What Is “Intimacy” with God?

The title of my blog is “To Know God Intimately”. But what is Intimacy? The Webster Dictionary defines the word “intimacy” as:

(1): the state of being Intimate:
Familiarity (2): something of a personal or private nature
.

Synonyms given for intimacy are: belonging, chumminess, closeness,
inseparability, familiarity and nearness.

In today’s world sex-focused world when someone says they are intimate with someone the word “intimate” is usually used in the sexual content. In reality intimacy should be referring to a much deeper relationship whether to people or to God. So how does an intimate relationship relate to God? Every synonym listed above describes what intimacy with God is all about.

Belonging: First, and most importantly, we must have accepted Jesus Christ as our personal savior. We must have confessed our sins and asked forgiveness. If we have done
this and profess in our hearts and with our mouths that Jesus Christ is our Savior, we are God’s child. We now have a sense of belonging to someone bigger and greater than ourselves. We belong to a King. We are a precious child of the King.
Chumminess: As the worship song says, “I am a friend of God…and He is a friend of mine.”
Closeness: As a friend of God we grow closer and closer to Him. We share our deepest hearts desires, and we begin to know the very heart of God. We begin to fellowship
with God. We begin to take on His likeness. This is accomplished through reading His Word, reading books written by Godly men and women, fellowshipping
with other Christians.
Inseparability: Nothing can separate us from His love, and we will not let anything keep us from loving Him.
Familiarity: We get to know God’s character. We begin to learn what He wants from us, what makes Him happy, what makes Him sad, and our heart and His begin to beat as one. We do this by daily reading His Word and through prayer. We must listen to Him as well as make petitions to Him.
Nearness: He is always with us, and He will never leave us. He promised that. Even when we don’t feel Him, God is still there.

Intimacy with God is not knowing about God; it is knowing Him up close and personal.

God created us to have an intimate relationship with Him. When man sinned God loved us so much that He sent His only son Jesus to die a horrible death on a cross to save us from our sins and eternity in hell. He died also to restore an intimate relationship with God. He loves you and wants you to really know and love Him. He wants an intimate relationship with you. He is reaching out to you constantly. Will you take the challenge? Tell me how you have grown intimate with God?

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Drawing Us Near

Jesus Hugging a WomanIt’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog, and to be honest, I’m not proud of the reason.  Despite my faith, I started looking at all the things going wrong in our family’s lives right now, and became weary of my health problems. What happened?  I took my eyes off Jesus and began to slip into depression.  I couldn’t make myself read; I couldn’t even pray.  If I couldn’t do those things I certainly couldn’t write, because I can only write what God lays on my heart.

Then I remembered what I wrote in my very last post, “Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”  Even though I wasn’t “feeling” it at the time, the rod of the Great Shepherd was still defending me, and His staff was still drawing me closer to Him. What a beautiful thought that at our lowest Jesus is still defending us and drawing us near to Him.

I hope that if any of you feel the way I do at times that you will remember that Jesus is still there.  You don’t have to feel Him for Him to be there.  Just know that He loves you no matter how you feel, and He is wrapping His great arms of love around you.  Don’t give up. If you don’t believe in yourself right now, at least believe in Jesus and His great love for you…so great that He died on a cross for you and rose again. Have faith in Jesus; He will pull you through it.

Jesus Hugging Man 

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I Will Fear No Evil

Jesus the Shepherd

The Twenty-third Psalm is probably one of the most well known passages in the Bible.  My own life experiences constantly bring new meaning to the beautiful words of the psalmist, David.  One portion of this passage that has taken on new meaning is:

  “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalms 23:4.

This “valley of the shadow of death” is often interpreted to mean the final physical death, the passage from this life to the next; it is often used at funerals.  However, the shadow of death can mean spiritual death as well.

 Throughout our lifetime we will often experience those times when it feels as though a war is raging deep within our souls, a time in which our faith and everything we believe in is being challenged.  To make the wrong choice would mean certain spiritual death.

