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But how do we meet with God. What can help us to bring us closer to an encounter with his presence?
Pray. Our first duty to God, ourselves, and to the world around us each day is to pray. Pray that we can feel what David in the Psalms felt. Pray that we can be set on fire like Paul. Pray that God will remove sin from our heart and our life and in the lives of others.
Praise. Sing to the Lord! Privately praise the Lord. Publicly lift our hands and our voice to him. God is pleased to ignite the hearts of those who worship him.
Meditate. Focus our mind upon deep spiritual truths. Meditate upon the cross and the wounds of Christ. Let the eyes of our hearts gaze upon the hands, the feet, the side, and the face of the crucified Son of God. Let the cross set us on fire! Meditate upon our eternal judgment, and upon our future in our resurrected body.
If we do these then we will move closer to God than we are now.
Read. Read the Bible and other great Christian classics, which show the strength of faith and what that faith can achieve.
To have faith is the key to the kingdom of God.
To have faith is to believe in something or someone, to fully trust, to be so confident that you base your actions on what you believe. To have faith is to be fully convinced of the truthfulness and reliability of that in which you believe.
Faith in God then, is having the kind of trust and confidence in God and in Christ that leads us to commit our whole soul to Him as our Saviour
Faith is a spiritual substance. When we have this spiritual substance in us, it communicates to us a certain inner knowing that the thing we are hoping for is certainly established, even before we see any material evidence that it has happened.
Faith is a spiritual force. Faith in God is a response to God’s Word, which moves God to act. Jesus said in Mark 11:23, "For assuredly I say to you, whoever SAYS to this mountain, ’Be removed and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but BELIEVES that those things he SAYS will be done, he will HAVE whatever he SAYS." Words mixed with the real, pure faith can and will move mountains or any other problem that we face.
Faith in God must be from the heart. It is not merely intellectual. It is spiritual. Faith causes us to know in our hearts before we see with our eyes. "For we walk by faith, not by sight." (2Cor 5.7)
Hope is a condition for faith. Hope is "a positive unwavering expectation of good". Hope is an anchor for the mind and the soul. It keeps us in the place where we can believe, but it is not in itself "faith". Yet, without hope there are no "things hoped for", and therefore there cannot be faith.
Through faith we can know we have the answer to our prayers before we have prayed. Jesus said, "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them." (Mk 11:24). God expects us, even commands us, to believe that our petitions are heard
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