How you got unconnected from God is unimportant. In fact, you may not be as unconnected as you think. Or perhaps, you just want to get better connected. In all cases, the path for improving, developing, or rekindling a relationship with God starts right there where you are. Close your eyes, empty your mind, and pray. Go back to your spiritual ground zero and once again tell God you worship and adore Him. Tell God you are a worthless sinner and need a Savior. Tell God you have put your faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Confirm that your desire is to do the will of God. Thank God for sending His Son to die for your sins. Ask for the Holy Spirit to guide you to your next step in reconnecting with God.
Don’t give God a laundry list of everything that’s wrong in your life. Don’t ask God for anything other than the Holy Spirit guiding you toward the will of God in your life. Be ready for change. Be open to change. God’s desire for your life may be completely different than your desire. Be willing to go in His direction and turn away from what may be misguided goals of your own.
Keep in mind when talking with God that He knows you inside and out. He knows your true motivation. He knows every exaggeration. He knows when you are fooling yourself. He knows what you are truly capable of and what you are wasting your time trying to achieve. God knows everything about you. God knows every stupid thing you ever did in your life. God knows every act of kindness and all the other good deeds you’ve done. When you talk to God you are talking to the one person you cannot fool. Consider your words carefully when reconnecting with God.
After your brief reconnection prayer where all you’ve asked for is the Holy Spirit to guide you toward the will of God in your life, sit down someplace quiet and open a Bible. It’s time to have a conversation with God. The only place to absolutely without question connect with God is in the pages of the Bible. The Bible is the Word of God.
2 Timothy 3:16 (NASB)
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.”
Every word of the Bible is inspired by God. It doesn’t matter what you read. Anything you select to read will be a message from God. Select a substantial portion of the Bible to read and begin with another prayer. Ask God to speak directly to you as you study His words; read uninterrupted for at least twenty minutes. You should now be well on your way to reconnecting with God.
Your next step is to demonstrate your sincerity to God through your actions. As a follower of Jesus Christ, your primary mission is to serve God by serving others.
Deuteronomy 10:12-13 (NASB)
“What does the Lord your God require from you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”
Jesus was the ultimate servant and to follow in His footsteps you will need to focus your life on helping others.
Mark 10:43-45 (NASB)
“Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Aside from reading the Word of God, serving others is your most direct connection to God. Every minute you spend helping others will move you one step closer to God. Keep in mind, this service needs to come from your heart not simply as a means to get on God’s good side. Remember, God cannot be fooled. Find a way to sincerely serve God by serving others and you will quickly find yourself reconnecting with God in a major way.
Prayer seeking the will of God, Bible study, and serving others is your three step process for reconnecting with God. Repeat this process daily.
Here are some additional steps you might take:
Your relationship with God is absolutely the most important aspect of your life. Your walk with Jesus is not something you can put on autopilot – it is something you will need to carefully plan. Like any other relationship, staying connected takes a sincere effort on your part. Reconnecting with God will provide you with great reward. Your love for God, your desire to connect with Him through the pages of the Bible, and your heart-felt efforts to help others will provide you with everlasting treasures in heaven.
Matthew 6:19-21 (NASB)
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
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