Is there such a thing as a personal relationship with God?
Only if these verses are true:
“That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;” Philippians 3:10
“(3) We are sure that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. (4) He who says, I know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” 1 John 2:3-4
“And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding, that we may know Him Who is true, and we are in Him who is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” 1 John 5:20
“(22) Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name? And in Your Name have cast out devils? And in Your Name done many wonderful works? (23) And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from Me, you who work iniquity.” Matthew 7:22-23
Each of us will be judged by whether He knows us.
There is no debate whether there is a personal relationship with God.
If you don’t know Him and He doesn’t know you, you’re lost.
He knows your name. Do you hear Him when He calls? He expects you to.
“The porter opens to him [the shepherd] and the sheep hear [perceive] his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.” John 10:3
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me:” John 10:27
I did not hear Him nor know Him very well most of my life. How could I have missed Him? My conversion was genuine, and this very real, very personal God was continually reaching out to me and calling me.
I’m sorry to say I was deaf and blind for so long. A tragedy hit. In my despair, He heard me and helped me hear Him.
We must know Him better than anyone else in our lives, for He alone endures when all else passes away.