3. A consistent, on-going relationship with God built on communication (prayer), trust, and faith.

Communication With The Father
Just like any other relationship, a relationship with the Creator of the Universe needs to have certain elements to it to work. There needs to be a constant, regular, communication. In this case, that happens through prayer.

This prayer thing is far more than just getting on your knees and bowing your head once or twice a day. The communication with God needs to be regular and on-going. As your driving down the road or heading down the hallway to deal with a rebellious child, every minute of every day needs to be focused on communicate to God. When the focus is always on God then your actions in any situation will reflect God.

A great example of this can be seen in the life David. In every situation in his life, he would constantly communicate with God. All throughout the Psalms, prayer are lifted up in both good and bad situations.

Hear, O LORD, my righteous plea;
listen to my cry.
Give ear to my prayer—
it does not rise from deceitful lips.

May my vindication come from you;
may your eyes see what is right.

Though you probe my heart and examine me at night,
though you test me, you will find nothing;
I have resolved that my mouth will not sin. – Psalm 17:1-3

Hear my prayer, O LORD,
listen to my cry for help;
be not deaf to my weeping.
For I dwell with you as an alien,
a stranger, as all my fathers were – Psalm 39:12

I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness
and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. – Psalm 7:17

Trust And Faith Are Key
A relationship with the God of the Universe absolutely needs to be based on faith and trust.

FAITH: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)

TRUST: reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing (Dictionary.com)

Faith and trust describe our part in the foundational beliefs of following Jesus. Believing in what we can not see and a reliance on a God whose character is worth trusting.

FAITH
It takes faith not only to believe that God exists but also to believe that Jesus lived, died, and was resurrected. Jesus commented on this very thing during a post-resurrection encounter with the disciple Thomas. He said, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.(John 20:29)”

It also takes faith to believe that the Holy Spirit lives within us. Even though the Holy Spirit can not be seen, we know He is resident within us. “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. – (I Corinthians 6:19-20)”

It does takes faith to believe the Bible is the true, accurate, and inspired Word of God (Although with all the archaeological evidence proving the Bible it makes it a little easier). Faith is a definitely an important piece to following Jesus with all of our heart.

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith. – Romans 1:16-18

TRUST
Any relationship is not really a relationship without trust. Think of those deep, true, friendships that are in your life. The type of friendship where you can share your heart without worrying about others finding out. It is that kind of deep, trusting, relationship God is looking for with His creation.

God honors that kind of relationship all throughout the Bible:

…the LORD’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him. – Psalm 32:10

Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.- Psalm 40:4

“But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. – Jeremiah 17:7

Trusting God and what He says in His Word is a key to truly believing in Jesus and following Him with all your heart.

Without trust, there is no real relationship with God. Without faith, there is no true belief in God. Without a belief in God, there is no following Jesus.

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