Attending church services regularly or being a committed church worker is not a sign of a working relationship with God. Anybody can do that and step outside the church to do what they like. A relationship with God involves so much more.
Why should you build a strong relationship with God? It helps you stay strong and unwavering in the face of challenges. Remember Psalm 23? David wrote this Psalm based on His relationship with God. We must come to that point where we can describe our relationship with the Father in such a manner.
How to Build and Strengthen your Relationship with God
Building a relationship with God is like building a relationship with someone you love. It involves love, fellowship, trust, and a lot of work. You must strive to know Him beyond what other people say. Note that knowing God is different from knowing about Him. That being said, here are five ways to build and strengthen your relationship with God:
Prayer and Bible study
According to A.B. Simpson, “prayer is the link that connects us to God.” The first step to building and strengthening your relationship with God is spending time in prayer and studying the Word. Here’s why.
Prayer is communication with God. You cannot develop a relationship with someone you do not communicate with. Communication is one of the pillars of building and strengthening any relationship.
The Bible is God’s love letter to us. It contains His words to encourage, guide, and protect us. These words also express His love towards us and show us His promises. The more you pray and study the Word, the more intimate you become with the Father.
Let your conversation be without boundaries
God is everywhere. You shouldn’t restrict your conversations with Him to when you are in church or during your quiet time. He wants to speak to you and hear your voice all day long.
Remember, your relationship with God is similar to that you have someone you are in love with. Imagine you and your spouse didn’t communicate all day. Wouldn’t you feel an uneasy vacuum?
You must come to a point where your conversation with God is without boundaries. Of course, we don’t mean you should shout out prayers at work or be obnoxious to everyone else. But you can bring God into any space you find yourself. God is personal, and He wants us to get Him into our intimate zone.
Don’t forsake the assembly of the righteous
You often hear people say they don’t have to attend church to have a relationship with God. While this is true, Hebrews 10:25 also advises us not to stay away from the assembly of the righteous. Do you come to church to meet new people and have fun with your friends? Not at all.
Fellowshipping with other believers helps you attain spiritual growth. You can glean from the revelations of other believers to build your faith. It can be a Bible study group, a local church, a prayer group, or a house fellowship. Attending church isn’t old-fashioned.
Look at unbelievers. They relish the opportunity to hang out with their kind. Believers are your kind, and you should enjoy meeting with them regularly.
Never compare your walk with God to that of other believers
Scripture says that he that compares himself with another is not wise. One thing that has brought so much anxiety and decadence to our world today is comparison. People compare personal possessions, achievements, relationships, and anything else. They even want to compare their walk with God to the experiences of other believers.
Comparison will prevent you from getting the best of your relationship with God. The fact that someone prays so loud in your prayer group doesn’t mean you have to do the same. God deals with us differently. Find your path with Him and stick to His instructions. Don’t try to be like everyone else.
Trust God for everything
1 Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all care upon Him, for He cares for you.” God wants us to trust Him for everything. The more we trust Him, the stronger our relationship with Him becomes.
You can’t be in a relationship with God and claim to be independent. God is the only self-reliant individual that exists. We must look to Him for everything for our relationship to get stronger.
Building a relationship with God doesn’t happen at once; it is a process. This post has shown you a few things you can do to develop and strengthen your relationship with God. What other suggestions do you have? Feel free to share them with us in the comments section. Also, don’t forget to check out GodKulture for other exciting articles about being a Christian creative.