How to Grow in Intimacy with God - Resources
The Bible lists nine fruits of the Spirit. Each one can help us grow in our relationship with God. What are the keys to growing closer to God? Answer: Developing a closer relationship with God is an admirable goal and reflects a heart that is truly reborn, . Reading your Bible daily is very important. Through the Bible God reveals His character and His will. He teaches us what is true and helps us to.How to Start a Relationship with God (Foundations Truth #1)
So if we want to grow closer to God, we should read His Word regularly. The third thing we can do to have a closer relationship with God is to speak to Him through prayer.
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If reading the Bible is listening to God speak to us, speaking to God is accomplished through prayer. Prayer is much more than simply a way to ask God for things we need or want. Consider the model prayer that Jesus gives His disciples in Matthew 6: The first three petitions in that prayer are directed toward God may His name be hallowed, may His kingdom come, may His will be done.
Another thing we can do to revive our prayer lives is to read the Psalms. Many of the Psalms are heartfelt cries to God for various things. In the Psalms we see adoration, contrition, thanksgiving and supplication modeled in a divinely inspired way.
The fourth thing we can do to have a closer relationship with God is to find a body of believers with whom we can regularly worship. This is such a vital component of spiritual growth. We seldom take the time to prepare our hearts and minds for worship. Again, the Psalms show us many calls from God to His people to come and worship the Lord for example, Psalm God invites us, commands us, to come into His presence for worship.
How can we, His people, fail to respond? Finally, a closer relationship with God is built upon a life of obedience. James tells us that as we submit ourselves to God through obedience, resist the devil, and draw near to God, He will draw near to us James 4: And we can trust that when we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
In the Bible we see how God interacts with man, how He communicates, and the topics He sees as priorities. As we read Scripture about Him, we learn what He is like and how He thinks.
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We actually come to a greater understanding of His character. At the same time we are renewed, refreshed, and washed with the water of the Word. We begin to think the way He thinks. Worship God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
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As we worship, we see Him as He is—the One with all power, all authority, who is compassionate and sovereign over every part of our lives and this world. We gain a greater understanding of God and who He is. When that occurs, our perspective is corrected so we are able to see ourselves, others, and our circumstances from the correct vantage point.
More than a song, worship is the way we respond to the God who loves us and has given His life for us so that we could be completely free and clean in this life and live with Him forever in the next.
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Prayer The Lord gave us prayer as a means of communicating with Him, a way of growing closer to Him. Unlike a dated, stagnant ritual of speaking words to the air, prayer is a conversation in which we speak to God and He responds. This conversation strengthens us, helps focus us, and brings us into a greater fellowship with our Maker.
Just as it is with our closest friends and family members, the more we speak to God the more we come to know His character. Prayer is a key factor in our relationship with God. Our God is living and active in the lives of His creation every day. He desires that we be children who not only know our Father, but partner with Him in the work of the Kingdom to bring His good plans about in our lives and the lives of those around us.
Times of reflection help produce gratitude in our hearts in the moment and can strengthen us in more difficult times of trials and tribulation.
When we make a record of how the Lord has prevailed in our times of sickness, need, or fear, we are cataloging His work and the testimony of His prevailing power in our lives. We are able to point to the One who is Faithful and True and help them draw closer to God on their own path toward greater intimacy.
For a quick teaching on growing in intimacy with our Heavenly Father, watch this video from Mike Bickle.