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HOW TO HAVE A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

          Why would I want a relationship with God?  Good question!  The answer is found in the Bible, God's Word.  You may not believe in God or you may be mad at Him or you may not know what you believe.  As for the Bible you may very well have questions about it also.  I encourage you to read this all the way through this article and think about it carefully.  It could change your life for eternity!


          Let's begin with relationships.  All of us need to be accepted and loved and that need makes our relationships the most valued treasures in our lives.  We all know from experience that we have both good and bad relationships.  Let's now look at God's design for relationships


          The Bible teaches us that we are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27).  What does this mean?  God, who has a limitless love is all about relationships.  He created us in His image to enjoy a relationship with Him, to experience His love.  God also declares in Genesis 2:18a, “it is not good for the man to be alone”.  You say that sounds great, but look at all the broken and dysfunctional relationships in the world and all the pain they have produced.  You are right!  The Bible has an explanation for that also.


          In the beginning man rebelled against God's way.  He wanted to do his own thing, make his own rules and live his life the way which he thought was good.  The Bible teaches us, “We have all sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God” (Romans 3:23).  Falling short of His Glory, “What is that?”  The Glory of God is the fullness of His wisdom, understanding, power, righteousness, justice, mercy and love which is governed by His Holiness.  All these qualities are needed to build a great relationship.  We rejected His way and that gave birth to selfishness, greed, and deceit.  Now that's not to say people cannot have good relationships, but you will notice that some of God's qualities are embedded in those good relationships.  Nevertheless, people have tried since the beginning to fix things with God by redefining His love to mean He will forgive everybody or by doing good works to balance the bad works or by paying penitence to no avail.  “Because by the works of the Law no flesh shall be justified.” (Romans 3:20)  Things are going to get worse.  The penalty for this rebellion against God is death, both physical and spiritual.  The Bible states in Romans 6:23, “the wages of sin is death.”  What do you expect?  God is the God of Life. The rejection of life results in death.  Before you get too upset let's examine the rest of the verse.  “But the gift of God is Eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)


          Wow!  God is not as unloving as one might expect.  The Bible declares this great love in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world He gave his only begotten (unique) Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  So the God of life designed a solution for the broken relationship with us that produces sorrow and pain resulting ultimately in death.  What was His motivation?  His limitless love!


          How do you experience this love?  Receive God's gift of love by confessing your sins to God and placing faith in Jesus who took the punishment for your offenses.  Romans 10:9 states “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you shall be saved.”  Just like restoring any broken relationship, God makes the first move.  Now its our turn to say we are sorry and trust in that love

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          We rejected God's offer of a great relationship with Him before and it resulted in serious problems.  I encourage you not to reject God's gift of love and eternal life through Jesus Christ.


          When we have a relationship with God nothing can separate us from His love.  Romans 8:38-39 states “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”