Intimacy with God is a very vast topic. It is as vast as God Himself. So I cannot promise that I will exhaust it all in this article. But by the grace of God given to me, I will cover as much as I can.
Intimate relationship with God with God is a lifelong journey with God that stretches further, even into eternity. It is something that we must chase after daily, if we truly know the worth of it.
The major reason why the Father sent the Son to serve as a ransom for man's sins, was to reconcile the world back to Himself.
Sin separated man from God, but Jesus came and paid the price for our sins (Romans 5:8)—to reestablish that connection that man lost with God through Adam.
When Jesus breathed His last on the Cross of calvary, the parting of the temple's curtain (Matthew 27:51) from the top to bottom signified that man's access to the Father had been restored.
We all can now go boldly to the throne of Grace, to commune with God and have a closer walk with Him.
Christianity is a love relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It was for this very purpose that man was created. We exist to love God, because He first loved us. It is not an option, it is a command.
Meaning of Intimacy With God
Intimacy (in this context) means close affinity; a close familiarity or friendship with God. Many are saved, but not many have a close friendship or familiarity with God.
Intimacy with God is a higher relationship with God. We can gain intimacy with God only through Jesus Christ, because without Him we cannot have access to the Father (John 14:6).
Pursuing Intimacy with God
If we must seek after intimacy with God, we must seek it through Jesus Christ. We must chase after a closer walk with Jesus Christ. Intimacy with Jesus Christ equals intimacy with God.
Apostle Paul is one man who understood the value of chasing after God. He left us footprints to follow after and evidence of numerous results that can come alongside having an intimate walk with God.
Phillippians 3:8 NIVWhat is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.
Two genuine Christians are saved by the same Grace. They are both equal in the eyes of God. But the one who has an intimate relationship with God tends to seem like he/she is God's favourite. This isn't the case. God is not partial.
God does not love one Christian more than the other. It is about the work we individually put into our relationship with God. It is the equivalent of what we invest in our walk with God that we can withdraw.
Garbage in garbage out. If we give God five minutes out of every 24hrs, it will always backfire. The consequences will always be present. If we give God quality time, the benefits will always show up.
If you take a closer look, you will notice that those who have an extraordinary Christian life always have an uncommon relationship with God. Intimacy is that uncommon relationship with God that we all must chase after.
Benefits Of Intimacy with God
There are innumerable benefits of having an intimate relationship with Jesus. We can not exhaust them all in a blog post.
It always happens that those who have a closer walk with God always have access to a dimension of blessings that the average Christian cannot access.
Intimacy with God attracts an higher degree of God's protection upon an individual. God does not joke with those who take Him serious. He assigns them His angels and makes sure they are super-protected.
Constant Fellowship or Communion With God
Intimacy with God restores to man, that dimension of communion and fellowship with God that Adam experienced in the garden of Eden. Hearing God's voice and holding conversations with God was a normalcy for Adam. Jesus is closer to those who have an intimate relationship with Him. They deserve it.
Supernatural Breakthroughs And Success
There is a higher dimension of breakthrough and success that we all can access via intimacy with God.
Sometimes, some challenges don't require much prayers and fasting. They require that we have a closer walk with God.
With a higher relationship with Jesus Christ, mountains disappear. Challenges don't stand those who have a close affinity with God.
Keys To Intimacy With God
- How do I build an intimate relationship with God?
I'm sure someone here desires to have an intimate relationship with Jesus. It is surely a good thing that we desire to have such an amazing walk with God. Let's see how to go about it below.
Abide In Christ
We don't get saved to go to sleep afterwards. Salvation launches us into a new life; and a walk with God. We must continue walking with God on a daily basis and we do that through abiding in Christ (John 15). Read our guide on How To Abide In Christ.
Obey God's Word
Living in obedience to God has always pleased God and will always do. Obedience draws us closer to God and draws Him closer to us. It cannot be substituted for anything.
2 Corinthians 6:17-18 KJVWherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing ; and I will receive you,  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
If we must gain intimacy with Jesus Christ, we must walk the path of obedience.
John 14:21 KJVHe that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
John 14:23 KJVJesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
Love The Holy Spirit and Keep His Temple Holy
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:17). Jesus works and communes with us through the Holy Spirit.
Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. We must keep His temple holy, because this pleases Him. Since the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ, pleasing Him means directly pleasing Jesus Christ Himself!
No one can have an intimate relationship with Jesus while they constantly desecrate the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer Points For Intimacy With God
- Thank You Father for making known to me today, that your major purpose for saving me is to have an intimate walk with You. Thank Father for this revelation that You have granted me today. Amen.
- Lord Jesus, I desire to have a closer walk with You. For You said in your Word that if I draw near to You, that You will draw near to me (James 4:8). As I make deliberate efforts to draw close to You, Lord Jesus I ask that You draw me even closer to You. Amen.
- Holy Spirit of Christ, I desire to live a consecrated life. I desire to keep your temple holy. Enable me to do just this in Jesus Name. Amen.
- Lord Jesus, I ask that You help me remove every distraction from my life, that may prevent me from having a closer walk with You. Amen.
- Thank You Father for I know that You have answered, and You will do even more than I have asked, in Jesus Name. Amen.
Intimacy With God Scriptures
James 4:8, Jeremiah 29:11, Isaiah 65:24, Jeremiah 33:3, Jeremiah 31:3, 1 Corinthians 10:31, 1 John 1:9, 1 Timothy 2:1, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Colossians 3:1, Deuteronomy 6:5, Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:24, Genesis 4:1, Hebrews 11:6, Isaiah 49:15, Isaiah 55:7, John 15:15, John 17:3, Joshua 1:9, Luke 1:34, Philippians 3:10, Psalm 46:10, Revelation 3:20, Romans 5:8, Song of Solomon 2:10, Zephaniah 3:17.
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