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Becoming Relational

Published 3/6/20

Read Psalm 63:1-4

"O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands."


Reflect

What draws you closer to God?

The basics of the Christian faith should be second nature to every Christ-follower. As Christians, we strive to "love God with all our heart, soul, and mind" (Matthew 22:37). We try to engage the Bible and have a two-way connection with Jesus. We do our best to ponder God's Word deep into our heart.

Yet for most of us, something goes wrong. Somewhere along the way, we risk settling for a "god of rules."

The fact is, there are two types of Christians:

Notional Christ-followers--those who believe in "their concept" of Christ and interact with Him in a one-way relationship. In other words, a notional believer communicates to a concept of Christ in their mind, as opposed to experiencing a two-way relationship with the true Christ. There are no significant behavioral differences between the notional believer and an individual who claims not to follow Christ at all.

Relational Christ-followers--those who have a two-way relationship with the one, true Christ of the Bible. These individuals have a relationship with Jesus Christ through a saving faith based on the Word of God. This two-way relationship is initiated when we come to grips with our sin, we recognize our need for a Savior, and we receive Jesus Christ into our lives as our only Savior from sin. This relationship begins when the Holy Spirit places the new believer into the Body of Christ and begins a two-way relationship fostered by prayer (talking to) and personally engaging Scripture (hearing from God) on a regular basis. This kind of faith, if genuine, produces measurable behavioral results that are reflected in lifestyle choices and differences that make the Relational Christ-follower distinct both from the Notional one, as well as from those who don't claim to follow Christ at all.

How about you? How would you describe your faith? Are you ready to give up your notions about Jesus and begin pursuing the one, true God of the Bible?

Everyone seeks intimacy with God, whether or not they're willing to admit it. Ignore this need and you end up looking for Him in the wrong places. It's sort of like drinking the sand because you believe it is an Oasis, but it's only a mirage.

God's Word helps us to become a relational Christ-follower.


Pray

Lord, thank You for opening my eyes and my heart. Amen.

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a year ago
Back to the Bible, I have been loving your daily teachings by Brian Clark so much!! It is so easy to relate to what he is saying and I am learning so much about Grace vs religion or "the system"!! I think the question was how do I relate to God/Jesus. I spend time in the Word everyday. Not bragging, but sometimes all day. I will not pretend to know everything about the Bible, but I am learning how to separate the old testament from the new and to yes, ask forgiveness, but not to feel condemned by it. I am trying to pray more. And I praise and worship continuously. Even through the hard times. How could I not, after what Jesus has done for me? ✝️❣️
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a year ago
Thank you for your daily devotions ! They help get me through the day ! In times of needing a boost of spiritual help your devotions help a lot ! Keep up the good work and God bless you ! Sincerely Joseph Gargano
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a year ago
Psalm63:3-4Because Your lovingknidness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. Thus I will Bless You while I live; I will lift my hands in Your name.
This I love the Lord with all my heart.
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a year ago
"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path". (Ps. 119v105)

Lord, I want to know You more. Draw me closer to You in intamacy, and may I always hear You voice.
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a year ago
Yeah there's many Christians that have an idea that they're following Christ but they never allow his word to change them I myself make it a constant practice to make sure that I'm continuing to change to become more like him allow the word of God to judge me daily I know I'm a sinner I know I need his help I know I cannot do nothing without him so I let his word judge me and it's kept the fact that he is right and I am wrong and conformed to his way thank you Lord for teaching me this lesson
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