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Why do I need a relationship with God?

Matthew 7:21–23 (HCSB): 21 Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven.

22 On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’

23 Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!’

The reason why we need a relationship with God is because the the life we live as believers is more than just works. When we think of salvation we think of our faith in Jesus, that he paid our sin debt in full in order for us to be saved. But do we still think subconsciously by doing works we deserve to get in. In the passage Jesus address people like this. “On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?” Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!’ It’s about the quality not quantity. It’s about the life you live rather than the works you do. In order for us to live the life of a believer we have to have a relationship with God to guide us through the roadblocks of this world. Anyone can do the the works of God but not everyone can live the life Christ lived. God will for us is to be like the son and that will take time but out of that relationship you build with him comes works.

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God bless

When following God takes you on an unusual path

When studying Exodus chapter 5 I was reading how God told Moses to speak to pharaoh about letting his people go. His response was not what Moses expected. Not only he said no but he called the Hebrews very lazy and did not provide straw for them to make bricks. They had to get there own straw and still meet the quota. Word got out that the reason for all of this was because of what Moses said to pharaoh. The people was very upset (understatement) with Moses. Moses went to God and asked Him why did you bring harm to these people? Why did you send me? Sometimes when you know you’re in God’s will things can look eerie but have faith in God.

In my experience; I was called to preach a sermon at my church. Before then I would speak 2 to 5 mins here and there and my voice would be quivering and I would keep my hands in my pocket so people won’t see them shake. I asked God a similar question why do you have me speaking in front of these people? What I’d learned about God is that His plan is bigger than my fear of what the situation looks like. When that day came for me to preach it was the most I’d ever felt relaxed. Words came out smoothly, I didn’t stumble and I wasn’t shaking. I was blessed and I knew it was from God. I say that to say this. It might look like whatever you’re doing is in vain or a mistake but you have to believe that God plans are bigger than what you can see.

God bless

Knowing God

“This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and the One You have sent Jesus Christ.”
John 17:3 HCSB

Have you ever sat in church and heard about the love of God but it never stick? Or have you read a bible verse that don’t give you that excitement that other people get? Have you wonder why this person is so in love with Jesus? It comes down to one word “reality”. God has to become a reality to you. In order for you to experience God, you have to know that he is real. That’s what separate the religious church goers and the believers. The proof that God has been made real to you is your life. When Jesus come in your life you have to change because what he brings is truth. Will you live this life perfectly? No! But your heart will seek after God non stop and you would want to please him. To know God is to know his love. So how can God become a reality in my life? PRAY!!! One of the under utilized tools we have. Ask him (God) to reveal himself to you. To open your eyes and show you how is he working in your life. God has many ways to communicate to you like: scripture, people, situations and many more. As he revealing himself to you, build a relationship with him. The deeper your relationship is with Jesus the more real he is to you. Believe God is more eager for you to know him than your willing to ask him.

God bless everyone!

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