What do we need to know about God?
God loves us and wants us to have a personal relationship with Him.
God still loves us, even though we haven’t shown him love in return.″In this is love, not in the sense that we loved God, but in the sense that He loved us.(1 John 4:10; 1 Timothy 6:10) God want for us to come to know him.
According to the Bible, God is actively involved in everyone’s life.″In order that people may seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far away from each one of us,″ the apostle Paul writes.(See Acts 17:27 for further information.)
What is wrong with us?
Our relationship with God has been broken by sin.
We have all made decisions that demonstrate our tendency to be passively apathetic toward God.″All of us, like sheep, have gone astray; we have each turned to his or her own way, and the LORD has thrown the guilt of all of us on His or her shoulders.″ (See Isaiah 53:6 for further information).Alternatively, God is actively resisted.
″And this is the condemnation: that light has come into the world, but mankind preferred darkness to light because their deeds were wicked.Because everyone who practices evil despises the light and does not wish to come into the light for fear of his acts being exposed.″ (See also John 3:19-20.) As a result of our decisions to oppose or disregard God, we experience spiritual death as a result (separation from God).″We are dead in our trespasses and sins,″ says the Bible.Paul writes in Ephesians 2:10 that ″As a result, death spread to all mankind as a result of their sin.″ (See also Romans 5:12)
What did God do for us?
God had provided a solution for our lost relationship.
Jesus Christ came to accomplish for us what we were unable to do for ourselves.According to John 3:16-17, ″For God loves the world so much that He gave His only born Son, that whomever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.″ (See John 3:16 for more information.) He came into the world in order to reconcile us with his Father.″Jesus responded by saying, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life.’ It is only through Me that anybody may come to the Father.″ (See also John 14:6) As a substitute for us, Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sin.
Because Christ, the just for the unjust and God’s own Son, died once for our sins, bringing us to God by being put to death in the flesh but raised to life by the Spirit, we can be reconciled to God.Peter (3:18) explains that He came from the dead in order to demonstrate that his statements were correct.″For I conveyed to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, and that He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve apostles.″ After then, He was seen by over five hundred comrades all at once, the vast majority of whom are still alive today, but some have passed away.″ (1 Corinthians 15:3-6) The Bible says:
What do we need to do?
We must each personally trust Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Each of us must personally place our faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.Our own attempts to gain God’s approval are insufficient..He rescued us ″not because of our works of righteousness, which we have done, but because of His great compassion, which He showed us through the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.″ Titus 3:5 (Titus 3:15) We must acknowledge that we are in need of forgiveness.
The Bible says, ″For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.″ (See also Romans 3:23.) ″And the tax collector, who was a long distance away, did not even bother to lift his eyes to heaven, instead beating his breast and pleading with God, ‘God, be kind to me a sinner!’″ (See also Luke 18:13) Christ and his offer of redemption must be accepted as a gift on our part.As for those who received Him, ″to as many as received Him, He granted the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name,″ the Bible says.(See John 1:12 for more information.) ″For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one may take credit for it.″ The Bible says (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Where do we begin?
A personal relationship with God begins today.
By placing your trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, you may begin your personal connection with God on a deeper level.You might find it useful to communicate your new faith in words that sound something like this: Dear God, I understand that my sin has separated me from You.Thank You for sending Your Son to die in my place.
I appreciate it.I now put my faith in Jesus to absolve me of my sins.I accept Him as my Savior and Lord and welcome Him into my life.We are grateful to You for accepting me into Your everlasting family.In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Your trust in Jesus Christ begins an everlasting personal relationship with God.
In God’s words to you: ″These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have everlasting life, and in order that you may continue to believe″ in the name of the Son of God (John 3:16).The Bible says (1 John 5:13).God promises that he will never abandon you.
″I will never leave you nor forsake you,″ says the author.(See also Hebrews 13:5) God has forgiven you of all of your sins, both past and present, as well as those that you may commit in the future.He has made you alive with Him, having forgiven you all your trespasses and wiped away the handwriting of requirements that was against us and that was in opposition to us.″ In addition, having nailed it to the cross, He has removed it from the equation.″ (See Colossians 2:13-14 for further information.) God has given you His Spirit in order to enable you to live in a way that pleases Him and is pleasing to others.″If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit,″ the apostle Paul writes.(Galatians 5:25) The Bible says:
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What Is a Personal Relationship with Jesus? (And How to Know God Personally)
What does it mean to have a personal connection with Jesus?Perhaps you’ve heard that it’s possible to have a personal relationship with God, but you’re not sure what it means.Alternatively, your faith may feel more like a religion than a personal relationship with God, and you may ask if it is possible to learn how to become closer to God (in a meaningful way).The truth is as follows: The desire of your heart is to know God and to have a deep, personal connection with Him–a life-changing experience that will touch every part of your life and provide you more pleasure, hope, and purpose than anything else.Permission is granted for me to share with you what the Bible teaches about how to build a personal connection with the Lord Jesus Christ.To top it all off, I’d like to give you a free 3-Day Bible Read that will teach you how to study the Bible so that you may have a simple, practical approach to get closer to God on a daily basis!
You may get the free ″How to Grow Closer to God″ Bible Study course by clicking here.This study will help you create a strong connection with Jesus and get to know God intimately as you grow closer to God.
What Is a Relationship with Jesus?
Please take a moment to describe your connection with Jesus in detail (and with God).Do you have a relationship with God?I don’t mean do you have a ″knowledge of″ God.What I’m getting at is whether or not you have a real personal connection with the One who created you as well as with His Son, Jesus Christ.I’m not interested in whether or not you attend church on a regular basis or whether or not you grew up in a household where God was regularly spoken.To be honest, this does not imply that you have any kind of relationship with God.
