God knew who we were 


even before we were born. 

God knew us before we were formed in the womb,



 according to Jeremiah. God knew our identities, our



potential for good, and our timeline for life, before 



we were born.

God has a special place in this world for us and a



unique purpose for our existence. There is a place 



at God's table waiting for us, if we will accept it.


God is uniquely personal 


and unyielding. 


Despite our busyness, selfishness, or insolence, 


God remains unshaken and unshakable. 

No matter how badly we falter and/or fail, God will be 

right there waiting for us to reconnect with Him. 

God holds no bad blood.

Are we living a self-directed life 



or a God-directed life?




“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”



We were created to have fellowship with God, but


because of our stubborn self-will... we go our own 


independent way and fellowship with God is 


broken.



God designed us as relational 


beings. 


More important than any human relationship...

 is our relationship with God. 

Our primary purpose is knowing the only 

True God. This means having an intimate, 

personal relationship with God, not just 

knowing about Him.

A personal relationship with God is life-transforming.


What God does to us, in us, and through us is a destiny 


changing experience.



God's touch will change our lives.

God, the awesome Creator of the


 entire universe, desires to be



involved with our daily lives so



that we can accomplish all that 



we were put in this world to 



accomplish.


It is critical that God 


takes precedence in 


our lives.

God desires all created beings to 



know Him on a Spiritually



worthwhile and eternal level. 



To be in personal communion 



with God is the greatest fulfillment 



and pleasure anyone could know.




To commune with God is a



Spiritual ascension that brings 



our souls to a state of gentle 



smiling. It draws us into a 



dimension of desiring a 



constant communion with 



God.


God longs for us to establish 


father-child relationship with Him, 


and He will never abandon us.


The greatest blessing we can know, 



the greatest riches we can have, is 



the riches of having an intimate



 relationship with Our Creator.


A personal relationship with God



is a life-changing experience that 



awakens us to the seriousness of 



living inwardly. 




It is a natural evolutionary process 



which involves shedding the old 



self and experiencing an inner 



rebirth... the unfolding of Light 



and Truth within us. 


A personal relationship with God is not 


something that can be obtained just via our


 pastor or spiritual leader. God wants to get to


know each of His children, including us.



In having a personal relationship with God we are 


delighted, fulfilled, and well-pleased. A personal 


relationship with God refashions our relationships 


with other people because we stop requiring


anything from them. We look at God's provisional


nature. Everything we need that pertains to life and 


godliness... comes from God. We are encouraged to 


wait, trust, and receive from God, Who supplies for


 every need.

We know we are loved because the Creator 


of the Universe and everything in it loves us.



We know we have a purpose 


because God created us on 


purpose, for a purpose. 


Instead of wandering aimlessly through life, we 

are actually making a joyful noise unto the Lord! 

Somehow, regardless of our circumstances, we 

have a certainty... an overall sense of gladness in 

our souls.


While we may know a lot about God, it may 


take some time for us to fully get to know God. 


We may have known about God our entire life, 


but knowing God on a personal level is a very 


different experience. It's never enough to merely


 know about God because we can't rely on our 


knowledge of God for strength when things go 


awry. We must rely on God. We don't have to 


wait until we're in a difficult situation to begin 


developing a personal relationship with God; 


we can begin right now, knowing God on an 


intimate level.

What are the prerequisites 


for starting a relationship 


with God?



A personal relationship with God is similar 



to any other relationship in our lives. 



God doesn't want anyone to place anything



 before Him. 



God does not want us to place anything before 


Him. His desire is that we worship Him and Him 


alone. He must come first in our lives. 


When God gave the Ten Commandments at 


Mount Sinai, He thundered these words: 


“I am the LORD your God, Who brought you out 


of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 


You shall have no other gods before Me”.


Exodus 20:2-3




Having a personal relationship with God 



involves understanding that an abundant 



life cannot be found in anyone or anything.




A personal relationship with God must be

 


carefully cultivated.



It is fellowship, love, and trust between us 

and God. It entails getting to know God and 

being known by God. It entails much more 

than simply attending church or reading our 

Bibles. God desires for us to have a personal 

relationship with Him. It is, in fact, our 

primary purpose in life. 

We willfully choose to surrender all life's 


activity to God. In other words.... if we are 


not feeling it in our spirit... we won't do it. 


Rather than having a self-centered perspective


in life, we intentionally seek God's direction. 


