7 Ways to Have a Great Relationship with God

I just finished reading an article, “Seven Ways to Stay Married” by Karl Pillimer. He interviewed couples that were married 50, 60, 70+ years. Listed below are their keys to staying married.

  1. Marriage is hard
  2. But marriage for a lifetime is worth it
  3. Marry someone a lot like you
  4. Think small
  5. Talk, Talk, Talk
  6. Stop trying to change your partner
  7. Are we hungry?

All really good points, which made me start to think about my relationship with God and thus my list of…

7 Ways to Have a Great Relationship with God…

  1. Christianity is hard
  2. But a relationship with Christ for a lifetime is worth it
  3. Believe it or not, Christ was human and knows what it is like to be you
  4. Think small
  5. Pray, Pray, Pray
  6. STOP trying to make God into something He is not
  7. Eat the Word

Slide1Breaking them down…

  1. Christianity is hard – you may disagree with this statement, but I am not talking about getting saved.  Accepting Christ is easy…it’s the rest that can be hard.  When I hear people say it is not, I really am amazed.  I think they must be living in a different world than I am.  Let me give you an example…years ago I worked in the OR at Community Hospital. There was a Surgical Tech “Barbara” that constantly complained about her husband.  The rest of us found that by the end of the day, if we worked with “Barbara” we went home mad at our spouse…for no reason at all. Somehow negativity seemed to overtake.  It was hard work for any of us to remain positive…our minds became polluted by her statements. For Christians, if we do  not stay constantly in the Word, feeding our minds things that are true, just, and godly the same thing will happen.

We MUST WORK FOR OUR CHRISTIAN WELLBEING…it is not going to just happen.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower,

you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. 

(Matthew 16:24 NLT)

Turn from your selfish ways. When situations in our lives are painful, hurtful, and beyond our control…God requires us to be more like Christ…even though it is tough.

  1. But a relationship with Christ for a lifetime is worth it

God loves you.

For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are—high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean—nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us. (Romans 8:38-39 TLB)

  1. Believe it or not, Christ was human and knows what it is like to be you

Christ was fully human. He understands the emotions and feelings we have. He KNOWS what it is like to struggle day to day in this world.

  1. Think small

Life is made up of small daily events…so it is with Christ. Make it a point to make Him a part of each of these hundreds of interactions.

  1. Pray, Pray, Pray

Communication is KEY to ANY relationship. TALK TO GOD…DAILY

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (I Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV)

  1. STOP trying to make God into something He is not

READ the BIBLE and LEARN who HE REALLY IS!!! I find it very frustrating to hear people talk about who they “think” God is yet they have not looked into the Word to find out who He really is. You may read and learn something about His character that you may not like, but He is who He is. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to get to know HIM.

  1. Eat the Word

It has been said it is hard to argue while eating food…as it is with our Faith. It is hard to run from God if we are filling our hearts and minds with HIS WORD.

Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. (I Timothy 4:13 NIV)


Blessings, Susan

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