P-90X #Prayerfor90Days “Intimacy With God”

Oct 22, 2013   //   by Tina McCrea   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on P-90X #Prayerfor90Days “Intimacy With God”

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If you seek the LORD your God with all your Soul (mind/thoughts, heart/emotions & will) you will find Him.” Deuteronomy 22:39

Now God is not missing, but we are sometimes MIA in our mind/thoughts, heart/emotions & will as it relates to God. We will know and be intimate with God when we seek him with all our being and surrender our all to Him.

Cultivating an Intimate Relationship Requires A Commitment of Covenant.

If you are really going to know and be intimate with God, then you have to let go of the cheap imitations of intimacy that only lead to disappointment. Cheap imitations of sex, drugs, alcohol, fake love, & fake friends, etc…

Did you know that you were created to have a loving relationship with God?

It takes commitment to be Intimate God. This week’s series will show and teach you how to know God in a loving and intimate relationship. Not one that is vicariously experienced through another or by what you have only heard. Many have been in the place where they thought they knew God, but all they really had was religion and not Relationship. Many have never come to a place of Relating to God!

Intimacy: The state of being intimate. A close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another person or group. A close association with detailed knowledge & deep understanding of a person.

Job 42:5-6 (NLT)

5 I had only heard about you before, but now I see you with my own (spiritual) eyes. 6 I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.”

 

To be intimate with God is not to hear of Him (religion), but to see him (through spiritual eyes) in an Encounter in your own life (relationship). Many have settled for religion because that is easy, but you know God desires relationship (commitment/covenant) from you, this is hard. A person can go through life & not commit to a religion, but you can’t have an intimate relationship with God without commitment & covenant!

So how do we as mere mortals (finite beings) begin to be intimate with a Ubiquitous, all-powerful, knowing, seeing infinite God? We start where he started with the invitation to relationship with Him!

John 3:16 (NLT)

 “For God so loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

God has already made the first step in knowing you, in wanting you, and in desiring to have fellowship (an intimate relationship) with you. He LOVES You! If you don’t know or remember anything else, just know He loves you!

1 John 4:19

We love Him because He first loved us.

 

God gave and sacrificed His one & only Son in order to have a relationship with you!

So, in Step 1 & 2 of Knowing God, you didn’t have to make a move, take a step, or prove anything. God has done the hard part. He has loved you despite your sins, and He has given His Son as a ransom and sacrifice to know you and be intimate with you. When the scripture says, that God so loved (this means He loved you beyond comprehension)… You and I cannot and we will not ever be able to measure the breath, depth, or sacrifice of God’s love for us…

Romans 5:8
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

God allowed His Son to die to be close, near, and intimate with you! What will you let die in order to be near, close, and intimate with God? Will you let that sin, that addiction, that relationship, that habit, or that ___________________ (you fill-in-the-blank) die in order to have a relationship with God. Only religion allows you to sin and say it is ok, but relationship will always holds you accountable no matter what.

We discover how to know God through His Word & through Worship, and we help others know God through our Witness! The Word, Our Worship & Our Witness are the beginning steps to knowing God! You don’t know God through Religion, you Know Him through Relationship! So how do you relate to a God you cannot see, smell, or touch? It is amazing in our relationship with God, He can see, smell, and touch us, but we cannot do the same for Him. However, God left us with the greatest sense of all we can HEAR God!

Romans 10:17
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The faith that you need to know God and stay committed to Him comes from you Listening & Hearing the Voice of God!

God has to be known beyond your sensory feelings, but you must commit to being acquainted with Him! It is in knowing Him that you will trust Him! Knowing God will not always be a honeymoon or euphoric experience. Many times like Job, you will really know the many faces, sides, and names of God through the vicissitudes of life.

Philippians 3:10
that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death

Constantly reconnect with God on a daily basis…Just like in the natural sense in any marriage and relationship; it takes time, patience, and truth to Know someone!

 

You have to Want & Desire God Daily!

Psalm 27:4

One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple.

 

“As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God” (Psalm 42:1).

 

The First Steps to Knowing God Intimately

  1.  Choose a special place where you can meet with God.
  2. Choose a special time devoted to meeting with God in Worship, Prayer, Bible Study, & Fasting, etc….
  3.  Invest a significant amount of time in getting to know God and how important it is that you prioritize Him above all else in your life.
  4. Take a Sabbath Day of Rest
  5. Have Continual Communication with God
  6. Listen to God… take 15mins of silence daily to really hear God speaking to you!

It is not Religion, it is RELATIONSHIP!

Enjoy God!

 

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