In surrendering our lives to God, God may 


have His way to accomplish His purposes.



 Putting God first and establishing the correct 


priorities in our lives is vital. God's Word tells 


us that it is vital to put our priorities in the right


 order and then carefully cultivate each one 


with zeal and enthusiasm.


Peace, purpose, and power are all produced


 by God's presence in our lives. The ability to 


truly relate to God, others, ourselves, and our


 circumstances is a sign of peace. Purpose 


enables us to comprehend God's purposes for 


our life. Power is the ability to accomplish 


everything we were put on this earth to do.



It is impossible to satisfy God without faith, 


according to Hebrews 11:6; we must believe


 that God exists and that those who earnestly 


seek God will be blessed. ” We worship a 


God Who is still alive and well today. If we 


can't seem to find God, let us begin to worship


 God, seek God diligently, and God will find


us.

Only God can fulfill 


and revive us.


Experiencing, witnessing, and benefitting 


from an intimate, personal relationship with 


God begins the moment we realize our need 


for God. As we personally encounter God's 


tender, personal, and incomprehensible way, 


as a totally loving Father, we come to realize


 voids being filled with all the love we could


 ever need.

One of the most central events that takes place when God 


converts us is that Believers become identified with 

ChristWe see ourselves differently and act differently.

We feel liberated from worldliness and feel more

compelled to live a disciplined life... desiring to know 

more about God and His creation. We feel confident that

God didn't make a mistake when He created us. When we 

pursue God's Way, we have this confident assurance that 

we can bloom wherever God has planted us.


God takes care of our needs. As our Creator, God knows 

our needs and God provides. This too sets us free from 

fear.


We are completely forgiven. The mistakes we made 

are pardoned.


We are given God's guidance. When we pray for God's 

guidance and strength, God gives us strength when we are

weak, love when we feel forsaken, He calms us when we 

feel anxiety, gives us courage when we are fearful,

wisdom when we are all over left field. God is our 

Help and our Refuge. God is our Source of wisdom


 and Tower of strength.


We are protected from evil. Bad things will still happen to 

us, but God ultimately gets justice for those who believe.

We are set free from behaviors that weigh us down. We 

can act differently, even if our circumstances don’t change.


We experience peace. Knowing we are loved, have 

purpose, are free of fear, provided for, forgiven, given

guidance, and protected. God, our Comforter, our Peace 

has given us His Word that encourages us to get back on 

track and remain faithful.


We are given eternal life. We are promised life with God.

God loves us and wants us to enjoy His love. The 


greatest fulfillment that anyone can know is to give 


and receive God’s love. We were made by God for that.


Many passages and verses in the Bible demonstrate 


God's desire for a personal relationship with us


God's Word and Prayer are vehicles through which 


a human can communicate with God. The Bible 


says to "pray continually" and "pray without 


ceasing". 


Being God-centered bars us from irrelevances.


When God is first and God is served... we are 


edified and... 


God is glorified.


The longing for God resides within each of our 

hearts. God is the incredible personal journey

 the soul senses and yearns to embark upon! 

There is nothing more beautiful than


 knowing that God is real, and that we


 have the privilege of developing 


intimacy... a personal relationship with


 God... the One Who created the universe 


and knows every intricate detail of our entire


 existence!



God knows our frame; He is mindful 


that we are but dust. 


Psalm 103:14

God's presence in our lives produces peace, 


purpose and power.

God loves us because it is His character. It is not 


because of duty, but because Love is Who God is 


and what God does.


God doesn’t need our help with our lives. 


God is all powerful and much greater than us.

God Draws Us to Himself.

Encountering God’s presence is not simply outward 


expression and/or emotionalism.


God’s presence is everywhere, 


but God’s indwelling presence 


is by invitation only. 


We must ask God to come live inside our hearts and 


minds, but before God will accept our invitation


 we must first, sincerely, turn away from the past, 


repent for our sins (offences), and receive the gift 


of forgiveness.


Acts 2:38. 


When we surrender our lives to God, our Spiritual


understanding awakens and God’s glorious light


beautifully illuminates our hearts and minds. 

A personal relationship with God is life-transforming.


What God does to us, in us, and through us is a destiny 


changing experience.



God's touch will change our lives.

Our primary purpose is to know God and have


 a personal relationship with God. Once we


 understand how much God desires a personal 


relationship with us... we should humbly 


recognize how much we truly need God. 


