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A relationship with Jesus is not just based on one decision, but rather a lifetime of daily, hourly commitment. Like any human relationship, such as marriage, commitment to Christ must be cultivated. As long as Satan is at work, he will tempt us to go our own way and ignore what we know is right.
One way to strengthen our relationship with Je-sus is through prayer. We need to pray for the Holy Spirit to help us to love Jesus and to become more and more like Him. We need to ask for faith to believe and for courage in spiritual things. A quiet place of prayer early in the morning is an ideal way to start the day.
Some people donâ€™t grow spiritually because they interpret the Scriptures to suit themselves so they can do what they want to do. Instead, we need to surrender our heart, our will, and our intellect to Jesus, recognizing that we belong to Him because He gave His life for us.