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10ways to get closer to God

Talking about daily habits in Christianity sounds rigid. It sounds like bordering on religion rather than the relationship God has called us to. And yet, these daily habits are not a checklist. They are either steps that Jesus modeled for us in his own life or steps that the Bible tells us we should take to become more like Christ. 1 John 2:6 tells us that if we’re in relationship with Christ then we should also “walk in the same manner as He walked.”

It’s the Holy Spirit’s work to make us like Christ. “For I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will continue to perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus,”Philippians 1:6. And yet there are steps we can take each day that allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through us, making us more like Christ.

James urges people to get closer to God. “Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded,”James 4:8. By confessing our sins, practicing humility, and transforming our thoughts with Scripture; we can become more like Christ and get closer to God.

Whether you are seeking a greater purpose in life, are a new believer, or have walked with Jesus for a long time, these simple tips will remind you that getting closer to God is just one small act away. Spend some time with God today, and you will be blessed and refreshed.

1.give thanks.

Jesus continually gave thanks to God. Before Jesus fed over 5,000 with 2 fish and 5 loaves, he “took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish,” John 6:11. Later, John records that, just before Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, he “looked up and said, ‘Father, I thank you that you have heard me,’” John 11:41. Even on the night Jesus was arrested, he still gave God thanks. 1 Corinthians 11:23-24 says that “the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.

2.love one another

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another,” John 13:34. Believers are told to “be devoted to brotherly love,” Romans 12:10.

Loving others helps us become more like Christ as we learn what real love is and how to love. We learn to put others’ needs before our own, to forgive an offense, to encourage rather than envy, and to compassionately bear each other’s burdens. “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us,” Ephesians 5:1-2.

3.read your bible

Underline, highlight, or write out passages, verses, phrases or words that speak to you. These are the gifts that keep on giving when you need encouragement down the road. 

4.practice humality

Biblical humility is giving up our own selfish and vain desires so we can do the will of God. Jesus humbled himself to obey the Father, even though he was the Son of God.

Philippians 2:5-8 says: “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross!”

5.meditate on stripture

Choose a verse or short passage, read it several times, and invite the Holy Spirit to speak to you about what you have learned in the context of what’s happening in your life re now.Memorizing Scripture is the second layer of knowing the Word. While Bible study helps us know God and his ways, memorizing Scripture keeps His word in our heart. Jesus knew Scripture by heart and quoted it often. Each time Satan tempted Jesus in the desert, Jesus responded with Scripture. And when the Sadducees tried to trap Jesus with words, he used Scripture to point out their error and answer their question.

6.share what God has done for you

 with a friend or family member. Witnessing is a powerful tool for our own spiritual growth, and pleases the Lord

7.use the gift God has given you

 If He has called you to create, then create. If He has called you to administer, then administer. If He has called you to shepherd, then shepherd. 

8.fast

Fasting brings clarity of mind and combined with any of the above, gives you the potential for a remarkable encounter with God.

9.serve others.

One of the ways we can grow more like Christ is to look for ways to serve others. We should ask God to help us to see people as he sees them, see their need, and then be willing to stop and serve them.

Jesus modeled this service just before going to the cross. In the upper room, Jesus got up from the table, wrapped a towel around his waist, poured water into a bowl and washed his disciples’ feet. How could Jesus, who was Lord and Master, stoop to wash their feet? Jesus was teaching by example. “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you,” John 13:14-15.

 10.study the word.

We can’t become like Christ if we don’t know him. Jesus is revealed in the Scriptures, both in the Old and New Testaments. But the Bible isn’t just a book to learn about God. The Bible is alive and active, and God uses our time reading it to convict us, to guide us, to point us to truth, to answer prayer and to transform our thinking.

Paul knew the value of studying the Bible and encouraged Timothy, his young charge, to continue studying the Scriptures which he’d done since his youth. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work,” 2 Timothy 3:16.

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