The foundational key to Living Free is our relationship with God. He created us to enjoy close, personal relationship with Him; a loving, intimate relationship. In developing this relationship with Him it is important to come to know who He is, His character, and to interact with Him in our daily lives.
When God created man and woman in the Garden of Eden, He created them with a need and a capacity for deep, authentic relationship with Himself (1 John 1:3) and each other (Gen 2:18). The Bible tells us in Gen 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” I believe that one of the several ways that we are created in God’s image is that He is relational and He created us that way as well. Consider the unity and intimacy that the Godhead share; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Each having unique roles and yet they are in complete unity and intimate fellowship with one another. That is relational!! We are created in His image also being relational.
I often refer to this need for intimacy within us as an “intimacy hole”. We can fill it as God intended with authentic relationship, or we seek fulfillment elsewhere which will never truly satisfy. When we seek elsewhere to get these deep desires met, we will only be disappointed and become disillusioned as only true, healthy relationship can fulfill this emptiness inside.
The fulfillment of our need for intimacy comes first and foremost through our relationship with God; Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit. Relationship with Him is the foundation for anything else that is good and brings forth life; even our relationship with each other. As much as God created us with a need for authentic intimacy with each other, this must come out of the life-giving, intimate relationship with Him.
How do we get to know Him? It all begins with an invitation. He, through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross (John 3:16), gave us an invitation of love to come to Him, be forgiven and have a new life in and through Him. We respond to His great invitation by saying “yes” to Him. In saying “yes” to Him, we accept Him into our life – to be our Lord and Savior.
This is only the beginning of our relationship with God. It is entering in to the “door” of a relationship. Many people stop here, and stop short of the wonderful depth of relationship that is available to us. How do we develop this relationship with Him? The same way that we develop relationship each other:
Read Part 2 in the next blog post for more on how you can develop a close, personal relationship with God!
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