11 Benefits of Intimacy with God

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11 Benefits of Intimacy with God

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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 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

Related Article: 6 Steps to Know God Intimately + Verses!

The Benefits of Intimacy with God

1. Hear God’s voice and perspective on all issues. “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. 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. Freedom 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

4. Clarity of mind to pursue your purpose and intimacy with God. “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. You are connected to the vine and source of true happiness and joy. Through God you can live in the abundance of his love and overcome the spirit of death in the world. “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

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

7. Deeper understanding of God’s Character. Ultimately, you will understand that God doesn’t lie and all his promises are true. “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. The assurance that God will guide you in difficult times and provide for all your needs. “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

10. Receiving a good father that loves you unconditionally and comforts you in all your pain! “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

11. Supernatural strength to live righteously. God gives us everything we need to please him, love our neighbors, and bring them into the Kingdom. “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

Christina Daniels is the founder of Adorned Heart. She is devoted to learning about human behavior and its affects on society. She received a B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Public Policy. She hopes to use her life and academic experience to empower & heal the hearts of women!

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