When we have a close relationship with God, He adds great richness to our life. We NEVER want anything or anyone to compromise it! We learn that God is the source of the richest experiences we enjoy. We find that the same things we used to enjoy—without God—can NEVER compare to enjoying them WITH Him!

His presence changes us. He enhances every part of our life. When we are close to Him, we WANT to do what is right and good because He’s developed an appetite for His goodness inside of us. Jesus said: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (‭Matthew‬ ‭5:6‬) Knowing God re-trains our senses so that we hunger after what is right. Our senses recognize the fragrance of His righteousness and the stink of the world loses its appeal. The experiences we enjoy like beautiful music, art, hiking in the woods, sexual intimacy, sports, our favorite food, etc., are enjoyments which He created for us to enjoy—but NOT without Him! It is ignorance to believe that we can truly enjoy God’s gifts without His presence.

A relationship with the Creator of all the earth is a humbling privilege and is where all our experiences become richly blessed. To be close to Him, we must forsake sin and passionately seek to know Him. He poured out everything He had, right down to His last drop of blood, so that we could have His goodness. We don’t need to be afraid Him. God IS the most important relationship of our lifetime. When we’re close to Him, we live like we’ve never lived before!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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