Tuesday, September 20, 2011

How To Receive & Communicate with God

Following God is the greatest joy known to man. Following God is not keeping a system of rules and regulations like most of us can fall into so mistakingly interpreting it to be. Following God is a relationship with the Creator God. An intimate experience of getting to know the one who made us. Hearing His voice and being able to have Him speak to us in every day matters. What I have found is most of the time, the relationship with God consists of a confidence and underlying reception of God's complete acceptance of me. This is communicated to me from God by His Presence. That is it! The spiritual communication between my Spirit and the Spirit of God. The more I turn the eyes of my spirit to God, the more He is able to heighten my sense of who He is period.

So how can we be close to God? Here are some keys....

How do I receive from and become close to God?
We receive anything we ask because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. 1 Jn 3:21

What is the command?
To love one another as he commands us. 1 Jn 3:23

What is love?
This is how we know what love is; Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 1 Jn 3:16
Laying down your life here does not mean dying physically. This is a heart attitude of always laying down our own agendas for the agenda of Father God. His agenda is Loving People.

How do we find rest?
Love in action and truth. This is how we set our hearts at rest in His Presence, whenever our hearts condemn us. 1 Jn. 3:19
This is something that I can't live without, but I so often struggle to stay in. Self focus will take us immediately out of rest, but loving others is the avenue to live in rest.

Who condemns us?
Our hearts 1 Jn 3:19 (Notice, it isn't God)

How do we combat this?
Love in action and truth. 1 Jn 3:19
To me this is getting our eyes off of ourselves and being about others. Being about the work of Him, and He is always about others.

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