Day 1: Develop a strong relationship with God, 02 January

Day 1: Develop a strong relationship with God, 02 January

1. Sin affects your relationship with God 

  • Sin hinders our fellowship with God 
  • 1 John 1:6 If we say, "We have fellowship with him," and yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practising the truth.
  • When a Christian sins, they remain a child of God but out fellowship, like the prodigal son.
  • Being out  of fellowship takes away your peace and joy until the fellowship is restored
  • Sin blocks our prayers 
  • Isaiah 59:1 Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. 2But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you so that he will not hear.
  • The first prayer that God hears after you sin is a prayer of confession
  • Praying while we are living in sin is a waste of time

2. Obedience brings us closer to God 

  • Obedience expresses our love for God 
  • John 14:15 "If you love me, keep my commands.
  • Christianity is a love relationship with  God, and it's essential to do what pleases him.
  • If you genuinely love God, nothing will stop you from obeying him like Abraham who was ready to sacrifice his son
  • Obedience releases the favour of God
  • Isaiah 1:19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;
  • Even our lives, a child who obeys gets the parent's favour
  • You cannot ignore what God wants you to do and expect him to do what you ask him to do
  • Obedience moves God to fight our battles 
  • Exodus 23:22 “But if you carefully obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.
  • God has promised to defend those who obey him, and he will do it without fail.
  • God protects those who obey him like Job who had a supernatural hedge around him

3. Unforgiveness is a serious matter to God 

  • God does not forgive people who don’t forgive 
  • Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
  • It's pointless to ask for God's forgiveness when you don't want to forgive others
  • Forgiveness is a decision that is based on the word of God, not your feelings or whether the person asks for forgiveness or not.
  • We must learn to forgive as soon as possible 
  • Ephesians 4:26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry,
  • God expects us to treat forgiveness as a matter of urgency
  • If you delay in dealing with a broken relationship, it becomes worse
  • Your relationship with God reflects in human relationships 
  • 1 John 4:20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
  • God cares about your human relationships because you represent him.
  • God expects us to take care of both natural relationships and spiritual relationships

4. Your relationship with God must grow

  • Prayer must be an integral part of your daily life
  • Daniel 6:10 Three times a day, he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.
  • Develop your prayer life until it becomes your way of life
  • It must feel awkward for you to spend a day without prayer
  • Christianity is a relationship and all relationships are hinged upon communication
  • Invest time in studying the word of God 
  • 2 Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
  • Your level of knowledge must increase as your years in christ increase
  • The more you know his word, the more you know him because he has revealed himself in his word
  • Live for God 
  • Romans 14:8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
  • Our primary purpose is to live for God, and everything else is secondary
  • We must give priority to the will of God in our lives
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