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A Personal Relationship With God

If I have counted correctly the phrase my God appears 139 times in the Bible. We need a DIRECT AND PERSONAL relationship with Him. There is no such thing as an indirect relationship with Him. We do not enter into personal relationship with Him through some lengthy chain of command or hierarchy. He is not a baton relayed from one man to another and then to me. We do not enter into personal relationship with Him through some maze of laws, rituals or traditions. He personally offers Himself to each of us. We must personally receive Him. We cannot enter into relationship with Him on behalf of someone else and no one else can enter into relationship with Him on our behalf.

We need to be told by the Lord Himself through the Holy Spirit that we are His child.

Romans 8:16: The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

Then we can reverently pronounce the words that doubting Thomas did:

John 20:28: And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.

Then we can endearingly call God our father as Jesus did:

Mark 14:36: And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

Galatians 4:6: And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

The only way we can have relationship with God is through Jesus.

John 14:6: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Detours and short-cuts never lead us to Jesus or to God. Jesus is the DIRECT ROUTE and the ONLY route. Individuals, rituals, laws, ceremonies, churches, etc. cannot be more than sign posts pointing us to Jesus. A sign post is not the way.

1 Timothy 2:5: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Oswald Chambers:

I must know Him for myself, and how to get alone with Him; I must take time to worship the Being Whose Name I bear.

Come unto Me . . . that is the place to meet Jesus. Are you weary and heavy laden?

If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you . . . that is the way to keep going in our personal lives. Where we are placed is a matter of indifference; God engineers the goings.

None of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself. . . . That is how to keep going till we*re gone.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Philippians 3:8: Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,

Spiritual knowledge of Christ will be a personal knowledge. I cannot know Jesus through another person*s acquaintance with Him. No, I must know Him myself; I must know Him on my own account. It will be an intelligent knowledge-I must know Him, not as the visionary dreams of Him, but as the Word reveals Him. I must know His natures, divine and human. I must know His offices-His attributes-His works-His shame-His glory. I must meditate upon Him until I comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge. It will be an affectionate knowledge of Him; indeed, if I know Him at all, I must love Him. An ounce of heart knowledge is worth a ton of head learning. Our knowledge of Him will be a satisfying knowledge. When I know my Saviour, my mind will be full to the brim-I shall feel that I have that which my spirit panted after. This is that bread whereof if a man eat he shall never hunger. At the same time it will be an exciting knowledge; the more I know of my Beloved, the more I shall want to know. The higher I climb the loftier will be the summits which invite my eager footsteps. I shall want the more as I get the more. Like the miser*s treasure, my gold will make me covet more. To conclude; this knowledge of Christ Jesus will be a most happy one; in fact, so elevating, that sometimes it will completely bear me up above all trials, and doubts, and sorrows; and it will, while I enjoy it, make me something more than Man that is born of woman, who is of few days, and full of trouble; for it will fling about me the immortality of the everliving Saviour, and gird me with the golden girdle of His eternal joy. Come, my soul, sit at Jesus*s feet and learn of Him all this day.

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