Summary: This series will assist you in developing and deepening your relationship with God.
SPIRITUAL INTIMACY BEGINS WITH A LIFE PHILOSOPHY.
Psalm 73:25-28 Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 28 But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works.
Just as the Psalmist yearned for God – it should be the desire of every believer to want to go deeper in their relationship with the Father.
Augustine, The City of God ‘There is a God-shaped vacuum in every man that only Christ can fill.’
I. THE BIBLICAL EXAMPLES OF SPIRITUAL INTIMACY
When you read the Scriptures you are immediately impressed with the depth of experience that many had with God.
☛ Abraham became God’s friend - James 2:23
☛ Enoch walked with God - Gen. 5:22,24
☛ Jacob saw God face to face - Gen. 32:30
☛ Moses spoke to God face to face as a man speaks to his friend - Exodus 33:11
☛ Gideon saw the Angel of the Lord face to face - Judges 6:22
☛ David was a man after God’s own heart - Acts 13:22
☛ Daniel found favor with God - Daniel 10:11,19
☛ Mary found favor with God - Luke 1:28
In a brutal, self seeking, self serving world
✖ where sex is nothing more than a physical act
✖ where there is no sense of loyalty
✖ where marriages have prenuptial agreements.
✖ where euthanasia, abortion are the values of the day rather than honoring life and respecting the elderly....
✖ intimacy is a word that has become endangered.
Yet, God wants us to have an intimate relationship with him. He pictures this relationship in various ways in the Scripture.
A. THE SHEPHERD AND HIS SHEEP. A shepherd knows his sheep - his sheep hear his voice. He is willing to lay down his life for his sheep. He comforts and protects with his rod and staff. God is like a Shepherd.
B. A HUSBAND AND WIFE. God pictures Himself as Israel’s bridegroom in Isaiah and Jeremiah. Christ is the bridegroom for his church in Ephesians 5.
C. AS A FATHER AND CHILD. The story of the Prodigal is not given to tell us that there will be prodigals, it is given to give us insight into what the Father is like. He is loving, longing, waiting for his prodigals to come into fellowship with him.
Jesus told us that God the Father is ‘Abba’ Father. We are his children through the blood of His Son Christ Jesus.
II. THE PERSONAL NEED FOR SPIRITUAL INTIMACY.
There will forever be a tension between intimacy and keeping a holy reverence for God.
TOO MUCH EMPHASIS ON EITHER SIDE WILL LEAD US TO GET OUT OF BALANCE.
The reason many don’t have an intimate relationship with God is that they know facts about God but don’t know God.
A. W. Tozer “You and I are in little (our sins excepted) what God is in large. Being made in His image we have within us the capacity to know Him. In our sins we lack only the power. The moment the Spirit has quickened us to life in regeneration our whole being senses its kinship to God and leaps up in joyous recognition.