For us Christians, Jesus is the one through whom we relate to God.
1.1. Devotion to regular prayer. Prayer is the key form of communication with God. It is a time to ask of God for His will. It is a time to give thanks by counting your blessings. It is also a time to ask for God’s help in dealing with your issues.
1.2. Devotion to reading the bible. Dreams, visions, and the audible voices of God might be the most telling ways to hear from God but one would be on the fault line if the bible is put in the back seat.
1.4. Repeating Confessions. – Everyone one of us is a sinner by nature. So you must confess sins that are known and unknown. This should be done every time you pray. Such an approach will take away pride and ignorance of the truth.
1.7. Fear God. Ponder on how your actions may be viewed by God. Does your conscience stir up when you are in a compromising situation? Are you trying to be careful so that you do not repeat your past sins?
It sounds illogical for most people to think that God can watch His own suffer physically and emotionally and in the midst of that promise that His grace is all we need. However, God sees you through the spirit and expects your soul to be sound.
2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (NIV)
It is the knowledge of God’s grace that gives a joyful person the confidence to live through tough times. There wouldn’t be any need for ‘faith’ if life is rosy for the believer at all times. It is difficult to be humble before God when there is no knowledge of His grace.
2 Chronicle 7:14 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (NIV)
The longer you stay with someone the better you get at understanding how they speak. You know if they are happy or angry from what was said and how it sounded. God wants us to draw near to Him and in return, He will draw near to us.
3.1. Unwillingness to repent. God doesn’t like it when we revel in sin. Relishing means to enjoy or look forward to a thing. If you are happily repeating the sin over and over again then that is relishing. God can be saddened when He notices His children going off track.
3.5. Idolatry. The is the worst of the lot. There is nothing more alienating to God than idolatry. It is one of the 7 deadly sins in the eyes of God. During the time of Moses, there was a lot of idol worship and from time to time there was this rigmarole between falling for idol worship and returning to God especially when life becomes tough or when their enemies attack them and they are finding it difficult to win a war.
The main danger of being far from God is a lack of enthusiasm for the things of God. When asked to give the reason you don’t pray or study the Bible anymore, the likely excuse will be that life is very busy. Another excuse could be that you are always too tired at the times when you intend to read or pray.
It can become hard to hear from God when you have been too far from Him for so long. The only exception is when God Himself is bent on using you for something that is according to His own will. In the Bible, Saul reveled in persecuting the early Christians but God still called him to be an apostle.
Saul was carefree before God called him. It was God’s will to use him regardless. Saul’s actions were so intense that God intervened by speaking to him directly in an audible voice and always making him blind perhaps as a way to show that there was one more powerful than him.