Reflecting Jesus

How can I get closer to God? – Part 1

"Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is our refuge."   ~Psalm 9:2

So, how can we get closer to God, how can we have a real relationship with a God we don't know and can't see?  The answer is simple, we have to spend time with Him!  We must do as it says in the above verse, pour out our hearts to Him. We will be able to see Him with our hearts once we get to know Him. We really have to get serious about literally beholding Him in everything we do; in prayer (conversing with Him about everything), in worship (reading our Bible and learning about who He is), and in praise (talking to Him and singing to Him to thank Him for all the wonderful things He does).

The word behold is a very interesting word.  It literally means: to observe, to contemplate, to gaze at.  The Greek definition is: to visit, to see. I don't know about you, but I sure want to visit with God as much as possible!

In the following verse, King David (the writer of the book of Psalms) is contemplating why God would care so much about humanity that He would want to visit us.

“What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?”   ~Psalm 8:4

Are you reflecting JESUS?

​Beholding Him we become like Him.

The following verse explains how this phenomenon works.

"But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord."   ~ 2 Corinthians 3:18

In other words, the more time we spend with Him in His word, reading the Bible (learning about Him & getting to know Him) and in prayer and praise (talking with Him & thanking Him), the closer we get and the more we become like Him. All we need to do is reach out to Him with the faith that we were all born with and He will do the rest. All we have to do is just look at Him, and He will lead us into all truth. According to the Holy Bible, there is but one way to develop the faith that is needed to engage God, and that is by hearing/reading the word of God.

"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."   ~Romans 10:17

I think I need more faith. . .

If you really want more faith, you can easily obtain it by hearing (or reading) the written word of God.  The secret to success is that we must jump, head first, into that Bible every single morning.  And I happen to think the best place to start this journey is in the book of John.  Some people say to start at Matthew, the first book of the New Testament, but I feel that John lays it all out in the most easy to understand way.  Either way, the Gospels (the first four books of the New Testament) are the best place to meet Jesus/God in the flesh.

The very first verse of the book of John makes this point blatently clear, (that the Bible is our source of faith), when John says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”   ~John 1:1

Jesus spoke everything into existence!

By virtue of this verse we see that Jesus is the speaker of everything, the actual Word of God. Jesus is the One who literally authored/inspired the words in the Bible — the One who literally spoke everything into existence.

“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the hosts of them by the breath of His mouth."   ~Psalm 33:6

God is telling us that Jesus is the Word. He is the force that spoke the audible words into existancen, not only the words in the Bible but every single thing that exists! And this also tells me there must be some mighty big, supernatural power in these words. Just think about that, every single word in the Bible is charged with the supernatural power of God! 

I want that kind of empowerment, don't you?  If God tells me I can gain faith through the power in His words, I'm gonna feast on that Bible every chance I get. 

“But he answered and said, it is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”     ~Matthew 4:4

Now that you’re starting to learn how to get closer to God…

Join us next week for Part 2 as we continue to delve deeper into this most important question.

​Q: Are you ready to open your Bible and jump in?

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You might say that I was a rather late spiritual bloomer, tripping my way into the Lord's arms not all that long ago. Nevertheless, I've been on the fast track ever since through a decade of Bible study courses and daily devotion. Changing careers a few years back and becoming a published author of Christian motivational books, leading to spiritual children's books and now this blog.

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