PSALM 34:8A personal relationship with God involves redirecting your senses. The ability to see, touch, taste, hear and smell must be utilized to receive what is in the spiritual realm. When a person is born again it is his spirit that is made alive. The spirit within can become the dominant feature of a Believer but the Believer must want this. When you live according to, walk in, the spirit you don’t seek to satisfy the flesh (Galatians 5:16) thus you are able to taste, experience the blessings of God.
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
THIS IS MY OPINION: The churches have failed many believers today in not emphasizing the development of the spirit within when one is born again.
2 CORINTHIANS 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
GALATIANS 6:15-17Just as a baby crawls before he walks so does a Believer. It is not easy reading the Bible for the first time, particularly then King James Version. Each church has its’ own set of rules that may or may not be presented as rules. For example: Is it casual dress or should men wear a suit and women an appropriate length skirt or dress (no cleavage).
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
As a Bible Teacher I have encountered quite a few individuals who have taken “New Believer’s Classes” at their church and still do not have a personal relationship with God. END OF MY OPINION.
SONG OF SOLOMON 5:9
What is your beloved more than another beloved, O fairest among women? What is your beloved more than another beloved, that you so charge us?
There is a difference between a personal relationship with God than that of a relationship with the gods of this world. Consider the difference between fast food and fine dining. Not everyone experiences fine dining because they would rather spend $20 at McDonald’s every week than save the money to cover the cost of an expensive meal, or even prepare a homecooked one. It is easier to go to Burger King dressed in jeans and a t-shirt than to dress up and go to a place where you have to wait to be seated.
When a person accepts Jesus as Lord there is a period of time in which the Believer is learning who God is. Just as in Song of Solomon the Shulamite had to get to know the king and develop a trusting relationship with him. But, as time goes on a trusting giving relationship should develop.
God expects those who come to Him to know who He is, He sent His Son to teach us what we did not know.
JOHN 1:1, 14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
If you believe that God is the Creator of heaven and earth and you want a personal relationship with Him then you must believe in your heart that Jesus is who He is, the only begotten Son of Father God, and declare it verbally; and it is the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, that helps you develop understanding. This is the first step to pleasing Him.
HEBREWS 11:6Many believers have it twisted today; they think a relationship with God is about Him pleasing them. Yes, God will bless us and there are benefits to being part of the Kingdom of God but “He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Everyone’s senses respond differently to stimuli thus your relationship with Father God through Christ will be unique. What is important is that you allow Jesus to be Lord of your entire life so that you will live according to His will and not your will. The more you know of Him the more you will yield to Him.
Song of Solomon chapters 5 and 6 (see below) are about the experience of a personal relationship. Allow your senses to: taste and see that the Lord is good; eat His body, drink His blood, be buried with Him (Colossians 2:12) so that the two of you will become one (John 15:4). - written by Marsha L F Randolph
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5 I have come to my garden, my sister, my spouse;I have gathered my myrrh with my spice;
I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk.
(To His Friends)
Eat, O friends! Drink, yes, drink deeply, O beloved ones!
The Shulamite’s Troubled Evening
2 I sleep, but my heart is awake; It is the voice of my beloved! He knocks, saying,
“Open for me, my sister, my love,my dove, my perfect one; for my head is covered with dew, my locks with the drops of the night.”
3 I have taken off my robe; how can I put it on again? I have washed my feet; how can I defile them?
4 My beloved put his hand by the latch of the door, and my heart yearned for him.
5 I arose to open for my beloved, and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with liquid myrrh, on the handles of the lock.
6 I opened for my beloved, but my beloved had turned away and was gone. My heart leaped up when he spoke. I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.
7 The watchmen who went about the city found me. They struck me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took my veil away from me.
8 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if you find my beloved, that you tell him I am lovesick!
The Daughters of Jerusalem
9 What is your beloved more than another beloved, O fairest among women? What is your beloved more than another beloved, that you so charge us?
10 My beloved is white and ruddy, chief among ten thousand.
11 His head is like the finest gold; His locks are wavy, and black as a raven.
12 His eyes are like doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set.
13 His cheeks are like a bed of spices, banks of scented herbs. His lips are lilies,
Dripping liquid myrrh.
14 His hands are rods of gold set with beryl. His body is carved ivory inlaid with sapphires.
15 His legs are pillars of marble set on bases of fine gold. His countenance is like Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.
16 His mouth is most sweet, yes, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem!
The Daughters of Jerusalem
1 Where has your beloved gone, O fairest among women? Where has your beloved turned aside,
That we may seek him with you?
2 My beloved has gone to his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed his flock in the gardens, and to gather lilies.
3 I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine. He feeds his flock among the lilies.
Praise of the Shulamite’s Beauty
4 O my love, you are as beautiful as Tirzah, lovely as Jerusalem, awesome as an army with banners!
5 Turn your eyes away from me, for they have overcome me. Your hair is like a flock of goats going down from Gilead.
6 Your teeth are like a flock of sheep which have come up from the washing; every one bears twins, and none is barren among them.
7 Like a piece of pomegranate are your temples behind your veil.
8 There are sixty queens and eighty concubines, and virgins without number.
9 My dove, my perfect one, is the only one, the only one of her mother, the favorite of the one who bore her. The daughters saw her and called her blessed, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.
10 Who is she who looks forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun,
Awesome as an army with banners?
11 I went down to the garden of nuts to see the verdure of the valley, to see whether the vine had budded and the pomegranates had bloomed.
12 Before I was even aware, my soul had made me as the chariots of my noble people.
The Beloved and His Friends
13 Return, return, O Shulamite; return, return, that we may look upon you!
What would you see in the Shulamite— as it were, the dance of the two camps?