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Intimacy…Closeness to God

30 Jun

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When you say the word intimacy in our culture people normally relate it to only a relationship between a couple in a romantic relationship. Our culture defines intimacy in terms of physical affection. Intimacy is far more than physical touch. Intimacy can be defined as closeness, knowing (being known). The most intimate (close) relationship we can have is with God.

A friend, spouse, child, person cannot know everything there is to know about us. They cannot meet all our needs. God created us to need Him first, then people. Adam had a personal relationship with God before He had a relationship with Eve. While Eve was being created, Adam was asleep. They both knew God before they ever knew each other.

We were born with a deep-rooted desire for intimacy. God created us with the desire and need to be known, accepted, and unconditionally loved. He gave us a desire and need that He can fill. I’ve heard people say we have a God sized void, I believe it’s true. We can try to fill it with so many things, but none of them will completely fill us. People try food to fill emptiness, it leads to food addictions and obesity. People try relationships and sex to fill emptiness, and find they need more and more and aren’t completely satisfied. People try activities and busyness, and they end up discontent. Our need for intimacy must first be met by God in order for there to be balance in our lives.

Our world puts God somewhere towards the bottom on the list of relationships. He’s someone to seek out when we’re bored, hurting, need something, or not at all. The One who created all things, pursues our hearts with pure love. He longs for us to have an intimate (close) relationship with Him. He does not need our love. He wants our love. He knows that His love transforms who we are into who we were created to be.

Covenant Love:

God invites us into a covenant with Him. A covenant is an agreement, usually formal, between two or more persons. Covenant love is binding, it’s intended to be for life and in the case of God, for eternity. We have to refuse Him and walk away from Him; He is always faithful to us.

Old vs. New Covenant:

Under the old covenant, people could not come boldly into God’s presence. Priests performed rituals in order to be able to enter His presence. Under the new covenant, Jesus paid the price so all who have faith in Him can come boldly into the presence of God. He paid for our sins, so we could have unhindered access to the Father and the deposit of His Holy Spirit. God extends an invitation to intimacy. God has always longed to be with His children. He has always desired relationship with us.

The fundamental basis of this new covenant relationship is the conversion process, whereby each day the believer draws closer to God:

Therefore we do not lose heart.  Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)

. . . for it is God who works in you both to WILL and to DO for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)

This change of nature results in an intimate relationship with God.

We all have the opportunity to have a flourishing, close, and intimate relationship with God. Nothing on earth can fill the void in us; it’s where He belongs. He loves us more than we can imagine, and His love fills us to overflow. When we receive God’s love and love Him in return, we have overflowing love for others. All areas of our lives flourish when we put God first. When God is first, addictions diminish. When God is first, insecurities diminish. God always wanted and planned to be first in our lives…

You are deeply loved friends. Have a great week. Praying your relationship with God goes even deeper…

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Posted by on June 30, 2013 in Devotions, From the Author

 

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7 responses to “Intimacy…Closeness to God

  1. Kirsten A.

    December 26, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    I think I found a typo under the section “Covenant Love”: We have to refuse Him and walk away from Him; He is always faithful to us.

     
    • Erin Lamb

      December 26, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      In the covenant with God we must refuse Him and walk away from Him. God is always faithful. Meaning He does not leave or forsake. I do not see the typo. Please let me know what it is. 🙂

       
      • Kirsten A.

        December 26, 2016 at 5:27 pm

        Hmm, maybe I’m failing to understand or it’s my 5 hours of sleep + migraine affecting my understanding! (Definitely could be the latter) What do you mean by saying that in the covenant with God, we must refuse Him and walk away from Him? I thought it would be the opposite? I understand the second part, about Him being faithful.

         
    • Erin Lamb

      December 26, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      There are people, like the children of Israel who refused God. They decided they did not want Him. Though He stood as faithful, they rejected Him. Refusing to accept Jesus or relationship with God, means we walk away from the gift He has offered.

       
      • Kirsten A.

        December 26, 2016 at 5:49 pm

        I understand, but I’m still a bit confused. If we’re in covenant with God, why “must” we refuse Him?

         
    • Erin Lamb

      December 26, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      The covenant must be refused by us explanation:

      God does not refuse us or walk away. If I have a gift, and you refuse that gift, it still belongs to me. God offers Himself. We must refuse the gift in order for the covenant to be void.

       
      • Kirsten A.

        December 26, 2016 at 6:19 pm

        I get it! Sorry, I misunderstood the intention of that sentence and obviously my brain was a bit slow after that. Thank you for being so patient in explaining it to me.

         

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