Hey friend! Are you ready to hear some truth? If so, stick with me through this week’s blog post! By the way, I’m really, really glad that you’re here!
How Do You Have A Good Relationship With God?
Towards the end of last week, I got a message from a sweet girl wanting to know more about how she could have a good relationship with God.
Whenever I first read her message, a ton of different thoughts went through my mind.
Of course there is no step-by-step method of having a “good relationship” with God, but there are some practical things that you can do to better your relationship with God and work on it. In the end of the day, your relationship with our Heavenly Father comes down to where your heart is at, but I would love to share with you all my 3 major guidelines to bettering your relationship with God and what worked for me!
#1: You’ve Got to Get Desperate For God
My relationship with God started with ashes and was transformed into something beautiful. It began in a time where I personally felt like I had hit rock bottom. Being at rock bottom left me desperate for a lot of things that this world could never offer me. I was desperate for happiness, comfort, healing, love, security, etc. It was during this time that I came to realize what I was really desperate for was God.
I was desperate for all of the things that I was raised to know that God offers. I didn’t really know where to begin, but I knew that I NEEDED more of God. I knew that I NEEDED Him!
I became totally and completely desperate for God, and that’s when I surrendered my life to Him and began pursuing a real relationship with Him.
I believe that we should always be desperate for God. We should always want Him more than anything.
Whenever we forget how much we really need Him, we start to try to do life on our own and push Him to the background, which is where a lot of people first struggle in their relationship with God.
We have to always do our best to remember who He is and remain desperate for Him whether life is going perfectly or horribly!
#2: You Have to Seek After Him to Know Him
I don’t want to point out the obvious, but you can’t have a good relationship with someone you don’t know.
Imagine trying to date someone and trying to have the best relationship ever with him or her and not knowing who he or she really is, what’s important to them, or how they feel about you. It doesn’t really sound like a situation that will play out in your favor does it? It’s basically impossible.
The same goes for having a good relationship with God. You can’t have a relationship with Him if you don’t personally know Him or anything about Him.
How can you get to know Him? You can get to know Him by reading the Bible, praying and having conversation with Him, going to church, doing a devotion, joining a small group, etc.
There are so many ways to connect with God and become intimate with Him, but my biggest one is always reading my Bible. I personally love getting into His Word because scripture tells us exactly who He is and what His heart is for us!
Once you start to know God on a personal level, you can’t help but to fall in love with the beauty of who He is!
#3: You Have to Be Disciplined and Make Him A Priority
This one is so important! There have been many times during my life when I was on fire for God or wanting to have a better relationship with Him for a few days or maybe even weeks, and then all of a sudden, I’d find myself living for myself again and back to square one.
I would always feel guilty and wonder how I could have been so on fire for Him at one point just to end up making the same bad decisions over and over. How did I always manage to stray away from Him?!
I’ve given this so much thought and truly believe that it’s because I didn’t continue making Him a priority and wasn’t disciplined in my faith enough.
I always stopped doing the things I did to connect with Him and get to know Him. I would choose to watch Netflix over spending time with Him in His Word. I would stay the night at a friend’s house and skip church on Sunday. I would go to sleep without praying because I was tired from staying up on my phone for hours.
I simply stopped making my relationship with God a priority and got “too busy” for Him or pushed Him to the background of my life instead of including Him in every moment.
The honest truth is that no matter how much you love God, there will be seasons in your life when you don’t feel close to him or really want to give Him the time of your day. There will be seasons in your life when you forget how desperate you really are for Him, and you’ll want to start living for yourself again.
Don’t. Never stop making your relationship with God a priority. Do the hard and holy things. Always continue to grow with God whether you really feel like growing or not. Always make time for Him whether you feel on fire for Him or not. Pray after a long day even if you’re tired. Read His Word even if you start to find it boring. Go to church on Sunday even if you stayed up all night Saturday.
If you make Him a priority regardless of how you feel about Him in every season of life, your relationship with Him will only grow and benefit from it! If you remain a faithful servant to Him, He will reward you for it because of His amazing faithfulness!
I first would like to challenge you to give your life to God if you haven’t already!
My second challenge for you all is to try setting some practical goals for this upcoming week when it comes to your relationship with God.
Some goals you could set are reading your Bible for 10 minutes every day, praying to God first thing every morning, reading a daily devotional, etc.
My own personal goal right now is to be more intentional with my prayer life and to prayer journal more!
What will your goals be?
If you made it to this point of the blog post, God bless you! Thank you for joining me once again for some truth! God loves you and so do I! Have a wonderful week!