Things That Hinder Our Closeness to God

There's nothing that means more to me than feeling a closeness to God. It's what we were born to know!

But how do we get there? How do we cultivate a deeper relationship with Him and maintain it? What things hinder that closeness with Him? 

In my Facebook Group, I recently taught on this and you can watch the replay right here.

 

You Reflect What You Focus On

There's a spiritual principle that says we are "near" to whatever we are focused on. We also begin to resemble (look like, reflect) what we are focused on. 

Since we are made in God's image, our lives are designed to be focused on Him, getting what we need from Him, walking in relationship with Him as He transforms us.

It's His job, as we walk with Him, to change us more and more into the image of Christ. In other words, our lives are made whole!

 

Things that Hinder Our Closeness to God

What things hinder our closeness to God? Begin to notice what's happening in life when you feel a disconnect with God. Here are some common things.

  1. Unconfessed sin in our life (1 John 1:9). If you know there's something there, just bring it to God. He never condemns you but welcomes you to receive forgiveness and restoration.

  2. Unforgiveness held against another or yourself (Matthew 6:14-15). The Word is clear - if we refuse to forgive someone else, it blocks God from forgiving us.

  3. Anger at God (Job 3:23-26, Psalm 69). If you're mad at God for not doing what you wanted, it's just best to tell Him so you can be restored. He's okay with your expression of how you feel and He can help you.

  4. A wrong view of God (Colossians 1:10, Romans 12:2). You may have wrong beliefs about God that hinder you from developing a close relationship. 

  5. Lack of prayer and Bible reading (Ephesians 4:15). We develop intimacy with someone by spending time with them. It's the same with God. He wants to reveal Himself to you.

  6. Lack of Christian friends and community (1 John 1:7, 1 Thessalonians 5:14). We all need encouragement, support, and teaching from other believers that can strengthen us to stand in difficulty and advise us in wisdom.

  7. An attitude of stubbornness or an unyielding heart towards God (Jonah 1:1-17, 2 Timothy 4:3). Spoiler alert: Don't think you know better than God and don't get swallowed by a whale!

 

You can use these verses to strengthen your relationship and closeness with God and develop more intimacy with Him. If you don't have a Bible, use your phone and download the YouVersion Bible app or look them up on Google.

Romans 8:31-32
Ephesians 4:15
Proverbs 3:5-6
Romans 8:28
Isaiah 41:10
Romans 5:8
Psalm 86:15
Deuteronomy 31:6

 

The Importance of the God Relationship

We will be what we submerge ourselves in, so to be closer to God, let's submerge ourselves in Him.

He is, after all, our Creator and Father - the One we're created to be in a relationship with. He is our source of life and every promise He gives in His Word is ours - if we are walking with Him. His truth can heal and overpower our greatest fears, hindrances, and strongholds. 

The God of the universe wants a close, intimate relationship with you so He can reveal Himself to you. I even wonder right now if there is maybe something He wants to reveal to you that He's never shown anyone before. Wouldn't that be awesome?! 

And more than anything else.....

                                                                            .....He is what you need. 

 

Please let me know if I can pray for you. You're welcome to email me at [email protected]

Blessings, friend! I'm glad to be...

In your corner,

Robin

PS: The book I mentioned in the video is available here on Amazon.com. The Guts & Glory of Forgiveness - Living Healed provides you with a complete forgiveness process and offers it step-by-step so forgiveness is no longer complicated! 

PPS: Let me tell you about my Facebook Group! Did you know you are created to live a life that rises above fear, circumstances, and insignificance? That's right!

You can tap into the supernatural "power up" through "prayers" that actually change things, and learn to unpack your "potential" in Christ - - - and begin today by visiting my group!

Here's the link to click: https://www.facebook.com/groups/394074321060647/

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