise and worship
When you have a heart of worship for God, you will forget about everything else that is going on around you, and you will focus only on Him.
Imagine that you are face to face with Jesus and say all the things that are in your heart.
Sing beautiful songs to Him, it doesn’t matter if you have a great voice or not, He doesn’t care about that. He cares that you are there, with Him, taking your time to know Him and to love Him.
Praise and worship is not about the music, it’s not about the lights or the great singers, it is not about the cool fog machine.
Praise and worship is about you coming before The Lord and opening up your heart to Him.
Praise and worship is about recognizing who He is, and what He has done for you. It is only between you and Him.
Building your relationship with God (sermon)
I want to encourage you to watch this sermon, it’s called “How to become best friends with God” by Rick Warren. I believe this sermon will bless your life and maybe answer some questions you may have.
Maintain a good relationship with God
Let today be the day that everything changes. Let today be the day that you decide to have a personal relationship with God. God loves you so much and He wants to be part of your life. He doesn’t want to be a routine or a habit.
He wants you to know Him, to be close to you. He wants to be your Father.
Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you.
The stronger your relationship with The Lord is, the stronger you are. Don’t be scared of stepping out of your comfort zone, don’t be ashamed of pursuing God with all your heart, with all your might and all your strength.
Developing a relationship with The Lord will be the greatest blessing you ever experience in your life. Go for it and let nothing hold you back!
If you have a testimony on how your life has changed since having a relationship with God, make sure to write about in the comments. This will encourage other people to do it as well.
If you need help in this area, please reach out to me. I read all my emails, and I will do my best to help you. (firstname.lastname@example.org).