There is a high possibility most people in the world have heard about God. They are filled with facts of Who He is or what He has done. Some believe God is an angry God who will “zap” them if they do something wrong. Some believe if they do terrible things to themselves they will get the attention of God. They feel they get closer to Him by their works. Some believe if they go about doing good, they will be closer to God. But, it is not by works, or some terrible crazy passionate act on our part that will get us closer to God; it is an awakening to Who God is and worshipping and loving Him with our full hearts that will bring us closer to Him. It will bring intimacy and a deeper awareness of His character. When we fall in love with God, we abandon our insecurities and relinquish control over to Him.
Awaken: rouse from sleep; cause to stop sleeping.
• stop sleeping.
• make someone aware of (something) for the first time. (Dictionary.com)
Synonyms: “activate, animate, arouse, awake, call, enliven, excite, fan, incite, kindle, provoke, rally, revive, rise and shine, roll out, rouse, stimulate, stir up and wake.” (Dictionary.com)
We need to be aroused and stop sleeping when it comes to our relationship with God. Enlivened to Who He is. Activated to His presence. Animated to His tenderness. Revived to His character and faithfulness. When we are, our TRUST FACTOR towards God increases and our stress level decreases.
I can understand working hard for something and receiving a reward for my efforts. This is human nature. We work hard at our job and receive a pay check. But this is not what we have to do to get closer to God.
God just wants a relationship with you. He wants you to awaken to who you are in Him and to awaken to the beauty of being His. Worship is the key, the highway to God. It is a vulnerable place. It is an intimate place. This is where we fall in love with our Creator. There is none like God. Worshipping God gets our focus off of ourselves and onto the living, breathing deity Who longs to be with you. Once you encounter the love of God and being in His presence, you will never be the same. Your relationship with Him is never the same.
Sometimes you are just one step away from walking into a supernatural encounter with the living God. Just one glance at His beauty, just one look in your direction you become transformed in His presence. Your identity lies in the fact that you belong to Him.
Knowing God is a process. I am sure you have many questions. But in seeking God, you have to get to the place you love and seek Him even if your questions are not answered. You seek Him more then the answers. You need Him more then the answers. You ache in your heart when you are not with Him.
Are you hungry for God? Do you pursue His presence? Are you a worshipper? You have to get to a place in your heart that you want to know God more then knowing yourself. Let His love consume you. Cry out to God and experience a right now moment of His presence.
To know God is a constant daily encounter you need to nurture. Worship is essential for any believer who wants more then a head knowledge about God. Worship brings you into a heart relationship with God. Worship takes us beyond ourselves to a secret place with just you and Him. It is a precious place. A place so intimate you will never want to leave.
You see, in this world there is turmoil constantly. Not only do we struggle in the natural, with our day to day experiences, we fight against principalities and powers that will try and get us distracted and pulled away from our relationship with God.
Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
This is why we have to guard our relationship with Christ and let nothing interfere with it. Treat your relationship with God as the most precious thing in your life, because it is! When we put a high priority on God and being with and worshipping Him, our lives are so much better. In other words; protect and nurture the Vertical relationship and our horizontal life will flow and line up better. This is so true because I have seen it in my own life. When I am busy and distracted my relationship with God suffers and my life seems stressed and in turmoil. When I spend time with God and worship Him on a regular basis, I am not in turmoil. The stress subsides because my hope, my trust is in God and not in the things of this world.
You too can experience the intimate love of God. All it takes is for you to enter into worship. Set your mind on God. Think about His goodness. Put some good worship music on and soak in God’s goodness. Remind yourself of who God is and tell yourself He is all that and more to you. To know God intimate takes action on your part. He wants you to seek Him more then anything else in your life. When we come to God He will come to us.
James 4:8a (NKJV)
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you….”
This is a promise that God will always draw close to us when we make an effort to get close to Him. That verse goes on to say; “…Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” Allow God to wash and cleanse you from anything that is not pleasing to Him. Be broken before Him knowing He is God and we are not. He will come to us and lift us up as we worship Him unabandoned.
Psalm 73:28 (NKJV)
“But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Your works.”
See, it is good to draw near to God. It will build our trust in Him and we can’t help but tell others of His goodness, tenderness, and love. Even as I type this message I am listening to Kimberly and Alberto Rivera live Soaking Session, Volume III. I have to stop often and just worship Him. Such a sweet presence filling my room right now. His presence makes me weep. Not tears of sadness, but of joy and peace.
God’s presence reassures us that He is in control and sees us right where we are. We don’t have to be someone else to come to God. We just come as our selves. He never rejects us. We can’t help but express our love to Him in these intimate times. We actually become love-sick for Him.
Allow His deep places call to your deep places and get fully engulfed with Who He is. He is so amazing, faithful, and true. Nothing compares to Him. He is overflowing with goodness. He is the air we breathe.
Stay ever-soaking in His presence and you will get to know a living, breathing, loving God who cherishes you forever.
Jeremiah 17:7 – 8
“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water.”
Your sister in Christ,
Pastor Kris Belfils