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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.

#relationship=works

God bless

Stand firm in your faith

“If you do not stand firm in your faith, then you will not stand at all.”‭‭                            Isaiah‬ ‭7:9‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

We are living in a time where Christianity is looked down upon of two reasons: One is because of the standards that is set by Jesus and two is that christians don’t follow these standards. 

The standard that Jesus gave us was to love God with all of your heart, soul, and mind. In order to love God We need the Holy Spirit to drown us in his love. This love we can’t earn but it’s a gift wrapped up for you. This gift birth love inside of your soul for God and give you that desire to know and to please Him. Even though we have this great love dwelling inside of us we are still in a fallen world with the temptations of pride and selfishness. I say that to say this. Living a godly life doesn’t come easy. It takes effort, sacrifice, and humility to fight against the devil but it is this love that works out these qualities in a Christian. It is love that is our foundation for living a life of faith. 

“For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose.”                                                                                                                                ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:13‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

 The other standard is to love one another as you love yourself. The world we live in now it’s a “all about me” mentality. Most people worship themselves and get irritate if something not done fast enough. Not saying that you shouldn’t have self esteem but getting out of your comfort zone to show patience, kindness and humility should be comfortable. It’s hard to think of these commandments when someone does something wrong towards you and the peer pressure of others telling you to take matters into your own hands is not helping either. Don’t bend your knee to Satan but stand firm in the faith. If you are battling the same sin that keeps tripping you then get back up and keep fighting with the faith that got you here. At first it’s not going to be natural to obey, to be patient, to choose your words carefully but if you don’t start fighting the temptation you will stay defeated. You will overcome if you stand your ground. 

God bless

Building a relationship with God

To build a relationship with God takes many things like communication, trust, time, patience and many more. Sometimes we can lack the effort in our relationship with God. Our relationship mirrors a marriage and if you’re married or even in a relationship with someone you quickly realize that it takes effort to make it work. You put the effort in it not because you have to but because you want to. The difference between effort and works is the same difference between spirit and law. Living by the law is a “have to” life and living by the spirit is a “want to” life. 

In this relationship with God there will be times when you will be tempted to please yourself and to live your life away from God. But when this temptation comes remember the commitment you made with Jesus. 

“Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us,”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:1‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

Look at Jesus and how he sacrificed his life to bring us closer to God. We was sinners and yet he died that we may have life. Jesus is our example of faith, love, and commitment towards our father. 

“keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

Our effort in our relationship with God is a act of love towards Him who loved us first by sending his son to the cross so that we may know our father.  

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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