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What does it mean to have a personal relationship with God?



A personal relationship with God begins when we recognize our need for Him, admit we are sinners, and accept Jesus Christ as our Savior in faith. God, our heavenly Father, has always wanted to be near us and have a relationship with us. Before Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden (Genesis chapter 3), they knew God intimately and personally. They walked with Him in the garden and spoke with Him directly. We became separated and disconnected from God as a result of man's sin.


Many people are unaware of, or unconcerned about, the fact that Jesus gave us the most incredible gift—the opportunity to spend eternity with God if we put our faith in Him. "Sin's wages are death, but God's gift is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23). In the Person of Jesus Christ, God became a human being to take on our sin, be killed, and then be raised to life again, demonstrating His victory over sin and death. "Therefore, for those who are in Christ Jesus, there is now no condemnation" (Romans 8:1). Accepting this gift makes us acceptable to God and allows us to have a relationship with Him.


God is present in the lives of those who have a personal relationship with Him. In order to get to know Him better, they pray to Him, read His word, and meditate on verses. Wisdom is the most valuable asset we can have, and those who have a personal relationship with God pray for it (James 1:5). They come to Him with their requests, asking in Jesus' name (John 15:16). Jesus is the one who loved us so much that He sacrificed His life for us (Romans 5:8), and He is the one who reconciled us to God.


As our Counselor, the Holy Spirit has been given to us. "If you love me, you will obey everything I say." And I'll ask the Father, and he'll send you another Counselor, the Spirit of truth, who will be with you forever. The world will not accept him because it has never seen or heard of him. But you know who he is because he lives with and in you" (John 14:15-17). Before He died, Jesus said this, and after He died, the Holy Spirit became available to all who seek Him earnestly. He is the one who always remains in the hearts of believers. He gives us advice, teaches us truths, and helps us to change our hearts. We wouldn't be able to fight evil and temptations if we didn't have the divine Holy Spirit. We begin to produce the fruit that comes from allowing the Spirit to control us now that we have Him: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).


This personal relationship with God is not as difficult to obtain as we might believe, and there is no enigmatic formula for doing so. We receive the Holy Spirit as soon as we become God's children, and he begins to work on our hearts. We should pray constantly, read the Bible, and attend a Bible-believing church; all of these things will assist us in spiritual growth. The only way to have a relationship with God is to trust Him to get us through each day and believe that He is our sustainer. Although we may not notice changes right away, they will gradually become apparent, and all of the truths will be revealed.

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