How do I start to have a daily meaningful relationship with God? The first requirement is to believe there is a God! Do you believe there is a God? Look around you; everything you see has a designer and a manufacturer.
Isn't that amazing we live in a world where everything around us is designed and manufactured by somebody, but our bodies have no designer???? Yet, how can we justify the thousands of years of research, and the un-countable amount of money mankind has spent trying to unlock the mysteries of a body no one designed? We can't!
We have a designer who is GOD, our creator. The creator of all the universe and life in it. The bible gives us a clue to our origin. This book has been the longest standing reference to our existance.
The bible says, God created the heavens and angels, earth and all the life on earth. It says the 'angels shouted for joy', when God created the earth. ( Book of Job: Chapter 38, Verse 7 )
Answer a question for me. If you created this marvelous creature called a human being that could think, learn, laugh, love, reproduce, and teach their children..... Would you care about your creation????
Yes, you would! Good parents do it every day!
I am a parent and I've seen that special age when children are; what we are supposed to be in God's Heaven. They are innocent and trusting, believing our words, trusting our actions, even to the point they try to imitate us because they want to be like mommy and daddy! It is a very precious age and it's gone too soon, lost to the ways of a sinful world!
The Bible tells of Lucifer, the Anointed Cherub, the angel who was created perfect and without sin, but because of his beauty and splendor, his heart became proud and his wisdom was corrupted. His desire for the honor and glory, which belonged to God alone, caused him to sin and rebel against God, his Creator.
Lucifer and his followers were judged by God, cast to the earth, where they await their punishment, 'To be thrown in the lake of fire and sulfur and tortured forever'.
After his fall from grace, the bible never refers to the name Lucifer again. It was his name only in the state of grace. He would be refered to as: Satan, Beelzebub, Devil, the tempter, serpent and other names.
The Devil and his angels were cast to earth waiting for their punishment. This is where the battle of 'good and evil' would be waged against the new creation called, MANKIND.
According to scripture, in the first story of creation, God said, "let us make man in our image." ( Father, Son, and Holy Spirit ) Then God created man in His divine image. ( which is spirit, soul )
In the second story of creation, God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, ( the soul from the first creation ) and so man became a living being. (Genesis, Chapter 2, Verse 7)
God created the living beings, male and female. The bodies that God made for Adam and Eve were supposed to live forever too. But with the help of the Devil, Adam and Eve doubted what God had told them. By not believing God, they brought a curse upon themselves and were made corruptible. Now their bodies would age and die and their souls would hang in the balance!
Mankind began to offer animal sacrifices to God to ask forgiveness for sins they committed. God accepted their sacrifices according to the attitude of their hearts, for only He is able to determine the true motivation for their actions.
Even though God is merciful and willing to forgive their sins, the trouble comes from mankind. A few people would be repentant and change their attitude, but most would probably run out of animals to sacrifice. It is like a rich man, who can afford to continually break the law and pay the fines. How sorry is he for his sins anyway?
When you are truly sorry for having a sinful attitude or doing wrong to someone, you should not expect people to forgive you more than once! You cannot continue with the same sinful attitude and expect anyone to believe you are truly sorry. It is no different with God!
God said he wanted people to be merciful to each other rather than sacrifice animals for their sins, but mankind could not stop doing evil to each other. This was because the evil seed that was planted by the Devil in the hearts of Adam and Eve, remained with the living beings from generation to generation like bad DNA.
Now God decides to introduce a faith based salvation for the soul called Jesus. The plan is simple but the concept might be abstract to most people.
1. God sends His Son Jesus to Earth and fullfills the prophecy about the Messiah returning to save Israel.
2. John the Baptist calls the people to repent ( give up their sinful attitude and deeds ) and as a sign of
their action be washed clean with water. ( baptized )
3. John tells the people that Jesus is the 'Lamb Of God' who takes away the sin of the world. No one
knew that Jesus was going to be crucified on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins, but Jesus asked
them to believe that the Father sent him to take away their sins. All who believed in Jesus were
healed and some were brought back to life after they had died.
Fifty days after the day Jesus was put to death, then rose to life, the apostles started their work of preaching the 'Good News Of Salvation'. ( This was known as Pentecost )
From then on all who were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that their sins would be forgiven, received God's gift of The Holy Spirit. Now everyone who puts their faith in Jesus and does what he commands them will share in Christ's victory over death and live forever!
If you took the first step toward having a meaningful relationship with the Father which was, to believe there is a God, then you are ready for the next step.
This is a personal veiw of your own heart. No one can judge a heart except God, for He is the only one who can see the reasons people do what they do. No one else can judge your heart, but you know your thoughts and have some idea why you do the things you do.
Jesus spoke to the people and his diciples sayings, "Listen and understand. It is not what goes into a man's mouth that makes him unclean; rather, what comes out of it makes him unclean."
"Anything that goes into a person's mouth goes into his stomach and then on out of his body. But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these are the things that make a person unclean. For from his heart come the evil ideas which lead him to kill, commit adultery, and do other immoral things; to rob, lie, and slander others. These are the things that make a person unclean."
The next step to having a meaningful relationship with God is to do what John the Baptist told the people to do; REPENT! You must give up your sinful attitudes and deeds. You must make a commitment to give up those things that are wrong in God's eyes and strive to do what pleases Him.
At this point, you might be saying, "How do I know what things are wrong in God's eyes and how do I know what pleases Him?" Just like the child who knows what pleases his parents, you read what the bible says about God and it tells you what pleases Him.
You can start at the New Testament where Jesus is born. The New Testament starts at the book of Matthew.
You can read my free Storyline Of The Bible with references, ( like the ones above, in red print ) that tell you where to find it in the bible.
