7 Keys To Grow Closer To God – Part…
7 Keys To Grow Closer To God – Part 2
In Part 1 of this 4 part series on the 7 keys to grow closer to God we began to look into what it takes to grow closer to God and h ave intimacy with God.
The first of the 7 keys to grow closer to God is total devotion to Jesus. You need to be like the early church in the book of Acts. They were totally devoted and committed to Jesus, no matter what the cost. Many of them died because of their devotion to Jesus and their obedience.
Total devotion and being fully committed to Jesus is a vital key to growing closer to God. In this 2nd part of the 7 Keys To Grow Closer To God we will look at 2 more keys.
7 Keys To Grow Closer To God
#2 of the 7 Keys to Grow Closer to God – Love (“Agape” Love)
Deuteronomy 6:5 “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.”
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 “For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.”
“Agape” Love For God
The Greek word “agape” for Love means “unconditional & sacrificial love”. It is the love that Jesus demonstrated when He suffered and died on the cross to pay for your sins. Because Jesus loves you so much. Now God wants us to love Him and others in the same way He loves us.
Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.”
Luke 9:23 “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.”
Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.”
7 Keys To Grow Closer To God
#3 of the Keys to Grow Closer to God – Respect, Honor (Reverence)
Psalm 25:12-14 “Who is the man who fears the Lord? He will instruct him in the way he should choose. His soul will abide in prosperity, and his descendants will inherit the land. The secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him, and He will make them know His covenant.”
Luke 11:1-2 “It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” And He said to them, “ When you pray, say: ‘ Father, hallowed be Your name.”
Acts 2:43 “Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.”
1 Samuel 2:30 “…for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me will be lightly esteemed.”
God is worthy of our reverence, and the more we know Him the more we will reverence Him and be in awe of Him. The word Praise means to “place great value on someone”, so when we praise God we are communicating how much we care for Him and value Him.
So far we have learned 3 of the 7 keys to grow closer to God. # 1 – Commitment & Devotion. #2 – Love (“Agape” Love). #3 – Respect, Honor, Reverence. In Part 3 we will continue to study the 7 keys to grow closer to God with keys # 4 and #5.
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