Increasing Intimacy

2nd Corinthians 13:14 states; “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all”. Through this verse, God shows us his goal of pursuing intimacy with us. 

 

The idea of Increasing Intimacy is the idea of increasing life. God’s intention was not for us to get saved and go to another place. He created us and put us here so He could have something to love; and that we could also find love in Him. When He sent us Jesus he didn’t do so to show us a religion; but to show us a relationship. If you are not experiencing all that God has for you; you are not experiencing Intimacy.

 

When you begin pursuing deeper intimacy with God; there are several questions you should ask. To start with, ask; How Is my heart? First of all, when you begin asking these things, make sure you make time to pursue intimacy and all that God has for you. 

 

In Proverbs four it says; “Guard your heart for out of it comes wellsprings of life”. We need to be careful of what we allow to grow in our hearts. If there is anything in your heart right now that needs to be taken out; or needs to be eliminated, it’s a weed in our lives.

 

In Genesis, when man messed up; God didn’t start with a statement, he started with a question. When you blow it; refrain from a statement; start with a question. He will begin to show you where your heart is when you ask him. If you don’t ask questions about where your heart is, you are not taking ownership for your life. 

 

The second question to ask is, “Am I Living from My Heart”? 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “When you do anything, do it unto the Lord.” Start by making a decision not to do anything without intimacy; because in life, with everything going on, the only thing that will anchor you, is intimacy. The truth of the matter is, you can’t please God and Man; make a goal in 2019 to give a funeral what other people think about you. You exist for others, not for yourself. God desires us to find the joy in helping others. You can also ask; “Am I chasing the heart of the Lord”? It can be easy to get caught up in doing “churchy” and “Christian” things. It’s easy to do it, but miss the entire point, of intimacy. 

 

Lastly; ask “Am I Sharing From my Heart”? This means, Ask questions from a place of relationship. Questions asked out of relationship; are asked from a place of pursuing intimacy. God wants to hear more about what’s on your heart when you spend time with him. Don’t spend all your time with God making suggestions, talking about his goodness, or avoiding what he really cares about; you heart. If you are not talking about what you are going through with God, you are missing the point of Intimacy. When we ask questions, we position ourselves to learn. 

 

The biggest tragedy in life would be for you to live; and die without living a life of intimacy. The ultimate question is; Have I given my life over to the one who created me? Have you made that decision?

Amy Van DorstenComment