Ways to draw near to God

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Blain

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Aug 28, 2012
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So I wanted to make a thread to post ways you draw near and connect to God and to encourage others to try as well. There is nothing more important than the bond we have with him and deepening that bond is just as important.
I will admit while I wanted to make a thread to bring the church closer to god it is also kind of a selfish thing for me as my one true dream is to test the limits and exceed the boundaires in the love closeness intimacy and bonds with him to go further in that kind of love than anyone ever has.
Maybe that isn't even possible and maybe it isn't even something I can actually have but if this thread can help bring others closer to him then I wanted to at least try.

To start there is the obvious communion with him reading the word praying and talking with him spending time with him and with other believers but what about more unspecified things?
To begin I love going on walks, I love to just walk around observe everything take it all in all the while just talking to him, I find i connect with him in a different way on my walks than I normally do it has a different flavor if you will. Also I think it might be good to mention to use your talents and what you nejoy. I am a writer and so I use this quite often a friend of mine magenta makes the most amazing art I have ever seen and she uses this as well, another friend of mine is a singer and she loves nothing more than to wake up in the morning watch the sunrise and praise God.

I love sunsets and I have a medium sized pool in back yard and I love to just sit in the waters looking at the sky in wonder of his majesty and especially at night I love to look at the moon and stars and just soak him in.

And now i pass the baton to the next person
 

TheIndianGirl

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To begin I love going on walks, I love to just walk around observe everything take it all in all the while just talking to him, I find i connect with him in a different way on my walks than I normally do it has a different flavor if you will. Also I think it might be good to mention to use your talents and what you nejoy. I am a writer and so I use this quite often a friend of mine magenta makes the most amazing art I have ever seen and she uses this as well, another friend of mine is a singer and she loves nothing more than to wake up in the morning watch the sunrise and praise God.
I spend a lot of time alone so I bond close to God in my deep thoughts. When I am in need of a higher power, I also seek God and bond this way. When I realize how much evil there is, while at times I ask where is God, I also know that God is in control so I bond this way as well. Talking with other Christian friends also helps me bond more with God. Also, sometimes watching certain movies or listening to Christian songs helps me bond with God. I also bond with God when I think about God or pray.
 

Blain

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Aug 28, 2012
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I spend a lot of time alone so I bond close to God in my deep thoughts. When I am in need of a higher power, I also seek God and bond this way. When I realize how much evil there is, while at times I ask where is God, I also know that God is in control so I bond this way as well. Talking with other Christian friends also helps me bond more with God. Also, sometimes watching certain movies or listening to Christian songs helps me bond with God. I also bond with God when I think about God or pray.
If I didn't know any better I would swear we were clones all you just described is me down to every word That is so amazing :D
 

Blik

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It was late in my life, when I was in very serious trouble that I discovered fasting. I was not coping well with my new circumstances, mostly it was as "poor me". I knew that wasn't God's way, but I simply didn't know what to do about it. I decided to try fasting.

I had to search to find what God wanted of a fast, it was new to me. I found that for a time I was to close out the world and devote myself to God. I allowed myself coffee and water only. I gave all my time to study of the word and prayer. I made a mental picture of God surrounding me with the Holy Spirit. God doesn't specify a time limit, for me I needed five days. It is a miracle how God worked.

The poor me went away completely and in its place was a way to cope.
 

BillG

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Feb 15, 2017
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I think it's just being totally honest with God.

If we look a David he was totally honest and knew God would listen.

He did this in the depths of his sin and depression etc.

So many in the church today are too frightened to draw close to God because they fear they will be rejected.

Based on life experiences and awful teaching in the modern church.

One simple example for me.

I was once told because I do not speak in tongues it was evidence I was not saved.

So that crapped me out because I was not saved.
So what did I do?
Prayed to speak in tongues so I knew I was saved.

I was already in a bad place and that added to it.

I came to realise after many years that my foundations were wrong.

Saved by this and that and works and not sinning was my foundations.

As a result I could not draw close to God because in fact if I didn't fulfill the above he would reject me.

As a result you cannot and will not draw close to God because barriers are in place.

Not from the side of God but us.

I came to realise and understand that when Jesus said "It is finished" the temple curtain was torn in two and as a result I could access the throne of God, based on what Jesus did and be saved by that and nothing else and not by tongues etc.

Now I can draw closer to God and be totally honest knowing that he fully loves me and wants me to be honest.

Its still a struggle but we press on.