Intimacy With the Lord
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. 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. (John 15:4-5 NASB)
Often, I hear people say that it is almost impossible to explain intimacy with the Lord. I understand what they mean because I believe it is a process just like any relationship here on earth. Just think of when you were a child. There were certain people that you seemed to become friends with, but you didn't really get to know them unless you spent time with them and began to learn their likes and dislikes. Then for most, as we became older, we began liking someone of the opposite sex. When this occurred we became a little closer than a friend. We desired to know what pleased them so that we could bring joy into their lives.
Intimacy, as described in the dictionary, is a close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another person or group. It can be very private and closely personal. It arises from close personal connection or familiar experience.
As you can see, intimacy requires spending time with another. This is no different when it comes to the Lord. Yes, we need to read the Bible and understand His Word, but the key here is relationship. Many people pray and hold their petitions before the Lord, but how often do you spend time in His presence listening? It should be just like a conversation you have with those you know and love.
A religious spirit will try to tell you that it is not possible to hear from God, but He tells us in His Word that His sheep hear His voice. He also spent much time with Moses and Abraham, and many others. There are countless examples of time spent with God in the Bible.
I have had many ask how they can do this. It is very simple. Get in a quiet place. You might start off just playing some worship music and just sit or kneel, or even lie down and wait upon the Lord. The Lord loves when we worship Him, and He always shows up!
But some have said they tried this and nothing happened. One of the biggest hindrances to hearing from the Lord is the rationalized mind. God created us with an imagination, and we need to get out of the way and allow ourselves to see visions and even hear Him in that small still voice in order to see what is on His heart.
But whoever keeps His Word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked (1 John 2:5-6).
Other hindrances can be un-forgiveness, bitterness, sin, vows and judgments. But God already knows what is in your heart. It is a simple step- if you are not hearing anything, just ask the Lord if there is a block or hindrance. He will always tell you because it is His desire to set you free of all things holding you captive. The Word tells us that we are to walk in alignment with His Word. It is that simple. Anything that is not of Him, is not of Him, period.
Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. (2 John 9)
Isn't that amazing? We can have Father, Son and Holy Spirit abiding in us! But we must be careful to seek Him on what abiding in Him truly means. I personally don't want to miss out on anything. I want to be ready when Jesus returns for His bride! (that's you and me!)
Now let's look at what abide means:
In the Strong's dictionary, abide is menō, and it means to remain, abide, to sojourn, tarry; not to depart, to continue to be present, to be held, kept, continually; to remain as one, to continue to be, not to perish, to last, endure; to wait for.
Menō occurs 119 times in 102 verses in Greek concordance (G3306) of the NASB. It sounds like the Lord wants us to really understand what this means.
In the dictionary, it means to remain; continue; stay; to have one's abode; dwell; reside; to continue in particular condition, attitude, relationship.
So as we can see, God wants relationship with us. As in any relationship, there is a two-way communication. God wants to not only dwell in us, but He desires to share things that are on His heart. How awesome is that?
Allow yourself to experience the love of God like never before, and see your dreams come into the forefront of what He created you to be!
But just as it is written, "Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him." (1 Corinthians 2:9)