I’m referring about ″knowing God″ in the sense of developing a connection with him.A partnership built on the foundation of grace (not a religion based on rules and regulations).My question is if you’ve had the chance to be forgiven for the wrongs you’ve done (and, yes, according to Romans 3:23, we’ve all done wrongs) and to be made new by the power of Christ’s forgiveness on the cross?I’m talking about a connection with God that is founded on a relationship with Jesus and is made possible by his sacrifice (rather than on the basis of the ″good″ or ″bad″ things you have done in your life).
I’m curious whether you’ve had a personal experience (even a taste) of God’s immense love for you (Ephesians 3:19) and if you’ve made the decision to commit your life to His plans and methods.So, let me ask you once again…do you know who God is?
- I mean, do you truly know who He is?
- To put it another way, do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?
- Otherwise (and if you’re interested in learning more about how a connection with Christ may help you discover hope, importance, and purpose in your life), I encourage you to continue reading.
- If you read this piece, it has the potential to alter your life (and I hope it does).
Is a Relationship with Jesus the Same as a Relationship with God?
Wait.Perhaps you’re wondering, ″What exactly is the difference between a connection with Jesus and a relationship with God?″ When it comes to Christianity, the terms ″relationship with Jesus″ and ″relationship with God″ (and even ″knowing the Holy Spirit″) are often used interchangeably because the three spiritual beings who make up the Trinity are one spiritual being (John 10:30), and therefore refer to themselves as such.Allow me to explain.The Trinity has existed from the beginning of time (Colossians 1:15-16), but God the Father was the first ″person″ of the Trinity to establish a connection with mankind, namely with the Israelite nation.In the Old Testament (the first 39 books of the Bible), you may read the wonderful accounts of how God built the country of Israel and guided them for thousands of years, mostly by urging people to stay near to Him by keeping His law.More than 2000 years ago, Jesus, the second member of the Trinity, established a formal connection with us (the human race) when He was born as a human (who was both completely man and fully God) in that famous stable in Bethlehem (which is why we celebrate Christmas).
Jesus walked among us and lived a spotless life, as did his disciples.He properly lived out the commandment that God the Father had given to the Israelite people all those years ago (Philippians 3:12), so satisfying all of the conditions that no human being could ever perfectly obey (Philippians 3:12-13).(since we are flawed humans).He was ″God manifested in flesh,″ which means that He offered us a glimpse of what God the Father seemed to be (John 14:9).
God used him to perform miracles (like as turning water into wine and curing the blind), impart God’s wisdom via parables, and teach people how to attain eternal life through God.In addition, the Bible informs us in John 3:17 that God sent Jesus to the earth with a specific purpose in mind: to rescue the world via his death on the cross.The Romans ruthlessly tortured and finally executed Jesus, who had been sentenced by his own people (the Jews) to die on a crucifixion, despite the fact that he had done nothing to deserve it (Acts 3:13-15).
- However, He demonstrated His divinity when His body was raised from the dead three days after His death (Acts 3:15).
- (what we today celebrate as Easter Sunday).
- He proved that He was God and that He was capable of conquering anything, including death (Romans 8:37-38).
- Before ascending into heaven, Jesus revealed that He would send ″a comforter″ who would be with us for the rest of our time on earth (John 14:16-17).
- This ″comforter″ would guide us back to God’s truth and serve as a reminder of what Jesus stated when He was on the earthly plane (John 14:26).
- The Holy Spirit (the third ″person″ of the Trinity) was the one who provided such ″comfort.″ When the Holy Spirit descended on the first-century church believers as ″tongues of fire″ on the day we now know as ″Pentecost,″ it marked the beginning of the Holy Spirit’s relationship with mankind (Acts 2).
- Again, the Bible declares that Jesus, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit are all one; as a result, when we speak of having a connection with Jesus, we are really referring to having a relationship with God the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Why Jesus’ Death Changed Everything About Our Relationship with God the Father
Another key point to remember is that, prior to Jesus’ death and resurrection, the Jewish people could only have a connection with God through the sacrifice system that God had instituted (known as ″the Law″) (Galatians 3:19-23).Because the Jewish people weren’t flawless (and none of us are), they needed to offer God sacrifices on a regular basis in order to grow closer to God and become more like him.In order to atone for our sins, Jesus lived a spotless life (keeping the law in a way that humans could never do since we are flawed), and then died as a sacrifice in our place (Matthew 26:28).He met the criteria of the law in a way that none of us could have imagined possible (Romans 3:21-22).Once Jesus had satisfied the criteria of the law, our ability to communicate with God was eternally altered.In order to be in right standing with God (and hence to have a relationship with God), we no longer need to make sacrifices; instead, we just need to believe that Jesus was the one who paid the price for our transgressions (Hebrews 10:19-22; John 5:24).
As a consequence of a thankful heart that yearns to be obedient, we can choose to cease making erroneous choices (as God defines ″right and wrong″ in the Bible) and to follow Jesus, so discovering the complete and satisfying life that He has prepared for us in His presence (as described in John 10:10).
What Does the Bible Say About How to Know God Personally Through a Relationship with Jesus?
Is it necessary for us to carry out more good activities in order to be approved by God?Is it necessary to adhere to a rigid set of rules in order to experience His love and limitless grace?No.The Bible makes quite clear that we can only be saved through faith (not via good actions), and that God’s love and grace are a free gift that he lavishes on all people, regardless of how ″bad″ or ″good″ they are on the inside or outside (Ephesians 2:8-9).Given Jesus’ faultless life and sacrificial death, all we have to do now is accept that Jesus’ sacrifice is sufficient to satisfy our ″sin debt″ to God (Romans 3:25), and we will be granted this free gift of grace.
