Intimate with God
“Man’s way to reach God is religion; God’s way to reach man is Jesus.”
For by grace are you saved, through faith; and this not of your own, it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9
Intimacy brings us to a place where God’s desires become our desires! I love the Psalm that says He will give us the desires of our heart! Because in an intimate relationship with God he plants those desires there anyway.
Only God can touch our hearts and give us the desire to seek and to know Him, and to want His will & plans & ways above our own. Our desire for God needs to grow to the place where we cannot bear to be separated from His very presence. To live in the shelter of His wings, and to behold his beauty moment by moment. To see him in your garden, in the smile of of small Child, in the outstretched arms of a brother or sister, in the laughter of a friend. If we allow ourselves to enter this level of intimacy with the creator of the universe, we will see, hear and perceive things that the natural man cannot!
IF WE DON’T MOVE OUT OF OUR SOUL THE NEXT GENERATION WILL!
There is a hunger in the youth of the nations to have this level of intimacy with God. When I was in India I went to a Church called “Grace Church” in Goa. I entered the chapel at mid-day to pray and seek God, To my surprise the place was packed with young people 12-25 all earnestly seeking the Lord. Tears flowing down their faces and many on their face before a Holy God
Was this a one-off prayer time? No apparently, every day seven days a week this was what was happening! There is a hunger among the young to find the reality of God and his will for their lives. They are tired of what they have seen in their parents, no longer do they just want religious form, they want Jesus and his fullness! Well that’s India I hear some of you say, well just three weeks ago I heard that in a Catholic college called Santa Maria in an East Auckland suburb, the young people are doing the same, skipping lunch to fall on their face and find God!
I was in Denny’s restaurant in Manukau city New Zealand not so long ago, when a group of young people from a large Church came in. They had been to an amazing light show with the big sound and relevant message. As I listened to their conversation, I realized that they were just so hungry for the reality of God, and looking for more than just a soulish relationship. I asked if I could join them and began to share about the intimate relationship they could have with God. We stayed there for two full hours. Tears flowed as the power of the Spirit touched their lives. They began to understand the concept of being in the Spirit and being intimate with God!
There is nothing more relevant, for young or old than an encounter with the living God!
Individual Christians and Churches today need to see the vital need to humble themselves before God, and to fervently pray & hungrily seek His face, and to turn wholeheartedly back to Him, or there will be NO POWER in what they do. We need to learn what the early church in Acts (see Acts 1:14, 2:42-47, 4:23-33, 6:4,…) knew – that there is a DIRECT CONNECTION between prayer & submission and God’s Holy Spirit filling and empowering them. The more they prayed, the more God did in and through them. They PRAYED for 10 days straight, then Peter preached for 10 minutes, and 3000 people were saved.
“The truth is, I have seen God do more through 10 minutes of real prayer than through 10 of my sermons.” – Jim Cymbala / Brooklyn Tabernacle
One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek; that I may dwell in the house (presence) of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in his temple.” – David (Psalm 27:4)
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? – Sons of Korah (Psalm 42:1-2)
” O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory… your love is better than life…” – David (Psalm 63:1-3)
” How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty ! My soul yearns even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.” – David (Psalm 84:1-2)
” Now devote your heart and souls to seeking the Lord your God.” – I Chronicles 22:19
Tell God all that is in your heart, as one unloads one’s heart, its pleasures and its pains, to a dear friend. Tell God your troubles, that God may comfort you; tell God your joys, that God may sober them; tell God your longings, that God may purify them; tell God your dislikes, that God may help you conquer them; talk to God of your temptations, that God may shield you from them: show God the wounds of your heart, that God may heal them. If you thus pour out all your weaknesses, needs, troubles, there will be no lack of what to say. Talk out of the abundance of the heart, without consideration say just what you think. Blessed are they who attain to such familiar, unreserved intercourse with God.”
Even if you did nothing in your meditation but bring your heart back, and place it again in our Lord’s presence, though it went away again every time you brought it back, your hour would be very well employed.”
Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord; and our heart is restless until it rests in Thee.
I have so much to do that I spend several hours in prayer before I am able to do it. John Wesley While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
MAKE GOD’S DREAM COME TRUE
In the garden of Eden God showed his desire to walk with man and to have intimacy with him! Through Jesus we have the same opportunity as Adam did! To walk with God in the cool of the evening! So, In closing, it’s time to seek the Lord! And to let Him Into Me See! There is no substitute or shortcut to gain the measure of God you desire in your life. Time before God in His presence releases the store house of heaven that is full of blessings and opens the flood gate of revelation you desire! Intimacy with the living God is the hall mark of every great man or women of God. Time in His courts help us understand the complexities of life. And give meaning to every situation we find our self in! You can make God’s dream come true!