Thursday, February 10, 2011
A Personal Relationship With God
When one becomes a Christian they have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I have heard many scoff at this, especially in churches where they teach one is saved via their infant baptism, corporately, or otherwise. They simply have a hard time understanding what a "personal relationship with Jesus Christ" is.
This comes when one believes and is born again, and usually one is to grow in having day to day interaction and knowing and loving God. Sometimes some of the things I warn about on this blog can be difficult, there are so many wicked people using "religion" to control and exploit people, sadly this happens with those who use the name "Christian" as well. For many people, and this was true for me earlier in life, "god" remained a far away indifferent figure. It was so bad, that in Catholic school, my child brain had this weird thought, that the "Mass", was named after "masses" of people, and there was "god" looking down from above, just seeing us as one big group. So as a Catholic child, I imagined God as this extremely indifferent figure who just looked down on all the little "ant" sized people going through rituals for "him". The idea of even approaching or talking to God on a personal level was thrown out the window.
Yes there are some Catholics and others who do truly pray and try to seek after God individually, though the false gospel of their church stands in the way and provides a great barrier, as they and others are trapped in what "religion" offers instead of a "relationship" being instructed in endless rites, rituals, appeasements to "god" that are not based in a true loving relationship but fear being controlled by a elevated 'clergy class". Good people are stuck in the trap of thinking they can work their way to heaven, following endless rites, rules and prescribed notions--many that barely make any sense, that lead to oppression. This is where so much blind obedience to men comes in, if someone is not listening to God, in a daily prayer life, they are putting that stock in mere men far more. Religion comes out of the "wisdom" of men while God has provided far more for us.
1Cr 2:4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
1Cr 2:5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
Rote prayer is so wrong, and does not come out of a relationship, and this is why Jesus Christ Himself warned against vain repetitions.
Mat 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
It is not wrong to listen to another Christian pray and follow along or to read a written prayer in a book hopefully adding your own words, but when churches have people repeat the same rote prayers over and over, there is a problem. The formalized words that are repeated by a whole room of people or over and over, are dead words if not said with conviction and from the heart. God wants YOUR words, and to communicate with you-the personality HE made, not just to be addressed like a machine. The rosary would be one example of this in Catholicism and prayer wheels in Buddhism another where the wheels spin and spin, supposedly repeating the same prayer over and over. Stop praying to Mary, she isn't hearing you anyway, and any being would be driven crazy to hear "Hail" over and over a million times from a million mouths! Same with God, Jesus made His Will known regarding our prayer life. This includes this promise:
Luk 11:9 ¶ And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
Luk 11:10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Conversation with God should be a part of every Christian's life, and I mean REAL conversation. You recognize God as the Almighty and all powerful but praying in Jesus's name, you take your real concerns and problems before Him. There is no hiding who you are from God, and "faking" it in front of Him, you are wasting your time. The Holy Spirit will bring things to your mind to pray for too. This will include discernment and even leading you to pray for someone who is ill or in some other trouble.
False religion is about making endless appeals and amends following a set series of rituals for a set aside false "deity" ready to cast you down at the first instance of a misspoken word or missed religious event. Having a relationship with Jesus Christ comes out of love, not out of making endless appeasements to a cruel false "god" such as what is done in other religions. "god" in many false religions such as the New Age, is seen as a "force" that can be controlled by special rituals and prescribed actions.
This verse speaks of the Antichrist in the book of Daniel:
Dan 11:38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.
Lost people approach "god" seeing "him" as this capricious impersonal "force" instead of understanding God as a living "Person" who we were made in the image of, who understands human emotions. Jesus wept in the Bible, and well God is truly there to guide, instruct, comfort and protect you.
1Jo 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. For the Christian, realizing what Jesus Christ did for us out of love, is awe-inspiring!
Hbr 10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
When you recognize this love, repent of your sins and come to Jesus Christ in faith and are born again, this means you can develop a loving relationship with God, that is based in truth. This means having a personal loving relationship with God, where you are able to talk to Him about your deepest heart's desires, concerns and hopes for others and where you will want to praise Him daily just for what He did for you. God will be there for every trial from the death of a friend to facing severe health problems. During the years, one will grow as a Christian seeking God's direction and guidance and where prayer will become like breathing, you will need it. Trying to hide yourself from God or hoping a "perfect" Christian lifestyle will bring you into this relationship, just will not work.
Eph 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
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