Recognizing our need is the first key to 


a fruitful relationship with God.

Within each of us is a fountain of good.

God is ever-present and dwells within each of us. 


God makes Himself known to the innermost heart


 of man that longs to know Him. 


We shall find God within ourselves when we 

turn and seek God... 

within ourselves. 

According to Scripture, God is interested in


 humanity and has always desired to be close


 to us and have a personal relationship with us. 



God has the deepest love for us and He only


 wants us to authentically fellowship with Him...


genuinely love Him back and keep Him in 


the forefront throughout our daily lives. 



God desires to have a special, deep, personal,


 and eternal relationship with us and has prepared 


a way to make this relationship realizable for each 


and every one of us.

God is more concerned with right relationships. 


Indeed, since the beginning, it was God's desire 


and intention to establish a deep, personal, 


everlasting, life-changing relationship between 


human beings and Himself. 


“Heaven and earth will pass away,” 


Jesus said in Matthew 24:35


but God is without beginning of days, or end of 


life, or change of time. God is outside of time.


 God is uncreated and is eternal in His being.


God always existed and always will exist.


Because of this, we should choose to invest 


ourselves in God.


Jesus said, 


"Wherever your treasure is, 



there will your heart be also." 



Matthew 6:21


If we invest ourselves in worldly relationships, 


we will only reap worldly benefits.



God is our "Everlasting Father," our 


eternal God, Whose existence has neither 


a commencement or a period with time.


Pleasing God is not about what we do, 


but about resting in God... embarking 


upon that personal journey our soul senses 


and yearns for. 


Getting closer to God takes an intentional investment


 of quality time with God, talking to God, getting to 


know Who God is, listening to God, getting to know 


what God desires, obeying God, praying to God 


without ceasing, serving and praising God, 


knowing God through His Word, and applying 


that knowledge so that we are better equipped to be 


all that God created us to be.



We are to walk with God in order to point our lives 


in a direction that honors God and gives Him glory.



Recognizing our value as God's creation endowed 


with a God-given purpose, sharing our faith and 


what we have witnessed, loving and wanting God


 more than we love or want anything... these are the 


things, when cultivated, will help us grow spiritually, 


will fill the voids of the longing heart, will help us 


better understand our past, will add true joy to life, 


and inspire us to boldly press on to the future.


God’s love is pure and without a hint of 


malice or deception. God's love is all-powerful. 


God's love is able to endure our nonconformity, 


indignation, and deplorable blunders. God’s 


love seeks us, protects us, restores us and 


saves us.

According to Scripture, God Almighty,

the Ruler of the universe, the Most High 

invites us to know Him. 


The first step to knowing God is to 

recognize that God exists and purposefully

 seek His face, day by day. 


 "And without faith it is impossible to 


please God, because anyone who comes 


to God must believe that He exists and


 that He rewards those who earnestly 


seek Him."


Hebrews 11:6 


The next step is to acknowledge and profess

God's position in relation to everything else. 

We cannot know God when trying to place

 God apace with other gods in our lives. 

There is no other. There is none like God. 

Isaiah 46:9–11; Exodus 20:3 


Jesus answered, “I am the way and the


 truth and the life. No one comes to the 


Father except through Me. If you really 


know Me, you will know My Father


 as well. From now on, you do know


 Him and have seen Him.”


John 14:6



We must choose to love and submit to God as 

Lord over our personal lives, and walk 

faithfully with God.

Genesis 5:24

Our relationship with God is both relatable and 


considerably different than what we encounter 


with humans. God's love for us is better than the 


best this life can ever be! All other relationships


 pale in comparison.

Those of us who have a personal relationship 


with God start our day with God. We spend 


quality time praying, feasting and meditating 


on God's Word, talking with God, sharing our 


concerns, listening to God for guidance and


 direction, asking God to guide and direct our 


thoughts, words and deeds, in our daily lives. 



We talk with God about His Will, our desires, 


our plans, and our undertakings. We ask God 


to be with us in every part of our day, and help 


us to experience His presence, forgiveness, 


grace and mercy. We feast, as often as possible, 


on God's Word.



When I read God's Word, I pray for God to 


speak to my heart, mind, and conscienceAnd 


it comes into being. God speaks through His 


Scriptures and His world. God communicates 


different things at different times. 



