Rebuilding Our Relationship with God

Originally posted by Joshua Reid.

We all go through seasons in our lives when we have to focus on rebuilding our relationship with God. If this is you, here’s what the Bible tells us to do.

C.S. Lewis once said that “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” How does our relationship with God grow when we stumble?

According to Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV), “5.  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

As this scripture says, we are to trust in the Lord with everything we have, acknowledging who He is and He, in turn, will direct our paths.

When we stumble in our relationship with God and acknowledge our transgression against Him, He picks us up again and starts anew, like a child on a bike.

As heirs of God through Jesus Christ, we are called to be set apart from the world around us and renew our minds.

Our relationship with God stems from our obedience to Him and our desire to bring glory to His Name, but can we do this when we are giving into our earthly desires?

Galatians 5:16-17 (NKJV) says, “16. I say then, ‘Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.”

We are called to walk in the Spirit and as such, with the Spirit’s guidance, our relationship with God continues forward.

However, like little children, we sometimes need the Holy Spirit to hold our hand and guide us in the right direction. As Christians, if we want to rebuild our relationship with God, we sometimes have to go back to our child-like mindset of putting our trust into our Heavenly Father.

In the Gospels, Jesus talks about little children in regard to faith and humility and in the Gospel of Matthew, we see this is Matthew 18:4.

So, how do we as Christians learn to rebuild our relationship with God?

Through my own experiences, I’ve come to recognize a couple of lessons about rebuilding my relationship with God.

1). Learning to Humble Myself Before God

James 4:10 (NKJV) says, “10. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.”

Learning to humble myself before God is not an easy task because of my own desire to do what I please and I’ve noticed how this affects my understanding of God and my relationship with Him.

However, through an understanding of what it means to be humble, I learned to rebuild my relationship with God by trusting Him and humbling myself.

By humbling ourselves before God, we acknowledge that He is the person we should put our focus on.

2). Stopping and Listening for God’s direction

In order for us to rebuild our relationship with God, it requires us to stop and listen for God’s direction.

In life, we can become so busy that we neglect to spend time in God’s Word and cultivating that intimacy with Him that we need for spiritual nourishment.

Psalms 46:10 (NKJV) says, “10. Be Still and Know I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

When we learn to stop and listen to God’s voice, we can understand more about who He is and what He wants from us: to exalt His name among the nations.

3). Cultivating the relationship is Not Easy

As stated before, rebuilding our relationship with God isn’t going to be easy. When we let ourselves become fixated on the desires of the world instead of God, we stumble but we get back up and try again.

When we seek to rebuild our relationship with God, we have to first ask ourselves: Are we rebuilding our relationship with God in order to bring Him glory?

C.S. Lewis stated, “Man is to be understood only in his relationship with God.”

As Christians, we should learn not just from these lessons but from the ones in our own relationship with God.

The understanding of our relationship with God stems from who we are as Christians, even more as human beings. If we are to rebuild our relationship with God, we might have to begin as little children, trusting our Heavenly Father and the Spirit to guide us in the direction He has called for us.

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Please Stop Judging People. Here’s Why!

To be honest, I struggle with this. As a motivational blogger and an easy going person, I find myself feeling or acting like I’m more valuable than others.

But I’m not.

Every human life is worth exactly the same. And any action or behavior or statement that leads anyone to believe otherwise, is wrong.

Culture encourages us to discuss other people’s faults. To tear each other down based on looks or the mistakes of our past.

But are we not human? Have we not failed as well? Is determining someone’s worth not more than the clothes they wear or the scars on their life? It reminds me of a statement I’ve read in the Bible, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”

This video is a profound reminder of how much depth we miss when we judge those around us. Will you join me in reconsidering a stranger’s value and, possibly, even count them above yourself?

Do you struggle with this? How will this change the way you think about people? Let me know in the comments below..

Pride Prevents Patient Waiting

Trust your day is going great guys.

So this morning I was really bothered about my future and what and what am yet to be done around me. I tried distracting myself with house chores and stuffs but to no avail. Later on, I picked an old jotter of mine and started reading. The first thing my eyes sighted on was a topic about being patient and not pride.

It is impossible to enjoy waiting if you don’t know how to wait patiently. Pride prevents patient waiting because the proud person thinks so highly of himself that he believes he should never be inconvenience in anyway.

Although we are not to think badly of ourselves, we are also not to think too highly of ourselves. It is dangerous to lift ourselves up to such an elevated place that it causes us to look down on others. If they are not doing things the way we want, or as quickly as we think they should be done, we behave impatiently.

“A humble person will not display an impatient attitude”

Am so relieved right now, I hope you are also???

What Young People Need To Know About Humility

It is a conceit of the young to believe that because something has occurred to them, it is a novel idea, one unknown to previous, plodding generations. This tendency cuts across the board and includes young Christians.

And then they read the classical philosophers… the Church Fathers… the Protestant Reformers… the Enlightenment thinkers… Alexis de Tocqueville and Edmund Burke and The Federalist Papers and Blackstone… Carl F.H. Henry and Herbert Schlossberg and Thomas Oden and Christopher Lasch and Abraham Kuyper and Os Guinness… and biblical exegeses and commentators and historians and scientists whose exacting and exhaustive study open up new vistas of knowledge… and have conversations with serious people who, having reached the age of 40, are a bit more tempered in their approach to life and learning… and real maturity begins.

These comments are more than a bit autobiographical. As a young man (an increasingly distant state of being), my intellectual self-confidence spilled joyously into intellectual pomposity. My mind was a grand world, comprehensive and integrated and satisfied, capable of taking on all comers and informing them of their rightness, wrongness, or simple stupidity.
I am no longer young. Although there are aspects of my youth I miss (supple knees, for example), one I consider with some grief and embarrassment is the intellectual pride I wore as a badge of honor. It was, in reality, a bludgeon of ignorance and injury.

