So you want to know God?
You have made mistakes and revere repeating it.
God is the answer and you know it.
Yet confusion grips your heart.
You want to know God’s will but it is hard to tell.
The more you try to do His will the more you do contrary to His words.
Making the right decision is hard. And you are wondering if God is aware of your quest to know Him.
Sometimes you just want to give up and return to your vomit.
But after considering where you have been and the struggles that followed your wrong decisions…
You believe knowing God intimately is safer and better. And you are right.
To know him intimately, like every other relationship you have nurtured till now – ;
- You must create time for God
- You must be open
- You must be willing to let go of some, if not most, of what you have believed about God.
God wants a relationship with you
Believe in your heart that God desires to converse with you.
He ensured this is possible by sending His Son to reconcile you to Him
But God didn’t create minions in the beginning.
You have the right to choose.
God, through the Holy Spirit, cannot force a relationship on you.
You have to assent being in a relationship with Him.
And once you agree then you have to do the necessary things that make all relationship thrive.
Create time for conversations.
Are you like most people who run out to tell a friend about the latest problems in their life?
Do you always find someone to confide in when something goes wrong?
These options are not bad but God should be first to know.
Imagine being married and the first person to know you are having a baby is your ex.
When promotions happen at work, it will be awkward to announce it to a distant cousin who is 10,000 miles away, instead of your spouse.
I know these are extreme examples…
But I am trying to emphasise how God feels when you claim you are in a relationship with him…
And other people find out about your problem before him – Just got a check in my heart – I’ve failed in this too.
Unlike other people who are in a relationship with you and are away most times, God is always with you.
Thus to have a strong relationship with the Lord you must make communication with Him a priority.
In other words, take the time to pray.
I have few friends I can be open with.
And I don’t think anyone alive knows too much about me (not married at this point)
But God knows most of my flaws.
He doesn’t just know it because He is all knowing…
I am open to him. My feelings about ladies, cars, and all my obsessions are known to him.
There are still some areas I forget to mention sometimes, so don’t worry if you are not currently saying anything, there is still time to be open.
He should be the only one who knows all your flaws.
Although you can develop intimacy with friends who you can share experiences with…
God should know all about you. Be open to sharing.
This is easier with Him because he won’t judge or condemn you. Neither will He tell anyone.
Instead, He will help you overcome all the problems you share with him.
Unlearn and relearn.
As you begin to open to God, you will be loved into unlearning behaviours you hold dearly.
And this won’t be hard.
In fact, you will unconsciously leave some destructive habits as you begin to realise how much you are loved.
To be sincere with you most of the troubles you have is because you have believed a lie about God and life.
And before God begins to do new things in your life, He starts by helping you untangle yourself from the fetters of wrong beliefs.
As this begins to happen it becomes easier for you to follow through with what the Lord will place in your heart.
“ I WILL” is the new covenant catch phrase
If you are feeling overwhelmed based on what you have read so far — I have a good news.
God will ensure your relationship with him works.
All you have to do is consent you are in it with Him.
The new covenant isn’t designed to strain you.
It places no demand on you. In fact, all you have to do is believe.
Hebrews 8 records the crux of the new covenant.
Behold, days are coming, says the Lord,
When I will effect a new covenant
With the house of Israel and with the house of Judah;
Not like the covenant which I made with their fathers
On the day when I took them by the hand
To lead them out of the land of Egypt;
For they did not continue in My covenant,
And I did not care for them, says the Lord.
“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
After those days, says the Lord:
I will put My laws into their minds,
And I will write them on their hearts.
And I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.
“And they shall not teach every one his fellow citizen,
And everyone his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’
For all will know Me,
From the least to the greatest of them.
“For I will be merciful to their iniquities,
And I will remember their sins no more.”
Did you notice the I WILL?
Yes! its not about you.
Under the old covenant you had to perform to satisfy God.
But it is not so under the new covenant.
You only have to consent to being saved and wallah! Jesus is there to save you
God puts his laws into your heart through the Holy Spirit.
And it results to a conviction that He will never remember your sins again.
You no longer have to focus on what you can do for God; Instead, focus on what Christ has already done for you.
How to apply this to your life.
The first place to start is realise that God has forgiven all your sins.
It does not matter how bad you were.
What matters is that you receive Jesus as your Lord.
In your quest for intimacy with the Lord, questions will come up about your past.
You must make all efforts to point back to the cross and hold on to the promise of Christ-
All that comes to me I will in no wise cast away.
The Lord will not cast you away. Once you believe and continuously receive His forgiveness…
Your communication with him becomes easy.
You will enjoy spending more time with him knowing that he finds no fault in/with you.
God desires a relationship with you.
Christ’s death restored a lost communion with your Father in heaven.
And the Holy Spirit is a gentleman.
He won’t force anything on you.
Your power of choice must be exercised in building a relationship with the Lord.
The most intimate thing you can do every morning is to spend time at his presence in fellowship.