Are you looking for deep spiritual meaning in your life and to learn how to get closer to God?
The good news is that God loves you (yes, you!) and He wants to get to know you too! He wants to show you how to have a peaceful, joyful life… right where you’re at.
Growing closer to God can include a Bible study for women (I’ll show you my simple Bible study method), but at its core, learning how to be closer to God starts with an open heart ready to welcome in God’s loving spirit.
Let’s learn about how to become closer to God, including the #1 spiritual growth skill that will help you better understand the Bible and apply God’s truth to your life.
Do You Know God Personally?
Do you know God? I don’t mean do you know “of” God. I mean, do you have an authentic personal relationship with the One who created you?
I’m not asking if you go to church every week or if you grew up in a home where God was talked about frequently. Honestly, that doesn’t guarantee that you actually know God at all.
I’m talking about “knowing God” in the sense of a friendship. A relationship founded on grace (not a religion based on rules and regulations).
I’m asking if you’ve had an opportunity to be forgiven for the bad things you’ve done (and yes, according to Romans 3:23, we’ve all done bad things) and made new through the power of Christ’s forgiveness on the cross.
I’m asking if you’ve experienced (even a taste) of God’s great love for you (Ephesians 3:19) and chosen to surrender your life to His plans and His ways.
Perhaps it seems strange to ask you this (since we’ve probably never met in person and choosing to enter into a relationship with God is a very personal decision) but…
Would you like to have a relationship with God?
Would you like to know how to discover that vibrant, full life that only He can show you (John 10:10) when you choose to surrender your heart to Him?
Let me show you how to start that relationship right now.
What Does the Bible Say About How to Know God Personally?
Do we need to do more good deeds in order to be accepted by God? Do we need to follow a strict set of rules to experience His love and boundless grace?
No. The Bible is very clear that we find salvation only through faith (not good works), and that God’s love and grace is free gift He pours out on all people regardless of how “bad” or “good” they are.
Cru (a Christian ministry to college students) explains how we can begin a real relationship with God with their Four Principles to Knowing God.
I’ve paraphrased these principles below and added a few Bible verse references that support each principle.
How to Know God Personally
- Understand that God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life (John 3:16, John 10:10).
- Know that all of us sin and that our sin has separated us from God (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23).
- Understand that Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for our sin (Romans 5:8, John 14:6).
- We must individually receive Jesus Christ as our savior so that we can experience God’s love and know His plans for us (John 1:12, Ephesians 2:8-9, Revelation 3:20).
If you believe these truths about God and would like to have a life that is led by Christ (instead of your own plans), you can start that personal relationship with God right now!
Simply pray something like this:
“God, I recognize that I’m not perfect. I know I’ve made mistakes, and I’d like to ask your forgiveness for them. I realize now that your death on the cross is the only way that I can be made right with God and to atone for the wrongs I’ve done.
I want my life to be led by you. I want to learn more about you and to discover your good plans for my life.
I want you to show me how to have that abundant, full life that I’m craving. Please come into my life and take control. Please shape me into the person that you want me to be.”
If these words are the desire of your heart and your prayed something similar to this, then you can be assured that you are now in a personal relationship with Christ!
I would strongly recommend that you go to this page (Cru’s website) and click on “Yes I Just Asked Jesus Into My Life” button at the bottom and sign up to receive their free Spiritual Starter Kit via email.
Want to Get Closer to God But Still Have Unanswered Spiritual Questions?
It’s OK if you’re not quite ready to make the decision to start a relationship with Christ! It’s a big decision (and honestly, the most important one of your life).
However, I would highly encourage you to seek out the answers to the spiritual questions/issues you may have that are keeping you from choosing to enter into a relationship with God. Here are several awesome resources that answer top questions many of us have about God, such as:
- Jesus: God or Just a Good Man?
- Why the Resurrection Matters
- Stories of Those Who Have Found Purpose and Meaning
- Stories About Finding Peace
- Stories About Finding Love and Acceptance
- Stories of Coming Out of the Darkness
- Stories of Forgiveness and Redemption
- Real Stories of People Who Have Been Changed by a Relationship with Christ (scroll to the bottom–this post is especially good if you have a previous faith background outside of Christianity)
I also would recommend these books for more in-depth answers:
The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for JesusEvidence That Demands a Verdict: Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World77 FAQs About God and the Bible: Your Toughest Questions AnsweredWhere Is God When It Hurts?Disappointment With God: Three Questions No One Asks AloudThe Search for Significance: Seeing Your True Worth Through God’s Eyes
The Number One Way to Get Closer to God
Here’s the truth: The best way to grow close to God is to spend time every day in prayer and Bible study (a quiet time with God).
I know we all want a quick and easy way to know God personally, but I’ve seen time and time again that those people who have the strongest Christian faith are the ones who spend time with God daily.
It makes sense, right? If we want to have a close relationship with someone we spend time with them. Regularly. The more time we spend alone in God’s presence–whether through daily Bible study or in prayer throughout the day–the more we are transformed into his likeness.
Wondering how to fit a daily quiet time with God into your life? This post shares my secrets for making daily quiet time with God a habit.
Growing closer to God happens bit-by-bit, a little at a time. As we meet with Him and share our unseen questions and anxieties He reveals himself through the insights of the Holy Spirit and through the pages of the Bible.
Daily time with God changes us. It grounds us and centers us. It calms us in the chaos. Daily time with God is the glue that brings much-needed refreshment and transforms the difficulties we endure into avenues for beautiful spiritual growth.
Easy Bible Study Method for Spiritual Growth
As a busy mom, “not enough time” is always my biggest obstacle to growing close to God (and I know you can relate because your life is probably equally busy!).
I want to show you how you can develop a personal relationship with God in only a few minutes a day!
See me explain this powerful Bible study method on the video below:
I want to give you a free 5Rs Bible Study™ Method bookmark so that you can more easily understand Bible verses and apply them to your life!
Another tip about growing closer to God: It’s important that you get a Bible in a version that you can understand. It’s also extremely helpful if your Bible is a study Bible because there will be all kinds of helpful notes in the margins and a concordance in the back so that you can look up Bible verses by topic. Here’s a great study Bible I recommend:
Growing Closer to God Through the Trials
One last thing (and it’s important). While I can testify that a relationship with God does transform a person from the inside out, I want to let you know that God also doesn’t always remove the pain from our life.
We can still have all kinds of questions, especially during life’s hardest moments.
In fact, what I’ve discovered is that God often uses our trials and tribulations as an invitation to grow closer to Him.
If you’re discouraged by some difficult circumstances you’re enduring (and those situations are keeping you from growing closer to God), I would encourage you to cry out to Him with your pain! He cares and wants to help carry your burden through this trial. Consider these verses: 1 Peter 5:7, Psalm 13:1-6, Psalm 18:1-6, 16-19.
I promise you that God knows everything you’re going through and He will use your life circumstances as a way to draw you closer to Him.
I’ve written several posts about how to grow closer to God through life’s challenges:
- How Can We “Count It All Joy” During Life’s Toughest Trials?
- When You Don’t Want to Give Thanks
- What I’m Learning About Trusting God in Difficult Times
Other Posts on Christian Spiritual Growth
- How to Create Your Own Free Women’s Bible Study Lessons
- 23 Tips for the Powerful Prayer Life You Want
- 5 Secrets for Real Spiritual Growth
- How to Find Authentic Happiness (Bible Verses About Happiness)
And don’t forget to download the free Bible study bookmark so you can get a great start to your personal relationship with God!