Intimacy Requires Faith

Intimacy with the Holy Spirit

Intimacy is defined as “a close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another person or group” (Dictionary.com)

God’s Will for Intimacy

  • To help us remain in His presence
  • To teach us to trust Him
  • To enable us to surrender our all to Him
  • To ensure we spend time with Him
  • To teach us to listen to Him

Knowing the will of God for our lives only comes through intimacy with Him.

The Purpose of Intimacy

  1. To know God
  2. To hear the voice of God
  3. To love God as He requires
  4. To make His work easier to be accomplished for us bcuz we go by his directions and not ours
  5. To keep us anointed and filled with His desire
  6. To keep us in His presence

Faith – (1):  firm belief in something for which there is no proof.  (2):  complete trust (Merriam-Webster)

Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen. For our ancestors won God’s approval by it. Heb 11:1-2

Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him. Heb 11:6

Lord God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven above or on earth below, keeping the gracious covenant with Your servants who walk before You with their whole heart. Even heaven, the highest heaven, cannot contain You, much less this temple we offer to You. Listen to Your servant’s prayer and petition, Lord my God, so that You may hear the cry and the prayer that Your servant prays before You today. When Your people pray and plead with You for mercy, hear in heaven and forgive the sin of Your people and restore them.  Whatever prayer or petition anyone from Your people might have — each one knowing their own afflictions and spreading out their hands toward You — may You hear in heaven, Your dwelling place, and may You forgive, act, and repay the person, according to all their ways, since You know their heart, for You alone know every human heart, so that they may fear You all the days they live. 1 Kings 8:23-40

Looking at scriptures, this is how I define faith:

Faith is believing and acting upon the command of God without at first understanding where He is leading you and secondly, without receiving His promises before death.

  1. Faith is not just belief, it is an action (faith without works is dead James 2:14-26)
  2. The act of faith, at times, involves staying in the same position/place/situation
  1. Faith is not just belief, it is an action –  Hebrews 11
  • By faith Abel offered … Heb 11:4
  • By faith Noah built an ark and condemned … Heb 11:7
  • By faith Abraham obeyed and moved … By faith he stayed … Heb 11:8-9
  • By faith even Sarah herself received power to conceive … Heb 11:11
  • By faith Abraham offered … Heb 11:17
  • By faith Isaac and Jacob blessed … Heb 11:20-21
  • By faith, after Moses was born, he was hidden … Heb 11:23

These all died in faith without having received the promises, but they saw them from a distance, greeted them, and confessed that they were foreigners and temporary residents on the earth. Heb 11:13

Foolish man! Are you willing to learn that faith without works is useless? Wasn’t Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was active together with his works, and by works, faith was perfected. So the Scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness, and he was called God’s friend. You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. And in the same way, wasn’t Rahab the prostitute also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by a different route? For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. Jam 2:20-26

  1. The act of faith at times involves staying in the same position/place/situation

“So I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work and cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?” Four times they sent me the same proposal, and I gave them the same reply” Neh 6:3-4

“But I said, “Should a man like me run away? … I will not go.” Neh 6:11

“It would still bring me comfort, and I would leap for joy in unrelenting pain that I have not denied the words of the Holy One. What is my strength, that I should wait?  And what is my end, that I should be patient?” Job 6:10-11

 “Then his (Job’s) wife said to him, ‘Do you still hold fast to your integrity?  Curse God and die!’  But he said to her, ‘You speak as one of the foolish women would speak.  Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?’  In all of this Job did not sin with his lips.” Job 2:9-10

If we truly desire to be intimate with God, we need to trust and believe in Him and we need to be willing to act – doing/saying what He says and going where He sends us.

Recently, the question has been asked, “Are you sure you are ready to completely surrender? Are you willing to give up, cut off, or move away just so you can have more of Me?”

Lead me Lord, I will follow.

Lead me Lord, I will go.

You have called me, I will answer.

Lead me Lord, I will go.

“You have been talking about intimacy but do you mean it? What if I require of you to be totally intimate with me, letting go of that which is not my will for your life, for my Glory to be revealed to you. What would you do?”

Mediate on all that has been said, and asked. Spend time with God and find out what He wants from you.

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