How to Get Closer to God

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One of the most pressing desires of believers is to grow closer to God. For many of us the pathway to God is like a wave going up and down. Sometimes we’re riding the top of the wave and enjoying a closeness like never before. Yet there are other times when it seems like we’re in a remote desert panting for spiritual water and feeling desperately alone.

A close relationship with God is bigger than a legalistic list of do’s and don’ts. Rather it’s a life journey of highs and lows that are sustained by the unfailing presence of God whether we sense Him or not. Believers who desire to grow in their faith and maturity pay a cost in order to find closeness with God. How do we do this?

We can get closer to God when we make time to build a relationship with Him

Come near to God and he will come near to you” (James 4:8).

The first step to getting close to God involves an act of our will. Setting aside quiet time sitting in God’s presence and reflecting on His goodness will brings us closer. When spending time with God becomes a priority in our busy lives, we find ourselves longing and enjoying those times alone with Him.

We can get closer to God when we commit ourselves to the reading/meditation of Scripture

“I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways” (Psalm 119:15).

Intimacy and familiarity with God’s word brings us closer to Him. The Lord implants scriptures in our hearts and minds that eventually bloom when we need to hear from Him. It’s the words of Scripture that will bring life to our relationship with God.

We can get closer to God through times of fasting to deny the flesh and grow in the Spirit

“‘Even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning’” (Joel 2:12).

Fasting isn’t easy for most of us as we struggle with giving up food for periods of time. However, fasting is a spiritual discipline which helps clear out the clutter of the flesh so that we can clearly communicate and receive God’s direction when needed.

We can get closer to God when we build an awareness of God’s presence

“Surely the righteous will praise your name, and the upright will live in your presence” (Psalm 140:13).

Keeping a spiritual song or hymn in our hearts draws us into a keener awareness of God. The Holy Spirit can stir up a rich fragrance of praise stemming out of a heart longing for more of Him. Praising God for who He is every day increases our sensitivity to His presence.

We can get closer to God by walking in obedience and doing what is right

“Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed” (Isaiah 56:1).

“Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed”

“Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed”

Doing what is right is easy until you are tempted to do what is wrong. Each of us are convicted by the Holy Spirit when we attempt to have our own way. When we resist the temptation to sin, we build up our confidence in God and draw closer to Him.

We can get closer to God when we confess and repent of our sins

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).

Our confession and repentance of sin brings us into a more intimate relationship with God. When we are gripped with grief over our personal transgressions, our hearts yearn for reconciliation with our Heavenly Father. There is grace and mercy when we fall before God and seek His forgiveness.

We can get closer to God as we yearn for more of Him

“My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you” (Isaiah 26:9).

No believer grows in the Spirit without yearning for more of God. Salvation was the beginning of experiencing the fullness of being brought from darkness to light. As eternal beings bound for our heavenly homes, we will never stop desiring more of Him even throughout eternity.

God is closer than we think…

“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings” (Hebrews 10:22).

The Lord longs to be in fellowship with His children. We spend many of our days busy and flustered with many issues. However, the one and most important impact of our lives is a growing, vibrant relationship with God. Today is your day to abide in Christ so that He will abide in you. Make your heart a more welcoming home for the Lord today!

Read more about how awesome God is: 20 Inspirational Bible Verses About God’s Love

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Felipe February 13, 2014 at 8:47 am

I have definitely grown closer to God by fasting. Even though I haven’t done a whole day fast, I fast for breakfast and lunch, I know God is working in my life because he has lead me to a better place and he has changed the difficult decisions in my life into easy choices. I’ll have to work on doing a whole day fast. Thanks for the article.

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Geno February 13, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Excellent post. Thanks for sharing that.

There is one thing I’d like to add to the elements you’ve offered, and I’m convinced it’s vitally important, but unfortunately very lacking.

That element is fellowship… communion (common union) with God’s people, and I’m afraid we Christians know very little about this dynamic, although we label many things as “fellowship”.

John wrote in 1st John, chapter 1:

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— 2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write to you that your[a] joy may be full.

He describes relationships toward God and the Son and toward other believers which is very “hands on” and “up close and personal”

Western Christianity tends to breed an individualistic walk with God, but Biblically, there must be genuine fellowship, also known as communion, between the people of God as well as with the Father and the Son.

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Annie G. Patmon February 22, 2014 at 11:11 pm

i am happy to be able to asses as much information about my Heavenly Father, and the life given to all of us at the cross. Grace and mercy through faith in Jesus Christ. This is a website that keeps me studying, helps me to study, for my teaching and preaching the word of God. God gives me so much, and sends me to other of His messengers with guidance by the Holy Spirit , what is true of God. He said to me, tell what is true of Me, do so in love, and compel them to come. I must obey Him.

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Annie G. Patmon February 22, 2014 at 11:13 pm

My first comment is above my information

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Nicholas Head February 25, 2014 at 12:19 am

I HAVE A PRAYER REQUEST TO THE WRITERS AND READERS TO PRAY FOR ME , I GO TO MY HEART DOCTOR WEDNESDAY , I HAVE HAD SOME HEAVY DUTY CHEST PAINS , AND BLOATING , THANKS FOR YOUR PRAYERS — OF COURSE TO GOD BE THE GLORY , THANKS TO CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS FOR TAKING A FEW MOMENTS TO SAY A PRAYER FOR ME . UPON THAT NOTE I AM READY TO MEET JESUS WHEN HE IS READY TO MEET ME .

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David February 25, 2014 at 3:57 pm

just put you on my prayer list brother. David Central Europe

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Nicholas Head February 25, 2014 at 10:05 pm

THANKS TO ALL !!!! I LOVE YOU ALL !!!!

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Annette Colon November 11, 2018 at 11:31 pm

I am a backslider and I need fellowship and a church to go to. Please pray for me as I know the Lord has a plan and purpose for me that I can do for His glory. Please pray that I can do His will for I have this fear (I rebuke it) of not being able to do things right, feelings of failure, etc. Please pray for I also have bad habits and continue to sin inadvertently. Thank you.

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Jack Wellman November 12, 2018 at 9:17 am

Hello Annette. You need to sit under good Bible teaching/preaching, Sunday school and Bible study just like I do, but please call your pastor and tell him and ask your church to pray for you as we are commanded to do (James 5:14) as we need one another (Heb 10:24-25) and seek to do what Jesus commands us to do (Matt 25:34-39) as we do it to Him (Matt 25:40) or we do nothing for Him (Matt 25:41- and that’s not good (Matt 7:21-23). I will pray for you but you must act as living the Christian life is not a solo act.

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