How is your Relationship with Christ?

It has been a couple of weeks since the GMM Conference “Activate Your Faith” and I have had the pleasure of some great Quiet times in driving several miles all over Wyoming since then.  During this time – God has been talking to me about one of the main accomplishments we want everyone to get from the Conference.
We wanted guys to Enhance their relationship with Christ
Hebrews 12:14-15:  14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”
     This scripture has taught me that we must get rid of the junk in our life daily to be able to allow Christ to do his work in our lives.  That would be the stuff that separates us from Him.

  1.  Addictions:  this was covered at the Conference.
  2. Relationships that have gone astray.
  3. Finances
  4. Abuse to you or a family member

**the list goes on – but each of us has something that will keep our relationship with Christ from going to the next level.
I had one of those things that I held on for almost 20 years that I had justified as being right and God did not have a problem with how I felt.  Someone had abused one of my kids and I seen that person as unforgiveable and deserving Death.  I read the book “The Shack” one day and then had a great conversation with one of my 2am guys (we will visit later about having a 2am guy).   I thought that the book was real – but it was the author coming up with a way to explain to his Children the different relationships that we have with the Trinity under extreme circumstances – what an awakening that was.  Then I had a visited with my 2am guy – we started talking about the Forgiveness that this book gets into.  As I had stated – I had convinced myself that my un-forgiveness was warranted because of what had happened.  My Friend’s response was WWJD (what would Jesus do) – these are times when 2am guys can be a pain.   He was right – so I started praying that this individual could have the same relationship that I had with Christ and could be saved…. WOW.  But as in the Book – I had to do this daily for a very long time….. But it worked – the junk that had separated me from having a great relationship with Christ was going away and I started hearing his directions more clearly.
**My point to this story is that when we have those difficult things that keep us from having a great relationship with Christ – we must deal with them DAILY.   I learned to put something in my pocket to remind me of this on a daily basis – it is a Bell at the present time.
“Focusing on our response to Christ and our Relationship with him is a Heart thing…”   and we must have a clean one to be able to hear his prompting for what he would have us do.  When I finally cleared out the blockage – I would actually have to look around to see if someone was talking to me – but it was the clear voice of the Spirit within me that I could now hear more clearly.
I would encourage everyone to think about what it is that keeps them from expanding their relationship with Christ to the next level and pray about it – DAILY for the next few days…   This is just a start on how to clean the junk out of your life – there is allot more tools that you need to keep this going.
More to come………………….