Getting close to God can seem like an impossible task but it’s not as hard as you might think. When you give your heart to Jesus His spirit comes to live in you. The Bible calls your body the temple of the Holy Spirit. As this happens your spirit is made clean and becomes holy because God can’t live anywhere that’s not holy. Now you want or should want to draw closer to him. The question is how do you do that?
Today I’m going to show you three things you can do to become more intimate with God.
Spend Time With Him
The first thing to do is to begin spending time with him. I recommend getting up a little earlier and spend the first part of your day with him. This can be hard but even ten or so minutes just sitting down and saying good morning to the Lord and inviting him into your day is an awesome way to start. I guarantee if you can do this you’ll begin to see positive changes in your life.
As you progress you may find yourself wishing you could spend more time with him. This is probably his leading. He loves you and wants to spend as much time with you as you’re willing to so it’s not out of the question that he might lay it on your heart to do so. If this happens I suggest you make a way. How do you do that?
The Spirit is Willing But the Flesh is Weak
I know it’s hard to make your body get up a little earlier. “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41) It will fight you but you can do it if you make the effort. Here’s a little secret that may help. However much earlier you feel you want to get up, go to bed that much earlier to balance out the amount of sleep you need. I know, you might have to give up a little TV time but it will be well worth it when you find yourself close and personal with the Living God.
I personally started out this way and it wasn’t long before I wanted more and more time. These days I spend at least an hour. If I don’t I feel I have robbed myself of the most valuable gift I can give to me, time spent with my Heavenly Father. So start at whatever, amount of time you feel led to and go from there.
What Do You Say to the God of the Universe
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. (Psalm 100:4)
When I first started to do morning devotions I had a little trouble knowing what to say to him so I consulted the Bible about it.
The Bible says to enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise. So, when I begin my devotions I like to sit or kneel as I feel is appropriate for the particular moment and first, say good morning to him. Then I begin to think of some things I am grateful for.
Did you wake up this morning? Do you have a job, a car, a wife or husband, a family a home? No matter what, there’s always something you have to be thankful to God for.
To be intimate Praise Him for who He is. Praise Him for what he’s done, things like the fact that He died on the cross just for you. Praise him for being so almighty that death could not hold him in the grave. He rose again and set you free from sin and gave you eternal life.
Being thankful is the second way to draw near to God. Our Father loved a grateful heart. So remembering what he has blessed you with and thanking him for it makes him happy.
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” (Mark 11:25)
Okay, I know you are probably not excited about this part. Forgiveness is not the easy part of getting close to God but it’s necessary. Look none of us are perfect. You more than likely have been hurt by one or two people in your life. You might be saying to yourself, “But she just doesn’t know what they did to me. How can I forgive that?”
Here are the facts. Number one forgiveness isn’t about that person. It’s about you. You’ll never really have peace if you carry resentment and or anger around with you all the time. Number two and here’s a biggie. Unforgiveness makes you unclean. If you are unclean you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven either now or in the hereafter.
Why should I forgive?
Why? Because unforgiveness is another way of saying you are still angry with a person. It is choosing to allow negative thoughts to remain in you. Negative thinking is against the nature of God.
Let’s look at it another way. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We deserve Hell but, God through Jesus made a way so he can forgive us of our wrongs against him. If, however, you will not forgive the sins of your brother against you, how can you expect him to forgive your sins against you. How can you expect to get close to God?
if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” (Mark 11:25) Now here’s the good part if you forgive your brother his sins you have laid a heavy burden down that you were never meant to carry.
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