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Intimacy with God

Copyright © Andrew J. Shreeve 2004


Praise God! We are so blessed to have access to a personal relationship with God, the creator of the universe. A Christian is simply a person who is in a personal relationship with God. Now that is very different to practicing another form of religion like, saying regimented prayers, to kneel a certain way, washing your body in ritual, or talking to an idol. What sets a true Christian apart from all other forms of religion is an intimate, personal, relationship with God.

 

The apostle John put is this way:


That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ, And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full

1 John 1:3-4

 

What a joy to be tuned into the one who created all things. Now that is cool! Some people boast about who they associate with, you know name dropping. Imagine if your were a personal guest at George W. Bush’s ranch in Texas, played polo with Prince William, played golf with Tiger Woods, and enjoyed adventure holidays with Tom Cruise. That would be serious name dropping and people would think you must be important to be in the presence of all those famous people. In reality those people are insignificant to the one who created them and everything you can see. God is far superior, and much better company, to anybody you can imagine. And God has given us access to him 24 hours a day, every day of our life, forever!

 

This is the real joy of the gospel. Fellowship with God! Healing and prosperity are great benefits of being in a covenant relationship with Jesus Christ but they are empty without a personal, intimate, relationship with God. The Greek word used by the apostle John in 1 John 1:3 translated fellowship is ‘koinonia’. Strong’s Dictionary defines ‘koinonia’ as meaning: partnership, that is (literally) participation, or (social) intercourse: to communicate, communion, distribution, fellowship. John is writing to tell the world that Jesus Christ has made it possible for us to now enjoy intimate communication with God.

 

You might say, "well that’s great, but I can’t see him and when I pray nothing happens. Why doesn’t he reveal himself more clearly?" The issue is not that God has not revealed himself. God has revealed himself. If we are not enjoying intimacy with him we are looking in the wrong direction. In other words, if we are frustrated by an inability to enjoy intimacy with God then the problem is with us and not God. We need to change and seek God in a different way. Ok, well how can I find God and have a more personal, intimate, relationship?

 

The first thing to understand is that God is a spirit (John 4:24) and you are created in his likeness (Genesis 1:26) and are also a spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23). You contact this physical world with your body and the intellectual world with your soul and you contact God, who is a spirit, with your spirit. Now most of us have been well trained with the use of our bodies and intellects but our spirits have been neglected. At school most of us were not taught how to feed our spirit, build up our spirit, or how to contact God spiritually. To relate to God we need to learn a new type of communication.

 

God communicates to us spiritually through our spirit (Proverbs 20:27). We can only have effective communication with God through our spirit (John 4:24) (many of us have tried to communicate to God from our soul, or emotions, and experienced limited success). To enjoy full intimacy with God we need to learn a new way of communication, spiritual communication.

 

God has spoken to us through his Word, the bible. The Word of God is spirit (John 6:63). To receive communication from God, spiritually, we deposit or plant the Word of God into our spirit (this is done through meditation of God’s Word). This spirit Word will feed our spirit (1 Peter 2:4; Hebrews 5:12-14). When God’s Word is abiding richly inside our spirit we will be filled with light, love, and life. We will easily know the difference in our lives, and it will be evident to all around us. Knowledge will be revealed to our soul, or our mind, from our spirit. This is God communicating to us. God’s Word must first be planted in our spirit before we receive this type of communication from God.

 

We communicate back to God, spiritually, by returning his Word to him. In other words, effective communication, or prayer, comes from agreement with God’s Word which is his will. Through allowing God’s Word to be the basis of our prayer we are communicating on his wave length. Spiritual communication is responding to God positively, through faith in his Word (Hebrews 11:6).

 

In addition to God’s Word, God communicates to us is by his Holy Spirit which resides inside the Christian’s spirit (Romans 5:5; 8:14, 16). To hear God’s Spirit speaking to our spirit we need to be sensitive to our spirit. This requires training, sensitivity, and awareness. Praying in the spirit will help greatly in hearing God’s voice.

 

Praying in the spirit is communicating with God spiritually. Praying in the spirit is praying in unknown tongues (1 Corinthians 14:14-15). Paul the apostle teaches we should pray in the spirit, in unknown tongues, continually (Ephesians 6:18). Praying in unknown, or spiritual tongues, has the added benefit of building up our spirit (1 Corinthians 14:4). When our spirit is built up through praying in unknown tongues, and being well fed through receiving God’s Word through meditation, it is much easier to hear God communicating to our spirit.

 

Don’t let the business of life rob you of intimacy with God. Invest your time tuning into God through, planting his Word in your spirit through meditation and, praying in unknown tongues. I guarantee when you are enjoying personal intimacy with God life will look a lot rosier. God will encourage and direct you. God will lead you into green pastures where your soul, emotions and will, will be restored (Psalm 23:2-3).

 

I write these things unto you, that your joy may be full!

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