INTIMACY WITH GOD PART 2

Hello, welcome to another episode on this blog. I pray that as you read, your eyes of understanding are flooded with light.

“2 Corinthians 13:14 (NLT) May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

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Some weeks back we had a publication on intimacy with God. Here is an excerpt –

Paul prayed this prayer for the Christian in Corinth and because of the power that the prayer carries, it became a doctrine in the body of Christ to recite it in every meeting. Every time we are told to pray the Grace, what we all recite is what is found in 2 Cor 13:14. The word fellowship in the Greek text is “Koinonia” meaning “communion, joint participation, intercourse, intimacy”. So the word intimacy is used as fellowship, therefore the more you fellowship with the person of the Holy Spirit, the more you get intimate, closely acquainted with Him.

Benjamin Franklin defined intimacy as “into me see”. In other words, God is saying grow your relationship with me to be able to see the deep things I have for you. However, you cannot grow intimately with God without his Spirit. Therefore our central focus will be on the subject of the Holy Spirit; how he helps us to understand the word and pray.

As you grow more intimate with God, He starts to reveal some hidden secret about himself/yourself to you. Those who decide to delve deeper to know more of God get to know the deep things of God and consequently become richer and richer in the wisdom of God’s word.

Proverbs 25:2 (KJV) It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.”

It is your honor as a king in God’s kingdom to search out the hidden things of God and a way to do that is to delve deeper through prayer and the word.

Today, we’ll be seeing how we can grow intimately with the Holy Spirit through God’s word.

“Psalms 119:11 (KJV) Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

The book of Psalms with its lot of poems has been a great blessing to the body of Christ and from it, men have explored into an unending experience with God. I’ll advice you read at least a Psalm per day.

The psalmist says “your word” talking about the logos of God’s word. Logos is the Greek translation of word and it means a written or spoken text. When you read through the bible and come across the word “word”, it either carries the meaning “logos” or “rhema”. Rhema is the spoken word to man and it is divine (John 6:63).

Coming back to Ps 119, Why/how did he keep the word of God in his heart? He kept the word in his heart through constant meditation on God’s word, we see that fromPsalms 119:97 (KJV)  O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.”

Therefore, the first way to grow intimately with God is to meditate on God’s word. Meditation means to keep the mind fixed upon something; to study. So meditation is the senior brother to reading. After you’ve read a text, you meditate on it to get the deeper meaning of the text and you become it through understanding, because meditation leads to understanding. When you keep the word in you, it does not only deliver you from sin, it makes you live as a king and priest (Rev 1:6). It gives you an understanding of your right and authority in the kingdom.

“Colossians 3:16 (KJV) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”

For you to allow the word dwell in your heart richly, you must consistently meditate on what the word says. The more you meditate on it, the more of it you become. It is important to note here that a way to know that the word dwells in a man richly in all wisdom is by observing his way of life. Hence, your meditation on the word leads you to living what the word says. A way the word dwells in you richly is to live it. You can’t grow intimately with God without these elements been put in place.

You cannot know the dimensions at which God operate outside the confines of the knowledge you have. The more the word dwells within, the more the understanding you have about God. God doesn’t open the head of a man to pour in the scriptures, but what he has provided is His Spirit and the Holy Spirit helps men understand the word (1John 2:26). You operate in the kingdom based on your knowledge. For example, you increase in grace based on your knowledge of Christ (2Pet 1:2). Meaning grace doesn’t increase, but a believer increases in grace based on his knowledge of Christ. Grace according to John 1:14 is a person and that personality is Christ. Once a man comes to acknowledge the finished works of Christ on the cross, he is Christ’s, but he can’t walk in the realities of what Christ did without knowing what Christ did. Thus, we establish that knowledge is powerful.

“Joshua 1:8 (KJV)  This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

The instruction given to Joshua was to ensure that the book of the law does not depart from his mouth and the only way to do that is to meditate on the word day and night. Again, you operate in the kingdom based on your knowledge. So, give yourself wholly to the studying of the word. You have an anointing within you to understand everything written in the Bible. Make good use of the Holy Spirit and you will see yourself live in the realities of the word of God.

Note: You communion becomes more effective as you pray in the light of what the word says.

Thanks for reading this. We continuously cherish you visits. See you again on Thursday.

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