Just before a recent sermon, I realized that I was not right with the Lord. I had let this situation pierce my heart and I was not giving my situation to the Lord. Once I became aware of my need to confess, I quietly knelt before the Lord; confessed my sin; and I asked for His forgiveness. Also, I prayed to be filled with the Holy Spirit. In a split second, the Presence of the Lord engulfed me; and I knew I was right with God.

The most important relationship that we have is our relationship with the Lord. Sometimes that relationship gets off-track because of sin in our life or just plain ignorance about the ways of the Lord. The essence of Christianity is not religion but our relationship with God. Keeping our relationship vital and strong is crucial to our life of faith.

We begin our relationship with the Lord by inviting Jesus into our life. In John 1:12 (ESV), the Apostle John says it this way: “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” All humans are sons of Adam or daughters of Eve; but when we receive Jesus, we become a child of God. A simple way to receive the Lord into your life is the ABC approach: A – Acknowledge Jesus as the Lord. B – Believe that his death on the cross will atone for your sins. C – Confess your sins to the Lord asking for His forgiveness and for His Presence in your life.

If we have a personal relationship with the Lord, it is important to nurture our relationship to deepen and grow it. Spending time with the Lord is one of the best ways we can nurture our relationship with Him. Prayer, Bible reading and study, and worship are helpful ways to spend time with Him. I often find that silence is an important part of nurturing my relationship with the Lord – that is, being still and quiet and listening to what He might have to say to me. Oftentimes, the Lord will make me aware of some sin in my life or some person with whom He wants me to connect.

In the busy, noisy, techno, demanding world in which we live, it is easy to allow the busyness of life to push our relationship with the Lord to the background of our lives. I find I must make a constant effort to keep moment by moment fellowship with Him. This fellowship is where our relationship with Him can be most meaningful and powerful. Involving Him in all the decisions, discussions, and duties of the day brings God’s wisdom, counsel, and Presence into my everyday life. Get right with the Lord and stay right with Him. Psalm 46:10 (ESV)– “Be still, and know that I am God. . .”