1. First Things First.
Before we can have a close relationship with God we first have to recognize our sin(s), then we must repent. We cannot just recognize our sin and think that we will have a relationship with God because we have recognized that we are sinners. After we recognize our sin we must repent. We call out to God and ask for Him to forgive our sins not just the big ones, we ask Him to forgive all sins, the big ones, small ones, the secrete sins that no one else knows about. From this we call out to receive Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Paul assures us in Romans 10:13 that whosoever calls upon the Lord shall be saved. Jesus promises in Matthew 11:28 that He will answer our call.
2. Recognize and Grow.
Once we recognize Christ as our center, and as our Lord and Savior the next step is to mature in our faith. This prepares us for an intimate relationship with the Lord. This is accomplished through Bible Study and becoming well grounded in the word of the Lord. When Christ was tempted by Satan in the wilderness in Matthew 4, each time He responded by quoting scripture.
Some people that I’ve talked did not understand. When we are saved we don’t instantly have an intimate relationship with Christ. How could we? We don’t know Him? You wouldn’t expect to just find someone off the street, marry them, and then think that you would know everything about them and feel comfortable alone with them in a intimate setting. Same is true for us when we are saved. We need to build are relationship with Christ. This builds knowledge of who He is and we feel more and more comfortable around Him while we are alone. I love just having a quite time alone with Jesus. Just talking to Him and spending time with Him. But it has taken time. I didn’t feel like that the moment I was saved. Again it has taken time to build that relationship.
3. Enhance and Strengthen.
We can enhance and strengthen our relationship with the Lord through daily prayer. In Mark 1:35 it was common for Jesus to start His day in prayer with His heavenly Father.
4. In John 14: 15-17 Jesus told His disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit to dwell within their hearts.
As Christians we need to recognize that the Holy Spirit lives within us. Paul tells us in Galatians 2:20 that Christ lives within our hearts. When we realize this as Christians it becomes much easier to overcome the temptations of sin and to live a life according to God’s plan.
5. Jesus showed a great compassion for people.
He tells us to share His compassion for others in Matthew 22:39 and Matthew 25:34-40.
6. Have a passion for Christ.
In Matthew 22:37 Jesus commands us to love thy God with all thy mind, all thy soul and all thy heart. When you realize the magnitude of the sacrifice that Christ made for us on the cross you can’t help but have a passion for Christ and all He has done for us.
7. Serving the Lord will develop a daily walk with Him.
Joshua’s commitment to God in Joshua 24:15 is an everlasting testimony and example to us of what it means to place Christ first in our lives and to serve the Lord.
Walking with the Lord is the greatest journey we could ever embark on! It is truly unforgettable and everlasting.
I pray that this message speaks to you in many ways. I pray that this message helps you in your walk with Christ.