"A relationship...a personal relationship.... with God? You can't be serious, how is that even be possible? Isn't God just an invisible entity floating around waiting to strike me down when I do something wrong?" That may be how you have thought of God in the past, but if this is new to you, I want you to try and see God from a new perspective. If having a relationship with God is not new to you, you can always grow and develop that relationship.
God is actively seeking a relationship with you right now, and he is more concerned with your character then with what you are doing? He is more interested in your heart then what your home looks like or how many charities or church activities you participate in.
He loves you more then you can imagine- flaws and all. Your purpose is to be constantly and continually walking and talking with the Lord. I encourage you, if you are not already, to begin developing that relationship today. It may seem difficult at first, but most new relationships are a bit awkward. The best way to get to know God is to read the Bible and talk to him(that's all that prayer is). Let's take a look at the Bible too see what God's take is on this idea.
Romans 8:35 (NLT) Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. 38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
How was God's love revealed in Christ Jesus?
John 3:16 For God SO LOVED the world that He gave is only son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life.
2 Peter 1:3-4 (Message) Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust. 5-9 So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books.10-11 So, friends, confirm God’s invitation to you, his choice of you. Don’t put it off; do it now. Do this, and you’ll have your life on a firm footing, the streets paved and the way wide open into the eternal kingdom of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Nothing can separate us from God's love. There is nothing we can do that will make us unloveable to God. Through Christ we have victory and we can have confidence in the knowledge that God loves us. Not only that, according to the verse in 2 Peter we have already been given everything we need to live a life pleasing God. A life that is active, growing, and richly rewarding. He has chosen and invited YOU! Does that mean it will always be easy? No, but the price for this richly rewarding life is simple. Get to know Jesus, personally and intimately. Everything else will naturally flow out of that relationship. That is the best invitation you will ever receive! Better than any Groupon or BOGO, don't pass this one up!
Leave me a note below or send me a message and let me know where you are in your relationship with God. Have you ever considered that God wanted to have a personal relationship with you? Have you ever thought that facing trouble meant that God doesn't love you? I'd love to pray with you.