I have been involved with many teenagers and adults through youth programs, Sunday School classes, teaching, speaking, board membership and personal mentoring and accountability. Panting, hungering and thirsting, craving— does that describe my life in Christ? I’m glad you found this helpful, Emmanuel. Rather than appreciate our efforts to help, her family lashed out in anger. Compassion is often regarded as having sensitivity, which is an emotional aspect to suffering. This goes beyond feeling “pumped” about God. Why couldn’t you stick with it?” Instead, He invited her to thirst, not for another human relationship or sexual encounter, but for the water of life that only He could give (v. 14). 55:1, The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” . This post is revised and updated from its first appearance in 2014. "It is God who gives us the power to get wealth" (Deuteronomy 8:18). That process caused me to thirst more than ever for God’s love to fill me more completely. https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/18337.Timeless_Classics_of_the_Christian_Faith Remember, "Our God is a consuming fire" (Hebrews 12:29)! I think throughout my journey to know God the key thing that I have found to be of paramount importance is consistency. What can we do without Him? But when it came time for me to share with my group, I dumped the entire load of pain, anger, and discouragement. Sadly, there are so many other “voices” out there, it is sometimes hard to discern, but we have to keep trying…keep placing ourselves back on the Potter’s Wheel to be formed and perfected. I hope folks will click on the link embedded in your name to read your own take on this important spiritual question. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near” (Mt. You're not a mistake; He created you for a specific purpose. The other thing I particularly remember from the book is what she called the Prayer of Relinquishment — the prayer we pray when we’ve gotten tired of pounding on the gates of heaven and we’re ready to relinquish everything to God — to finally say, “Thy will be done.” That can be a powerful turning point that can be in your spiritual journey, because you’ve finally stepped out of God’s way and given him permission to act on your behalf. Hi Danielle, I just happened to come across this and wanted to share my experience. We just need to find enough “want to” to ask for it. I agree with you 100%, and that routine can look very different from one person to the next. Please try again. Title. “How do I build a relationship with God?” is a question I’m often asked, and it’s tempting to make the process more complicated than it needs to be. Lewis have all been meaningful to me in understanding how to build a relationship with God. I typed “how to start a relationship with God” on Google and this was the first link I saw. I tasted much, and still I hunger and thirst. I believe that Jesus became human to tell us that God is a God of Love, not anger. Kindly check it out here: https://amenradio.net/how-to-start-build-and-maintain-a-deep-relationship-with-god/, I’ve been on a holy pilgrimage with the holy Spirit for some time now,but still the way I want to hear His voice is not the way it’s coming!most times I pray in my secret place like I won’t pray again, and other times i will be too weak to pray,I just want to know this God and the power of His resurrection but sometimes my weakness get the better of me.. We have been made to see God as an angry God that will must not always get loosed before Him. Their personal and spiritual successes have proven how fulfilling it is to write for the glory of God. I was also glad for you to share your own article. 2:13, NASB). Nathan is conciliating David and telling him that God has not rebuked the judges and rulers before him to build him a … I’m not sure how I did it, but I got the “want to.” I played inspired basketball, and we came roaring back to victory. Maurertown, VA 22644  USA, Copyright © 2020 • RiverwoodWriter, LLC and Heartspoken • P.O. Hi Mel, how have you been doing with this? The Bible points us to a number of spiritual practices that can help. whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life. I tend to agree with you that you should listen for the still, small voice. —84:2, My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times. I am a freelance writer, ghostwriter, and blogger called to encourage readers to strengthen the bonds of faith, family, and friends and to cultivate the joy and impact of personal, handwritten notes and letters. Your Father in heaven delights to give you good gifts. Lewis. Thank you again for your advice. Blessings to you in your own ministry. so that by it you may grow up in god’s desire for the church, the body of christ If we bring all these things to the Lord and spend some time to consider them, we will be clear about the position of the church in God’s economy. We owe Him everything! If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into the thing that has them…They are a great fountain of energy and beauty spurting up at the very center of reality. Why? to building a relationship with Christ. thisis a knife!” And he pulls out an incredibly large knife, which makes the would-be mugger’s switchblade look like a p… When you are intimate with someone else, you trust them enough to share your secrets. But Jesus commanded us to ask, seek, and knock (Mt. That’s why it’s so important to build that strong foundation of faith which will not erode like sand when the seas get rough. 10:24-25). God is not going to knock you over to get closer to you. You’re always thinking about something else when I’m trying to talk to you.” Naturally, I defended myself. You can find all the faith-themed posts on my blog with this link: https://www.heartspoken.com/category/faith/. 