Would You Like to Have a Relationship with Jesus?
Perhaps it seems weird to ask you this question (given that we’ve probably never met in person), but I…Would you be interested in developing a connection with Jesus?Is it your desire to learn how to live your best life–one that is full of meaning and purpose–that only He can teach you (John 10:10) when you choose to give your heart to Him?Yes?Awesome.Allow me to demonstrate how you may begin your connection with God right now.
How to Have a Relationship with Jesus
With their Four Principles to Knowing God, Cru (a Christian ministry to college students) teaches how we might establish a real relationship with God and how we can know God better. Each of these ideas has been summarised below, along with a couple of Bible verse references that support each premise.
- Take comfort in knowing that God loves you and has a magnificent purpose for your life (John 3:16
- Recognize that we all sin and that our sin has caused us to be estranged from God (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23)
- It is important to recognize that Jesus Christ is God’s one and only provision for our sin (Romans 5:8, John 14:6)
- We must individually embrace Jesus Christ as our savior in order to experience God’s love and learn about God’s purposes for our lives (John 1:12, Ephesians 2:8-9, Revelation 3:20)
In the event that you believe these truths about God and would like to live a life that is guided by Christ (rather than your own plans), you may begin your personal relationship with God right now!Simply say something like this in your prayers: ″God, I acknowledge that I am not flawless.I’m quite aware that I’ve made mistakes, and I’d like to apologize for them and ask for your forgiveness.I’ve come to know that your death on the cross is the only way for me to be reconciled with God and to atone for the wrongs that I’ve done in my life.I want you to be the one who directs my life.I’m interested in learning more about you and discovering your positive intentions for my future.
I’d like you to show me how to live an abundant and fulfilling life, which is something I’ve been seeking.Please come into my life and take command of the situation.Thank you for helping me to become the person you want me to be.″ If these are the words that your heart longs to hear and you have prayed anything along these lines, you may be confident that you have now entered into a personal relationship with Christ!
Want to Get Closer to God But Still Have Unanswered Spiritual Questions?
- It’s quite acceptable if you aren’t quite ready to make the decision to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ! It’s a significant choice (and honestly, the most important one of your life). However, I would strongly advise you to seek solutions to any spiritual problems or challenges you may be experiencing that are preventing you from choosing to establish a connection with God. Here are numerous excellent sites that address some of the most often asked questions regarding God, such as: How will knowing that Jesus loves me affect my life?
- How will knowing that Jesus loves me change my relationships with others?
- How can I maintain my trust in God through difficult circumstances (4 stories)?
- If I’m suffering from a chronic disease, how may I find serenity through being more spiritually connected to God?
- What about all of the ″why″ questions I’ve been asking myself?
- Was Jesus the Son of God or simply a decent man?
- What is the significance of the Resurrection today?
- So, what if I don’t believe that God loves me? How can I find joy and happiness in everyday life (even when life isn’t perfect)?
- Is it truly possible to experience genuine joy? What if I’ve made major blunders and am dealing with a great degree of guilt and shame?
- I’m not really sure how I manage to spend time with God on a daily basis. What does ″quiet time″ look like?
- How can I make spending time with God a regular part of my life while I am so busy?
- How can I educate my children how to become more spiritually connected to the Lord?
Other Resources for a Growing Personal Relationship with Jesus
- Instructions on How to Study the Bible for Yourself
- Learn how to have a daily quiet time with God in this article.
- Three Secrets to Developing a Quiet Time Habit
- Do you want to become closer to God? Here’s a simple spiritual growth plan to get you started:
- Tips for a More Powerful Prayer Life
- 23 Pointers for a More Powerful Prayer Life
- Six Secrets to Real Spiritual Development
- My favorite women’s Bible studies are as follows:
Next Steps: Free 3-Day Bible Study to Help You Get Closer to God
- In order to better understand God, I encourage you to spend time reading and studying the Bible, no matter where you are in your spiritual journey with Jesus right now. Gaining a stronger relationship with God through daily Bible study is the glue that holds everything together, providing much-needed refreshment while transforming the hardships we face into opportunities for magnificent spiritual development. But I understand that studying the Bible can seem overwhelming and intimidating at times, and I sympathize. What’s the best place to begin? What connections do you make between Bible scriptures and your life? And, more specifically, how can reading the Bible assist you in developing a personal relationship with Christ? Allow me to make it simple for you to develop a closer relationship with God. Allow me to show you how to study the Bible using a simple Bible study approach that is: easy to remember
- does not need the use of complicated ″Bible″ terminology
- can be used with any passage
- and that truly brings the Bible to life and makes it relevant to your everyday life.
This Bible study approach is so straightforward that even children may learn how to use it!Thanks to this Bible study approach, I’ve been able to instruct thousands of individuals all around the world on how to come closer to God and create a personal connection with Jesus, and I’d love to share it with you as well.My team and I have put up a free 3-Day Bible Study called ″How to Grow Closer to God″ that teaches you a basic Bible study strategy (the 5Rs Bible StudyTM Method) as part of what we call the Spiritual Growth RhythmTM.You can download the study here.It takes less than 10 minutes each day to create a healthy personal connection with God, according to this fantastic free Bible study from the Bible.I’m sure it wasn’t by chance that you got up here today, reading this post.
