On our journey of growing closer towards God, our character and lifestyle need to begin to line up with the word of God and if we are not sure what we should do, we should check with God first. I believe it’s normal to find the closest person you think is closest to God and begin to ask questions, but why don’t we go directly to the word of God ourselves before asking others? What if God has given them knowledge but what’s to take us further into His truth? That’s when we need to develop a personal relationship with God so we can feel comfortable asking questions directly to the source.
God has given us all the green light to seek Him at a higher level at every stage of our lives. James 1:5 says “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you”. God wants us to seek Him earnestly and He desires for us to have a strong relationship with Him. The Bible says “Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” – James 4:8. If we do not cross-reference our way of life (how we do things) by the word of God (bible) how will we know when we are drawing closer towards God or further away? The only way to know this is to seek God. Mathew 7:7 says “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”.
Often we are swayed away from God by the opinions and comments of other people. It can be confusing when you’re in a season of growth and learn that your support system does not have the answers you need when it comes to growing closer to God, but I assure the Bible has answers and the Holy Spirit teaches through the Rhema word. we have to get over the fear that we “don’t know anything” and have faith that “We were created for such a time as this”, With purpose! And more than anything God wants a relationship with you and an open line of commutation through prayer.
God wants us to have a clear mind to serve Him. He doesn’t want us to be distracted with matters of this life but concerned about the condition of our spirit. When we allow the matters of this life (problems, bills, worries, other people’s opinions, troubles, etc) to consume us we lose our ability to hear the voice of God. We then begin to have conflicting feelings about our situation which can stifle our faith in God. Even people whom I know that mean well can still offer us poor advice if it doesn’t line up to scripture. The Bible says “a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways” -James 1:8, God wants us to be sober-minded and clear about the direction we are headed in with Him And we need the confidence to stand on our relationship with him during turbulent times. No other person can offer this type of relationship or support but God. Even when we fellowship, we can fellowship with those who have a stronger relationship with God and we can learn from them, but they’re not around 24/7 to feed us every aspect of the gospel the way the Holy Spirit can, and that’s why God wants us to grow closer in our relationship with him. We must get out of the habit of relying on other people’s fire and relationship with God to sustain us, and we must develop in our sonship if we desire to go further with God.