Most often God's counsel guides my thoughts

 

through Scripture or speaks to me through 


others. Many times verse speaks instructions


 or council directly to my heart and need



On numerous occasions, I have gone to the 


Scriptures with questions, i.e., 'What would 


You have me to do, God?' It seemed as if the


 answer was poised to jump from the pages!



God's Word reminds me that His peace, 


presence and protection is with me. God is 


continually revealing new perspectives, insights, 


concepts and convictions that I know I didn’t 


come up with on my own. Many times, 


I just have to look up, smile and give a 


chorus of praise. 


The more we spend time with God, the 

closer we become. The Scriptures are crystal 

clear: we are loved by God and ever in God's

 presence. All our thoughts, feelings, and 

actions are open to God's view.
 

God, in His lovingkindness, will never leave us 


where He found us. God loves us so much He


 will meet us where we are, but He loves us too 


much to leave us there.


Regardless of where we have been, what we


 have done, how many failures and frustrations


we may be surrounded by... how wealthy, 


influential, fruitless or futile we are or 


have been... no matter how profoundly deep


 the hurts and struggles have been, regardless


 of how astute, shattered, worldly-wise and 


polished, or religious one may be... no matter 


what we have done in the past... God loves us


 and is under no illusion about who we are, 


where we have been, what we have done or


 acquired. 



God's love can still save us. 



We can talk with God, 



24-7.



"There is none righteous, 


no not one" 


Romans 3:10



It doesn't matter how badly we have stumbled, 


faltered, blundered, and mishandled life... 


God's love can still reach, change, and 


save us. 



We are all flawed, frail, and sinful. We all have


 sinned and cannot undo what we have done. We 


have all done, thought, or said unrighteous things, 


which the Bible calls sin. The fallen man is a 


sinner by birth and by choice. 



God knows we are not perfect. 


Some may think their works, perfection and 


performance driven, people pleasing lifestyle 


makes them right with God, but... 


they need to think again. 


We were created in God's image for an intimate

relationship with God. The greatest joy for 

every person, and for every relationship is

knowing that God is within us. 


No matter who we are or what we have gone

 through, despite our corruption,

 God still remains in us. 

Jesus taught that God the Father watches 


over all of His creations... a sparrow


can’t fall to the ground without our 


Father knowing it. 


Matthew 10:29


When it comes to us, “the very hairs of our 


head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, 


ye are of more value than many sparrows”. 


Matthew 10:30,31

It would behoove us not to by-pass the Bible 


thinking that to find a relationship... one needs 


to go out there. 


Yes, the heavens are telling the glory 


of God.


Psalm 19:1


But this is, initially, an inside journey. If we don't 


center on the Bible where God is speaking 


authoritatively and infallibly, then our 


relationship will become distorted by 


error and sin.


Without God's Word our souls become 


malnourished and dies of starvation. 


God's truths, in His Word, should never 


be abstained from. To brush-off or 


disrespect the place of Scripture in our 


lives deprives us of its wisdom. Without 


Scripture, life would become weary and 


disastrous.



God spoke through the prophet Hosea, 


"My people are destroyed for lack of 


knowledge." Whenever God's Word 


is hidden or disregarded, there will be 


certain destruction.



God's Word is our moral Guidance. 


God's Word can bring harmony 


and peace to our sin-sick world. 


Feasting on God's Word, daily, 


is the difference between spiritual


 life and death, faith and fear, 


strength and weakness, 


fulfillment and discontentment.



The Bible has been burned, belittled 


and ignored. It has survived many 


vicious attacks, but it remains 


unchanged and applies explicitly to us 


today. 



Despite its many enemies and 


criticisms, the Bible is living, active


 and it guides us through the vital 


issues of life.



The Bible gives illumination, revelation


 and inspiration. 


God's Word is not an elementary collection of 


interesting writings from antiquity, but it is 


God-breathed. In other words, it is the Word of 


God... God’s very own words to us. 



In keeping with Scripture, as we pray to God, 


read and meditate on God's Word, in an effort


 to draw nearer and know God better, we quickly 


come to recognize... our supreme need is to know 


God and seek the experience of God's presence. 



God is near, so God 

can be known. 

God is waiting for us to reach out and establish 


contact with Him.



Jeremiah 24:7 says, “I will give them a heart to


 know that I am the Lord, and they shall be My 


people and I will be their God, for 


they shall return to Me with their whole heart.”

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