1. Admit you can’t do everything on your own.
One of the first steps to gaining a closer relationship to God is admitting that you need him in your life. The reality is that we can’t do everything on our own, so admitting this will not only show a sense of humility in your life, but will also show God that you have faith in his strength and promises.
2. Remove yourself from harmful relationships.
One of the biggest roadblocks to finding a deeper relationship with God is harmful relationships. Whether these relationships be with family, friends or co-workers, taking yourself out of the equation will help give you the space and energy needed to first get right in your relationship with God. Although this might sound tough to accomplish, you won’t believe the freedom and liberty you will encounter when being able to solely focus on your relationship with God.
3. Get plugged in to a local church or small group.
You won’t believe how much having a group of people to support you with help you along your journey with God. Getting plugged into a local church or small-group will help keep you accountable, give you wisdom when needed, and even be there for you in times of distress. The Church of God was indented to be done in community, so I encourage you to get yourself plugged in to a community that cares about your relationship with God has much as you do.
4. Read your Bible on a daily basis.
Reading your Bible is key. I’m not saying you need to memorize the whole thing in Greek, but you should be spending reading it at least once a day. Whether you simply read it, listen to a podcast or go through a devotional, reading your Bible will help build a foundation for your faith in God. Write down notes that you can look back on, and always be transparent when incorporating what you’ve learned. God will speak you in ways that will not only transform you from the inside out, but will also give you a better grasp as to who you are as a person.
5. Make prayer a priority.
Prayer is key. Although prayer can sometimes be looked at as weird or awkward, it’s really not. Look at prayer as a conversation between you and God. You don’t need to light candles, burn incense, or even wear a black robe. Just relax, get somewhere peaceful, and begin a conversation with God that will help build your relationship with him. Martin Luther once said, “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” That quote is packed with powerful truth, and I want you to begin looking at prayer as your way of staying connected to God. Any relationship with meaning is one that has great communication.
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- Jarrid Wilson
When was the last time you declared out loud “I can”? It’s not something people think to do every day. In fact, most people tend to magnify their limitations. They focus on their shortcomings. But scripture makes it plain: all things are possible to those who believe. That’s right! It is possible to see your dreams fulfilled. It is possible to overcome that obstacle. It is possible to climb to new heights. It is possible to embrace your destiny. You may not know how it will all take place. You may not have a plan, but all you have to know is that if God said that you can…you can!
Today, why don’t you begin to open yourself up to the possibility in your future by simply declaring this verse, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength?” At the stoplight, when you’re waiting in line, anytime you have a second, just quote this verse to yourself again. Let it sink down deeply into your heart. As you do, His word will transform you. Faith will rise up in your heart and will boldly embrace the blessings that He has in store for you!
Is this the place from Up?
Life without God.
heylittlejellyfish asked: Hi! Can you suggest to me words that are related to books and/or reading? Thanks! :D
the fear of running out of reading materials
the characteristic, faint, musty smell of old books
tsundoku 積ん読 (つんどく) (n. Japanese)
the act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with other such unread books
vāde mēcum (n. Latin)
favorite book carried everywhere; a handbook of useful information kept at one’s side lit. “go with me”
dhvani (n. Sanskrit)
lit. ‘sound’ or ‘echo’; the feature of a poem/line of having a hidden meaning that strikes you in the second or further readings, but not the first