Masters Plan

Go Therefore and Make Disciples

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

Our Relationship With God

RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the great and foremost commandment.”      Matthew 22:37-38

Probably the most widespread and persistent problem to be found among Christians is the problem of retarded spiritual progress.  Why, after years of Christian profession, do many persons find themselves no farther along than when they first believed?...A thousand distractions would woo us away from thoughts of God, but if we are wise we will sternly put them from us and make room for the King and take time to entertain Him.  Some things may be neglected with but little loss to spiritual life, but to neglect communion with God is to hurt ourselves where we cannot afford it.  God will respond to our efforts to know Him.

It is most important to our spiritual welfare that we hold in our minds always a right conception of God.  If we think of Him as cold and exacting we shall find it impossible to love Him, and our lives will be ridden with fear.  If, again, we hold Him to be kind and understanding our whole inner life will mirror that idea.  The truth is that God is the most winsome of all beings and His service one of unspeakable pleasure…

…The fellowship of God is delightful beyond all telling.  He communes with His redeemed ones in an easy, uninhibited fellowship that is restful and healing to the soul.  He is not sensitive nor selfish nor temperamental.  What he is today we shall find him tomorrow and the next day and the next year.  He is not hard to please, though he may be hard to satisfy.  He expects of us only what He himself has first supplied.  He is quick to mark every simple effort to please Him, and just as quick to overlook imperfections when He knows we meant to do His will.  He loves us for ourselves and values our love more than galaxies of new created worlds…

…How good it would be if we could learn that God is easy to live with.  He remembers our frame and knows that we are dust.  He may sometimes chasten us it is true, but even this He does with a tender smile of a Father who is bursting with pleasure over an imperfect but promising son who is coming every day to look more and more like the One whose child he is…

…We please Him most not by frantically trying to make ourselves good, but by throwing ourselves into His arms with all our imperfections, and believing that He understands everything and loves us still.

                                                        A.W. Tozer, The Root of the Righteous

 

What a joy to be fully known and fully loved at the same time!  It is the joy of belonging through Jesus to God and being there, fully slave and fully free. 

                                                       Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Road to Daybreak

 

To just read the Bible, attend church, and avoid "big" sins--is this passionate, wholehearted love for God?

                                                       Francois Fenelon, The Seeking Heart

HMMM {QUESTIONS}

  • What are the characteristics of a great relationship?  With that in mind, what is the state of your relationship with God?
  • List one thing you want to commit to doing this week to draw closer to God...to strengthen your relationship with Him.
  • How will you apply the truths in this topic to your life this week?  Be specific.

Additional Quotes

You stir in us to take pleasure in praising you, because you have made us for yourself and our heart is restless until it rests in you.     Augustine

The quality of the ministry can never rise above the quality of the staff.  The quality of the staff reflects the quality of the individual's time alone with his Savior.   Back to the Basics of Young Life, John Miller

verses related to this topic

  • Joshua 24:15

    Joshua 24:15

    If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

  • Psalm 42:1-2

    Psalm 42:1-2

    As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God?

  • Matthew 7:21-27

    Matthew 7:21-27

    "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, bu he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.'"

  • Matthew 22:37-38

    Matthew 22:37-38

    And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment.”

  • John 15:1-8

    John 15:1-8

    "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, he prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. if you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples."

  • John 17:3

    John 17:3

    “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”

  • 1 Corinthians 2:1-3

    1 Corinthians 2:1-3

    And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling,

  • Ephesians 3:14-19

    Ephesians 3:14-19

    For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

  • Philippians 3:10-11

    Philippians 3:10-11

    that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

  • 1 John 2:6

    1 John 2:6

    the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

  • 1 John 2:28

    1 John 2:28

    Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.

  • 2 John 9

    2 John 9

    Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.

  • Revelation 3:20

    Revelation 3:20

    “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.”

books related to this topic

  • Crazy Love

    Crazy Love

    Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself.

  • Celebration of Discipline

    Celebration of Discipline

    Richard Foster has ‘found’ the spiritual disciplines that the modern world stored away and forgot, and has excitedly called us to celebrate them. For they are, as he shows us, the instruments of joy, the way into mature Christian spirituality and abundant life.---Review by Eugene Peterson

  • The Root of Righteous

    The Root of Righteous

    Tozer’s book gives you a biblical perspective of our true relationship with God. He helps give understanding to the idea of being sons of the living God.

  • The Road to Daybreak

    The Road to Daybreak

    The Road to Daybreak is Henri Nouwen’s intimate diary that records the poignant year at L’Arche that began in the summer of 1985, a precious time of inner renewal and self-discovery. With simplicity and honesty, he describes how the experience changed his attitudes and enriched his spiritual life.

  • Knowing God

    Knowing God

    Over the past twenty years J.I. Packer’s classic has revealed to over a million Christians around the world the wonder, the glory and the joy of knowing God.

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