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Intimacy – experience of completely knowing and being known by someone
Intimacy with God is not only possible, but it’s God’s best plan for us.
In fact, God desires an intimate relationship with you.
It’s one thing to want it, but it’s another thing to make it possible.
The finished work of the cross makes intimacy with God available to us through the Holy Spirit.
When you draw near to Him, He draws near to you.
Intimacy with God is a benefit for you.
God is never running away from you; He’s responding to your pursuit of Him.
He never draws back from a heart that’s chasing after Him.
He’s not hiding from you; He’s not playing hard to get.
He desires to be known by you and makes Himself available for it when we pursue Him.
2. Intimacy requires complete trust.
God is worthy of your trust.
He’s not the boy who broke your heart.
He’s not the parent who treated your poorly.
He’s not even the church that judged you unfairly.
Your intimacy and closeness with Him will grow as you trust Him more.
Separation from God is often a result of a violation of trust, but it’s never God who violates it.
Maybe it’s sin or disappointment we’ve associated with God due to our own poor understanding.
Either way, trust is essential to intimacy.
3. Intimacy is more than knowing about God.
You can know everything about someone and not know them personally.
The Word is available to us in abundance, but just reading it will not produce intimacy with Him.
You have to read it with faith and you have to invite Him into that time.
It can’t simply be academic and automatic.
Scripture is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16-17), which means that we have to allow the living God into our time of understanding.
Reading someone’s biography is different than going to dinner with them.
Jesus admonishes the religious leaders of His day by telling them that even though the Scriptures bear witness about Him, their refusal to get close to Him is standing in the way of their having eternal life.
The Bible is meant to enhance our intimacy with Him, not replace it.
Knowing a lot about something creates space for pride; knowing someone intimately creates space for transformation.
4. Building our faith draws us closer to God.
God is pleased with our faith in His Word, His character, and His power.
When we obey Him, He responds with love and intimacy.
We must value knowing Him above all else and not just for the sake of convenience.
5. Developing intimacy with God is a process that requires time and commitment.
You can’t decide to know God better one day and then be frustrated the next when your life doesn’t seem to be better.
Intimacy is built, not spontaneously created.
Learning His voice requires exposure to it.
When you know someone’s voice, you don’t fall for a counterfeit.
When you know how He talks and what He says and the way that He operates, you grow closer.
Don’t give up.
Your faith will be tested in your pursuit of knowing Him more, but staying true to Him will lead to maturity in your relationship.
6. Vulnerability requires humility.
It makes no sense to hide from God.
He already knows you completely.
Half the battle toward an intimate relationship with Him is done.
He created you and knows you.
You can’t hide from God.
That should be a comfort to you.
There’s nothing you can do that can make Him love you less.
God’s love for you and desire for intimacy with you is not dependent upon your righteousness.
Nothing you’ve done or could ever do will separate you from that love.
His desire for intimacy is unchanging.
Your ability to accomplish it does require you to do something different.
If you don’t start doing what He says to do, you can’t expect to grow in your intimacy with Him.
Obedience yields closeness.
If you’re frustrated and feel far from God, maybe it’s as simple as doing what He says to do.
What does the Word say to do?
What is the Spirit inside you telling you to do? Remember that those two things won’t conflict with one another.
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