This isn’t the post I had planned for today. In fact, I had written what I hoped would be a light-hearted, encouraging post weeks ago. But I strongly believe God put this on my heart to share. I feel so passionate about this subject because I have to remind myself frequently of this truth: Intimacy with God is not just for “some” people…it’s for YOU!
Have you ever had conversations with yourself that sound something like this?
Wow, she seems to be a serious Christian…I wonder if she has any struggles? How does she find the time to be so disciplined? What keeps her motivated? I feel like my prayers bounce off the ceiling most of the time…that is, when I do pray. I tried reading my Bible consistently for a while, but I don’t ever know where to start. I feel like I just flip around randomly, and I don’t understand half of it anyways. Not to mention, I have some serious issues I need to work through before God would ever listen to me, much less TALK to me! Maybe I’m just not cut out for this. Not to mention, I could never be used of God for anything “great.” What do I have to offer?
I can tell you I’ve had conversations with myself like that many times. For years I saw intimacy with God modeled in my home and in my church, and I always wanted it for myself. But the voices of my past, my sin, my failures, and my insecurities were LOUD. These voices far too often drown out the still, small voice beckoning me to come and rest, to come and surrender.
I know I am not alone in this. I’ve had plenty of conversations with friends who deal with similar feelings of unworthiness in their relationships with God and their influence in ministry or the church.
Can I tell you something you might need to hear like I do so many times?
In Christ, none of us is more worthy than the other. None of us is more righteous than the other. None of us is loved by God more than the other. None of us is more “usable” in the Kingdom of God than the other.
And can I tell you something else I know is true? Something that might free you like it is freeing me…
God desires intimacy with you right now, right where you are.
You can have it…no matter your past, no matter your present circumstances, no matter your pain, no matter your trials, no matter your excuses, no matter your fears, no matter your insecurities.
Don’t be intimidated by the phrase spoken often around here: “You can’t pass on what you don’t possess.”
Rather, it is my hope and prayer that you will be encouraged to seek it and believe you can have it for yourself.
The gospel is freeing, ladies. It’s not a chain around your neck; it loosens the chains. The Bible says over and over (read Hebrews if you don’t believe me) that Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection from the grave were ENOUGH to cover our sin. That means God doesn’t see our sin. God sees Christ, His son, when He looks at us, His children. Who doesn’t want to be close to their children?
Not to mention, all those people we’ve read about and heard about in the Bible, whose closeness to God inspires and intimidates us sometimes, are NO DIFFERENT from you and me. They were all sinners. They never reached a place of perfection here on earth. I’m thankful scripture records their failures in addition to their triumphs.
The day I chose to believe God desired to be close to me right where I was, that I could come to Him and spend time with Him no matter my present circumstances or struggles, that this type of thing wasn’t just for other people – I believe it was the most pivotal day in my life.
You try it now. Confess your sins, insecurities, and pain to God. Tell Him you feel unworthy, but thank Him that His Word says He made you worthy. As a child of God, you are FREE. You are FORGIVEN. You are RIGHTEOUS. You are VICTORIOUS. You are CHOSEN. You are a DAUGHTER and fellow HEIR in the family of God. AND He wants to talk to you. He wants to be close to you right where you are. Intimacy with God is for you.
Will we ever be “perfect”? Nope. Will we ever live a life good enough to earn intimacy with God? Nope. But we don’t have to earn it. We simply have to seek it.
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart,” Jeremiah 29:13
“…if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, listening closely to wisdom and directing your heart to understanding; furthermore, if you call out to insight and lift your voice to understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God,” Proverbs 2:1-5.
“When sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices. And so…we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus…let us go right into the presence of God, with true hearts fully trusting Him. For our evil consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean,” Hebrews 10:18-19,22.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness,” 1 John 1:9.
And when we rest in God’s great grace and draw close to Him, He is willing and able to not only forgive us, but to begin making us more like Himself. God’s grace covers over our sin, and also, leads us to repentance (turning our back on our sin). The Bible says it is God’s “loving kindness that leads us to repentance,” (Rom. 2:4). So we don’t have to fit the mold before we draw near to Him. We begin to look more like Christ BY drawing near to Him. And He wants us to do just that – draw near to Him, so He can do the work in us.
Friend, is it time for you to approach God “boldly” (courageously, fearlessly)? He. Loves. You. He really does. Acknowledge with me now that our fears, insecurities, and doubts are lies. Stand on His truth; don’t drown in the lies.
*For more information on how you can go deeper in your relationship with the Lord, I’d like to encourage you to read some of the posts about “Intimacy with God” on our site found here. You can also check out our “Recommended Resources” page for wonderful tools to use as you choose to seek the God who seeks you.
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