1. THROUGH THE WORD (HOLY BIBLE)
The Word of God(Holy Bible) is the Humanity’s Ultimate Constitution as it gives you God’s Blueprint or policy guidelines on how to start, build and maintain a sustainably flowing relationship between man & God (vertical relationship), and man & his fellow man (horizontal relationship). The Bible is not just for Christians.
The Bible is also a User’s Manual as it shows you the purpose for which the Manufacturer/Creator of man has designed man for, gives a full description of man including both the physical characteristics and intellectual, spiritual, emotional and supernatural abilities (Genesis 1:26-28). Gives guidelines on how man can utilize these inherent abilities and characteristics towards the realization of the purpose. And also, like every user manual, it tells you how to destroy the purpose for which humans were created.
Therefore, in order to have a flowing relationship/Fellowship with God, you need to study the Bible diligently and practice what you study.
2. THROUGH PRAYERS, PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING
Prayer is a medium of communication between humans and God. Communication is key to building a closer and bonding interpersonal relationship between lovers. The more you interact with God through prayers, the more He will reveal Himself to you and the better your relationship with God. This one of the reasons why Apostle Paul admonished us to PRAY WITHOUT CEASING (1 Thessalonians 5v17).
Also, taking time to thank and appreciate your partner/lover also sweetens the relationship.
3. THROUGH FELLOWSHIPPING WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT (SINGING & SPEAKING IN TONGUES)
Speaking and singing in tongue is speaking the language of the Spirit and therefore, communicating and fellowshipping directly with the Holy Spirit who is our Paraclete, Comforter and Revealer of all secrets. The more you fellowship with the Holy Spirit, the more He purifies you, reveal hidden secrets to and draws you closer to your purpose. No wonder Apostle Paul who wrote most of the New Testament books through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, rejoiced that he spoke in tongues than any other person because anyone speaking in tongues communicate directly with God, speaking mysteries (1 Corinthians 14:2,18).
4. THROUGH FELLOWSHIP WITH OTHER BELIEVERS (IRON SHARPENS IRON)
Jesus said that wherever two or more people are gathered in His name, HE is present in their mist(Matthew 18:20).
Also, the Bible says as “Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend [to show rage or worthy purpose](Proverbs 27:17 AMPC). So when believers meet: we learn, share our joys and challenges with, and encourage one another to keep pressing on and doing the Will of God. Therefore, fellowshipping with other believers is one sure way of having an enduring relationship with God.
5. THROUGH PRACTICING GOD’S PRESENCE
We should be conscious of the fact that God is present in everywhere we find ourselves. He’s El-Roi (the God that Sees – Genesis 16:13). Therefore, acknowledging the Omnipresence of God helped the Psalmist to praise and appreciate God, and ultimately foster a closer relationship with God. (Psalm 139:7-23)
6. THROUGH THE PRACTICE OF AGAPE
Agape (God’s Love) is the sole reason behind the redemption of mankind. Agape is a sacrificial love. It means “I SACRIFICE MY BEST JUST FOR YOU” and this is what Jesus said about the Agape of God “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16NKJV16NKJV).
According to Apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 13), the practice of the Agape (GOD KIND OF LOVE) begins from the inside. It begins with the motives and reasons behind your words, walks & works. It has to be rooted and grounded in Christ Jesus. That’s why Paul says it is possible for someone to give his/her life as a burnt offering or sacrifice for others and yet profits nothing (v3) because his/her act is not rooted in Agape.
When you walk in love, you’re telling people that you are a legitimate Ambassador for Christ to because Jesus Christ is God’s LOVE SACRIFICE and “God is love” (1 John 4v8). Therefore, walking in love is a sure way of building and maintaining a flowing relationship with God.
7. THROUGH SPONSORING/PURSUING THE AGENDA THAT JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR [RECONCILING THE SOULS OF MEN WITH GOD]
Witnessing the saving Grace and Love of God through Jesus Christ to people and ultimately soul winning (reconciling humanity with God) is the most important thing to heaven because that is the single purpose for the manifestation of the Agape of God – Jesus came, suffered, bled, died and resurrected just for the purpose of reconciliation. This why the writer of Proverbs 11 says
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And HE WHO WINS SOULS IS WISE “(Proverbs 11:30 NKJV). Wisdom, which is a gift from God is bestowed on soul winners.
Also, Jesus emphasising the importance of soul-winning in the Parable of the Lost Sheep concluded that “I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:7 NKJV). Study the description of heaven in the Revelation of John, and then visualize the awesomeness it is for you to be causing celebration in Heaven.
In conclusion, to have a flowing relationship with God, you need to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ by acknowledging that you are a sinner, confessing your sins and accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Savior. Then begin to follow the above ways and your life will be filled with testimonies. It is my relationship with God that made Him reveal these secrets to me this morning (April 1st, 2017) and asked me to share with you all. I am looking forward to hearing from you!
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CHRISTIAN G. OKWUDIWA
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