Hey guys! I know many of you are already Christians but you still want to grow your faith and gain a deeper relationship with God. I am going to be giving you some tips about how you can do that and also some scripture that I recommend reading or studying. Also, if you want to follow my blog scroll all the way down and enter your email. Enjoy!
This feeling of wanting to grow closer to God and strengthen our faith is actually God! In John 16 we learn that he is our helper and wants us to be close to Him! He will convict us and we need to listen to that. All we have to do is ask for His help and He will (Matthew 7:7). The only way that we can get closer to God is through Jesus so in prayer, ask that He helps you grow closer to God (John 14:6).
Many of you may feel lost, like you don’t know what God wants you to do. Don’t worry! God’s word shows us how He wants us to live. God’s word should be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (119:105). We need to use His word as a way to walk through life worthy of Lord. The Bible is how we can learn more about God and how to live as He wants us to (2 Timothy 3:16-17). God’s word is filled with promises and commandments for us. In order to grow closer to Him, it is vital that we read our Bibles!
The Bible can tell us how we should live for our faith and for God, but are you really living it? When we are focused on the wrong things, it can pull us further and further from God. Colossians 2:16 tells us that we have to let go of earthly things and really focus our minds on God. This means that we have to let go of the sin that may be holding us back from getting closer to God. We can’t love worldly things and God at the same time (Matthew 6:24). When we constantly keep on repeating sin and ignoring God, it will draw us away from Him (Hebrews 10:26). Matthew 5:30 tells us to cut off the things that are causing us to sin! This may be a certain TV show, this could be a friend or a boyfriend. Whatever it is, get rid of it because when you put anything above God, that is considered idolatry (Exodus 20). So, figure out what is influencing you to sin and get rid of it so you can live the life God wants you to live.
This isn’t easy and God knows that, but we get our strength from Him! We can’t rely on ourselves, we HAVE to rely on Him for our strength (2 Corinthians 1:9). This means that we have to surrender everything to Him and start living for God only (Proverbs 3:5-6)! We need to realize that our good works don’t matter if we truly aren’t living for God and we don’t know Him (Matthew 7:21-23). In order to start knocking down these barriers that are keeping us from God, we have to start by repenting. Confess your sins to God and ask that He forgive you of them (1 John 1:9). God is a God of mercy! It is impossible to live without sinning, but it is so important that we recognize our sins and confess.
Developing good habits of how we live, what we do and what we say will all bring you closer to God. Not only is reading your Bible and living out the word important, but prayer is something we need to focus on as well! Think of your best friend, you talk to them a lot I’m sure. What about God? Do you speak with Him enough? Do you really know Him? We have to come to God for everything, especially when we are struggling or feel far from Him. When we pray to the Lord, he will reveal things to us and give us strength (Jeremiah 33:3). Something that some people don’t realize is that you can tell God your struggles. Ask for His help with whatever it may be (staying away from sin, reading your Bible, worldliness, lust, etc). Take the time out of your day to focus on only God. When we give God the chance to speak to us in silence our relationship with Him will grow immensely.
Acknowledge the goodness of God! This is always something that we need to realize, despite how we may be feeling. God is for us and works in our lives for good (Romans 8:28). Despite our suffering we need to rejoice (Romans 5:3). Our trials will make our faith stronger and bring us closer to God which is something to be happy about (James 1:2-3). God is so good and we should always desire to be closer to Him! We should love God with our heart, soul and mind and honor Him in everything that we do (Matthew 22:37). Take a step back and look at how your lifestyle may actually be hurting your faith. Always spend time in the word and in prayer. Make sure that you are focused on only God and that you are not placing anything above your relationship with Him.
Any of these verses that I have in this post would be helpful to study but here are some more 🙂
WHO GOD IS: Isaiah 43:4, John 3:16, Romans 8:38-39, Galatians 2:20, 1 John 4:19, Psalm 86:15, Ephesians 2:4-5, Psalm 136:26, 1 John 4:9-11, Romans 5:8, Romans 5, 1 John 4:8, Titus 1:2, Deuteronomy 32:4, 1 John 3:1-24, Deuteronomy 7:9, 2 Corinthians 3:17.
SIN: Romans 6:23, Romans 3:23, 1 John 1:8-10, James 4:7, James 1:15, John 8:34, Matthew 5:28, Hebrews 10:26, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.
LIVING THE WORD: John 1:14, Matthew 4:4, Psalm 119:105, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Matthew 24:35, Luke 11:28, Colossians 3:16, John 6:63, Ephesians 6:17, James 1:22, Matthew 5:48.
GOD’S PROMISES: Jeremiah 29:11, Isaiah 41:10, Romans 8:28, Jon 3:16, 1 John 1:9, Philippians 4:6-9, Isaiah 43:2, John 14:27, 1 Corinthians 10:13, James 1:5, Romans 8:38-39, Revelation 21:4, Deuteronomy 31:6, Matthew 11:28-29, Matthew 6:25-26, Matthew 7:8, Luke 12:6.
REPENTENCE: 1 John 1:9, Luke 13:3, Matthew 4:17, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Luke 5:32, Proverbs 28:13, 1 John 1:8-10, James 4:7, John 8:24.
OTHER: Matthew 5:13-14, Isaiah 43:7, 2 Corinthians 1:4, 2 Corinthians 10:5, Colossians 1:10, Colossians 3:7-8, James 4:10, Matthew 6:25-27, Matthew 7:24-26, Matthew 7:8, Luke 11:36, Luke 12:45, Luke 1:34, Job 1:12, Psalm 33, Psalm 71:6, Romans 5.
Thank you for reading 🙂 I hope this helps you grow a deeper relationship with God! Let me know if you have any other things you want me to write about. Also, follow me on Instagram for more Christian content during the week! Have a great day!