The Juice 2/28

At this week’s FCA, Rod Reid from Georgetown, SC shared on the importance of having a real relationship with God. If we are observant of our interactions with others and the development of the American population, we can conclude that our society has never been so anti-Christian/anti-Kingdom of God, and this is a huge issue. How will be be able to stand all of the pressures we face in our day to day life if our relationship with God isn’t real? If our relationship with God is not personal, it is not powerful.

How do we form this personal relationship with God? Psalm 34:8 states “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.” In this context, taste means to experience or encounter. Therefore, if we open our heart to encountering the Lord and truly see Him in all His glory, we will be able to perceive that He is real.

How do we have this “real” experience and taste & see?

1. Spend time communicating

-Talk to God. Jesus sets this example for us. He would often slip away and share intimate conversations with His father.

-Ask questions. They can be hard ones! This allows us to challenge our beliefs and make them stronger in the long run.

-Listen. The 5 ways that Rod mentioned through which God can speak to us are

Inward witness

The Bible

Other believers

Supernatural dreams and visions

Circumstances: This is God’s final resort. We don’t want it to come to this.

2. Hang out with people who know Him

1 John 1:3 emphasizes the importance of sharing our faith with others.

“We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.

When choosing our friends and who we hang out with, we need to keep in mind that what comes out of their mouth is what is in their heart.

3. Read His love letter to us (the Bible)

The Bible is a revelation of God’s heart and an eyewitness account of Jesus’ interactions on earth. It should speak to us and tell us how much God loves us and how we can love Him back. It doesn’t matter where we start. Jesus is here to help us with every bit of pressure we face from today’s world because He loves us so much.

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