Pursuing Intimacy with God

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People sometimes ask, “How do I get closer to God?” They desire to be more intimate with Him. You do?? Good! That should be the desire of all our hearts, to be closer with God. It will be a life long journey—one that will transform you into His image.

What Not To Do

But first, I would suggest we stop doing something. And that something is to spend less time analyzing God and more time obeying Him. James reminds us “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22 That’s the first thing we do and yes, it’s that simple. We have so much information available to us these days that we rely now more on man’s wisdom than God’s wisdom and doing that just messes things up for us. Learn to admit to God that you just don’t know. You don’t know why he/she had cancer. You don’t know why they died suddenly in their prime. You don’t know… But God does. And that starts with trusting Him and His perfect will for our lives. Surrender your philosophical self to Him. He is all knowing, not you.

What Has To Be Done

Secondly, if we desire to hear from Him, confess our sins to Him. He knows all of the sins we’ve committed, even the secret ones. Psalm 90:8 says, “You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.” Clear the pathway for God to hear you. Another scripture that brings this point home for us is Isaiah 59:2, “But your iniquities have separated you from God—your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear you.” Personally, I want God to hear me! So this is very important that we do not take advantage of not going to God and confessing our wrongdoings. Surrender your sins.

Be Eager To Learn

Thirdly, get to know Him, get to know His Holy Word. That only comes by reading and spending time there. The Old Testament stories are full of wonderful story after story of His great love for His people and how He is preparing the way for His Son Jesus Christ to come. The New Testament is full of Jesus’ teachings and the apostle’s teachings on everything we need to know about how to live our lives here on earth. Surrender your time to get to know Him.

It’s All A Matter Of Trust

And last and foremost, trust Him. Trust that He is Creator. He is Loving Savior, and He is Merciful Judge! He is the One who is unfathomable. He is the One who is unsearchable! He is God Almighty and He wants to have an intimate relationship with you. Surrender your heart to Him.

When these things happen there is immense peace that comes into our lives. You can actually relax and feel free of stress when you surrender to Him. Honestly, it is helpful to remind ourselves about this. So clear the way to Him, change your attitude toward Him and trust- that He is at the helm, wanting and waiting for you to come to Him and have a close, personal, and intimate relationship with Him. So won’t you?

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