And he (Saul) trembling and astonished, said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. Acts 9:6.
Saul’s transformation from a murderer of Believers to the Apostle Paul provides hope and evidence that God is love, and that He is full of compassion. God extends forgiveness, grace, and mercy to all including the vilest of sinners. Even so, we must establish and maintain a relationship with God before we can place Him first in our lives and seek His will.
Who is God? Acknowledging and believing that God is our Heavenly Father who created us in His image is the first step to relationship building. Then our spiritual journey begins; we spend the rest of our lives seeking to have a deeper relationship with God. Yes, believing in God is faith, which is the foundation necessary for establishing and building a relationship with Him. But what else is required? What does it take for us to know God? We learn who God is by studying, praying, and our personal experience.
Before the word transparency became a concept in modern society, God had fully revealed himself to humanity in the Bible that contains 66 books. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this, we know the Spirit of truth and the Spirit of error. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 1 Johns 4:6-7. In our quest for a strong relationship with God, we love and serve Him with our entire heart, mind, and soul. Since the Bible reveals God’s character, we commit to the daily and diligent study of His Word.
Technology cannot compete with the most effectual form of communication, and that is prayer. Prayer is our life-line! Our prayers are heard by God immediately, even when they are silent prayers. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:12-13. Begin a love relationship with God by consistently talking to Him every day: Pray without ceasing. Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18.
King David shares his secret for having a blessed life: I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise will always be on my lips. Psalm 34:1
The next step in building a relationship with God is asking the question, “God, what would you have me to do?” Submission of our will remains one of the hardest struggles that we face as Believers. Be prepared for the answer that often leads us down a separate path. God’s plans are usually different from our plans. It’s not that our plans our bad. It’s that our limited plans are developed to succeed by self-reliance and our present circumstances. For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Giving up our desires may cause us to feel that we are making sacrifices. However, we are unaware of the present and future changes that God foresees and is protecting us from. When we love God, our commitment is to fully depend on Him during the good times and the rough times. Remember, that we can give up nothing that will compare to the great sacrifice that Jesus Christ made by dying on the Calvary’s cross. It took death for the Plan of Redemption to reach completion. And Jesus’ death was for humanity! Go ahead and give up your plans that can never compare to the blessings that God will give. The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. Lamentations 3:25
For this is what the LORD says to the house of Israel: “Seek Me and live! Amos 5:4. Go Ahead, seek God and your life will never be the same again. The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore have I drawn thee in compassion. Jeremiah 31:3
God, we thank you for loving us unconditionally. As we seek you daily through the study of your Word, and prayer, we ask you to lead and guide us. Please reveal to us the plans that you have for our lives. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.
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