Tuesday, November 2

Our Relationship With God

Where are you in your relationship with God? Whether you know it or not, regardless of whether you believe in God's existence, you have a relationship with him. If you are a Christian, then you ought to have a knowledge of a working relationship with the Creator.

What do I mean by this? God has a relationship with each and every one of us. The matter for us to decide is whether we love him too, or whether we reject him. If you have accepted Christ into your life, then you have accepted God also. If you do not have a working relationship with the Lord, for example, someone who doesn't believe in him or have faith that He will fulfill his purposes, has an estranged relationship.

God loves each and every one of us, it is whether or not we love him back, whether or not we accept him, whether or not we choose to follow the great Creator. More often than not, entries are impersonal, merely informative and insightful. For this entry, we will be going deeper, more personal. I ask again, where are you in your walk with God?

If you have a relationship with God the Father, you must also have a relationship with God the Son, Jesus, and God the Spirit, the Holy Spirit, also known as the Holy Ghost. How does a relationship with the Trinity work? God is the Father, Jesus the Son, who died for our sins that in accepting him as our Savior, we may be saved, and the Holy Spirit is God's Spirit which works in and through us after we accept Christ.

Once you accept Christ, the Holy Spirit dwells within you - it is whether or not you pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit. God is with you at all times, but due to free will, you make the decisions. Does that mean that we should not pray, "Your will be done?" We ought to. What if you have a broken relationship with the Lord? The first step is realizing that there is an issue, the second is praying what David once prayed, "Restore unto me the joy of [my] salvation," (Psalm 51:12) and pray, draw me close to you, O Lord.

Since God is always with us, think of it this way. "... do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." (2nd Corinthians 4:16-18)

God has a plan for each and every one of us, He believes in you, even if you don't believe in Him. God created us as intellectual beings with a free will, and the capacity for love. Without free will, we would be incapable of feeling real love. The issue is that sometimes, we choose vain pride and envy over love.

Our future relationship with God is outlined in Revelation 21:3-4, "... Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

Or perhaps John 3:16, the most well-known verse of the New Testament, would be a proper illustration of God's love for us. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." This verse gives us the perfect example of God's love for us.

He loves us so much that he sent his Son into the world to die for the sins of our past, present, and future. God may have a relationship with each and every one of us, functioning or not, but to those who receive his Son, he gives the right to become children of God. John 1:12-13 says, "Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God - children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God."

Our relationship with God could always use improvement. He will always love us unconditionally, even when we deny him or reject him, he is always there, ever-present, ever-loving, never-changing. Regardless of what you do, how you live, he will still love you, and you can always still have a relationship with him - but if its one moment after the "lights go out," it is too late. Perhaps, if God only has a one-way relationship with you right now (meaning, you don't return love) it is time to accept His Son as Savior, and choose to follow him.

Perhaps you are seeking restoration. Perhaps you are seeking someone whom you can put your trust in, someone you can put your faith in and never bet let down. God will never let you down. We may be disappointed at times that we don't get our way, yes. Regardless, he always keeps his promises.

God, our heavenly father, wants to have a relationship with you. Do you accept? He created you and I with the ability to love, and why ought we not love our Creator? Scripture makes it abundantly clear that God's love for us is infinite.  I believe the author Jorge Waxemburg put it best when he said this:

"Union with God cannot be explained; it is a mystery that takes place in the innermost part of the soul. What we can observe is the gradual simplification of our relationships until they become integrated into a single relationship. We see that improving relationships does not mean more complexity and sophistication but is just the reverse: it leads to simplicity and transparency..."

"To deepen our relationship with God, we need the daring to renounce supports, the courage to leave the refuge of our pre-established ideas, and the determination to channel our efforts in a viable method that leads to our unfolding."

Agreed. We cannot explain the deep bond each of us have with our Creator,. Perhaps it can be equated to a work of art. When the artist paints, he puts himself into the painting. When he sees the finished product, he sees a piece of himself in his creation, for he created it. In the same way, God created Man in his image, and we are capable of having a close relationship with our Creator.

So I ask you, where are you in your relationship with God? If you have any questions, comments, or what have you, feel free to visit the facebook page, email vexx80@yahoo.com, or comment below. Take care, and may God richly bless you - I wish you the best in life. Troy Hillman

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