By; Pastor Deanna Swedeen
Enoch walked with God, and was not, for God took him (without dying). Moses spoke with God face to face as man speaks to man. John referred to himself as the disciple Jesus loved. These are just a few of the examples in the Bible of people who really had a true connection with God. They knew God well and enjoyed His friendship. How can we deepen our connection with God?
Many of you know this first step, but if you haven’t yet heard the voice of God in your heart, this cannot be ignored. Start by knowing that Jesus says in John 10:27, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
You must decide to be his sheep. Then relax because you will hear his voice. You will hear him in your heart.
As we pay attention to the thoughts in our minds, we will notice that some thoughts come that are good thoughts that just “came” to us. They weren’t things on which we had been previously thinking. Many of these thoughts are thoughts that are brought to us by the Holy Spirit.
Sometimes a person’s name or face will “pop” into our mind. This can be the Holy Spirit prompting us to pray for that person. Sometimes a thought will come with a good idea. Sometimes we will know by the peace that comes when we make a decision that agrees with how the Holy Spirit is leading us.
With practice, we can “tune in” to this voice in our thoughts and become closer and closer to God to the point where we can actually carry on a conversation with God. This is exciting and the most fulfilling connection we will ever have. Many times it is the easiest to learn from people who have already developed their connection with God by studying their lives and letting things “rub off” on us just like we “rub off” on those around us and become more like people that we are around.
There are people living today who are examples we can look to who have amazing connections with God. Reinhard Bonnke from Germany is an evangelist whose ministry has recorded over 74 million decisions for Christ. Roman Catholic Damian Stayne from England is proclaiming the Word in the power of the Holy Spirit with signs and wonders. Heidi Baker was willing to ask God for the nations and has greatly impacted the country of Mozambique.
Google these and more and let their connection with God “rub off” on you.