A lot of us desire a closer relationship with God, we look at people who say “God says” or ” God said” with amazement and wish that was us. I have good news for you ?, it’s totally possible to have that desired close, intimate relationship with our creator.
Here are ten ways to have a closer relationship with God, improve our relationship with him, hear from him and talk to him.
1) Consecration, Holiness and obedience.
I no fit lie to una, to know God we have to avoid sin and obey his commandments . Did I say avoid? I meant “Run” . Experience has taught me that his commandments are all to our benefit. It just seems hard because of flesh. Purge yourself of filth, maximize the cleansing power in the Blood of Jesus. Avoid anything that is against the commandments of God. The more you purge yourself spiritually, the more the Holy Spirit fills you.
2) Be a friend of God.
Be trustworthy, be committed, love God,worship him, praise him, talk to him and he will show you the past, future and present. Let fasting and prayer be a part of you, be merciful, give to the poor, needy and to the House of God . Be familiar enough with the voice of God that you can recognize his voice anywhere anytime. This is because Satan also speaks and tries to manipulate visions and dreams.
3) Read your Bible.
Buy a Bible if you don’t have one . Don’t be intimidated, take it slowly and go through it. Read it, study it, ponder on it, confess it, and live a prayerful life. Pray and ask for the gift of revelation. The Bible is indispensable to anyone who wants to know God better. It is only when you read the Bible that you can know God enough. That is when you can test all voices with the Scriptures. If you are finding Bible reading hard then read my Tips for better Bible reading.
Believe me, God moves during the times we are still and quiet in our spirit. Some of us aren’t hearing God because our lives are too busy. So so talk-talk, gossip, back bite, watch movies, browsing, social media and telephone calls. How do you now expect to hear from God nah?
Take some time out, every day. It could be as little or as much as you need. Have quiet time with God, be still, think on deep things, ask questions, ruminate in your heart and he will tell you things.
6) Be born again if you aren’t already.
Jesus Christ is the way and you cannot excuse Jesus from God. Don’t be deceived by heresies, half information, and demonic prophecies that devil gives through his agents. God is the owner and revealer of secrets, but you have to be his child and accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour to have access to secrets of the most high.
7) The Holy Spirit.
Ask for the Holy Spirit, and develop a relationship with him. You cannot have a closer relationship with God without the Holy Spirit. He is the one that whispers things, that advises , that comforts, that admonishes, that tells secrets. The Holy Spirit is a revealer of secrets. Who do you think revealed the secret of the Ananias and Saphira to Peter? Holy Spirit is the one who will reveal secrets, explain mysteries, interpret scriptures to you .
8) Avoid sexual immorality.
God frowns on sex before marriage. He hates defilement. If you claim that your body is the temple of God, then you should know better than to engage in adultery, fornication, masturbation and co. If you have any idea of the spiritual transaction that take place with each sexual transaction, you will keep your legs closed before marriage. God ordained sex within the confines of marriage. I am not saying it’s easy oh, trust me it isn’t, but start from determining to stop. Look at the big picture. Let go of that partner that tempts you. Take a stand, throw that porn stash away.
Prayer is our special one on one time with God. You cannot have that intimate relationship with God without prayer. God wants to hear from you. He must surely answer you after you have said your own part. You have to say something. Read My tips on prayer here. Ask God to speak to you.
10) Be committed, disciplined, and determined to have a closer relationship with God.
It is laziness to always depend on another person to tell you what God is saying. God wants to tell you stuff. He really really wants to share secrets with you. Position yourself to hear him.
There’s no short cut to knowing God better. It involves sacrifice and discipline. Some behaviors, thoughts, mindset, habits have to go. Anybody who tells you the Christian walk doesn’t involve any of this is lying. Some of those prophets who we love to run to tell us what God is saying as an easy cop out to avoid knowing God ourselves and leaving sin aren’t even using the Holy Spirit. Some of the stuff they say doesn’t even come to pass, so why don’t you step up.
This is the third in this series and one song I will always sing to us is to “know God better, know God better.” If you missed the first two, please read You are a prophet and Seven ways God speaks to us.