Today I am writing this post because I have seen countless Christians who go to church, join small groups, and volunteer wonder why they aren’t growing closer to God. In fact, I’ve been in that very situation myself and here is what I discovered:
You can go to church your entire life and never have a relationship with God.
When you’re dating someone you spend personal time with them so that you can get to know them and develop a relationship with them. If you do not spend time with the person you’re dating then no attachment or intimacy is formed.
The same is true for having a relationship with God. Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Note the word seek: The original word was baqash (pronounced baw-kash’), a verb meaning to search out by any method, to strive after (Strong’s Concordance.)
We are to be active in our pursuit of God. You will not form a relationship with Him by simply sitting on a pew in a church. You have to strive after Him.
Last year (2016) I became tired with my mediocre relationship with God (I was literally raised in church.) I no longer wished to sit on the sidelines anymore, I wanted a passionate relationship with Christ too. I began to pursue Him. Not only have I grown closer to God, but I have changed as a person (1 Corinthians 5:17 took place.) I literally am not the same person as I was at the beginning of 2016 (praise God!)
I am going to share a little bit of how I spend time with God but I want to make it clear that just because this is what I do, it doesn’t mean this is what you need to do. It took me months to get into a routine where I felt I was actually connecting to God and growing. Don’t try to force yourself into my mold but instead seek God and see what He is leading you to do!
I’ve found the best time, for me, to spend time with God is in the mornings. This way God is the first thing on my mind in the mornings and the time spent with Him sets the tone for my day.
The One Year Bible is new to my alone time (I just started January 1st, 2017.) I felt God calling me to read the entire Bible this year and I figured this would work the best for me. The first thing I do each morning is read the entry for each day which consists of a section of the Old Testament, New Testament, a selection from Psalm, and Proverbs.
Next I read one chapter from my current Christian living book (currently Breaking Free by Beth Moore.) I take notes as I go. I am also reading a devotional called Men and Women of the Bible in which each day you study a new person from the Bible.
I do my daily scripture writing plan, occasionally journal, and then last of all pray. My prayer time is my most intimate time with God. I usually have some worship music playing (currently I am in love with We Dance by Bethel Music.) Sometimes I stand and worship, sometimes I’m on my knees, and sometimes I am so overwhelmed with God’s presence that I have to lay face down on the floor. Sometimes I pour my heart out to him, talking a mile a minute, and sometimes I just sit silently in His presence, taking all of Him in.
You may wonder why I don’t pray first and then do my Bible study. Well, for me Bible study kind of prepares me for my prayer time. Studying the Bible helps me to hone in and focus on God so that when it comes time to pray He is all that’s on my mind. Reading the Bible is my preparation for battle and then prayer is my battle (or at least how I let God right for me.)
Spending more time with God is one of the best decisions I have ever made and though it was hard in the beginning, I now cannot imagine starting my day without it!
How do you spend time with God?