Your Relationship with God
1. Does a close relationship with God come naturally to you? What can you do to draw closer to God?

2. What priorities in your life do you feel you have placed above God?

3. On a scale from 1–10 (10 being the highest), rate your level of stress. How is your stress level affecting your relationship with God?


Key Verses: Matthew 19:16-26
Prayerfully consider what earthly things might be coming between you and the Lord. Consider how you identify with the Rich Young Man.


Making It Personal

List some aspects of your life that you need to surrender fully to God. What areas of your life are a struggle for you to turn over to him?

Excerpted from Your Relationship with God, by Dr. Gary Smalley, (Tyndale House Publishers, 2006). Used with permission.
Gary Smalley has appeared on national televisions programs such as "Oprah Winfrey", "Larry King Live", "Extra", "NBC Today Show" as well as numerous national radio programs. Gary has been featured on hundreds of regional and local television and radio programs across the United States. Gary is president and founder of the Smalley Relationship Center. The center provides conferences nation-wide, books, DVD. Gary and his wife, Norma, have been married for 39 years and live in Branson, Missouri. They have three married children, Kari, Greg, and Michael and seven grandchildren.

[1] Mark 8:36