This is the most basic thing we
need to do in order to grow. Just as we discussed earlier, we were
created to have fellowship with God He died so we could be
in a relationship with Him, not just to make us good. This relationship
is the goal of Christianity and where the true joy in being a Christian
is found, so if we neglect it, were missing the whole point.
Spending time with God is fun. Which doesn't mean
its always easy. But once you establish a relationship with God,
many people find that their time with Him is the highlight of their
day. Or the part they most miss if they don't have the opportunity
to spend time with Him.
We can relate to God just as we would a close friend.
While this may be a hard concept to grasp at first, in time you
will experience what it means to have God as your friend. Jesus
made His time with God a priority (read the stories in Mark 1.25,
Luke 22.39, and Luke 5.16) and set the example for how we are to
relate to our heavenly Father.
There are many reasons to discipline ourselves
to spend time with God. Here are some of the things that happen
when we are close to Him:
- we can more easily find out what God wants for
- we can refocus and get our mind off the world and
worries around us
- we find it easier to worship Him
- we naturally become more like Him
- and most importantly, the more time I spend with
God, the more I will love Him!
The main ways I can spend time with God are through
Reading the Bible, Prayer and Worship.
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Spending time with God doesn't need to be difficult.
In many ways, spending time with God is a bit like exercising. Many
people find that when they begin an exercise program, the "fun"
stage quickly wears off and it requires a lot of discipline to keep
at it. But for those who do stick with it through this tough time,
exercising regularly becomes fun, comes easy, and they can't imagine
wanting to go without it.
So if you're still working to make time with God a
part of your life, keep at it. Like any lifetime habit, set reasonable
goals that you can maintain for a long period of time and slowly
increase the time you spend with God as you mature in your faith.
When the "fun stage" wears off, as it likely will, ask
God to help you stick with it...He wants this time with you and
will give you desire and discipline to make it through. The difficult
times don't last forever, and soon you will find that your daily
time with God is something you wouldn't even think of missing.
Time with God by Reading the Bible