It is good for young people to have strong views, to foster a muscular curiosity, to have opinions of sufficient iron as to sharpen those of their peers. And there’s nothing like the invigoration of intellectual discovery, to grasp something difficult and understand it for the first time, to internalize a great truth or work through a knotty philosophical or theological problem. These things make one feel alive and construct the very lens through which one views life itself.
Yet in our time, the advent of the internet has enabled myriad bright young people, including bright young Christians, to opine with both dogmatism and profligacy. Had the Internet been around when I was in my 20s, no doubt I would have been one of the blogosphere’s chief users – and offenders.
All Christians can rejoice in the many young believers who are writing so thoughtfully and with such art and frequency. Many young men and women I know are using the web to advance critically important arguments in fresh and clever ways.
Christian faith is blessed by young men and women like these. Older Christians should rejoice that the Lord is raising them up and be sufficiently humble to learn from them. Holding younger Christians in contempt simply because they are young is expressly forbidden by the Word of God (I Timothy 4:12). Such contempt is as much a form of pride as any other kind. Like the corpse of dead Lazarus, it stinks.
My caution is only that in an era when so much is at stake in our culture, and when so many young Christians have been cruelly wounded by the brokenness of their families and the excesses of past sin, younger believers not forget that although their voices are new, the truths they proclaim and issues with which they wrestle are not.
Humility and servanthood are terms I dislike, because I’m so bad at applying them to my own life. Yet one’s utility to the Prince of Life is only as extensive as one’s humility and servant attitude. This does not mean that we cannot be confident in proclaiming the truth; rather, it means we bear always in mind that the truth is His, not ours, and that the ministries we occupy are for Jesus’s sake, not our own.
Charles Spurgeon wrote of his own pride that “it is a miserable, wretched affair.” This echoes in the very heart of my own heart. It should for all Christ-followers. Young, middle-aged, or old, let’s remember that intellectual pride is rank in the nostrils of God, and keep remembering that until the day we see our Redeemer, One Who though existing in the very form of God humbled Himself to the point of dying on an instrument of debasement and cruelty, a wooden cross.
If we want to be worthy servants of the King, whether we are emerging or retiring, let’s begin at, and keep returning to, these eternal truths.

5 Things To Do When You’re Tempted To Worry

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  • PLACE YOUR TRUST IN GOD: Believe that God will take care of your situation, in His perfect way and timing.
  • HUMBLE YOURSELF: Honestly come before God and let Him know you can’t do it on your own. Recognize that you need His help to have success in any area of your life
  • CAST YOUR CARES ON HIM: God wants us to throw our cares and worries onto Him and allow Him to carry the weight of them. (1 Peter 5:6-7)
  • CHOOSE TO THINK AND SAY POSITIVE, FAITH-FILLED STATEMENTS FROM GOD’S WORD: For example: “The Lord is going to take care of this. It doesn’t matter what it looks like- I believe God is working!”
  • ENJOY YOUR LIFE WHILE YOU WAIT: Enter into God’s rest, knowing He will come through!

Worry is truly a waste of time and energy. I am in the journey of making myself happy, peaceful, and joy to battle worry from my life. What i do is to focus on what I have and grateful for, avoid argument, enjoy my moment privately by playing game or watching a series movie. My new character has sparked a lot of controversies and confusion amongst my friends and fiance. They keep telling me have changed.

I Laughed!!!

Told my fiance this is the new me. I won’t allow the stress of the wedding, or any other thing steal my joy. I have put everything in God’s hands, let Him take control over all. She is still not convinced. But am trying to convince her we good.

What am trying to say here is that we should never allow worry steal our joy. Whatever the issue of problem, cast your care to God, He will always answer and be there for you.

Stay motivated, inspired and free today!!!

How Being Humble Can Make Your Life Happier: Repost

You know what I have learned to really treasure in life? Humility.

There was a time when I thought that being humble meant being weak so I stayed away from it. But as I started walking on this path that I am now walking, and as I began to learn more and more about who I truly am underneath it all, I have discovered that humility is not a weakness but rather a strength.

From my own personal experience, I can tell you that humility helps you remain centered and connected with the you that is always loving and always connected with the Invisible Force that created this world and all things. And that’s when you start to experience a lot of happiness in all areas of your life.

Humility is the path to greatness, your key to a happier life. To have a humble heart is to have a noble heart.

Humility is where your real strength lies, it’s where your real power comes from.

Knowing who you truly are and where you come from gives you a sense of humility and it puts you in a place where you can look at all things, all experiences and all people with love and compassion. And in this beautiful video, Wayne Dyer, the person from whom I have learned so many wonderful and powerful life lessons, talks about the importance of humility and how being humble can make your life happier. A really beautiful and profound message that will go straight to your beautiful heart and loving soul.

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Prayer Tuesday: Against Arrogance And Superiority


Loving shepherd, I know you have been a wise and loving father to me. Help me share the care that you have lavished on me with the person who most needs of today. Please protect me from arrogance and feelings of superiority, and gently humble me in the ways that make me a more useful tool in your hands. In Jesus name I pray. Amen!!! 

It’s a serious prayer that needs to be checked in our daily lives. I do it sometimes unknowingly, feeling superior to others. Thank God I don’t wear that coat anymore. Whenever I drift to that arrogant character, the Holy Spirit draws me back. 

Let’s be humble and also share the same care you receive from our heavenly father to others to benefit.