You can read my free Paraphrased Quotes From Jesus, again with references that tell you where to find it in the bible.
At the last supper, Jesus told his diciples, "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me." Book of John, Chapter 14: Verse 6
This is the remaining requirement then; that you believe that God the Father, sent his son Jesus who was without sin, to take away your sins by dying on a cross and rising from death.
If you have just repented your sins and believed that Jesus died to take your sins, and are willing to do what Jesus commanded, you will share in his victory over death and live forever! Put your faith in Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit that God will send to help you.
At the last supper Jesus told his disciples, "The Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name will instruct you in everything, and remind you of all that I told you When he comes, however, being the Spirit Of Truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will not speak on his own, but will speak only what he hears, and will announce to you the things to come. In doing this he will give glory to me, because he will have received from me what he will announce to you. John 14:26 16:13-15
You will start to experience something else too. You will start to have a daily meaningful relationship with the Father. What does this mean exactly? Because of Jesus, you will able to come to God in a personal way!
You wake up in the morning and realize that there is always someone with you to start your day. God is a personal relationship! No one else knows your thoughts except God the Father, Jesus the Son, the Holy Spirit, and you. He knows what you are concerned about! You show Him your faith when you tell Him how you feel and ask for His help.
For example you might say: Father, please help me get to work safely today, and help me to do a good job and bring me back home safely. I ask this in you son Jesus' name.
When you talk to God like this, you are also praying. When you ask Him for help, you can expect Him to help you, but according to His will! What does that mean?
You would not give your children things that would do them harm and God watches out for you too! You can expect his protection like children expect protection from their parents. Sometimes His protection is to make you aware of a situation and it's up to you not to put yourself in danger or trouble!
There are times when God has his angels save you from a situation. You may not be able to explain what happened, but you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was Godís work. How or why He saved you may have no other explanation! Only God knows the 'reasons' and the 'whys'. Just trust Him and thank Him for taking care of you!
When Jesus announced God's salvation, there was opposition from the Devil and his followers who had already been judged by God and were waiting to receive their punishment. They were angry at their own fate and they tried to stop or corrupt those souls who still had a chance to receive the salvation that God offered.
There is no salvation for the Devil and his followers because they were created on another plane, where God created the angels. They had already lived in God's presence and knew the real meaning of heaven but chose to follow Lucifer.
There will be opposition to your new faith and the Devil will come to you through other people and try to make you doubt the word of God. He will even try to make you believe there is no God! That Jesus was just a man and not the Son Of God. He will try to convince you that Jesus followers took his body from the tomb and Jesus didn't really rise from death. They will say anything that would make you doubt and lose your faith!
When you find yourself angry, or tempted to do anything against your faith, or your thoughts are centered on revenge, speak to God, "Please Father, forgive my thoughts and help me to do your will always! I ask this in your son Jesus name."
What ever you do, don't stop praying! For yourself, for your wife, for your children, for your parents, or for your friends!
Ask God to have mercy on the souls of your departed loved ones for the Day of Judgement! Pray every day when you wake up, pray all day, and every night before you go to sleep! Here is a link to a daily prayer that the Lord Jesus gave us, The Lord's Prayer, and here is a prayer that I pray for my own family.
"Father, I pray for the well being of my children, their wives, and their children. I pray for their healing, I pray for their salvation that they may enter your Kingdom. Let your mercy rest upon their souls and on my soul for the Day of Judgement. I ask this in your son Jesus name."
Here are some readings below to strengthen you in your new faith. There is a free storyline that takes you from the before the beginning of the Bible to the last book of the bible, Revelation. You can read it online or save a PDF of the whole storyline to a file and read it from your computer or print it out.
There are various topics from Jesus about how to handle the 'Worry of Daily Life, and about 'Marriage, Adultery and Divorce'. He gives advice on 'How To Pray' and 'How To Give To Others'. He talks about the 'Meaning Of The Cross' and 'The Bread Of Life'. Check out the 24 Paraphrased Quotes From Jesus. Read them oline or save them to a PDF file and read them from your own computer or print them out. There is no cost to you, they are free!
There are at least 66 books that make up the bible. Sometimes trying to follow a storyline is difficult because there are books that are good for support and prayer like Wisdom, Job, Psalms, and Proverbs. They take you away from the story, but I have put the "Storyline Of The Bible" into 19 easy to read pages that you can print out, and now, you can listen to the Storyline read by Kathy Bird. There is a flash player and a Windows Media Player on every page so you can listen to it easily. The story includes references so you can find the topics ... in just about any version of the Bible.
Click on the link to the topic to open the page.
January Lazarus And The Rich Man ("about death & believing")
February The Greatest Commandment ("about love")
March The Lost Sheep & The Lost Son ("rejoicing for who has given up their life of sin")
April The Meaning Of Easter - Three Examples From Jesus
May The Worry Of Daily Life
June The Ten Lepers
July The Good Samaritan
August How To Give and How To Pray
September The Un-believing Towns
October Signs Revealing Christ's Return To Earth
November     The Last Supper
December Why We Should Celebrate Christmas
January The Things That Make A Person Unclean
February Marriage, Adultery, and Divorce
March Jesus Chooses The Apostles
April The Coming Persecutions For The Believers
May Jesus Feeds 5000 Men, ( not counting the women and children ) ( part 1 )
June Jesus Walks On The Water ( part 2 )
July The Bread Of Life ( part 3 )
August The Meaning Of The Cross
September Jonah And The Whale
October Jesus And The Devil ( Satan )
November Jesus And The Sabbath ( The Day Of Rest )
December The Christmas Story ( The Birth Of Jesus )