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.

Salvation Made Plain


Anonymous said...

That site has very good warnings. A few I glanced at: speaking the truth about the day of the sun--that it is not the "sabbath" day; about Rome being the mother of all whores; about the adultery (multiple marriages) that has become acceptable among those calling themselves "christian", even pastors who perpetrate it as well as bless it; about the watching of television; about taking the responsibility of teaching your own children; etc. Lot's of great stuff. Thanks. Anon. #1

Bible Believer said...

Yes it is a very good website, lots of good warnings there, don't miss what they have written about the Left Behind series, that helped wake me up circa 2001, about a lot of things!

Anonymous said...

Nowhere in the Bible do we find the apostles or others asking the question, "Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?" What we DO read is in Galatians 4:8-9 you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God,...Participating in the Eucharist with the High Priest Jesus Christ means a personal relationship with Him -- how much personal can it be when we consume of His Body?

Anonymous said...

I was reading on the "salvation made plain" website from the link provided, and there was an article there about "antinomians". I've never heard of the word, or temn before. It seems the author of that website is promoting works salvation. All that is required for salvation is faith (believe). He gives no scripture to back up his claims, but quotes passages from worldly men like Albert Finnish, and Tozer. Albert Finney taught lordship salvation. Scripture says in Romans 4 "but to he that worketh not", meaning salvation is solely by faith, and all works are attributed to "a better resurrection" (treasures in heaven). BB. Am I missing something regarding "antinomians"? Again I know nothing about them other than what Tozer, and a quick Google search says........James

Romans 4:1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?

2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.

3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,

7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.