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How Can I Make God Number One in my Life??

I amsaved but have backslidden many times, everytime I try to get close to Christ it does not happen and I get discouraged and give up. How can I definitely grow close to God and make him number one before anything else and have a great relationship like pastors and on fire youth do. Feel free to share your own experiences and things that worked for you.
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I amsaved but have backslidden many times, everytime I try to get close to Christ it does not happen and I get discouraged and give up. How can I definitely grow close to God and make him number one before anything else and have a great relationship like pastors and on fire youth do. Feel free to share your own experiences and things that worked for you.
Only you can make God number one in your life. You have to decide to put him above anything and everything. Set aside a certain time to pray and spend time in God's word - Be committed to this and soon it will become habit.

Don't worry about things you have done or have not done - just ask for forgiveness and begin again.

Everyone's relationship or building of their relationship with God is not the same - you have to do what's best for you.

"everytime I try to get close to Christ it does not happen and I get discouraged and give up"

What does not happen?
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I agree with patience7. You and you alone will have to decide that you want God more than you want anything else. The request should be put before God, not other people.Just ask Him for a deeper relationship with Him. Be sincere. and take time every day to read the scriptures and pray.
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believe this with all your might. it is a promise Jesus made to you.

Matt.5:6Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
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I am glad for you m0rdecai.

Have you heard about the Tabernacle? It had three parts. The outer court, the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. Likewise man (human) has three parts (the Trinity of man, in the image of God) Body, Soul, Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23) which line up to the Tabernacle.
Body=Outer Court
Soul = Holy Place
Spirit = Most Holy Place.

God dwelt in the Most Holy place only. You want god to be number one in your life so ultimately your goal is to dwell in the Most Holy Place 24/7. However, only a High Priest could go into the Most Holy Place, and only once a year, but...
Hebrews 10:20 says this
20 By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place.
and Hebrews 6:19-20 says this
19 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. 20 Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.

Basically our soul contains our mind and emotions. When Jesus was on earth his denied his will and gave it up to do the Father's will (Read Gethsemane to see Jesus saying "not my will, but thine be done" so he had his own will that he denied for his entire life). Through his death he tore the veil between the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. In Hebrews 6 it says Jesus has gone into the Most Holy Place for us to Mediate between us and God.

So what says you?

Well Jesus says that we can come through him to the Father (somewhere between John 14-John 17). Therefore, we can through the blood of Christ come into the Most Holy Place as well. This require our denial of our will and to take up God's will (Jesus said to take up our cross and follow him daily [Matthew 16:24]. When you are on the cross, you lose all rights and are dead. No ifs ands or buts.)
There is no other way but this. By the grace of God you must deny yourself. Give up your flesh, and sinful desires (we all have these and all must do the same) and take up our cross and submit in obedience to God every day.

Luke 1:74-75 says that everyday we must serve the Lord without fear (perfecting Love 1 John 4:17), Holiness (2 Corinthians 1) and Righteousness (Romans 4:3).

Read scripture slowly and understand these things. By relying fully on God and not our own human means (Galatians 3:1-4) we can overcome our sins, our flesh, and the Devil & his fallen angels.

This is how you put Christ first in your life. It will bring suffering, it will hurt, there will be many storms. People will laugh at you to your face, and think you crazy, and say you are too radical. I know from experience. To follow God isn't always what seems logical (I got a job and the second day he said I don't need money, but more faith, so I quit and people think me crazy because they don't think I can provide for schooling now, but I know God will provide for me). Even professing Christians will laugh at you and think your going too far. However, that is the price. Jesus said to count the cost of following him. You must follow God even if your family demands you do the opposite. You must suffer many tribulations to enter the Kingdom of heaven (Acts 14:22), and I will say it is a slow process, and will take years, so don't expect immediate results, but like a plant growing little by little day by day so too will you grow. Read the scripture quotations and pray that the Holy Spirit reveal this to you, otherwise it is all babel of man. Read the scripture slowly and try to understand these things and you will find the narrow path.
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Hi Mordecai,

I'd encourage that you memorize Psalm 1 and make it the goal of your life. Then everytime you think or say the name God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit or the word you include somewhere in that sentence or thought the words "I love..."

You'll probably be just amazed how many friends you'll lose. By the way, just curious, but reading your description of your spiritual life, what makes you know that your name is written in Jesus' Book of Life?

God bless you.
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Only God can make Himself number one in your life by changing your heart by Himself.. He is the author and finisher of your faith. You are not. Your work is to believe in whom the Father has sent, Jesus.

So really, God does everything involved in changing your heart. There are things you can do to prepare your heart for this change He does to make Him number one in your life. You gotta believe He wants and desires to do it for you. Find Him - get in His presence - and affirm His sovereign grace. Let go, and let God. Prepare for any discipline that he may give you. I once prayed to God that I wanted Him to discipline me enough so I could recieve instruction and be willing to obey. He doesn't need to be told that! He will do it anyway. And it's not pleasant. But God knows how to turn us into gold tried by fire. And because of your faith, He will succeed in your honorable request to be able to declare that He is, in fact, number one in your life.
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It is not just about believing in God and trying to be more Godly, but knowing and having communion with the Savior-God --the Lord Jesus Christ. One has said: "Our spiritual life will be in direct proportion to the place we give the Lord Jesus in our heart and our daily experience"

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Being saved and having a relatinship with God are two different realms. I am 76 years and have always been a Christian - but not until about 20 years ago did I have a real relationship with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

I was a Christian who warmed a pew in the church - but little did I know what I was missing. I met someone who had something in her life that I did not have - she was Spirit Filled - I knew nothing about the Spirit Filled life - so I started searching and one day I was home alone and reading the book 'In the shadow of His hand' - It was about being filled with the Holy Spirit - I just laid the book down and said 'God - if this is of you - I want it' - WOW - what a difference - I was in the presence of the Holy Spirit for over 3 hours - life has never been the same.

Your walk becomes the only thing in your life - but it comes natural - you don't have to strive or look at what you give up - but only embrase the love that surrounds you. Just remember Jesus is your friend, He walks beside you at all times, you can talk to Him, worship, pray and you will never be alone. Everything your life is led by the Holy Spirit you don't receive words in your ear - but as you walk daily the Holy Spirit will lead you - if you are going in the wrong direction, you will feel this check in your spirit, that is the Holy Spirit saying - not that way, this way.

Your life takes on an excitement as you strive to be the best servant to our Lord Jesus Christ and you can go boldly to the Throne of God.
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We were created to worship Yahweh.

Someone said the other day you can’t worship with you on your mind. I definitely agree. I encourage you to get before Him alone and begin to tell Him what’s on your heart. Spending time meditating (doesn’t mean emptying your mind, it means focusing) on Yahweh and His Word such as Psa 145 about who He is. Or get a list of His titles, names and attributes and think about a few of those at a time. Playing music, that’s just about Him
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