Monday, November 28, 2016

Intimacy with God

When I was young, I did not understand how we could be intimate with God when we could not see Him.  You also may wonder, "How can we become intimate with God?"  Well, let's first take a look at the word "intimate". The dictionary gives one of the meanings as "having, involving or result from a close personal relationship".  After reading this meaning, the question can be reworded as, "How can we have a close personal relationship with God? Why do we have close personal relationship (or intimacy) with family and friends?  Is it because we see them on a daily basis and spend a lot of time with them?  The answer is yes.  Therefore, intimacy with God is spending time with Him on a daily basis.  Spending time with a person is getting to know them.  The only way we can get to know the LORD is to first spend time in His Word, the Holy Bible.  We must always remember that God is a spirit and we first must believe that He exists.  Hebrews 11:6, "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

How can we spend time with family and friends when we believe that they do not exist?  It's impossible.  We must first believe that they exist and then we spend time with them.  The same is true with God.  By faith, we choose to believe that He exists and then we spend time getting to know Him through His Word, the Holy Bible.  This causes us to develop a close personal relationship with Him; therefore, being intimate with Him.  The LORD will reveal Himself to us through His Word.  As we read and study His Word, we will see, through the Word, that the Father has given us a Helper.  He is the Holy Spirit.  He lives in us and is always with us.  John 14:17, "Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." Let us welcome the Holy Spirit into our lives so that we can develop a close personal relationship (intimacy) with our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Selah †

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