Good Morning to All!
I have been searching my heart for what God wanted me to post for you, in which I read several Devotionals, looked through my Bible and nothing came to me. Nothing screamed tell them about this! I decided to get on my computer and look for a specific software, but being the computer illiterate person I am, I have not really figured out how to maneuver around in Windows 8 yet.
Anyway, I looked in documents and an old item which I had typed long ago screamed at me saying "Here I am!" People need to see this!" The time is drawing nigh and they have a need for understanding what I need from them!
Needless to say, because I prayed before I started searching for my post subject, I want to follow the will of God, so here is the message for today.
I originally wrote this as an article for Associated Content.com back in 2009, because it weighed heavy on my heart. It is actually the second article of a two article series if you will about Salvation and what God expects from us as His Children.
" An Intimate Relationship with God"
It is so important for each individual person to have that special, intimate relationship with God for our Salvation.
Not just because it will help us to get through our troubles, depression, or darkest hours, but also being able to feel the joy of knowing that He loves us so much and all He asks in return is that we love Him enough to trust Him and do His will.
Our Salvation should be the "cornerstone" of our being, as it determines where we will spend our lives in eternity.
In my last article, I wrote about what you might call the "prerequisites" of Salvation, although I consider Acts 2:38 to be one of the most important scriptures in the Bible. The reason I say this is because those 3 steps Begin the process of "being saved". From the accomplishment of those steps, it
is a life-time journey and a life full of choices we must make as to whether we are going to live for God or not. These constant choices will determine whether or not we will stay in line with God's will and be saved.
Not only are we to repent, be baptized and receive the Holy Spirit, but we are to live our lives for God. This is where that "special" relationship comes into being. The more we get to know Him, the closer we will feel to Him and the easier it will be to live according to His will. It is not in the
"human nature" to make sacrifices, especially for something or someone we cannot see or feel in a tangible manner. This is the reason to grow into this special relationship with Him.
We are to show people His love through our love and consideration of others. He wants us to be "doers" of His Word and not just "hearers", putting His words into actions. He placed us here to do just that. The Bible says, 1And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'
God wants a two-way relationship with us. He loves us so much that He died for us and all He asks in return is that we love Him also. When you love your spouse you would do anything for them, you talk to them, and you are constantly getting to know them better and better each day. The same applies to God. To love Him, we must get to know Him by reading and studying His Word, as this is where we find His characteristics, His desires, and His expectations for us. To love Him means to pray to Him. He wants us to pray without ceasing. We should continually lift Him up by our Godly actions, speech, and attitudes. Also He wants us to need Him; to ask Him for things. 2And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by
We must show our faith in Him, and things will come to pass for we cannot please God without faith. 3And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
People have said "I don't know how to pray". In God's Word, it states that 4there is a friend (Jesus) who sticks closer than a brother. It calls Him our "friend". Why then do people have trouble "talking" to God? If He is our friend, why can't we speak to Him like one in a regular conversation? It
has been done many a time and gotten results just like when prayers are spoken in the format of "dear Father", or Our Father who art in Heaven. As long as you talk to Him it doesn't matter how you say it.
The song "Unanswered Prayers" comes to mind. There is no such thing. He ALWAYS answers prayers. The trouble with people is if they don't see positive or tangible results, they tend to believe He isn't answering. He is. It might just be No, or Wait, it's not time yet. We have to remember, with God, there is no beginning and no end. He sees the past, He is in the present, and He sees the future. He always knows what is best for us because He knows where we came from, where we are and where we're going. Whatever the case, you will get answers whether they are the answers you are expecting or not.
If you think about the content of this article and maybe even implement some of what has been brought to light within the last article and this one, you will have a richer walk with God and if you don't have any kind of relationship with Him at all and start praying and reading, you will notice a
BIG difference within your spirit. Take "baby steps". Even God says babies have to drink milk before they can eat meat. You have to start out small and work your way up. Our God is so vast that a person could study their whole life and still not know everything about God. It is not meant for us to know everything.
References: The New King James Version Holy Bible
This last picture I couldn't get passed. In having an intimate relationship with God depends entirely how much faith you have in Him. He tells us in His Word that we must come to Him as little children. Little children look at their parents for guidance. They depend on their parents to make everything all right and make everything better. To guide them through the rough times of their young lives. We should give God the same. He knows what is best for us because He created us. In these last days, we must realize that we cannot serve two masters. We either turn to God, and allow Him to take the reins of our lives, or we conform to the world's standards and immorality and be lost. There is no middle ground. I can't help but feel if God were standing here right now, He would say this common phrase: "you're either with Me or you are against Me. You can't be both.
It is hoped that you have been given some "food for thought", and that you enjoyed the meal. Receive many blessings from this article and God Bless You
Have a Wonderful Day and May God Bless!