It is your desire to get closer to God that you are seeking, and daily Bible study (often known as ″quiet time″) is the most effective method of developing the personal relationship with God that you have been searching for.Find out how to take the next step in your relationship with Jesus by learning how to read the Bible in as little as a few minutes every day.This Bible study approach is ideal for ladies who are on the go, like you and me.Did I mention that this is a 100% free resource?
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What does it mean to have a personal relationship with God?
Answer to the question It is the moment we recognize our need for God, acknowledge that we are sinners, and believe in Jesus Christ that we begin to have a personal connection with Him.God, our heavenly Father, has always wished to be near to us and to have a connection with us, and he continues to do so now.Before Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden (Genesis chapter 3), they had a close, personal relationship with God.It seemed as if they were walking with Him in the garden, talking directly to Him.We have been estranged and detached from God as a result of the sin of man.It is a fact that many people are unaware of, or do not care about, that Jesus offered us the most incredible gift: the possibility to spend eternity with God if we place our confidence in Him.
The penalty of sin is death, but the gift of God is everlasting life in Christ Jesus our Lord, according to Romans 6:23.(Romans 6:23).When God became a human person in the Person of Jesus Christ, he was able to take on our sin, be murdered, and then rise from the dead, demonstrating His victory over sin and death once and for all.Because of this, those who are in Christ Jesus are no longer under condemnation (Romans 8:1).
If we accept this gift, we have earned God’s acceptance and are able to establish a meaningful relationship with Him.A personal connection with God is one in which the individual incorporates God into their everyday existence.They offer prayers to Him, read from His word, and concentrate on Scriptures in an endeavor for a deeper understanding of Him.
- James 1:5 says those who have a personal relationship with God should pray for knowledge, which is the most precious thing we could ever possess in our lives.
- They bring their demands to Him, addressing them to Him in the name of Jesus (John 15:16).
- Jesus is the one who loves us so much that He gave His life for us (Romans 5:8), and He is the one who has crossed the gap that separates us from the Creator of the universe.
- To serve as our Counselor, the Holy Spirit has been entrusted to us.
- Then, if you truly love me, you will do what I demand.
- And I will petition the Father on your behalf, and he will provide you with another Counselor who will be with you forever—the Spirit of truth.
- The world is unable to embrace him because it neither sees nor knows who he truly is.
- But you are familiar with him since he lives with you and will be in you″ (John 14:15-17).
- Jesus declared this before He died, and when He died, the Holy Spirit became available to anyone who genuinely seeks to be filled with His presence and power.
- God the Father is the one who dwells in the hearts of Christians and never departs from their presence.
- He counsels us, teaches us facts, and transforms our hearts as a result of his work.
- Our power to struggle against evil and temptations would be severely limited if we did not have access to the supernatural Holy Spirit.
- As a result of having Him, we are able to begin to bear the fruit that results from allowing the Spirit to dominate our lives: love and joy and peace and patience and kindness and goodness and faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
- Personal contact with God is not as difficult to achieve and there is no mystical formula to follow in order to obtain it as we might believe.
- As soon as we are adopted as God’s children, we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit, who immediately begins to operate in our hearts.
- We should pray without stopping, study the Bible, and associate with a Bible-believing church; all of these activities will aid us in our spiritual development as we go through life.
- God’s provision for each day and faith in Him as our source of sustenance are the prerequisites for developing a personal connection with Him.
- Although we may not notice any changes right away, we will begin to notice them over time, and all of the realities will become evident at that point.
- Return to the page with the miscellaneous Bible questions.
- The term ″personal relationship with God″ refers to a personal relationship with God.
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What a Personal Relationship with Jesus Looks Like
It is also imperative that individuals who will be inviting others to Christ have a profound personal relationship with Christ themselves.″This is a pressing priority.″ (United Technologies Group, Marker 4.1) Is it possible that you’ve been asked the question, ″Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?″ Sometimes it comes from a Christian who is not a practicing Catholic.The Popes Benedict and Francis have lately talked about this issue as well, as have other religious leaders.Consequently, it is only reasonable to wonder, ″What does a personal connection with Jesus look like?″ The three qualities of a personal connection that we need to consider are consistency, vulnerability, and truth-rootedness.Thinking about these aspects of a personal relationship can help us determine what we are being called to.
Consistency is essential in developing a personal connection with Jesus.This connection, like every other significant component of my life, necessitates a commitment of my time on my part.If I want to learn to play the violin, spin a basketball on my finger, speak French, or study the top 100 American books, I must dedicate a significant amount of time to the project.Being forced to start from the beginning is humiliating, but everyone needs to start somewhere at some time in their lives.If you haven’t done something you ″should have done″ in the past, there is no need to feel bad about doing it now.We must maintain a consistent diet of prayer time with Jesus in order to maintain our connection with him.
A daily commitment of time, saying ″no″ to other things and carving out solitary time in order to hear his voice is required.The constancy of your dedication is more significant than the precise quantity of time you devote to your endeavor.St.Francis de Sales frequently warned against disregarding one’s responsibilities to one’s family in order to pray.
However, he would follow this advise with an exhortation to set out a certain time each day to pray and to be consistent in doing so.This should be a 30-minute block of time at some point during the day for the majority of folks.If that seems too daunting, try with 15 minutes instead.
- But make a commitment to it, stick with it, and don’t allow a poor day derail your plans.
- Find someone who will keep you accountable for following through on your promises (a friend, a spouse or someone from church).
The capacity to be vulnerable in prayer is also critical to your connection with Jesus.However, I must spend time with Jesus, revealing the depths of my heart with him.There are several ways to pray.Having a personal relationship with him implies that he has free access to my innermost thoughts and emotions.It is I who brings whatever it is that is making me upset at the moment to him.I bring whatever it is that is making me feel self-conscious to him.
