What is Intimacy With Jesus?
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Delivered By
Bob Petersen & LFMC Family
Delivered On
June 3, 2018
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What is Intimacy With Jesus?

 

Intimate (Dictionary)

  1. associated in close personal relations: an intimate friend.

  2. characterized by or involving warm friendship or a personally close:

  3. very private; closely personal:

  4. an association, knowledge, understanding, etc. arising from close personal connection.

  5. a close union

  6. inmost; deep within.

  7. of, relating to, or characteristic of the inmost or essential nature; intrinsic:

  8. of, relating to, or existing in the inmost depths of the mind

 

Antonyms for intimate

Cold cool disliking away far imprecise inaccurate formal incompatible

 

There is an aspect to our Christian walk of closeness to Jesus that is needed to maintain spiritual life.

  • The two different views are 1. Having a close relationship with God or 2. Having a christian outside but no life inside

  • We need constant connection to remain alive

    • John 15:5 NAS I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

    • Matthew 25:12 AMP But He replied, I solemnly declare to you, I do not know you [I am not acquainted with you].


 

What exactly constitutes intimacy?

  • Is it just someone’s emotional response?

  • Is it reading the bible for hours?

  • Is it praying a lot?

 

For a better view of what people are calling intimacy let’s call it close and open to God

 

What creates intimacy issues:

  • Sin

    • Mainly unfaithfulness

    • The COI would not go close to the mountain when God was on it

      • Because they had idolatry in their heart as they made a golden calf

  • Condemned

    • Many perceive they are unacceptable to God

  • Inner hurts

  • Offended

    • When you’re offended with someone you can’t look them in the face

  • Demonized

    • I can tell when people who have demonic influences in their lives when I preach

    • I looked green to a woman involved in satanism


 

Let’s look at the Children of Israel at God draws close to them:


 

Being close to God is on us:

  • James 4:8a NAS Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

 

Many things cause us to lose the closeness that we once had

  • Familiarity

  • Boredom

  • Religious spirits

    • I went from being free to being afraid of not looking spiritual

 

What are the actions of being close?

  • Do there need to be any actions to coincide with being close to God?

  • What did you do when you were the most passionate for God?

  • What actions to you display when you’re passionate for something?

 

There must be some outward stuff that are intimacy or love for God

  • Mark 12:30 NAS You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.

 

Revelation 2:1-6 NAS 1 "To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands, says this: 2 'I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false;  3 and you have perseverance and have endured for My name's sake, and have not grown weary. 4 'But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.  5 'Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place — unless you repent.  6 'Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.


 

Here are some evaluation questions to ask yourself:

  • Do I have trouble connecting with people on an intimate level

  • Am I uncomfortable when the conversation turns to