WOO HOO!!!! HALLELUJAH!!! I just want to shout it from the mountain tops!!! I am just so happy!!! Praise the Lord!!! The best way to strengthen your relationship with the Lord is to spend time in the Word. The best way that you can get a strong bond with the Lord is to read the Bible. Jesus is the Word made flesh, so it makes sense that if you want to get to know Him and have a closer walk with Him you need to get into the Bible. Read it daily I have it e-mailed to me daily so that I can get into the habit of reading the Bible every day. Go to: http://bible.cbn.com/#!/nlt/John/1, They will e-mail you two scriptures one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament. Once you get in the habit of reading the Bible every single day, you will want to read more and more. I also downloaded the app to my cell from Bible.is, I love listening to the Word when I am out and about or walking. It is such a blessing. When you are truly into the Word you will notice a huge difference in your walk with the Lord. You will become stronger as a Christian and you will want less and less of the “world” in your life.
I believe that as Christians we have the Holy Spirit living within us from the day we accepted Jesus into our heart. We should be talking to and listening to Him. He is our Helper, comforter and lover of our soul. We are not filled with the Spirit because we feel we are, but because this is the privilege and possession of the Christian. Being filled or controlled by the Spirit is the result of walking in obedience to the Lord. This is a gift of grace and not an emotional feeling. Emotions can and will deceive us, and we can work ourselves up into an emotional frenzy that is purely from the flesh and not of the Holy Spirit. “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature … Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16, 25). God bless you!!! :):)