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“… He is a God who is passionate about His relationship with you.”   Exodus 34:14 (NLT)



“A person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.” Luke 12:21 (NLT)



If God wants to have a relationship with me, what is He like?



God is _____________________.



When Moses asked God His name, here’s what happened:


God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.  This is what you are to say to the Israelites:  ‘I AM has sent Me to you.’”  Exodus 3:14 (NIV)



Then God continued, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent Me to you.’  This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.’”  Exodus 3:15 (NIV)



God is _____________________.



“Where can I go from Your Spirit?  Where can I flee from Your presence?  If I go up to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in the depths, You are there.  If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast.”  Psalm 139:7-10 (NIV)



God is ________________________.



Power, O God, belongs to You.  Psalm 62:11 (NLT)



“I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”   John 8:58 (NIV)



In the Gospel of John, Jesus says, “I am…

              the ________________ of life (6:35)


              the ________________ of the world (8:12)


              the ______________ (10:9)


              the good __________________ (10:11)


              the resurrection and the __________________ (11:25)


              the way, the truth, and the life (14:6)


              the _____________________ (15:5)


Jesus said, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.”   Matthew 28:18 (NCV)



How can I have a rich relationship with God?




“Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness.”  Psalm 29:2 (NIV)


              Worship means:  “to attribute ____________________ to”

              Whatever we value highest is what we worship most.



“…true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth.  The Father is looking for anyone who will worship Him that way.”  John 4:23 (NLT)


What are ways I can worship?





“Sing songs from your heart to Christ.  Sing praises over everything, any excuse for a song to God the Father in the name of our Master, Jesus Christ.”   Ephesians 5:19-20 (MSG)


“Praise the Lord.  Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens.  Praise Him for His acts of power; praise Him for His surpassing greatness.  Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him with tambourine and dancing, praise Him with the strings and flute, praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals.  Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.  Praise the Lord.”  Psalm 150 (NIV)




“Make them pure and holy by teaching them Your words of truth.”   John 17:17 (NLT)





“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” Psalm 95:6 (NIV)



Prayer is _______________ to God and ________________ to God.


When we pray we will experience God’s _________________ and power.


“Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”  Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV)


              When you pray:


              • Pray with _______________________


“Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”   Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)


• Pray with your own _________________ from your heart


“…the Spirit helps us in our weakness.  We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us.”  Romans 8:26 (NIV)


• Pray the four parts of prayer

              A_______________ – Acknowledging God and His attributes

              C_______________ – Admitting our sins to God

              T_______________ – Appreciate what God is doing in your life

              S_______________ – Ask God for what’s on your mind and heart


• Pray in the ______________ of Jesus


“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name.  Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”  John 16:24 (NIV)


Praying in Jesus’ name means that your prayers should reflect Jesus’ __________________ and His _________________.



How can you know if something is in Jesus’ will?


              God’s ____________ never contradicts God’s ______________.



              How will God answer your prayers?


              • God will either say ________, _________, ____________ or ____________.


              • God can change the ___________________, ___________, or ___________.



“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you:  Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering.  Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him.” Romans 12:1 (MSG)





“A tithe of everything from the land…belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.” Leviticus 27:30 (NIV)


A tithe means ___________ percent.


“Every Sunday each of you make an offering and put it in safekeeping.  Be as generous as you can.”  1 Corinthians 16:2 (MSG)





“For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism.  And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives.” Romans 6:4 (NLT)





The Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”  In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”  For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.  1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (NIV)






Meditating means you have a regular ___________________________.


“The Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him.”  Habakkuk 2:20 (NIV)




Why worship?


“Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you.”  James 4:8 (NLT)


When I ___________________, it helps me have a rich relationship with God.






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