Whatever it is that I am concerned about, I bring it to him.Whatever it is that I am enthusiastic about — no matter how little any of them may appear — I bring it to him.Vulnerable prayer is a manner of communicating with Jesus in a way that is completely open.He wishes to cure my soul in his capacity as the heavenly physician.
Unless I disclose what is happening to him, such as how it hurts and what the symptoms are, his capacity to have influence on my life is severely limited.It’s not that he doesn’t already know who I am.Instead, it is because Jesus respects my freedom and will not push himself on me that I am free.
- While reading the Gospel, I was reminded of the following passage: ″And he did not execute many wonderful deeds there because of their lack of trust.″ (Matthew 13:33) (Matthew 13:58) Bringing my worries to Jesus entails having an expecting confidence that he will do something to address them.
- Despite the fact that he will not remove all of my life’s difficulties, he will provide me with the tools I need to be faithful and endure as his disciple in every scenario.
- I share them with him, hoping that he would be able to bring wisdom, love, and the truth into my circumstance as a result.
- Deeper discipleship is achieved by vulnerable prayer and adherence to his commands.
Truth-rootedness is not a term, in my opinion, but it reflects an important component of this type of intimate relationship with the Lord.Remember that when I come to Jesus, he is not there to rubber stamp my ideas, plans, or ambitions; he is there to guide and empower me.He has the upper hand, and I have come to seek his direction.Of course, he does not restrict my freedom or scare me — he is ″meek and modest in spirit,″ as the expression goes.11:28-30) (Mt.11:28-30) However, I am unable to pick and choose which ″Jesus″ I want to seek advice from.
He is the great Lord, and he summons me to holiness, to become a saint, as he has done for others.My ears cannot merely hear his soft remarks without also hearing his firm demands: ″Anyone who values their parents’ or mother’s affection more than me is not worthy of me.″ (Matthew 10:38) Jesus is not a genie in a lamp that I can summon and expel whenever I choose.If I want to have a personal connection with him, there is only one way to do this: by placing entire faith in him and agreeing to live under his authority.This indicates that Jesus is the one who directs my life’s course.
The importance of what is significant and what is passing, what is beneficial for my spirit and what is toxic, are all defined by Jesus for me.I don’t consider him a co-pilot in my life; rather, he is the one in control.My connection with him must be based on the tools he has provided us to be in communion with him, which includes spending time in the presence of sacred Scripture.
- For guidance on how to live, I must consult the teaching of the Catholic Church — particularly in my moral life — since the Catholic Church is the source from which all grace enters the world.
- I must be receiving him in Holy Communion on a regular (and deserving) basis, as well as admitting my sins on a regular basis in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
- Attempting to refashion Jesus in my image rather than allowing him to refashion myself in his image is a major temptation for me.
- Is there a personal relationship between me and Jesus?
- If I am constant in my prayer time, eager to give Jesus everything I have, and ready to allow him to be the Lord of my life, then yes, I do have a relationship with God.
- The Latin motto for St.
- John Henry Cardinal Newman’s coat of arms was ″cor ad cor loquitur,″ which translates as ″here and now speaks.″ When translated into English, this means ″heart talks to heart.″ These words of St.
- Francis de Sales were taken up by Newman and incorporated into his own life of teaching and preaching.
- Newman was not simply giving facts or knowledge in his preaching and teaching; he was transforming people’s lives.
- Instead, he was sharing the most intimate components of what he knew and believed with the person who was listening.
- His heart was communicating with the heart of another.
- Here, I intend to do something similar, sharing words that arise from my heart and, maybe, speak to yours: cor ad cor (from the heart to the heart).
How can I have a relationship with Jesus?
Answer to the question A person’s relationship with Jesus is the most significant relationship he or she will ever have.As a consequence of a connection with Jesus, we get new life (Ephesians 2:4–5), forgiveness (Colossians 1:14), the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16–17), and, in the future, physical resurrection and the establishment of a permanent abode in heaven (John 14:19; Philippians 3:20–21).It is not difficult to build a connection with Jesus Christ.″Come to me, all you who are tired and burdened, and I will give you peace″ (Matthew 11:28); He has asked for our confidence (John 14:1); and He has addressed us as ″friends″ (John 15:14–15).As a result, Jesus is clearly interested in developing a connection with us.A connection with Jesus is built on God’s grace, which is received via faith.
In order to comprehend, we must consider a few relatively straightforward truths found in the Bible: The first fact we must acknowledge in order to establish a relationship with Jesus is that, by nature, our connection with God is fractured.We have committed a sin against Him.It has come to our attention that we have done things that are wrong in His eyes.″For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,″ according to the Bible’s teaching (Romans 3:23).
God’s standard is perfection, which is understandable given that He is absolutely holy, and we are all far from meeting that standard.The first step is for each of us to humble ourselves before God and confess our sin.If we want to establish a personal connection with Jesus, we must also accept the biblical fact that ″the cost of sin is death″ (Romans 6:23).
- Wages are compensation for the work we do.
- As a result, ″death″ is the price or outcome of our sin—this is speaking about spiritual death, which is eternal separation from God in the location the Bible refers to as hell.
- Another fact that we must comprehend in order to establish a connection with Jesus is this one, which is very wonderful: The fact that God loves us despite our transgressions is evidenced by the fact that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place as our substitute.
- We were still sinners when Christ died for us, but God demonstrated his immense love by sending Christ to die in our place (Romans 5:8, NLT).
- We were still separated from Him, therefore He didn’t wait for us to clean up our act or somehow conquer our sin (which was impossible); instead, He gave Himself for us while we were still separated from Him.
