How can I have a deeper relationship with Jesus? John
Apr 8, Sincere Christians universally want to "go deeper" in faith and knowledge Our understanding of Jesus is critical to our relationship with God. The Spirit of God began to give me a desire to go deeper in the areas that lacked depth and to seek more depth in those areas that have already obtained some. Apr 21, I believe in God, but I can't say I feel like I'm particularly friendly with Him.” Not only is it possible to have a close personal relationship with God, but He and since then (I trust) your relationship has grown even deeper.
Seeking a Deeper Relationship with Jesus - Just Between Us
Loving God entails a personal relationship with Him and many of us are reluctant to go that far. In this version of God, He is very impersonal and distant. We are only good if we are obedient slaves, who do His will above all things and act as enforcers of His Ten Commandments.
That is not our God. Our God is eager to be involved in our affairs and wants to be a part of our lives. He showed this most perfectly when He became man and dwelt among us. God is not a cold Commander who simply orders us to obey His laws, but is the Father of the Prodigal Son, reading and willing to embrace us and desires to be involved in our lives.How can I have a "personal, intimate relationship" with God? (Ask Dr. Stanley)
Here are 4 basic keys: Get to Know Him We should view God just like any other person with whom we want to have a loving relationship. The first step is always to get to know them, their likes, dislikes or hobbies, but also learning about their personal history. It is almost impossible to love someone you do not know. In reference to God, the greatest tool we can use to know Him is to read Sacred Scripture. I highly recommend either Walking With God: A Journey through the Bible to get started.
In terms of our relationship with God, the easiest way we can spend time with Him is to pray often and always. Praying should never be reduced to one hour a week on Sunday, but should include praying every day. A married couple would be doomed to divorce if they never spoke to each other.
So too with our relationship with God. I realized this about my own life. I saw I was complacent in certain areas of my life, and it birthed a spiritual dissatisfaction that weighed heavily on my heart. That weight was the conviction and prompting of the Holy Spirit to move out of my complacency. Complacency is a real serious enemy to the believer, because it robs us of spiritual depth, potential, and our purpose. The Spirit of God began to give me a desire to go deeper in the areas that lacked depth and to seek more depth in those areas that have already obtained some degree of depth.
Going after the deep things of God will involve sacrifice.
Oftentimes, we have to face personal challenges in order to experience the deeper Christian life. True progression in Christ never comes without self-examination and sacrifice, but every effort is worth it.
Seeking a Deeper Relationship with Jesus
God will reward those that diligently seek Him; and that reward is the deep infusion of His presence, knowledge, and wisdom in our lives Heb.
Jesus instructs them to launch out into the deep because the best catch is found in the deep. Likewise, we are unable to get all that we need from the spiritual shoreline of our lives. If we are willing to launch out and cast the nets down into the waters, there will be a great spiritual harvest awaiting us.
Paul expresses the shear awesomeness of experiencing a greater depth in God.
Try these practices to help you go deeper in your relationship with Christ. Fervent prayer is the kind of prayer we must cultivate in our life in order to experience God in a powerful way. This kind of prayer is an intense and passionate experience, because it results in the presence of God. When we open up our hearts to God, He offers us more of Himself.