Scripture Reading: John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Father God, thank you for loving us so much that you gave your Son, so that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life. Give us the grace to improve our relationship with you to the glory of your Holy Name.
Many of us recall the twists and turns in our personal relationships. Every relationship goes through stages and our walk with God is no different.
There are seven levels of relating to God:
In this initial stage, God is unfamiliar to you and you imagine Him to be whatever your environment dictates Him to be.
By God’s mercy, He draws you to Himself. You can sing “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, was blind, but now I see.” The day of salvation has come for you who has never given your life to Jesus. I pray that the living God will save your soul today.
Here, you are able to see the power of the Holy Spirit. You see God moving in your life and say, “Look at the wonders God did!” After a while when you see him work miracles, answer your prayers, solve your problems, upgrade you, and deliver you, you begin to hunger for Him more. You feel like Moses must have felt after experiencing the signs and wonders of deliverance. Moses reached beyond and said, “God, I want to see your glory. I have seen your signs and wonders, but Lord God, show me your glory.” You begin to hunger for a deeper knowledge of God through His Word.
At this level, you get to know God through His Word being internalized in your spirit. You know what He likes and dislikes; you know what He will and will not do. God is a loving and faithful God. He does not change, for He is your God and He changes not. As all these truths take root in your spirit, your spirit begins to testify with God’s Spirit that you are His child.
You start to believe Him with a higher level of faith. You then manifest commitment to Him beyond what is ordinary because you have now become a supernatural believer.
When you know God for yourself and you believe Him totally, you can serve Him with total obedience. Many of us are serving God with partial obedience because we do not really know Him yet. We have been saved by Him and have seen His mighty acts, but we still do not know Him personally through internalizing His Word. I pray that God will upgrade you in your relationship with Him so that you may serve Him with total obedience.
When you relate to God at this level, you manifest total interest in the things of God. You live and move and have your being in the things of God; you come alive when these things of God are accomplished or when you strive to further these things. You no longer have an emotional relationship with God; your relationship with Him is spiritual. You worship Him in spirit and in truth, with your entire life.
At what level are you today? Our relationship with God is not static. Desire to grow in intimacy with Him. I pray that you will experience a divine upgrading in Jesus’ name.
Are you at level one, where you do not know God but desire to know Him? The day of ignorance and mystery has ended. I pray that the living God will save your soul today. Pray with me now, “Dear Lord Jesus, I surrender my life to you. I accept you as my personal Lord and Saviour. I confess and forsake my sins. I receive salvation by the atonement of your blood at Calvary.”
Father God Almighty, in your mercy, raise us up in our relationship with you. Deliver us from ignorance, so we may sing of your amazing grace. Draw us to you and give us the grace to internalize your Word and know you personally. In your faithfulness, show yourself to us like you showed yourself to Moses and give us the grace to believe in you with increased faith. Help us to serve you with total obedience. We pray for a divine upgrading toward becoming spiritual worshippers in Jesus’ name.