Relationship over religion. I know you’ve heard this a million times, but it’s so important that you understand that God wants you to connect with him through a solid relationship and not through religion. Often times, society makes us think that we should follow God a certain way, do certain things to receive his favor, or practice religious acts to be saved. However, none of that is biblical. While we are to glorify God through our acts, we can’t depend on them to be saved. The only way to heaven is Jesus. And the only way to remain in Him is by developing a relationship with him. Which is why in this post I’m sharing 3 tips to help you build a relationship with God.
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3 BEST TIPS TO BUILD A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
1. Understand what you want from God.
Before you even start a relationship with God, you have to know why you’re doing it. Otherwise, it’ll be easy to destroy/ruin your relationship with God when unexpected things happen. The reason you choose to follow God has to be strong enough to help you remain in Him during victories and during battles as well. So let me ask you this:
Why do you want to have a relationship with God?
Do you want to follow God because……
You’re being forced to out of fear?
It’s trendy and cool?
You’re trying to receive a miracle or a blessing from God?
Or, is it because you have been exposed to His love, mercy, and grace, and now you want to live your life aligned to His purpose?
Don’t follow God for the wrong reasons.
If you’re choosing to follow Him out of fear, because it’s cool, or to receive miracles/blessings, you’ll have an on and off relationship with God.
Why? Because you’re choosing to follow Him for the benefits that come with following Him, rather than following Him because of who He is and what He means to you.
And the moment that you’re faced with adversity, trials, and suffering, you’ll easily turn your back on God and get discouraged because you chose to follow him for benefits.
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. (NKJV)
Although God is a loving Father who can heal, sustain, provide, and liberate, we shouldn’t follow Him simply to be filled with his blessings. God does bless His children, but He isn’t a genie who’s purpose is to grant wishes. He is more. He is God. So, we shouldn’t fix our eyes on the blessings we receive, but on the one who blesses, God.
Follow God for the right reasons.
Follow God because:
- You truly want to, not because someone is telling you to.
- You no longer want to live your life without Him.
- God has revealed Himself to you in a personal way.
- You want to discover your true purpose in Him.
- You stand in awe of who He is and want to know Him more.
Mark 12:30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. (NKJV)
2. Learn who God is.
The only way to build a solid relationship with someone is by getting to know them. The more you know someone, the more comfortable you feel around them. The more comfortable you feel around them, the more you want to spend time with them.
If you want to build a relationship with God, you have to understand who God is, His nature, His attributes, what He does, what he stands for, and His plans for you.
Don’t conform yourself with simply knowing what others tell you about God.
Hebrews 8:11 None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. (NKJV)
Learn who God is on your own by:
- Reading the Bible.
- Speaking to God through prayer.
- Listening to preachings/sermons.
- Reading Christian blogs.
- Reading devotionals.
3. Build, maintain, and grow your relationship with God.
Once you know what you want from God and you have began to familiarize yourself with who God is, what he does, and what his plans are, it’s time to build a personal relationship with Him.
Build a relationship with God
While there is no specific formula you must follow to build a relationship with God, there are certain factors that help you build a long-lasting relationship rather than an on and off relationship with God.
TIP #1 – Commit yourself to spend time with the Lord daily.
To make your relationship with God work, you must devote time to Him daily.
Block some time during your day to read scripture, pray to God, worship Him, and stay connected to Him. This can be in the mornings, nights, or anytime during the day. Whatever time works for you is fine. However, if you’re someone with a super busy schedule, then optimizing your time and prioritizing your time with God is necessary.
Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (NKJV)
TIP #2 – Give God quality over quantity.
It’s better to spend quality time with God even if it’s only 30 minutes than to spend hours with Him when your heart and mind is somewhere else. Prioritize God in your life and make every moment with Him count. Whether you’re reading scripture, praying, worshiping, or you’re in Church, give God your undivided attention always.
Luke 21: 3-4 So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.” (NKJV)
Maintain your relationship with God
It’s important to not only build a relationship with God, but to also maintain it.
1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. (NKJV)
TIP #3 – Stay connected to God always.
Don’t just wait for the moments of prayer, for the days you go to church, or for the times you open your Bible to think about God. Keep God on your mind and in your heart at all times. Make God part of your daily life and activities.
Tip #4- Remain in God no matter what.
No matter what comes your way, no matter how much darkness is around you, and no matter what you may feel, just remain in God. This doesn’t mean that you aren’t allowed to feel sad, discouraged, confused, or tired when things get hard. God wants you to be sincere with your feelings and simply turn to Him. To remain in God at all times means to continue trusting that His plans are perfect, continue involving him in your daily life, and continue casting all your feelings on Him. Because if you remain in Him, He has promised to remain in you no matter what you go through.
John 15: 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. (NKJV)
Tip #5 – Let go of anything that holds you back
Lastly, I want to encourage you to close doors to sins, thoughts, and habits that make it hard to follow God. And remember, sin is not the only thing that drifts us away from God. Anything that comes before God in your life, anything that distracts you from God, anything that is holding you back, or anything that does not edify you is a weight that you need to let go of. Don’t make it harder for yourself to maintain a relationship with God by opening your heart to things that break God’s heart.
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)
Again, there is no specific formula to build a relationship with God correctly. However, I wanted to share things that have personally worked for me and have helped me build, maintain, and grow my relationship with God over the years. I hope you found these 3 tips to build a relationship with God helpful! If you have any tips on building a solid relationship with God, don’t be afraid to share them in the comments below.
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Sending you blessings & love,