D. Sensitivity. God will give you greater spiritual understandingand increased awareness to the needs of others. .III. Requirements for an Intimate Relationship with God
A. A Spiritual Focus.
For most people, the word"intimacy" is associated primarily with sexuality. Butgenuine fellowship with God involves relating to Him onan emotional and spiritual level rather than a physicalone.
B. Personal Involvement.
The Lord created humans inHis image so that all people could relate to Him on anindividual basis. The Holy Spirit lives within everybeliever, giving each one the ability to develop apersonalfriendship with Christ.
Intimacy cannot exist without trust. If you and Irefuse to surrender to and obey God, we can't expect tohave an intimate relationship with Him.
Oneness with God must be motivated out of love, not duty. Remember that God forgave you on thebasis of Christ's death on the cross. You don't have toearn His affection. Let that fact motivate you to freelyand genuinely devote yourself to knowing Him better.
E. Openness and Transparency.
Confess specific sins andshortcomings to the Lord. Be honest with Him, andintimacy will grow.
F. Two-way Communication
. Ask the Father to show youhow to hear His guidance for your life, and set asidetime to listen to Him.
G. Time and Effort.
You must devote yourself to knowingthe Lord if you want to experience the fullness of friendship with Him.C. Serenity. Intimacy gives you quietness and peace in yourspirit, no matter what happens. You can trust that the Lordwill guide you through difficulty.-You will keep in perfectpeace all who trust in you Isaiah 26:3He who kneels before Godwill stand in any situation.If you have any hurt or guilt towardsanyone, you cannot enjoy God's presence.If you hate yourself, you can not enjoy God'spresence.
Naturally, if you have sin in your life, thatwill separate your from God. Isaiah 59:2Not only that, Satan will accuse you beforeGod
3Then the angel showed me Jeshua thehigh priest standing before the angel of theLord. The Accuser, Satan, was there at the
angel’s right hand, making accusations
And the Lord said to Satan,
“I, the Lord, reject your accusations, Satan.
Yes, the Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem,rebukes you. This man is like a burning stick
that has been snatched from the fire.”
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