Deepening Your Relationship with God – part 3

We are creating a receptive mindset for experiencing God’s presence at a deeper level and for having a better understanding of His will in our lives. It is a meditative prayerful method to get to know Him; and in that knowing, we will have a greater understanding of ourselves. We are following the natural craving of our spirit, for connection with our Creator.

We can steep in the wonderment of our God, thankful that He put us here and that we have a part to play – through reflecting this deeper understanding and embracing of His love to everyone around us. It is God’s gift; but we can’t get it without working with Him, so as to receive a greater assimilation of Him, which also helps remove the shackles of our worldly thinking in the process.

In other words, we need to get our old self out of the way, and let God fill us with Himself. God is always ready to spend more time with us. When we do that, we get a better idea of how He works through us, and how He works around us and for us. To facilitate this, we must practice the art of surrender, yielding ourselves to His love, that we may also greater exalt Him.   

It is a time for ‘Spirit-to-spirit’ talk. We cannot learn it. It is an experience that is cultivated by staying in God’s presence. In that presence, we let go of all non-biblical notions of who God is – this indescribable force, who calls Himself ‘I Am.’ He is beyond description.

God is in continual conversation with all of His children and HIs potential children. We need to learn to listen; and to scrutinize our lives to see how He is working in them. All of this is revealed in our contemplative time with Jehovah God. We are allowing Him to remove the weeds in our soul that get between Him and the life that He has for us.

The more we fill ourselves with God, the greater our ability to serve Him – in a life where our vision is brought to greater acuity, so that we better understand how to advance His kingdom in all circumstances.

We have to steer our free will in the right direction, so as to make decisions congruent with our authentic self (that self who has God living in him or her, not some apparition that we have been calling ‘me’) – in step with God and in consonance with His truth.

“You do not know what manner of spirit you are of.” Lk. 9:55 NKJV

God is waiting for all of us to ‘clean house’ and invite Him in:

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Rv. 3:20 NKJV

When your mind is clean, you are ready and prepared to serve Him. It is a humble walk that puts others before ourselves, relying on God to nurture us for the task. Love is not love if it is not shared, yes? It requires acts of contribution.

The love of God empowers us; and we know that God loves us:

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Rm. 5:5 NKJV

And in that love, we bring God with us when we serve, so that it transforms both who we are being and how we are acting:

…present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. And do not be conformed to the world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in HIs plan and purpose for you]. Rm. 12:1, 2. AMP

Spiritual discipline is required to get closer to God. It takes godly thinking and acting, as well as having patience with God’s timetable. We must have faith that God knows what He’s doing, and not be vexed that His timespan may not match our expectations.

Our journey to get closer to God will be interrupted at times by our humanity, with its inherent doubts, frustration, sins, egoist power plays, and uncertainty.

In the face of all that, we tough it out, (with His help), and continue to seek His will and drink in His love.

In this deepening of our relationship with God, we continue to apply our faith, even as it is being bolstered by our time with Him. It must be embraced in a fashion that supersedes our logic, knowing that our Father never lies.

“Whoever receives His testimony has set his seal [of approval] to this: God is true [and he knows that God cannot lie].” Jn. 3:33 NKJV

…it is impossible for God to lie… Heb. 6:18 NKJV

Faith builds the bridge between our spirit and His. It confers His likeness upon us so that we can meld with Him and comprehend what He would reveal to us. In that coalescing, we become beacons for His glory – radiating His loving invitation all around, fulfilling our heavenly mandate.

And all this comes to play when we spend more time with God, quietly listening for His will, asking Him how to carry it out, and jump into the chaos of the world with His peace.

As always with God, any interaction with Him begins with a relationship with His Son – our God-channel. Jesus makes that connection: Spirit-to-spirit. We must also exercise faith in embracing Jesus, who turns around and perfects that faith through the Holy Spirit. Indeed, God reveals Christ to us through the Holy Spirit.

It’s a three-sided relationship we are attaching ourselves to. You can know them all on the deepest level and your life will be changed in wondrous ways.

But, it takes a commitment of your time, focused-listening with your heart, willingness and faith.

A deeper heavenly relationship is a gift offered to everyone.

Prepare and receive…

Goodnight and God bless.

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