- He made the decision to accept the penalty that we deserved.
- He stepped in to fill our shoes!
- Then we must acknowledge that there is absolutely nothing we can do to rescue ourselves or to make a contribution to our salvation.
- We are forgiven by God’s grace, which means that we have received an undeserved benefit, as a result of Christ’s sacrifice.
- Ephesians 2:8–9 explains that ″it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith—and this is not your own doing; it is a gift from God—not by works, so that no one may take credit for your salvation.″ Because the Lord Jesus Christ has already completed all of the job (John 19:30), and He has completed it wonderfully!
- It is not about what we can achieve, but rather about what Christ has done on our behalf.
- Knowing these Biblical facts, you may begin a relationship with Jesus by putting your confidence in Him and receiving Him.
- Turn away from your sin and put your faith in Jesus and His completed work on the cross to atone for your transgressions.
- Cry out to Him in the name of the Resurrected Savior who has defeated death once and for all.
- Accept Him as your Lord and Master, and your life will be transformed.
- ″As many as welcomed Him, to them He granted the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name,″ according to the Bible’s proclamation (John 1:12, NKJV).
- This very moment, exactly where you are, as you read these words, you have the opportunity to receive Jesus by faith and therefore establish a relationship with Him.
- You can demonstrate your confidence in Him by uttering a prayer that sounds something like this: ″God, I recognize that I am a sinner.
- Please forgive me.″ I am well aware that I am deserving of the consequences of my wrongdoing.
- However, I place my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior.
- I believe that His death and resurrection made it possible for me to be reconciled with God.
As my personal Lord and Savior, I place my faith and confidence in Jesus and Jesus alone.Please accept my thanks for rescuing me from myself and forgiving me!Amen!” Keep in mind that God is less interested with the specific words you use than He is with the attitude you have in your heart when you pray.He is aware of your faith.Have you made a decision to follow Christ as a result of what you’ve read thus far?If you have embraced Christ today, please click on the ″I have accepted Christ today″ button to the right.
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How can I have a deeper relationship with Jesus? John 14:21-23
Check out the episode of the ″Living the Gospel″ podcast that was inspired by this essay! It is possible for Christians to have quite different relationships with Jesus depending on who they are with. The mere fact that you have been converted, that is, that you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, does not necessarily imply that you have a personal and close connection with him.
A living and intimate relationship with Jesus
Some Christians believe that having a connection with Jesus is as simple as praying to Him and attending church on Sundays.They agree to allow Jesus to be offered as a sacrifice for their sins, but their relationship with Him comes to an end at that point.Others see Jesus as a role model to emulate, and they strive to conduct their lives in the same manner that He did.However, because Jesus is in heaven and they are on earth, they do not anticipate to have much of a connection with Him, and as a result, they do not have one.Such interactions with Jesus can only be defined as ″remote″ at the best of times.The Bible, on the other hand, talks of a personal and active connection with Jesus.
After all, he is a person, not a ″theological notion;″ he is not someone who previously lived on the planet and is now a long distance away, but a person who is alive and can be found quite close to his followers.You are being tempted in every way, just as He was, but He conquered the temptations of sin and death.(See also Hebrews 4:15 and Romans 6:8) His constancy gives Him the ability and grace to assist you in overcoming sin in your life because He is a good and faithful God.This also implies that your connection with Him might be vibrant and lively – rather than being lifeless and stagnant – since He Himself is vibrant and alive!
(Revelation 1:18; Revelation 1:19)
The reality is that you are the one who determines what kind of connection you want to have with Jesus.Before you can enter into an intimate connection with Jesus, you must first choose to believe that such a relationship is possible, for everything – spiritually speaking – is a result of one’s faith.A one-sided relationship with Jesus is not possible.The following statement from Jesus makes this clear: ″If someone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and establish Our home with him.″ John 14:23 is a passage from the Bible.Consider the possibility that Jesus and the Father may like to visit you and establish a home with you!What kind of connection do you have with Him, is that the case?
″He who possesses My commandments and observes them is he who loves Me,″ He repeats again and again.That is to say, anyone who loves Me will also be loved by My Father; I, on the other hand, will love him and reveal Myself to him.″ John 14:21 (KJV).Is it possible for you to believe that Jesus want to manifest (reveal) Himself to you?It is apparent that such a revelation of Jesus will take place throughout your Christian life, and not just at the outset of your Christian life, because that promise is given to those who love Him and fulfill His commandments.
Fellowship on a daily basis
If you choose to meet these requirements (i.e., live according to Jesus’ Word), Jesus will become a loving friend with whom you may spend time in fellowship on a daily basis.Through the Holy Spirit, He will not be far away from you, but will instead reside in your heart and intellect and communicate to you through it.(Didn’t He say, ″The kingdom of heaven is within you?″ when He said, ″The kingdom of heaven is within you?″) The constant discourse with the One whom you love and who you choose to follow will continue.He is not only your buddy, but he is also someone who understands what it is like to be tempted, and as a result, he can assist you when you are in need.If you are struggling with temptation, turn to him for guidance and support.He will give you the strength you need to get through it.
You have a Savior who saves you not just from the punishment of sin, but also from the power of sin in your life on a day-to-day basis.To put it another way, ″…a very present aid in times of distress.″ verse 1 of Psalm 46.That is how you will have your first encounter with Jesus!As a result of His own personal experience with human frailty, He is able to feel compassion for the weak.
(See also Hebrews 4:15) Your connection with Jesus resides in your heart, mind, and spirit, as well as in your physical body.When He is at the center of your adoration, He automatically assumes the position of king or queen in your heart.Beginning with the attitude of heart: ″Dear Lord Jesus, is this idea agreeable in Your sight?″ you begin to bring thoughts that arise into your mind before Him.
