Since the creation of Adam, Our Heavenly Father has desired to have a close and personal relationship with humanity. As God walked in the Garden of Eden with Adam, He shared His thoughts, and enjoyed the sweet fellowship that had been established between him and Adam, it was a divine companionship between man and his creator. A friendship developed through fellowship. Even the angels in heaven could not understand why God took so much pleasure in His relationship with people. In the Old Testament this questions was asked: (Psalms 8:4) ” What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? (8:5) For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. (8:6) Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:”
God has always held a special place of honor for mankind, and when Lucifer was cast out of heaven, He deliberately set out to sabotage and destroy man’s fellowship with God, his arch enemy. Let’s find out why? Any relationship that is going to last, there must be some guidelines which establishes and maintains it, in order for the relationship to work. First, you can’t be intimate with God without having a personal relationship with Him. God doesn’t accept false worship, and He will not allow anything or anyone to come before Him, He demands absolute and total commitment. In the laws given to Moses for the Children of Israel, God instructed them on how He expected for them to live and keep themselves free from bondage and captivity.
(Exodus 20:2) “I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. (20:3) Thou shalt have no other gods before me. (20:4) Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: (20:5) Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;(20:6) And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. (20:7) Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” KJV. These written commandments were given to the Children of Israel so that they could learn how to commune and fellowship through worship and adoration the God of their fathers, Abraham, Issac and Jacob. Each of these men had a unique and personal relationship with the Creator and knew His voice, felt His presence and had a Covenant relationship. They trusted God, and were obedient to His commandments, thereby enjoying the privileges and benefits that He promised them, their children, and their children’s children, and even to them that associated with them would reap the blessings bestowed upon those whom He gave His divine favor.
In order for us to truly understand the importance of establishing our own personal relationship with God, you first must believe in Him and know that He does exist and that He wants to be a part of your daily life. God doesn’t want you to wait until you get to church or in a worship service to enjoy His presence. Because of the sacrifice of redemption through salvation in Jesus Christ, man can once again enjoy the sweet communion and fellowship of the Holy Spirit, the anointing power of God. The Bible says, (Amos 3:3) “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” No, they can not. (Matthew 6:24) “ No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
One reason people have a difficult time having a personal relationship with God is because they are “cheaters.” They want to live and do things that are not pleasing to God, but they still want to reap the benefits and blessings that belong to those who keep His commandments. God wants every person to be willing to dedicate their whole hearts, minds, body and soul to Him. He doesn’t want you to give him what’s left over, after you have surrendered your will to Satan and allowed him to have dominion over you. So many people have missed out on a fulfilling and rewarding life here on this Earth, because they made the wrong choices. They would rather have a brief time of carnal and worldly pleasure, than an eternity of love, joy and happiness serving God. Some discover too late, that they have wasted an entire life-time fulfilling the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life (1 John 2:16).
All relationships require these key elements:
1.) TRUST: Do you trust God, and can He trust you? Are you willing to place your life in His hands? Are you dependable and reliable? God Is!
2.) FAITH: Faith pleases God. Unbelief is the root of doubt and fear. You must have faith in God, and believe He is who He says He is, and that He can do what He says, He can do. Believe in His Word, and know that He is able to perform every work according to His spoken and written Word.
3.) TRUTH & HONESTY: God can not abide by a liar! Truth and Honesty is the very core of trust, without these three working together in unity a relationship will falter and fail.
You can’t be intimate with God, without establishing a personal relationship with Him. Someone once broke down the word intimacy to read: in-to-me-you-see.