THEME: INTIMACY WITH GOD
Daniel 11:32 NKJV
“Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.”
-Trusting in God is a major avenue to intimacy with God. As we run through this years theme, let us now forget to seek God’s grace that enable us to do exploits. We are cautioned from corruption, and reminded that those who have faith in God and endeavor to worship the One and only true God have the assurance of being strengthened, and we will perform great and powerful works for the glory of God.
Intimacy with God is paramount to spiritual growth. Many Christians read the Bible and know God but they are yet to develop a relationship with Him. We have reviewed various ways that enable us to have intimacy with God. First is through dwelling in the secret place of prayer and God rewards us openly. Jesus exemplified the importance of prayer through His life. Often times do we see Him withdrawing to a secret place to pray (Luke 5:16). The tragedy of many believers is that they believe that the knowledge of God is in the volume of spiritual activity. To have intimacy with God, we are called to dwell in the secret place of the Most High (Psalm 91:1), and He will answer us according to His will. Secondly is by abiding in Jesus Christ as He abides in us. John 15:4 tells us, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me”. By abiding with God is a commitment to live for Him, and spending time in studying His word and we will bear much fruit. 2 John 1:9 tells us that, anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God, but the one who abides in the teaching, has both the Father and the Son. Thirdly, to have intimate relationship with God requires that we seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, and all other things will be added unto us. To seek first God’s kingdom requires that we prioritize God and consulting Him first in everything. To seek God first can also be achieved through loving God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, and your neighbor as yourself, which is a summary of the law and prophets. Fourthly, intimacy with God can also be developed through having a genuine encounter with Him. Saul encounter God when he approached Damascus and he was converted, and his name was changed to Paul. Abram fell on his face when he encountered God (Genesis 17:3), and his name was changed to Abraham. Last but not least, we are reminded to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding but in all our ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6). This requires strong faith as we follow the Good Shepherd without wavering, for without faith we cannot please God. By having faith in God, we are assured of strength and we are able to do exploits that builds intimacy with God.
I lift up my eyes to the mountains where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Thank Abba Father for loving us and for this far that You have brought us. We count our blessings and name them one by one. We thank You Father for assuring us that You will strengthen us and uphold us with Your righteous right hand. Thank You for You have been a good God, we exult Your holy name. May You renew our strength and increase our faith, that we may do exploits in Your kingdom for the glory and honor of Your name. May You give us endurance and encouragement that we may have the same attitude of mind that You Jesus Christ had. May You bless us and keep us Lord. May You make Your face shine upon us and be gracious to us. May You lift up Your countenance upon us and give us peace. Amen
Further reading: Romans 15:5, Isaiah 41:10
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