40 Ways to Get Closer to God by Jerry MacGregorPractical Steps to a Deeper Faith
Sometimes faith demands action. This practical book gives Christians ideas for how to adjust their hearts to get closer to God.
Each chapter contains a unique challenge and a brief explanation that puts the challenge in context. Exercises include acts of service to others, extended prayer, Scripture memory, fasting, a day of gratitude, media fasting (no TV or Internet), evangelism, and much more. The challenges are broad in scope, allowing people with varying personality types and learning styles to benefit from them.
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How Can I Grow Closer to God?
Specifics give you a starting point and tell you what to do. Spiritual goals, though, are sometimes more abstract. We long to grow closer to God, but what does that look like? How will we get there? Our relationship with God will last and grow through a lifetime—and then some. So, put aside any worry or guilt that might be holding you back, and commit to taking small steps each day, week and month. Grab a sheet of paper, a pen and some time to think.
Yes, from what you say you have been missing something; for 30 years you have been missing the opportunity to grow stronger in your faith and to walk more closely with God every day. Think of it like this. When we first come to Jesus Christ, the Bible says we are like newborn babies—spiritual babies. God Himself has come to live within us by His Holy Spirit, and we have become members of His family forever. How does this happen? And God has given these to us through the Bible, and prayer, and fellowship with other believers, and putting our faith into action.
The good news is that God loves you yes, you! It makes sense, right? If we want to have a close relationship with someone we spend time with them. 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. In a world full of emotion and change, spending time with God through daily bible reading and prayer fills our souls with concrete, unchanging truth.