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    Maturing In Our Relationship with Christ

    Girls, the writer of Hebrews knew that God never intended for our relationship with Him to stay in one place. God wants our relationship to grow and mature; He wants our relationship to become more intimate with Him.

    So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God. You don’t need further instructions about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And so, God willing, we will move forward to further understanding. (Hebrews 6:1-3)

    These verses contain six foundational doctrines that the early church embraced:

    • Repentance from sin
    • Placing our faith in God
    • Baptisms
    • The laying on of hands (for commissioning, healing, etc.)
    • Resurrection of the dead
    • Eternal judgment

    These are foundations of our faith that we should all know. However, once we’ve learned them, there’s no reason for us to continue going over them repeatedly. If you need to refresh your understanding on them occasionally, that’s okay, but most of our time with God should be focused on moving into a deeper understanding of God and of our faith.

    We need to be reaching out to love people more often, reminding ourselves of what God has done for us personally and then telling others about God’s goodness, power and grace. We should be focusing on what God has done and who He is so that we’re constantly trusting Him more and falling more in love with Him.

    To do this, we need to make God a priority in our lives.

    Yesterday, I was talking with my husband, Dave, about spending time with God, and Dave said that he always intends to spend time with God, but things come up throughout his day that make it difficult and often impossible. The same thing happens to me! What we’ve both learned is that if we don’t make a point to set aside a specific time for God every day, we probably won’t spend time with Him at all—at least not the quality time we’d like to spend.

    For me, that means getting up every day at 6:00 a.m., making tea, feeding the cats and then sitting down to spend time with God in worship, prayer and Bible study for at least one hour. Worshipping God without music is one of my favorite ways to be intimate with God during our time together.

    Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)

    Girls, what does deepening your relationship with God look like for you?

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    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

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