  Through such an experience, I realized a new definition for the “valley of the shadow of death” as anything which would seek to destroy us physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. It could be sickness, our past, mental illness, depression; there are so many things the devil uses to seek to destroy our relationship with God. But David, the shepherd king and the author of this Psalm, paints a beautiful word picture when he says: “I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

 Jesus is our shepherd.  He uses his rod to fight off the enemy and his staff to draw us close to his loving heart.  Just as David wrote thousands of years ago, we too can claim victoriously, “I will fear no evil for thou art with me!”

 His love for you and me is so grand my heart can’t contain it!  He is always there even in our darkest hours.

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“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”

Remember these lyrics: “Ain’t no mountain high enough, ain’t no valley low enough, ain’t no river wide enough to keep me from you.”?  It was a popular song when I was in high school.

It reminds me of one of my favorite verses:

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!“ Romans 8:37-39 (NIV)

What a powerful verse. If you and I have accepted Christ as our savior then nothing can separate us from God’s love for us…no matter what the devil may try to tell us.

The devil is a sly one full of lies.  He tries to tell us that God can’t love us because of things we’ve done in the past, because of who we were, or even because of what was done to us.  Don’t listen to him my friend. Satan is the chief of all lies.

When we confess our sins and our past to God, he forgives us.  Jesus paid the price for them when he died on the cross long before you and I were even born. When we are forgiven, everything that we have said and done from that day backwards has been wiped away.  God forgets they ever happened.  The slate is wiped clean. The past is GONE.

I like the way Paul puts it:

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”  2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)

Wonderfully amazing love that gives us new life full of endless possibilities.

God loves YOU. Do you have this new life? If you’d like to talk to me about it, you can contact me at:

toknowgod.rosella@gmail.com

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Plan B

Did you know that from the moment you were conceived God had your whole life planned out?  That’s a pretty awesome thought! But it can be a very depressing thought.   Why?  Well in my case, I totally screwed up God’s initial plan for my life. 

I started out okay.  I became a Christian at age nine.  I worked in the church all through my teen years. But there is this thing in the world called sin.  And sometimes it’s not only what we do that throws us off track, but what is done to us.  And in my case, once I was off-track I did things that drove me further from God and His plan for my life.

But thanks to God’s amazing grace, I am living for Him again.  I want desperately to do His will and work for Him.   One night the devil was really pounding me with thoughts such as, “What makes you think God can use you?”  “Look at what you’ve done, he’ll never use you; you are worthless.” “You messed up His plan for your life; you’re just going to have to live with it.”

But here is what God said to me that night:

“So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.”  Jeremiah 18:3-4

God was telling me that even though I had been marred, the potter (Jesus Christ) was forming the pot (me) and shaping it into another pot.  God had a Plan B for my life.  All I needed to do was rebuke Satan, keep my eyes on Jesus and trust God.

Then the word of the Lord came to me. ‘O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?’ declares the Lord. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand.’”   Jeremiah 18:5-6a

God has a Plan B for your life.  Just give Him a chance.

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God Always Keeps His Promises

I’ve been reading the early Old Testament lately.  It’s the part where Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Jacob and the rest live. As I read I began to notice a pattern. Many patterns, actually, but for now this one.

God made covenants (or promises) with his people. And he never broke a promise. After flooding the whole earth, God promised Noah he would never again destroy the whole earth with water.  The earth has seen floods, but through all the centuries since Noah the earth has never been completely ravished by water again.  God kept his promise.

God promised Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation, and that his wife Sarah would bear him a son in their late age. Sarah laughed because she was so old. But it happened, and again God kept his promise. I could go on and on with God’s promises in his Word.

God gave me a promise six years ago and delivered it through a total stranger at my work. It was amazing, but when things go wrong sometimes it’s hard for me to remember God’s promise delivered to me that night. Sometimes when God gives us a promise he doesn’t give us the details.  He doesn’t tell us the why or the how or the when or sometimes even the what. But I believe that in his time, when he knows I am ready, he will fulfill that promise.

So rest assured that if God has given you a promise He will keep it. The key is to remain faithful and keep believing that what he says he will do he WILL do.  God has not changed.  He is the same God today and he still keeps his promises.

“‘For I know the plans I have for you’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”  Jer 29:11 (NIV)

What has God promised you?  I’d love to hear from you.

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