- You will begin to comprehend what the mentality of Jesus is, which is also known as the mind of the Spirit: life and peace, when you adopt such an attitude.
- The realization dawns on you that certain ideas offer you life and peace, but others simply bring you dissatisfaction and emptiness In this manner, you learn to distinguish between good and evil in everyday situations, between what is and is not pleasant to God, and between what is and is not pleasing to others.
- Jesus takes on the role of tutor and guide as you pursue a fuller life in the Spirit.
- The connection that you have with Jesus is also present in your human spirit, where you learn to turn to Him in times of stress, conflict, and temptation, rather than to your own ideas and feelings, in order to avoid being tempted.
- In this place, you will encounter the Spirit of Jesus, who is also known as the spirit of prophecy.
- (See Revelation 19:10 for further information.) The prophetic spirit of Jesus communicates words of edification, encouragement, and consolation straight into your human spirit, and you will feel yourself being immensely strengthened as a result of this.
- As you get closer to Jesus, the words of the Bible that you have read, heard, and spoken so many times before will suddenly come to life in your heart and mind.
- Dry verses that previously had little significance will be transformed into powerful tools for living the life that Jesus lived.
- In your inner man, you will know that a spirit of revelation is speaking to you, and you will come to understand the Word of God and your own life in a whole different way as a consequence.
- With each revelation of the Word, faith will be re-established in your heart on a more profound level.
- The power of the Spirit in your life increases as your faith grows, allowing you to go even further in Jesus’ footsteps as your faith develops.
An increasingly deep relationship with Christ
Relationships with other people are dynamic in the sense that they frequently alter through time and have the potential to develop deeper.Likewise, your connection with Jesus is no exception to this rule.Just as God’s mercies are fresh and new every morning, so too may your relationship with Jesus be fresh and vibrant each and every day!As your love for Him grows, and as your love for your own life (i.e., your own will) diminishes, the depth of your connection with Him grows deeper as well.″Behold, I stand at the door and knock,″ Jesus declares to the disciples.I will enter through the door if anybody hears My voice and opens it; I will then dine with him, and he will dine with Me.″ Revelation 3:20 is a verse that describes a situation in which a person must flee from his or her home.
″Anyone,″ he declares.Isn’t it true that you are a part of this group?Some people become Christians many years ago, yet they never really experienced a close connection with Jesus until recently.Do you get a sensation that He is pounding on your heart’s door today?
You should welcome him not just as a sacrifice for your sins, but also as a dear and valued Friend, as Lord and Master, as One whom you wish to govern and reign in your heart as well as in your life.If you trust Jesus’ words, you are blessed; open the door of your heart and welcome Him in as your Lord and Master!As a result of doing so, as a result of living according to His Word, you will come to know what it is like to have Jesus alive and abiding in your heart.
- You will have the opportunity to have an intimate relationship with the King of kings and the Lord of lords!
How to develop a personal relationship with Jesus
Have you ever witnessed someone converse with Jesus as if he or she were conversing with a best friend and wished you could do the same?Jesus has made a path for us to get to him, and he personally desires that we establish a relationship with him.A personal connection with Jesus is impossible to establish while standing far away from him; instead, we must learn what he knows by drawing closer to him, and this is the only way we will be accepted as his friends.15:15 (John 15:15) Because a servant does not understand his or her master’s business, I will no longer refer to you as servants.Instead, I’ve referred to you as friends, since I’ve shared with you all I’ve learned from my Father and everything I’ve learned from you.″ We all require someone in whom we can place our faith, someone who will always be there for us when we are at our lowest point.Although we can rely on some of our loved ones to fill in the gaps, as human beings, they will fail us at some point and may not be available at all times – there is a kind of drawback to all of these types of relationships, and when this occurs, it can lead to a lack of trust or even a breakup between the parties involved.
As a result, we require a pure friendship and a great romantic connection.Although we may not recall them every time, we go about our business in search of the one who will be there for us.Involvement in a relationship implies that you are willing and able to offer all to your partner, that you both share the same secret, the same load, and the same difficulties.Jesus is constantly at our side, bearing our burdens.
″Cast your concerns on the LORD, and he will maintain you; he will never allow the righteous to be shaken.″ Psalm 55:22 ″Cast your cares on the LORD, and he will sustain you.″ It has not been shown that the Lord has ever let anyone down before in history.Those who have a personal relationship with Jesus have everything.1 ″Whoever has the Son has life,″ says John 5:12, and what could be more vital than having life?
- Having a life in Christ implies that you have complete security and blessing.
- God made it obvious to Abraham that he would be fortunate if he followed him on his journey to the Promised Land.
- Genesis 17:1-2 are the first and second chapters of Genesis.
- ″At that point, I will establish my agreement with you, and I will considerably expand your number of followers.″ It is advantageous to have a personal relationship with Jesus, as evidenced by the following benefits.
- If you want to take advantage of these, you must first establish a personal connection with Jesus.
- What is the best way for you to develop a personal connection with Jesus?
Choose to have a connection with Jesus by deciding in your heart that you wish to do so.
Everything we do begins with a decision in our hearts, which is why making a decision is so vital.Decide that you want to stop being irritated, that you want to be free, and that you want to take the one path that will get you out of your difficulties.The only path is via Jesus, therefore make the decision to follow him right now.You must renew your way of thinking and your state of mind must be renewed in order for the possibility of beginning anew to exist.Paul writes in Ephesians 4:23 that Allow the Spirit to refresh your ideas and attitudes in place of this.
- Be born again.
