Start: Start Responding
Our relationship with God is a response.
“The only thing we have to do to fix our relationship with God is respond to his invitation.”
3 Realities about Gods desire for relationship:
1- Gods Intention for mankind is Intimacy.
Genesis 3:8-9 (NIV) Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?"
2- God’s highest value is relationship.
Genesis 3:21 (NIV) The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.
“God has solutions before there are problems.”
Ephesians 1:4-5(NIV) “Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.”
3 He enjoys us…
Mark 3:14(NIV) He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach
“God greatest purpose for your life is Him.”
Enjoyment is a core value of our Walk with Jesus.
Cultivating intimacy with Jesus
Matthew 6:11 Daily bread
A. Get a plan
B. Be prepared
Luke 5:1(NIV) But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.
P-Praise & Adoration
Repentance, restoration, refreshing,
A. It’s your nature to worship
B. It’s Gods nature to be worshipped
Jeremiah 29: 13-14(NIV) You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "
Psalms 116:9 in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
James 4:8 (NIV) Come near to God and he will come near to you.
Hebrews 4:16 (NIV) Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.