Building Intimacy With God (final part)

After Christ’s death and resurrection, He exalted mankind and transformed it into divinity. He brought the man with whom God seeks a union back to God via death and resurrection to join God and man as one.

Today, Jesus Christ is the life-giving Spirit who comes from the Spirit of God, that is, from God’s nature and essence. Romans 8:2 He is also referred to as the Spirit of Life. He is the Holy Spirit, as well as our God and Savior. This is the One in whom we believe and preach. This is also the One to whom we pray and look. He is the Great One!

 Such a Great One has now entered into us not only as our Savior but also as our life. The path we should choose is the life within us. Every day, we must choose from various paths that are both varied and meandering. Men have difficulties, just as everyone else does. Being a human being is difficult! There are issues everywhere and on all sides. Sometimes, things become so difficult that there is no way out. Jesus is the only way. For everyone, Jesus is the only way. As a result, everyone needs Jesus. There is no way without Jesus. Nothing can be done smoothly or satisfactorily without Him. As a result, the Lord Jesus declared, “I am the way” (John 14:6) 

Do you aspire to be a proper man? You are in desperate need of Jesus. Only Jesus can be our life within us. In everything, He is our way. For this reason, developing a close relationship with God is so important.

(Matthew 5:6)

When we hunger and thirst to know more about the laws of God, means we are eager and desiring to know more about the things of the Spirit – the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. As a result, you will live the way of life and have a closer relationship with God.

Christian spiritual development is the process of becoming conformed to Jesus Christ’s image for God’s glory and the sake of others. (2 Corinthians 3:17-18) The Holy Spirit, who directs the continual path toward union with God, is central to spiritual formation.

To have a spiritual walk with God after receiving Jesus into your life, you must follow God’s commands and His word.

1. Recognize your Creator – There is a greater and more powerful force in the earth than your small mortal existence. This teaches you to be humble.

2. Look for ways to spread more love: Aim to be a vessel of love, bringing more compassion and kindness into the world. You are nice and lovable in this manner.

3. Schedule time for spiritual reflection and contemplation each day: Dwell in the divine’s presence. Pray, meditate, and study the scriptures to help you grow spiritually. When you’re in God’s presence, it makes you stronger.

4. Become more accepting: Let go of any urge to pass judgment on others with each interaction. Pray for a more accepting heart. You become gracious as a result.

5. Forgive everyone you haven’t forgiven: the Bible teaches in Matthew 6:14-15 “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” When you refuse to forgive, you keep yourself trapped in your guilt. You must strive to forgive others so that your heavenly father can forgive you.

6. Look for the good in others: Don’t pass judgment on anyone. Make a conscious effort to see the good in others. Be as upbeat as Jesus.

7. Examine your thoughts and actions: When have you been negative when you could have been positive? When was the last time you withheld love when you could have offered it? Examine and correct yourself.

These act as a portal via which God can assess your domain. Spiritually connecting with God leads to better intimacy with Him.

Hearing God talk to us personally has to be one of the greatest rewards of our salvation. Without it, we won’t have an intimate relationship with our heavenly Father. However, as simple as it is for us to communicate with Him, ordinary Christians have difficulty hearing His voice. This isn’t how God intended things to be.

It’s priceless to be able to recognize God’s voice. We can have God’s knowledge guide and safeguard us instead of going through life blindly.

The Lord communicates to us regularly and gives us guidance. God is never silent when we talk to him; rather, we are the one not hearing his voice. In John 10:3-5, Jesus made some shocking remarks concerning hearing His voice. He referred to Himself as the Sheep Shepherd and the sole route into the sheepfold.

“To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers”.

According to John 4:24, God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

The flesh is replaced by the spirit when we are in the spirit, and we dwell in the light of God.

To become more like God, we are to;

1. Follow spiritual promptings and obey God’s commandments: You show God that you are willing and capable of obeying everything he wants of you by obeying in all things. Obedience to God is not just a method to worship him but also a way to grow as a person by getting closer to him, preparing for whatever he leads you to.

2. Love and charity: Even those who opposed Christ were loved by Christ. 1 Corinthians 16:14 “Let all your things be done with charity”.

3. Patience: God wants to calm us down and teach us how to rely on him by instilling patience in us. Ephesians 4:2,3 “With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace”.

4. Humility: Biblical humility is being so unconcerned about your own pride that you unreservedly uplift those around you. 1 Peter 5:5 “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble”.

5. Knowledge: the ability of one individual to know what God is currently doing or intending to do in another person’s life is referred to as knowledge. Knowing the secrets of another person’s heart is another definition.

Having this knowledge of God necessitates intimacy with Him.