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Sermon About Intimacy with God

 Sermon About Intimacy with God

Clear that He was intimately involved in the creation process. This concept of God's involvement in the formation of life on earth is known intimacy.  In this sense, man and nature were created by and for the glory of God.

1. Definition Of Intimacy

Close familiarity or friendship; closeness.
The “Heart” Of Intimacy
Being “close” has nothing to do with proximity
Can be distant from someone we’re next to
Trust is the basis for establishing intimacy
The more we trust God, the closer our relationship
Unfaithfulness creates distrust/distance

Throughout daily life, Christians should learn to meet the presence of God with an intimate awareness of His Divine heart. When confronted with difficult circumstances, they should not think but should feel their way to a greater awareness of their Creator. They should learn to 'see with spiritual eyes' and to discern the handiwork of God in every facet from sunrise to sunset. They should also learn to look beyond man's apparent imperfections and see his Maker in his every detail. The presence of God.
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2. Share our thoughts with Him

God has already shared His thoughts with us
Good, bad, ugly; pray without ceasing (I Th. 5:17)
God wants to hear what’s bothering us
Be vulnerable; anxiety, sickness, temptations, etc.


When considering the implications of this idea, it is important to realize that there are different levels of intimacy between man and Three different levels of Divine intimacy for Christians: physicality (including physical body), incorporeality (including Holy Spirit), and omniscience (including all other aspects revealed through Divine inspiration).

James 4:8
8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Based on these insights from Job, it seems evident that daily life should present opportunities for spiritual growth and experience for those who choose to allow realityUto influence their thoughts instead of their emotions. Ultimately, learning how to experience Divine will on one's own terms will help people experience their Creator on their own terms as well.
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3. Developing Intimacy With God

Get to know Him
God already knows us, down to the very hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:30)
We must know God, not just know of God
Knowledge is not synonymous with trust
Requires spending time together
Neglected relationships never flourish; redeem the time (Eph 5:16)

Results Of Intimacy With God
Transformation (Rom. 12:2) – no longer a “Sunday Christian”
Trust & obey - we willingly follow His lead
Influence (Matt. 5:16) – passion for God is evident
Prepares Us For Heaven – eternity with our loving Father

 
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