1 Unfortunately, the issues proved much more complicated than we imagined. I just made a publication on “How To Start, Build And Maintain A Deep Relationship With God.” on my webpage. Without it we’re like a care without gas. More often than not, all we can see is a single step, but when we take it, the next one appears. This post is very helpful. My wife and I had decided to help a troubled young woman in our community. The rest is a matter of taking regular baby steps towards God and being open to what happens. Yes, I agree with you. Calmly, Dundee looks at the thugs before responding, “That's not a knife . It is soo powerful I really love it and is building my relationship with God. I want to get back to church because I feel really empty inside. Building Desire for God. Previous lessons of this Bible study course have extensively covered His purpose and plan for humanity. God’s Assurance. Therefore, I believe it is good to both desire and pray for spiritual gifts. But it is not always easy, and as we all know, good, God-fearing men and women can still experience suffering. I would like to begin by first saying thank you. Isn’t it true with other things too? This Bible study covers the ins and outs of what it takes to achieve spiritual growth in the . Like human relationships, it usually takes an investment of time and attention and caring, and it’s up to you to take the initiative of moving closer to God—of placing yourself in His presence and just abiding there. Can you hear the longing in these ancient, God-inspired prayers? If The Hammer could give our team the “want to” for basketball, surely God can fill us with a greater desire for Him. Heartspoken Other desires will come in and choke out God’s Word (Mk. I feel spiritually healthy when I’m touching base with him about all kinds of things. One day, you’ll realize you’re in a relationship with God that is treasured and invaluable in your life. 36:26-27, NLT. Engaging with these Psalms will change us, molding our desires until we really do pant and thirst for God.  That’s why, for the past 10 years, I have tried to read—lovingly, attentively, slowly—one psalm a day. Thank you for taking the time to read it and send me this very nice note. We may all assist in the erection and adornment of a nobler temple than that which David sought to build. They make us lose that sense of humour that even God has. I loved your advice to seek communication from God by reading and taking the time to listen to what you find there. The Hammer suddenly stopped talking, grabbed me by the jersey, lifted me off the bench, and started shouting two inches from my face: “And Woodley, if I don’t see more hustle out of you, I will personally pour gasoline down your shorts and light you on fire. Amy Keen; Few books have had such an impact on my life as A Hunger for God. Don’t let discouragement derail you. the time. For the most part he was very kind, but occasionally the sergeant would emerge, causing my teammates and me to shake with terror. God has gifted you with the ability to write. 2:2, As the deer pants for streams of water, Thank you for joining this conversation, Christian. MATHEW WOODLEY was senior pastor of The Three Village Church when this was written. Second, it creates a deeper thirst for God because we realize how desperately we need Him. Actually it is the other way around, David is feeling guilty for not building a house for god while he is sitting in his house of cedar (stated explicitly in verse 2)! What have you done to overcome it at times? Without being consistent I have found myself being frustrated and being in a state of not understanding my purpose in life. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, I greatly encourage you to take these steps and I promise you God will give you knowledge and joy that you’ll never want to let go of again 🙂. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. My gift is to help build a desire for God and eventually Godly leadership in others. God made you with desire. Hello there, You’ve done a great job. God’s house was to be associated with peace, not war, for it is a “house prayer for all nations” (Isaiah 56:7). From your own post, I see we are on the same page. Don’t you believe in the sanctity of marriage? It’s been an ongoing struggle, but I have to remind myself God wants to give me that desire and satan doesnt want me to have it….constant battle! Now check your email to confirm your subscription. The rest is a matter of taking regular baby steps towards God and being open to what happens. Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and I would ask God for desire but then I realized that God just doesn’t give me things like waving a magic wand- He wants me to pursue Him. It may sound like a dumb idea as the concept of a temple is so heavily interwoven into the fabric of Judaism and Christianity. For God is carefully working in you both to desire and to do that thing which you desire. . Because God is unbelievably generous; He wants to give us good gifts (Mt. And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. However you are feeling, just know that God is right beside you. In Christian community, we create a safe place to share our struggles, and we intentionally spur one another on toward love and good deeds (Heb. . An outstanding share! Augustine once prayed, You breathed forth fragrances and I drew in my breath, and I still pant for you. I have found no better way to increase my desire for God than by meditating on, memorizing, and praying the psalms. This is what I needed to read today. —Is. So let me reword this…. The more you desire a relationship with God, the more personal that letter becomes. “Good things as well as bad, you know, are caught by a  kind of infection. It’s about relationship. I love how you explained that God enters our lives if we freely let Him. In fact, I would say it’s a sign that you are being refined like gold. His invitation echoes others throughout Scripture: Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; But Jesus didn’t say, “What were you thinking? Take time to touch bases—yes! Thank you, Christopher, but truly it is God who is great, not I. I so appreciate your taking the time to read this and letting me know that it helped you. Five failed marriages? Bob, I so appreciate your reading and commenting. From TWR-Africa. That’s why the New Testament writers exhort us to seek God in community. God will honor your true seeking. During one game, I became the object of his fury. What a treasure! Victor, thank you for taking the time to read and respond. There is a connection between experiencing God’s goodness and hungering for Him. Thanks for this important reminder. Thanks Elizabeth for this post. We read that the prophet Nathan at first affirmed David’s plans. But of course intimacy is not spatial but relational. So, to fulfill the plan of God, you need to surrender your life willingly to Him. God used my son’s words to pierce my heart and hollow out the pride and selfishness. 