If Nicodemus wants to be saved, Jesus informed him that he must be born again, which also indicates that he must have a personal contact with him.A transfer is required to reach safety; one must go from an unsecured to a secured zone in order to reach safety.Jesus Christ is the protected zone, and you must travel to Jesus Christ in order to be protected.To be able to enter into Christ, you must first abandon your old self and follow him, which requires that you be reborn.3:3 (John 3:3) ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again,’ Jesus said.Consider where you are right now; who do you believe can assist you in getting out of the position in which you find yourself?
Remember, if a guy can save you from a bodily danger, what about the actual risks of life that go beyond the physical?Don’t fool yourself.We are not engaged in a physical battle, but rather one against spiritual forces.Paul writes in Ephesians 6:12 that In order to be born again, you must first die to your old self, which is a life of sin, a life that has distanced you from Jesus, and then be risen in Christ.
Paul writes in Romans 6:11 that ″In the same way, consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God through Christ Jesus.″ When you are raised to be alive in Christ, you are also raised to be subject to his authority and authority.You have the ability to be saved and to experience joy because you have his power.
- Obey his commandments.
15:14 (John 15:14) You are my pals if you follow the instructions I give you. If we do what he tells us to do, we will be considered his friends, which implies that we will have a personal contact with him. Before we can obey him, we must first learn to love him, since it is in the person we love that we can place our faith and follow his or her instructions.
- Fix your eyes on Jesus.
″Fixing our gaze on Jesus, the forerunner and perfecter of faith,″ says the writer of Hebrews.″He endured the crucifixion, despising its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God in response to the joy that had been set before him.″ Concentrating on Jesus should be our ultimate objective since it is only through him that we may experience true joy.It is not that storms will not occur, nor that life will always be easy, but the amazing thing is that Jesus will always be there to offer us triumph and joy no matter what the circumstances.
- Allow Jesus to control everything for you.
″Because my yoke is easy, and my burden is light,″ Jesus declared.Jesus has invited us to come unto him, and he want to take care of all things for us, to provide us with relief from our troubles, and to save us from our predicaments.There is no greater alternative than Jesus, therefore keep your attention on him.″Fixing our gaze on Jesus, the forerunner and perfecter of faith,″ says the writer of Hebrews.″He endured the crucifixion, despising its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God in response to the joy that had been set before him.″
- Read the scriptures.
God communicates in a variety of ways, and he may choose to speak with you through the Bible.To be able to receive the message of God from the scriptures, you must first receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.Jesus promised that he would send him to us to assist us in understanding things and to assist us in hearing the word of God via the scriptures.Psalm 37:4 (KJV) ″Delight yourself in the LORD as well, and he will grant you the desires of your heart,″ the Bible says.This is one of the most important reasons why we should read the Bible and why we should study it on a regular basis.If you want to develop a closer relationship with the Lord and learn more about what he is capable of, take up the Bible and start studying it right away.
The Bible shows who God is and how we might approach him in a more authentic way.Our understanding of God as a loving God who desires for us to seek his protection would be impossible without the help of the Scriptures.(See also John 3:16, 1 John 4:8)
How to Have a Relationship with Jesus Christ
Kathy Robichaux contributed to this article.A personal connection with God is essential for becoming fully the man or woman God intended for you to be.It is only through aligning your life with His plans and purposes that you will be able to accomplish the purpose for which He created you.Coming to the point of understanding and accepting that the Bible is correct when it speaks about who Jesus is and your need for Him as a Savior simply means coming to the realization and acceptance that the Bible is correct in its teachings.It is not necessary to go through any sort of miraculous procedure in order to develop a connection with Christ.The four stages outlined below might serve as a guide for anybody who is honest in his or her desire to surrender their lives to God.
1.Recognize the nature of your condition.You must acknowledge that you are trapped in sin if you want to find the path to eternal life with God.(Sin is defined as any act that is in violation of God’s rules and commands.) According to Romans 5:12, a wicked nature has been in all humans since the fall of Adam and Eve (the first man and woman on the face of the planet).
″All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,″ the Bible states in Romans 3:23.Sins separate you from God and maintain your exclusion from His presence and blessings.However, there is a severe consequence for every transgression.
- ″For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is everlasting life in Christ Jesus our Lord,″ writes the apostle Paul in Romans 6:23.
- Spiritual death and eternal separation from God are the ″wage″ or ″price″ we get as a result of our sin.
- Religion and charitable deeds are not the solution.
- World faiths are attempting to forge their unique paths to God.
- Their theories may appear to be rational, but they are incapable of closing the gap left by our sin or of removing the consequences of it.
- ″There is a road that looks to be right at first glance, but in the end it leads to death,″ reads Proverbs 14:12.
- To put it another way, our personal thoughts and beliefs are not what is important.
- True solutions can only be found in God’s Word, which is the Bible.
- It teaches us how to get forgiveness for our crimes and wrongdoings, and that this forgiveness is made possible by God’s grace, which is a gift given to us at no cost to ourselves.
- ″For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and that this is not from yourselves, but is a gift from God—not by works, so that no one can boast.″ Ephesians 2:8-9 says, ″For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and that this is not from yourselves, but is a gift from God—not by works, so that no one can boast.″ 3.
- The Good News: Jesus Christ Provides the Path to Salvation!
- Despite the fact that you are lost and that your sins have separated you from God, He still cares for you and loves you.
- As a matter of fact, God sent His Son Jesus to be killed on the cross as a spiritual payment for your sins in order to demonstrate His love for you.
- ″For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whomever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,″ as John 3:16 reveals.
- He became the payment for your sins as a result of His death on the c