Intimacy with God is the source to truly being filled with happiness and joy. Often times, we put idols in the places that God should dwell in our hearts. This always leads to pain and suffering.
Are you intimate with God? OR do you use false idols to fill you up? Here are 7 signs of intimacy with God to help you know where you fall in the intimacy scale:
- You hate sin, but you are filled with compassion for sinners.
- You spend time in prayer, worship, and biblical study.
- You have a still and calm mind and spirit.
- You allow the Holy Spirit to lead you into righteousness.
- You allow God to redirect your path when necessary.
- You aren’t better than anyone and you’re humble.
- You allow God to strip you of self-hate, pride, pain, and anything that hinders intimacy.
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The Benefits of Intimacy with God
1. You will Hear God’s voice and perspective on all issues. God desires to speak to you about everything and anything. Here are (22 Signs God is Speaking to You + Scriptures). “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3
2. You will experience God’s peace that surpasses all understanding. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
3. God will transform you and set you free from fear, pain, and painful emotional baggage. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
4. You will possess a wisdom and focus that is unmatched. And your mind will not be conformed to the world, so you’ll have clarity of thought. Then you’ll have the mental energy to pursue your purpose and intimacy with God. Overall, when God heals and transforms you, it will allows you to have a clear and sober mind. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5
5. God will connect you to his vine which is the true source of happiness and joy. Connection to God will cause you to live in spiritual abundance. And you will bear many spiritual fruits. “If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” John 15:10-11
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
6. Intimacy with God produces a desire within us to love our neighbor unconditionally. If we are living selfishly for ourselves then we are destined for unhappiness and disconnection from God. God’s command for us to love isn’t a light or “easy” task. It is one that we must depend on His strength to complete. As Christ did, we are called to forgive the ones that betrayed us. We are called to pray for the ones that persecute, deny, and plot against us. Ultimately, we are called to love our enemies.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other. John 15:12-17
Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:12-17
7. You will gain a deeper understanding of God’s Character. Ultimately, you will understand that God doesn’t lie and all his promises are true. He will become your strength in difficult situations. You will learn to trust him even when everything seems lost. “God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” Numbers 23:19
8. You will receive divine revelations. The truth within scripture will be revealed in your daily experiences. The spirit will help you apply the scripture to your situations and you will have a deeper love for the Bible. “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” John 16:13
9. You will trust God to guide you during difficulties. And you will have stronger faith to wait on God to provide what you need. Essentially, you’ll grow to know God as a good father that loves his children. And that gives good gifts. “The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Isaiah 58:11
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11
10. You will become confident that God loves you unconditionally and comforts you in all your pain! God can comfort you through the Bible, children, friends, dreams, strangers, animals, etc. Whichever way he chooses, you’ll see his love is better than any other. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
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11. You have access to supernatural strength to live righteously. God gives us everything we need to please him, love our neighbors, and bring them into the Kingdom.
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
“We all experience times of testing, which is normal for every human being. But God will be faithful to you. He will screen and filter the severity, nature, and timing of every test or trial you face so that you can bear it. And each test is an opportunity to trust him more, for along with every trial God has provided for you a way of escape that will bring you out of it victoriously.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
12. God’s Protects Us: God loves His children like a mother bear loves her cubs. Just as a bear would get vicious if someone harmed her cubs, God won’t let anything harm us. He will shelter us under His wings, guide us out of harmful situations, and deliver us from all our enemies. As Psalm 91:4 says, “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”
Like a bear robbed of her cubs, I will attack them and rip them open; like a lion I will devour them— a wild animal will tear them apart. (Hosea 13:8)
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13. God’s Favor: Similar to Joseph, when we wait on God, He will exalt us to high places that we can’t get to on our own. Joseph was thrown into prison for a crime he didn’t commit, but he trusted in God and patiently waited for His timing. Eventually, God raised him up to be second in command over all of Egypt. As it says in James 4:10, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”