5 sure ways to strengthen your relationship with God.
My mother did her due diligence by introducing my sister and I to God, and taking us to church when we were kids. Though God was always recognized as the highest power in my household, there was no emphasis put on what it meant to let God lead my life. We stopped attending church as a family when I was about 9 years old. I didn’t go back until I met my boyfriend my freshman year in college. This was the first time that I wasn’t being dragged to church by my mom, but going on my own free will. Despite this being a huge step toward becoming closer to God, it took an additional 4 years of me falling flat on my face in life to get to a place where I not only needed God to be present in all aspects of my life, but I desperately wanted him to be. Since releasing my life and endeavors in to the hands of God, I’ve been more confident than I’ve ever been. I’m more optimistic for my future and clear on what path I should take. I feel a great sense of security, because when faced with adversity, I have the strongest warrior in the universe on my team. This is not to say that I don’t have hard days and trying moments. I’m just better equipped to face those hardships, and come out of them victorious.
In my journey to become best friends with God I:
READ MY BIBLE
I may be beating a dead horse with this one, but it’s recommend so often, because it’s extremely important when building a solid relationship with God. A lot of people open up their bible hoping to stumble upon some magical scripture that will change their entire lives. This is an unrealistic expectation, but don’t let that detour you from seeking God’s word. The Bible is his manual. It’s his guidebook on how to seek him, and receive all the blessings that he intends to give you. Asking God for anything and expecting him to give it to you without reading and following his word, is like taking a test without ever reading the textbook, and expecting to get an A.
STRIVE FOR PERFECT ATTENDANCE AT CHURCH, SUNDAY SCHOOL, AND BIBLE STUDY
It’s easy to lose momentum while facing the trials and tribulations of a typical week. It’s important to keep yourself motivated by recharging in Gods word. This can be anything from cracking open your bible, to listening to gospel music. I find it easiest to recharge by being in Gods house anytime I can. I get those opportunities by attending Sunday school, church and bible study. I enjoy reading the word alone, but the insight and understanding that I get from studying amongst people more mature in their spirituality is extremely valuable to me. Not only do I get the opportunity to ask questions, but I get a room full of willing mentors. I’ve heard people talk about their experiences attempting to attend church, but feeling uncomfortable for one reason or another. I urge anyone looking into joining a new church to definitely pray on it ,and be patient while waiting for God’s answer. Avoid forming a negative opinion about all churches because of an unpleasant experience at 1 or 2. Unfortunately everyone claiming to be of God isn’t always exactly on point, but those who are in alignment are worth seeking out.
SURROUND MYSELF WITH PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW GODS WORD
You are a reflection of who you hang around. If you spend the majority of your life with people headed in the wrong direction, or with the wrong mindset, you will get off track as well. It’s so much more comforting knowing that I can ask my friend’s to pray for me, and to pray with me. I love being able to discuss Gods word and his works with those closest to me. It just surrounds me with his presence that much more, ensuring my peace of mind and overall happiness. People seek God at their own pace, and that’s perfectly fine, but 1 Corinthians 13:11 said “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things”. As you mature in your relationship with God, and are no longer a babe in Christ, you have to do away with remnants of your life before christ, and sometimes this may include people as well.
LISTEN TO SERMONS/CHRISTIAN BASED PODCAST
Maybe if I just wanted to be a good friend to God, Id settle for taking in his word 2 days a week, but I want to be best friends with him. I listen to sermons and podcast through out my week. I want to continuously be charged up and motivated, so that I don’t lose sight of my commitment to God, and the success he promised me. With my busy schedule I don’t always have as much time as I’d like to read my bible, so I play the word out loud so I can work and still get the information. I’m always amazed by how on point everything is with helping me navigate my life. I anticipate a new episode like some people anticipate a TV show, because the information is so valuable.
This is the most important way to become best friends with God. Prayer is your direct line to Gods personal phone, and he always picks up. Definitely call out to God if you find yourself in a bad situation, but don’t let that be the only reason you talk to the lord. I thank God when I’m happy, I confide in God when I have a secret, I have casual conversations with him during morning traffic, I tell him about funny things I saw, and when something has upset me. God wants to hear it all, because he wants to be a part of every single part of your life, but he’ll only enter if he is invited in. When I pray I consult with God about anything from what highway I should take home that day, to what city to move to next. If you speak to God, he will speak back, and he won’t steer you wrong.