7:11). I was depressed, after going through this post have been enlightened. I am lifting you up in prayer right now. A close relationship with God is possible for everyone. It should. But we won’t get nearly as far as when we’re driven by a holy desire to know Christ and make Him known, a craving to drink deeply from God’s fountain of beauty, holiness, truth, and love. P.O. True friendships surpass the day-to-day vagaries of emotion. First Corinthians 12:7 says, “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” ... Christ says, “On this rock, I will build my church.” God is building his church today. Desire for God. As people become older, they tend to form more and more questions in their minds – “What do I want to do with my life?”, “What are my long-term goals?”, and “Where is my life heading to?” These questions usually come to mind whenever a person is dealing with a life crisis. I. Thank you for reading my blog. Left to ourselves, our desire for God will wane and drift. This woman, married five times and shacking up with man number six, wasn’t exactly a paragon of morality. God is our source. When things do not go as we planned—when God closes a door—we should continue to praise the Lord and then move on in a new direction. We must keep in mind God's purpose for creating us. God desires for us to desire Him, and He works in us “to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Phil. I will definitely You’re not likely to wake up one morning with the certain feeling that you’ve become friends with God (though that could happen). Make these six steps regular practices, and expect it to take time. . —1 Pet. . I hope now you’ll leave another comment if you wish. Jesus said that only those who desire deeply, who “hunger and thirst for righteousness,” will be satisfied (Mt. This gave me great insight into building a relationship with God in a straight-forward manner. Am I willing to sign this statement of faith? BV5055.P57 2013 248.4'7—dc23 2012043970 Crossway is a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. I really enjoyed reading it and I pray that the Almighty God shall give you more wisdom to enlighten the entire generation. Don’t confuse the emotion with the reality. Run in such a way as to get the prize. Thanks so so much for the message it has been a blessing to me and I pray God bless you with inspiring massages each day…. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment, Amy. Anyone who sincerely wishes to strengthen their relationship with God is well served by reading different perspectives — one might resonate better than another, though I think your points were pretty well aligned with mine. David’s reaction to God’s nixing his plan is a model for us. Intimacy with God is available to you. I think that is appropriately placed at number one! Athanasius, a theologian and religious leader who lived nearly 1,700 years ago, wrote that the psalms not only contain information about God, but they also train us in the language of desire. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will God uses repentance to hollow us out so that He can fill us with a hunger for Him. https://books.lifeway.com/old-books/10-christian-classics-every-believer-should-read/. so my soul pants for you, O God. Thank you. God is present in so many wonderful ways, and He is always with us. I’m the one responsible for filling myself up with God, if I give Him my time- He will pour that into me, and He did. Bob, our group leader, gently asked, “What can we do for you?” Then he and the rest of this small band of believers loved on my wife and me, shared our burdens, and encouraged us so that our hearts became soft and open to God rather than hardened by sin and discouragement. Thank you for reading, Troy, and for leaving such a lovely comment. It is when you surrender yourself to Him that you truly begin to recognize and feel His guidance. We should honor God with all our substance—with our tithes and offerings. If you have a desire to build a relationship with God, that is the essential first step. James 5:16 reminds us that if we want our prayers to be heard, our hearts need to be right with God and with one another. If you have difficulty keeping up with praying, attending a morning or daily prayer time on your campus or at your church at least once a week can make sure you’re making prayer a priority that you’re not skipping out on. Athanasius, a theologian and religious leader who lived nearly 1,700 years ago, wrote that the psalms not only contain information about God, but they also train us in the language of … I’ll try to find some books that he can read that will give him some good information. —63:1, My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. We are all one in God, Glory, and keeping our eyes and hearts turned towards Him is the way to growth and enlightenment and peace. These are not chores to check off; these are ways to get to know your God. Maybe it was the timing in my life, but it introduced me to some spiritual concepts that have helped me greatly as I’ve lived life and faced challenges to my faith. Ask for it. You got that, son? That’s true in our human relationships, so it stands to reason it would be true in our relationship with God. A few months ago, I was feeling depleted and passionless. 5/21/2012 0 Comments ... 'God, give me the desire to love You more' is a prayer that really honors Him. Thank you so much for your sharing! You gotta have the want to, Woodley. May you feel God’s presence and guidance in your life. Revelation 21:6 - He said to me: “It is done. Yet, when measuring spiritual health, we usually ask questions about duty and doctrine: Am I doing the right things? 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