Have you ever really thought about your relationship you have with God? Have you ever thought about how valuable it is to you? Could you go for days or weeks without speaking to God?
If so, I want to you to think about the kind of relationship you are maintaining with your heavenly father. In these times, we must learn to draw even nearer to God and speak/pray to him on a daily basis; “give us this day our daily bread” Luke 11:3. This scripture refers to God being a part of our daily lives. Think of this as an ongoing partnership, don’t think God is just for Sundays and the rest of the week is for me. This is how we must live to survive, especially in these last days. God doesn’t want us to be the kind of christians that go to church on Sunday and then forget about him the rest of the week, or pray to him only when something bad happens to us. He wants us to learn to depend on him for everything, from what we wear to what we say, to what we think. If you continue to live without sincerity and faithfulness towards him, you will lose the opportunity to be called into heaven when the time comes.
We have to be careful that we are not “lukewarm” christians. You’ve probably heard the phrase, this is when christians go on and off God, they lack consistency. The bible says in Revelation 3:16 “But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!”As this verse in found in Revelation, it highlights the relevance to the time period. This scripture is relating to people who are lukewarm in these times, (although it was a warning for people in the past too). When you think about it, are you truly a christian? If you are not sure, here’s how you can check yourself…
i. do you pray/speak to god everyday?
ii. do you read you bible everyday?
iii. do you praise god regularly?
iiii. do you tell others about god?
If the answer to these questions is no, then you NEED to change this as soon as possible! This is a dangerous place to be in, as you are not living depending on God. But don’t worry, you can get to that place you need to be with discipline and commitment! Personally, I was previously like this, I was a christian all my life, but I didn’t fully understand that being a christian is about your personal link with God. I’m 18 now but in my younger years, my mother explained to me the importance of having a personal dependence on God day-to-day, not week to week or month to month. I then began to understand, around the age of 15 how I had to live as an individual living in unison with God. It took time, but now I understand that I can’t go a day without praising him, thanking him, praying or speaking with him.
When God comes, he will hold you accountable for what you have done, not for what you and your family have done, or what you’ve done with the church. It’s just you and him and you need to be confident in what you have done and how you’ve performed in this life. Concerned that you haven’t done enough? Well start now! It’s time to show God that we are committed, trustworthy and faithful to him, like he has always been to us.
Learning to Live With Jesus
Do talk in your mind? We all do it don’t we? The difference is I speak to Jesus everyday about everything. This is a way you can begin your lifelong personal and regular relationship with him. Let him know that you need his input for everything and that you care about his word in your life. You might think, I have some silly things to say, it doesn’t matter, God is always open to what his children have to say because he loves and cares for us and what we think.
Use the bible as a daily Guide
God has given us the most valuable tool he could have given to us, the bible! His words are recorded for us to read whenever we want! Just think about how lucky we are to have every word Jesus spoke in a book. Can you imagine how much power that holds? God knows this, that’s why he left it to us, to help and empower us. Don’t take it for granted, start reading daily. If you are unsure where to begin, start reading Matthew or Psalms and ask God to open your mind to understand his word. The only way we can get where we want to be is by being cleansed as it were, by the holy word of God. We have to have in word in our minds and hearts, blocking the evil and unholy thoughts we have from day-to-day. “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind” Romans 12:2.
The key to growth is consistency
Imagine you are knitting a hat, you knit one day, then leave it for weeks, then start again. Over time, you forget how to do it right? It’s the same with god. If you keep stopping and starting your relationship with him you will lose the skills and power you have. It’s time my friends to make a solid join to the father and it needs to get stronger as we get closer to his coming. Now is not the time to be playing with your life, wondering if you should pray or read today or not. Now is the time to be on fire for god, the time for our spiritual walk to advance on a personal level!
Being reliant links with being watchful
In these last times it is imperative that we are watchful. We need to be watchful of everything, how we behave, the news and media, the signs in the way the world behaves. “For in the last days, men shall be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revelers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy” 2 Timothy 3:2 He always gives us guidance and things to look out for, he encourages us to keep our eyes peeled. Mark 13:33 says “Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come.” If you’re not sure what I mean, Jesus is eager for us to get it, to understand the times we are living in and what it means. If we are not watchful, we will slip into the easy, deadly slumber of the devil. The devil wants us to not think about the times we are living in and how close the father is to returning for us. He wants us to say “we have loads of time, God isn’t coming any time soon!” My friend, that is the worst possible mistake to make, time is too short to make any time to look back at the temporary meaningless offers this world gives. Being watchful shows our diligence and willingness to follow and stay close to god.
Where do we start?
If you believe that Jesus died for you but you’re feeling like you don’t really have a place, or know what to do, I want you to know that you are valuable and precious to God. He sees the amazing potential in all his children, including you. You might think God hates you for all the sins you have committed, well that’s where you are wrong! Think of the apostles and the people they were to what they had become when they surrendered their lives to God. Even if you are already a christian, but don’t know you are supposed to have a personal walk with him, now is the time to have a real connection with him, let god know about your commitment to him starting from now. He has already forgiven, it’s now up to you.
God Bless All