As I work on this new space in my home to have a closer walk with God, the question arises what keeps us from a closer relationship with God? I know this is one of those questions we all ask. Lee shared these verses and reasons with me and our children a while back and I think it’s worth sharing with the world. The interpretations are my own but the verses and reasons are Lee’s. This is a very deep topic so I am piecing it together in a two part series.
1. Compromise does not exist in a relationship with God.
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Luke 6:46
You cannot turn your life to the Lord and expect to keep living the same life. God tells you
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come – 2 Corinthians 5:17
When you turn your life to God, your life changes. You become a new person. You leave your old world behind and begin living the new life God has promised you. You follow God’s laws and emerse yourself in His word. You change your life to live God’s will for you.
Just as our children are a reflection of our parenting, we are a reflection of our Heavenly Father. What we do, what we say, and how we act are a reflection of our belief system. This means we live by the 10 commandments and all the instructions we are given in life’s instruction manual known as the Bible. We quit drinking in excess, begin to take care of our body as God’s temple, and find refuge in knowing that we always have God on our side in everything we do.
It is a 100% commitment to the Lord, nothing less!
2. Rebellion keeps us apart from God
But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears that they might not hear. Zechariah 7:11
And they have turned to Me the back, and not the face; though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not listened to receive instruction. Jeremiah 32:33
To rebel is to refuse to obey God’s laws. To be closer to God you must not ignore His voice. You have to let go of the rebellion and succumb to His will for you. You have to quit trying to put God into your world and realize you are in God’s world. Live by His rules, do as He says and life is peaceful.
Just as any parent child relationship, you will test the boundaries. For those of us who are parents, we can understand the pain that is felt when our children rebel. We know the turmoil it brings. So why do that to your Heavenly Father?
You will find as you walk closer with God, your life actually becomes easier. Life stops being so hard by living God’s will for your life. Please know, we are not perfect. There was only one perfect human and that was Jesus Christ. You will slip and you will have moments of weakness. Pray through those moments. Temptation is hard but with God anything is possible. You can and will overcome!
3. Time and busy schedules keeps us from having a deeper relationship with God.
As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. Matthew 13:22
Surely a man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are in turmoil; man heaps up wealth and does not know who will gather! Psalm 39:6
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:23-25
We must make the time for Him daily. God gave us life. He is the great creator. Just as we make time for our earthly parents, we must make time for our Heavenly Father. Every morning for as long as I can remember my mother and grandmother have gone to God first thing in the morning. If that meant they woke up at 4 am then so be it. God was always first no matter what!!! This was a great example to live by growing up and now I have a man who does the same thing. I have not mastered this yet but I am trying.
For me, I had to break it down to smaller parts. I had to start with the goal of church every Sunday. Done! Then I had to add life groups, comm groups, or whatever your church refers to them as….Done! Then joining a women’s Bible study. Done! Now I’m working on joining the women’s ministry and helping them out slowly but surely.
It is through my church relationships I have met some of the most amazing people I know. They have been great mentors in my life. By giving God the time He showed me what and who I needed in my life.
God is amazing! He knows what you need but if you don’t give Him the time, he cannot share His plan with you.
My goal is to wake up at 5 AM every morning and meet with God first thing in the morning.
Compromise, Rebellion, and Time are just three of the obstacles to a closer walk with God. Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow to find out the last 4 of the 7 obstacles. Lee’s insight always helps me, hopefully, it helped you tonight as well.
I am blessed to have a wonderful man of God to help lead our family in our walk with God.
Goodnight and God Bless,
A Blessed Woman