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Restoring Your Relationship with God

Restoring Your Relationship with God

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Restoring Your Relationship with God is for anyone who feels distant from God, or who feels they have gradually drifted further away.
Restoring Your Relationship with God is for anyone who feels distant from God, or who feels they have gradually drifted further away.

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Published by: Mark on Jan 03, 2010
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When believers wander or gradually drift away from God, they often beginto feel that God is distant. God seems far away – and hard to reach. But theopposite is actually true: God is very near. In fact, He is standing at thedoor.Jesus spoke some powerful words to a group of people who had graduallydrifted away from their relationship with God. They had allowed other things to sidetrack them and pull them away, and God had become verydistant. Jesus said, “Look to me! I stand at the door and knock. If anyonehears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and hewith me.”
(Revelation 3:20)
 
Jesus is speaking about the door of your heart – because it is in your heartthat you can encounter God and be restored. Jesus speaks this message to people who once knew a nearness to God, but have drifted away. In fact,this message from Revelation 3:20 was originally spoken not to unbelievers, but to believers who had drifted away from God!Jesus is standing at the door of your heart and knocking! He is not far away.He is very near, nearer than you can imagine. But you have a choice – either to open the door, or keep it closed tight. Letting Jesus into your heart againis the key to restoring your relationship with God. Jesus is God made personal, God knocking at your door, God expressing his love andforgiveness to you. He is standing at the door and knocking; he is notholding back his love from you.Jesus is the image, the personal image of God Himself. Jesus is God inconcrete form, and he comes to you personally and knocks at the door of your heart. He has power to change and transform your life from the insideout. His presence brings peace, and restores love in your life. Your heart isthat innermost part of you, your innermost being. That is where Christcomes to dwell. And that is how Christ will restore you, through an inner work of incredible grace.People have filled their hearts with so many vain and empty things… ButJesus brings love and restores you to wholeness when you invite him intoyour innermost being. Jesus comes with love, and forgiveness. Jesus comesto you with peace, and restoration. He comes to rule and reign in your heart,and where the King of Kings is ruling, there is a peace that surpasses allhuman understanding. There is an inner strength, a new hope, when ChristJesus is invited back into your heart to reign.His presence satisfies, and brings a warmth of love to the human heart. His presence provides a new strength, a willingness to love, a restored hunger for the very presence of God.I encourage you to set your heart – to make a commitment to restore your relationship with God. But see this as the key – inviting Christ into your heart again to rule there, and inviting Christ into each situation you face.
 
Then you will not be alone, but Christ will be with you and will restore youwith love from the very heart of God. ______________ A key question is this: Is Christ only an occasional visitor to your heart, or isHe a reigning King? He passionately desires to reign as King in your heart.This is the key not only for restoring your relationship with God, but it is thekey to an overflowing life, a life of abundant love – a life filled with God’sstrength and peace. Even in the midst of challenges and difficulties that youmay face, Christ will be ruling in your heart, giving you inner strength and peace. But you must invite him in, and allow him to rule in your heart as theKing of Kings – not just one time, but as an ongoing and supernatural rule of  peace. We are told, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.”
(Colossians3:15).
 To paint a picture of this rule of Christ, your heart can be pictured as athrone. Something is always going to be ruling on the throne of your heart.It may be Christ, it may be self, it may be an idol. But something willalways be ruling on the throne of your heart.If Christ is not actively welcomed and allowed to reign as King in your heart, other things will begin to crowd in. Before long, something else will be ruling on the throne of your heart. It may be another person; it may bematerial things or some other substitute for God; or it may be self. ButChrist will no longer be on the throne.A major reason believers drift from God is that they get caught up inoutward things, or get distracted by cares or pleasures. They lose track of what is happening in their heart, and Christ is gradually replaced by other things at the center of their heart and life. Then the peace and love of Christis no longer ruling your heart, because Christ is no longer given first place.We are told, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” (Proverbs 4:23
 NIV
). Coming back to God means opening your heart,and asking Christ to come in, to rule in your heart once again. And itincludes a commitment to continue to invite Christ in, to rule and reign inyour heart every day.

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