Regardless of how long you have been walking with Christ, there are always external and internal factors that can affect your relationship with God. Whether you have been drifting away from God, struggling to maintain your relationship with God, or slowly losing your faith, this post is for you. In this post I’m sharing 28 things that ruin your relationship with God. If you’ve been doing one of these things, please do not condemn yourself, instead let God redeem, restore, and renew you with his love.
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28 Things That Ruin Your Relationship With God
1. Idolatry – Putting anyone/anything over God.
Jonah 2:8 “Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. (NIV)
Ezequiel 14: 5 that I may seize the house of Israel by their heart, because they are all estranged from Me by their idols.” ’
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2. Lack of knowledge of God.
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. (NKJV)
3. Sins – no matter how big or small.
Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. (NKJV)
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1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. (NKJV)
2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (NKJV)
James 1:26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. (NKJV)
James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. (NKJV)
6. Seeking benefits rather than seeking God.
John 6:26 Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.
7. Being surrounded by bad influences.
1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” (NKJV)
8. People Pleasing
Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. (NKJV)
9. Trying to be justified by works
Galatians 5:4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. (NKJV)
Psalm 138: 6 Though the Lord is on high, yet He regards the lowly; But the proud He knows from afar. (NKJV)
11. Lack of Faith.
Hebrews 3:12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God. (NKJV)
1 Samuel 12:15 However, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord, but rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then the hand of the Lord will be against you, as it was against your fathers. (NKJV)
1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (NKJV)
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14. Being lukewarm.
Revelation 3:16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. (NKJV)
15. Having a divided heart.
Mateo 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. (NKJV)
16. Judging Others.
Romans 2:1 Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. (NKJV)
17. Lack of Mercy.
Matthew 9:13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
18. Not Abiding In God.
John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (NKJV)
19. Being Negligent.
Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. (NKJV)
Romans 12:11 Not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.
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20. Conforming Yourself To The World.
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (NKJV)
21. Leaning On Your Own Understanding.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; (NKJV)
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. (NKJV)
22. Hatred / Lack of Love.
1 John 4:8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (NKJV)
23. Heavy Burdens.
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. (NKJV)
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24. Lack Of Courage.
Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. (NKJV)
Joshua 1:6 Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them (NKJV)
James 3:16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. (NKJV)
- Saul ruined his relationship with God because he envied David. (1 Samuel 18:7-10)
- Cain ruined his relationship with God because he envied Abel. (Genesis 4:4-6)
26. Lack of Forgiveness.
Matthew 6:15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (NKJV)
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27. Focusing On Others Rather Than Yourself.
1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you. (NKJV)
Song of Solomon 1:6 Do not look upon me, because I am dark, because the sun has tanned me. My mother’s sons were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept. (NKJV)
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Hebrews 12:15 Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled. (NKJV)
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I hope you found this list of 28 things that ruin your relationship with God helpful. I did not go in-depth on each point because I plan to create an entire blog post for each blog post. Let me know in the comments below your thoughts on these points. In your opinion, what are things that ruin your relationship with God?
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