Finding God

by Charles Watson Guest Blogger, Head Content Writer for Willow Springs Recovery. A life long health advocate, he currently can be reached directly on Twitter at @charleswatson00.

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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

4 Principles To Help Us Find God

Most of those who want to know and find God believe that if they do good, they can begin a close relationship with God. There are also those who believe that being devoted or being religious can help them forge a closer relationship with God. Lastly, there are also those who think that if they become better people, God can accept them. These are actually good but the Bible has been very clear on how we can get to know and find God.

Knowing these principles and ways can actually help us begin a deeper and more personal relationship with God.

These are the following principles:

Principle One: God loves us and He has a great plan for us and for our lives.

God created all of us in His image and likeness. Not only this, God’s love for us is immeasurable that’s why He wants us to be with Him in eternity and He also wants us to know and find Him. In John 3:16, Jesus said that because of God’s love for the world and for humankind, He has given them His only son to redeem them from their sins. Furthermore, Jesus said that those who believe in God and him shall be saved and shall be with God for eternity.

This Bible verse is a true manifestation of God’s will for us to get to know Him and be with Him for all eternity. This verse also tells us that Jesus came down from the heavens for us so that we can understand and we can acquaint ourselves with the ways of God on a personal level. By this, we can say that it’s Jesus alone who can give purpose and bring meaning to life.

So, what really stops us and keeps us away from getting to know God?

Principle Two: No one is without sin. It is our sin against God that has kept us away from Him.

The Bible is clear when it said that we are like sheep who have gone astray and such act made us turned to our own ways. This very separation that we sense is the same distant feeling that has kept us away from knowing and understanding God.

When we go deeper and reveal our feelings, we can see clearly that our individual attitudes may be categorized as passive indifference or active rebellion against God and the ways He wanted us to follow.

Whether we like it or not, these are all bits and pieces of evidence of our sins.

The consequence for our sins is death or what is known as spiritual isolation from God. Though we tirelessly aim to get closer to God, we fail miserably.

Because of sin, there has been a gap, a distance between God and us. Our efforts to reach God can come in the form of being a better person for others, participating in religious rituals, or doing good deeds for other people. These are good but the problem is that these can never make up for or erase our sin against God.

Our sins are barriers between God and us and these sins are all known to God. Furthermore, the Holy Bible revealed that the payment for our sins is death. This only means that we will eternally be separated from our God. This is true, except for the fact that God did something for us. God redeemed us from our sinfulness so that we can have a better relationship with Him.

Principle Three: Jesus Christ came down to earth to redeem us from our sins. We are now completely forgiven and is now able to build a closer and better relationship with God.

Without regard to our ethnicity, intellectual capacity, good deeds, wrongdoings, and more, Jesus Christ died on the cross and redeemed us from all of our sins. He paid for our sins with his own life. He did this out of pure and magnanimous love for us.

He did not save us because we are righteous. He also did not save us because we were good towards our neighbors. Not also because we were religious. It was all because of mercy. Because Jesus died on the cross, we need not be separated from God again.

This is very well expressed in John 3:16.

After dying for our sins, Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day. With this, he has proven without an iota of doubt that he can deliver his promised eternal life. He has also proven that he is the Son of God and the only way we can get to know God. Jesus said that he is the way, the truth, and the life and that nobody can go to the Father except through him.

In lieu of exerting too much effort in reaching God, Jesus is telling us that we can start a relationship with him now. He is calling us to come to him by saying that anybody who is thirsty should go to him and will be filled. He also said that anyone who believes in him and in the Father shall have “living water” flowing like a river.

Jesus endured the pain of the cross and despite that, he has now come to invite us to be near him so that we can start a more personal relationship with his Father.

Principle Four: Individually, we must accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

In John 1:12 of the Bible, it is said that those who have received Christ and those who believe in him and in his name shall be given the right to be called sons and daughters of God.

Accepting Jesus can only be done by faith and Ephesians 2:8,9 said that we are all saved by God’s special favor the moment we chose to believe in Him. We cannot take credit since this is God’s gift for us. We cannot boast that we were saved because of our good deeds because salvation is a gift instead of a reward.

Knowing God is easier because God has made His words known through the Holy Bible. Faith and not good deeds can bring us closer to God.

While it took me longer to find God, I use these principles to lead a fullfulling life everyday.

BIO: Charles Watson currently is the head content writer for Willow Springs Recovery. A life long health advocate, he currently can be reached directly on Twitter at @charleswatson00.

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