Our Relationship with God

Knowing our relationship with our Creator is the most important concept we can ever grasp. When we understand who we are compared to God, we finally understand how much we need His grace and love — and how willing He is to give it.

Day One: Christian
A dictionary definition of a Christian would be something similar to "a person professing belief in Jesus as the Christ or in the religion based on the teachings of Jesus." While this is a good starting point, like many dictionary definitions, it falls somewhat short of really communicating the biblical truth...
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For more, see: "What makes a Christian a Christian?"

Day Two: Becoming a Christian
The first step to become a Christian is to understand what the term "Christian" means. The origin of the term "Christian" was in the city of Antioch in the first century A.D. (see Acts 11:26). It is possible that, at first, the term "Christian" was intended to be an insult...
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Day Three: Giving our Lives
We all live for something. We start life fully committed to pleasing ourselves. As we grow, that usually doesn't change much. Our focus can become more dispersed among areas that are important to us, such as relationships, careers, or goals. But the bottom line is almost always a desire to please ourselves...
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Day Four: Christian Spirituality
When we are born again, we receive the Holy Spirit who seals us for the day of redemption (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30). Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would lead us "into all truth" (John 16:13). Part of that truth is taking the things of God and applying them to our lives...
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Day Five: Freedom in Christ
Everyone seeks freedom. Especially in the West, freedom is the highest virtue, and it is sought after by all who are, or consider themselves to be, oppressed. But freedom in Christ is not the same as political or economic freedom...
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For more, see: "Is Christianity about freedom or slavery?"

Day Six: Abiding in Christ
To "abide" is to live, continue, or remain; so, to abide in Christ is to live in Him or remain in Him. When a person is saved, he or she is described as being "in Christ" (Romans 8:1; 2 Corinthians 5:17), held secure in a permanent relationship...
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For more, see: "The Greek Geek: Meno — Abide"

Day Seven: A Closer Relationship
Developing a closer relationship with God is an admirable goal and reflects a heart that is truly reborn, for only those who are in Christ desire a closer relationship with God. We must also understand that in this life we will never be as close to God as we ought to be or desire to be...
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Image Credit: Pete Lanman "Ichthus fish 2"; Creative Commons

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Published 12-11-15