How To Develop An Intimate Relationship With God - Viral Believer
Yet we know that God created us for intimate fellowship with him. that there is some formula for developing an intimate relationship with God. and is the co- author of Passion Pursuit: What Kind of Love Are You Making?. We look for intimacy with God in all the wrong places. This is as true in our relationship with God as it is in our relationships with other human beings. We might call it a “Field of Dreams” approach: If we build the right. God's Call for Intimacy - What is intimacy and how it is attained? Do we long for God All it requires is our relentless pursuit of an abiding and growing relationship with God. The biggest You can start by simply saying, “I love You, Jesus.”.
Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. I will pour out my spirit and what?
There will be prophecies, dreams and visions right? What is the one thing that all these things have in common?
Communication between God and His people! You see, I do not believe that God was giving gifts so we could look and sound super spiritual. I think it is much more fundamental than that!
How to Grow in Intimacy with God
I believe God was giving gifts to open the channel, the doorway, or in our modern vernacular, the cell towers for communication between Him and us! Those different methods of communication are the steps to intimacy with God! God Desires A Relationship With Us Now for many years, I thought that the purpose and goal of the Christian life were to do good works and that included the works of Jesus, including power gifts.
I focused hard on getting rid of all my sinof serving in every way I couldand learning all that the book The Bible had to say. Now all of these things are good.
God's Call for Intimacy
But they are not supposed to be the focus or purpose of our lives. If we make any of these things the purpose of our life, we fall into a sort of religious idolatry. We either make our perfection our God, our service our God, or our intellect and knowledge our God.
God wants to be God, not these other things. I found out only after a long time in my wildernessthat although being good is right, what Jesus wants is for us to be His; His beloved, His bride. His most intimate relationship. The goal of the Christian life is to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ! Developing Intimacy With God Now I understand, and especially with us men, that word intimacy makes us uncomfortable.
It is touchy feely. It brings with it the connotation of romance and vulnerability. That seems to fly in the face of an awesome and holy God that nobody can touch or understand; An all-powerful God that can swallow up sinners with a blink of an eye. So how can this be that God wants us to be intimate with Him? So they hid from the Lord God among the trees.
How can I experience true intimacy with God?
This shows that God desires a relationship with us. God was seeking out Adam and Eve to sit down and spend time with them. It was their fear that caused them to hide. Because they were naked. It would have been intimate! There would have been nothing hidden! God started with man, fellowshipping and communicating with man in total transparency.
It was man who started covering up, started creating distance between himself and God. And we know this was caused by what? And so God had to speak in harder and harsher ways over the years as man slowly backed away from intimacy with God. And the worship of God became more and more formal and more and more structured until it was to such a level of relationship that it resembled more of a prisoner being sentenced by a judge then it did being in a love relationship with God.
But this was not the heart of God! God started with and has always cried out for man to come close to Him, but sin still stood in the way.
Until the day when everything changed. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. He came to walk right beside us. He came and lived right with us! He slept with us, laughed with us, and even showered with us! Whatever the case may be. You get my drift. Those are things that are transparent and intimate. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
We see this throughout the Word as the Lord directs His children and communicates with them, displaying His nature as an involved Father who loves, leads, and guides. The way He initiated interaction with His children in the past is how He works with us now. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We see growth in intimacy in the lives of believers throughout Scripture.
Through almost a century of following the Lord, they learned His views and His way of thinking. He talked to them about what was most important to Him and how they were to respond to the various challenges around them. Not only was He continuously watchful and present, but God showed Himself as an engaged Father who desired for His children to not just follow Him, but to know Him intimately.
Through the ups and downs of following the Lord, Jonah gains greater intimacy with God. Abraham was in the midst of living his life, when the Lord spoke to Him and began to lead him into His divine plan to make him into a great nation. God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Salvation is our open door for encountering God. The truth we need to remember is that Almighty God, who made Heaven and Earth, wants to be in relationship with us and wants us to know Him the way He knows us. He sees every effort we make to grow in intimacy with Him. And we can trust that when we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us.
He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. In the Bible we see how God interacts with man, how He communicates, and the topics He sees as priorities. As we read Scripture about Him, we learn what He is like and how He thinks. We actually come to a greater understanding of His character. At the same time we are renewed, refreshed, and washed with the water of the Word. We begin to think the way He thinks.