Can I have a relationship with God?

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. 8 [Now he provides for Adam’s physical needs!]And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. (Gen 2:7-8 KJV)

 

 

He made man from the dust of the ground for one specific purpose to worship Him. Now God lives in Heaven and man is on earth. The trees, plants, and animals cannot communicate with him.  He needs a person to talk to.  God understood the human need for relationships. So, he provided a person for Adam who would be with his field of vision 24/7. Someone with whom his human senses could experience oneness.

He made a wife for Adam and her purpose was the same as her husband – to worship God to establish a horizontal relationship with her husband and a vertical relationship with Him.”And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” Verse 18.

The relationships went well at the beginning; they had no sinful thoughts and or actions to block that horizontal relationship with God.  They were pure and holy.  Their relationship with God brought about a feeling of fulfillment.  However, they were created with free will.   Even so, as they walked and talked with God in the Garden they had a horizontal relationship. Why was it horizontal?  They were speaking to Him face to face.

Then the worst thing that ever happened in the history of humanity occurred.  Adam and Eve exercised their free will and chose to listen to the devil (Gen 3).  When this happened it separated them from the horizontal relationship that they had with God.  Their relationship became only a vertical one. Only God could restore that relationship.

What did God do to restore that broken relationship? 

He sent his Son, His one and only Son to take on himself the penalty of death that we had incurred when Adam and Eve sinned.  Only through the Holy Spirit can that relationship become restored.  His word states,

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. [It takes the wisdom of the Holy Spirit for us to get to know him better.]  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called) you, [We cannot begin to comprehend the size of the calling that God has placed on our lives without the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and revelation. We will not experience] the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, [we will not comprehend] his incomparably great power for us who believe [without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit](Eph 1:17 : Ex 28:3; Isa 11:2; Phil 1:9; Col 1:9; Eph 1:18 : Job 42:5; 2 Co 4:6; Heb 6:4; Eph 1:18 : S Ro 8:28 Eph 1:18 : ver 7; S Ro 2:4; Eph 1:18 : ver 11; Eph 1:18 : Col 1:12 Eph 1:19 : Eph 3:7; Col 1:29; Eph 1:19 : Isa 40:26; Eph 6:10).

Even after Adam and Eve sinned God still wanted to have a relationship with humanity. Due to the original sin of Adam and Eve, we cannot experience the perfect horizontal relationship that God had with Adam and Eve; however, we can experience a vertical relationship with God now.  He yearns for it. When we answer the call of the Holy Spirit to a relationship of worship with God, He in turn, “nurtures us, cares for us, and gives us peace”.[1]

  1. How does an individual become a worshipper of the Holy and Mighty God?
  2. How can you have a relationship with a person whom you cannot see, hear, or touch?
  3. How could He ever love you when you are a sinner?

Wheeler and Whaley have three specific statements that answer these questions.

  1. REALIZE YOU’RE A SINNER. God’s word teaches us that we’re all sinners. And it’s because of our sin that all people from every generation experience death (see Ro 6:23). Even though we’re sinners, God loves us so much that he sent his son to live on earth, die on a cross, and rise victorious over death so we could become worshipers (see Ro 5:8-9).  Jesus lived the perfect life we couldn’t live and died in our place to pay for our sin.
  2. ASK JESUS TO FORGIVE YOU OF YOUR SINS. The next step in becoming a worshiper of God involves repentance. This is recognizing the wrong you’ve done and being sorry about it.  It involves feeling regret about sin or past actions and changing your ways or habits.  It involves living for God instead of self.  This is transformational worship in action.
  3. ACCEPT JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR AND LORD. God sent Jesus into this world for the sole purpose of providing a way for [us] to have a loving relationship with God. The Bible teaches if we confess with our lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead, we can become genuine worshipers of God.  God removes all the sin from our lives, and we stand before him as justified by faith.  The relationship with God begins that we were made to enjoy (see Ro 10:9-10).[2]

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[1] David Wheeler and Vernon Whaley, Worship and Witness: 74.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid., 75.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bueller
    Jan 07, 2017 @ 12:37:39

    A relationship with God is something those of us believe in Jesus Christ strive for. Always a bit difficult because of the fact God gave us free will and we don’t always stay on the path of righteousness. However, all we need do is ask God to forgive us. One thing I have found is that in order to have a righteous relationship with God we need to forgive those in our lives who have done us harm or broken all Commandments. I know there are times when I have thought about the loneliness and despair I felt before God showed me the way to forgive. I’ve never read where we are supposed to also forget what happened so if you forgive someone yet periodically recall the incident it’s not necessarily a sin unless it brings you back to where you were before you forgave according to God’s own instructions. Forgive yet not forget is something that is human in us. Just don’t dwell on the not forgetting or you will have not really forgiven.

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    • joyce gerald
      Jan 07, 2017 @ 23:34:24

      Rehashing past hurts does nothing to the other person, but it robs you of your inner peace! Taking the high road means forgetting too. Our enemies are also our neighbors whom God told us to forgive. It is NOT something that a human being has the capacity to do without the Holy Spirit! 😦

      Joyce Gerald

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