Why Intimacy With God Isn’t Just For “Some” People

by Lindsey Wingo

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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. 

And…

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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16 comments

  1. Kim says:

    Lindsey – thank you for reminding me of this today – struggles cloud our minds when struggles should be even the more reason to draw near – so often scars from my past, present circumstances, etc weigh me down where I feel overwhelmed – BUT it’s in these times too that I end up feeling the strongest because I get out of my pit and I allow God to truly work in and through me – I am so open to the intimacy God provides – it’s when I rest in His promises that I am most ready to tackle whatever the day may bring! Thanks again for reminding me I am chosen and He loves me always!

    • missionalmotherhood says:

      Kim I totally agree. I am not sure why I have, at times, allowed the “issues” to push me away rather than draw me near to the only one who can make something beautiful out of the mess! – Lindsey

  2. Angie Wilson says:

    Lindsey, these truths are so beautifully written. Thank you for taking the time to write this. Similar to what you shared here, my most memorable moment with the Lord was about 8 years ago when He awakened these same truths in my life. I was saved as a child (no doubt about it), but most of my Christian life was marked by complacency and mediocrity. I began to grasp (as well as an imperfect, human mind can) His perfect love for ME, in spite of MYSELF, and realize He did want an intimate relationship with me. I certainly have much growing to do, but He transformed me that day and I’ve never turned back. Have I done it perfectly? Not even close…but He’s perfectly loved and carried me through every single second and I KNOW His presence. He’s placed (Him, not me) a burning desire to share this with other women…I want every single believer to know what I know of Him and to live abundant life! There’s nothing like it! I pray today’s post reaches multitudes of women and that today will be a day of freedom in Christ for many!!!! 🙂

    • missionalmotherhood says:

      Thank you so much for this comment Angie! I feel like this is the essence of the journey God has had me on over the last 4 years or so. I really feel like this message freed me in so many ways. I agree with your desire to share this truth with everyone I get the chance to. Thank you again and I am praying many receive this truth as well. And I love that song you mentioned, too! -Lindsey

  3. Angie Wilson says:

    One of my favorite lyrics…”Though I have not seen Him, my heart knows Him well…”

    Everytime I hear this, I smile because that’s what He’s done in my life…drawn me in close and made Himself known, not because of anything I’ve done but all because of who He is and what He’s done.

  4. Melody Merritt says:

    Lindsey,
    Thanks for your honesty. No matter what age it seems we all have insecurities. Jesus Christ is the only answer. Intimacy with God is our weapon against the lies of the enemy. We can all have an intimate relationship with God!
    In Christ,
    Melody

  5. Lindsey Sims says:

    Thank you for this post & your heart as you encourage women in The Lord! Beautifully written & wonderful message. You are 100% correct; Intimacy with God is the main ingredient in growing in the knowledge of who God is & how special you are to Him! Thank you again Lindsey! By the way, I love your name 🙂

  6. Sheila says:

    Lindsey,
    WOW! We all need to be reminded of how He desires our attention, time & devotion. Isn’t His love & compassion amazing. Each day as I awake & give thanks for a new day/clean slate – I am so thankful He is my Heavenly Father.

  7. Sharli Allen says:

    Lindsey,

    Wow! This spoke right to my heart. Thank you for your honesty. You are so real in your faith and are such inspiration to all of us to always show our true selves.

    I love you

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