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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

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Jesus deep love for us

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her to make her holy, cleansing her with the washing of water by the word. He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or anything like that, but holy and blameless.”‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:25-27‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

The love that Jesus has for us is very sacrificial. He gave up his life to bring us to him that we may be presented as a holy wife. The book of Hosea paints a vivid picture of how Jesus loves his church. His wife was a prostitute and Hosea went out looking for her and bought his wife back even though she already belong to him. We have been infected by the first Adam mistake and been given a cure through the second Adam. The only way we could get this cure is if Jesus sacrifice his life that we may be cleanse from this disease. It’s important to know that your loved by Jesus because it’s going to help you endure through those days of doubt, unbelief, fear, anxiety, and bring joy, peace, patience and kindness. Jesus wants his church to know how much he loves us and he showed it through his actions.

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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.  

Do what it says

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

James 1:22 NIV

We as Christians tend to get caught up sometimes in the knowledge of the scriptures rather than applying it. There’s nothing wrong with interpreting the the word but it is just as important to live it. You might be saying ” I don’t know how to apply these things I’m reading ” I have one word: grace. Grace is there to help us in time of need ( Hebrews 4:16 ). It’s hard to do God will when you have the world, the devil and your flesh fighting against you but pray for help to live this word. The things God ask us to do wasn’t meant for us to do alone. He is there to be your strength when you are weak. Developed that relationship with Christ so you can go to him for anything.

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John 13:7

In context he was going to wash his feet then Jesus answered him, “What I’m doing you don’t understand now, but afterward you will know.” In the moment of our suffering or in our waiting for answers; we may not know what God is doing behind the scenes but believe that He is preparing you to grow in a deeper relationship with Him. For all the ones who are waiting on a answer or just going through it I encourage you not to lose patience but rejoice in the fact that He is sovereign. Commit your way to the Lord ; trust in Him, and He will act
Psalms 37:5 HCSB

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