After spending some years serving the Lord, there comes a moment when you might pause and ask, “Lord, what now?”
You’ve made significant changes in your life and you strive to live a sanctified life following your salvation. But how can you get closer to God? How can you reach the next level in your walk with Him? In this blog post, we will explore ways to deepen your relationship with God and embark on a path of growth. For most of this message we will use Psalms 42:1-5,7.
Knowing God Better
To draw closer to God, it is essential to get to know Him on a deeper level. He desires your love, friendship, and most importantly, your heart. While God is infinitely higher than us, He reveals His character, passions, and desires through His Word. Spend time studying on the Scriptures, for it is where God reveals Himself to you.
Growing in Love
As you develop a deeper knowledge of God, your love for Him will naturally deepen as well. Your desire to align with His will should outweigh your personal desires. Christianity is not solely about your pursuit of God, but rather about God’s relentless pursuit of you. He chased after you to the point of dying on the cross, desiring a relationship with you. Acknowledge His pursuit and respond by seeking Him wholeheartedly.
Approach God with a genuine desire to be holy at any cost. Prioritize holiness over temporary happiness and ask Him to make you holy, regardless of your emotional state. A.W. Tozer said it like this: “Be assured that in the end, you will be as happy as you are holy and for the time being let your whole admission be to serve God, and be Christ-like.”
Quotes on Deepening You Walk with God
In your journey toward a deeper relationship with God, you might take some inspiration from the wisdom of others:
- D.L. Moody: “The world has yet to see what will happen when a man truly gets on fire for God.”
- Henry Ford: “Those that always walk with God reach their destination.”
- Leonard Ravenhill: “Smart men walk on the moon, and daring men walk on the ocean floor, but wise men walk with God.”
- Elisabeth Elliot: “If my life is broken when I give it to Jesus, it is because pieces will feed a multitude, while a loaf will only satisfy one little lad.”
Healing and Restoration in God’s Presence
Just as the wounded deer seeks water to clot its bleeding, we need to thirst for God with a desire that surpasses everything else. In His presence, wounds are healed, dreams are restored, and we find peace. Run to Him, not just for a casual drink of water but as a matter of life or death (Psalm 42:1).
Deep Calling Unto Deep
God noticed David’s hunger for Him and commended him for his devotion. In Psalm 42:7, “Deep calleth unto deep,” God acknowledges the depth of David’s desire for Him. As you read through David’s life in the Bible, you will find at least five aspects of David’s relationship with God:
- David made God feel needed.
- David captured God’s attention by giving Him his all.
- David worshiped God wholeheartedly.
- David fought with integrity even when no one was watching.
- David loved his enemies, displaying a heart aligned with God’s own.
Growing closer to God requires intentional effort and a hunger for His presence. Seek to know Him better through His Word, and grow in love and holiness. Let your pursuit of God be fueled by a genuine desire to be deeply rooted in your relationship with Him, and watch as in your Christian walk you take on more joy, peace, and fulfillment. Remember, as you deepen your roots in God, your life will bear fruit that helps not only yourself but also those around you.
Thank you so much for reading. I go into more detail about how some aspects of our spiritual walk can be represented by the different parts of a tree (fruit, leaves, branches, trunk, and roots). I would love it if you could check out the sermon below. As you listen, I pray this message encourages you to strengthen your walk with God and grow in wisdom and truth as you seek Him wholeheartedly!
Pastor Anthony Wynn