One of the reason many Christians and the church lack the power and victory predesignated for us by our Father, through Christ, is because we don’t have that intimate relationship with God. The bible tells us that we are to do greater things than even Christ did (John 14:12) – and what did Christ do? He Loosed the demon possessed, He healed the sick, He opened the eyes of the blind, He fed the masses with little food, He even raised the dead! Now I know what you’re thinking….wait a minute, I’m not Christ – that was Jesus, I mean of course HE could do those things. Well, not only did Jesus do them, but the apostles also did them after Christ returned to heaven to be at the right hand of the Father. Check out the book of Acts if you don’t believe me!
First, let’s take a look at the word ‘intimate’ and breakdown the general meaning (of course we know in this manner we do not mean a sexual relationship so we will skip that meaning):
· Closely acquainted; familiar, close. “intimate friends”
o Synonyms (same): close, bosom, dear, cherished, faithful, devoted, fast, firm, familiar;
o Antonyms (opposite): distant
· (Of a place or setting) having or creating an informal friendly atmosphere. “an intimate little Italian restaurant”
o synonyms: friendly, warm, welcoming, hospitable, relaxed, informal;
o antonyms: formal, cold
· Involving very close connection. “their intimate involvement with their community”
· Private and personal. “going into intimate details of his sexual encounters”
o synonyms: personal, private, confidential, secret;
· (Of knowledge) detailed; thorough. “an intimate knowledge of the software”
o synonyms: detailed, thorough, exhaustive, deep, in-depth, profound;
o antonyms: sketchy, superficial
· A very close friend. “his circle of intimates”
o synonyms: close friend, best friend, bosom friend, confidant, confidante;
A great way to test this is to go through the definitions above and honestly ask yourself if you are these things with God – or if you are more like the antonyms (or opposite).
Throughout the bible, God used ordinary men (and women) to do extraordinary things! Even in the Old Testament! Yet and still, present day believers tend to act as though that power was only reserved for the biblical stories of the old age, never to be tapped into by this generation of believers. In a way, the church has allowed us to dilute the word of God to mere words – reserving authority in Christ for only the “highest” and “holiest” in the church. WHATEVER! When Christ died, He died for everyone! When the Holy Spirit was LOOSED on earth, He was LOOSED over all believers. Not just the “priests” and “teachers”. No! All of God’s children were charged with going forth and doing “greater things” than Jesus did – not just a select few. Sadly, we’ve been duped into believing we can’t access this power and this is why the churches seem dead – unable to help or make a difference. This is why people think “I’ll pray for you” is just a nice saying – but, it’s not really going to change anything.
I cannot stress enough how important the following scripture remains:
“But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness….” Matthew 6:33.
This is where we fail. We don’t seek Him first. We don’t develop a deep intimate connection with Him. We are comfortable staying at the surface – allowing our pastors and grandparents or popular preachers feed us regurgitated spiritual food that we never digest ourselves. Intimate relationships are only made through a dedicated and conscious investment in knowing the other person…God already knows us deeply and intimately, He created us…so now it’s up to us to get to know Him (and in the process, learn all about yourself!).
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t deny that the trouble of this world can weigh us down…but I also don’t deny the power of Christ to keep us calm in all circumstances and filled with peace and joy —-if our focus is truly on Him. With intimacy with Christ – the kind where you can’t keep your mind off Him! The kind where you really do have songs of praise in your heart, and you are overflowing with joy and peace – in spite of things not being perfect in your life – the kind of intimacy in which you seek God to know Him and not because of what you need and what He can do for you.
Oh no, this is a totally new type of relationship with God. One in which God confides in you just as you in He. One in which He trust you with the secret things of God and He considers you a friend, not just a child or a servant in His kingdom….. Tapping into this type of relationships gives you access to the limitless power of the true and living God! You’ll begin to walk in His power, you’ll begin to do things that you’ve never known and you’ll be amazed at God’s glory upon you and through you….. This is when you will enter the phase of “anything you ask in My name shall be given unto you” that Jesus promised in John 14.
But this does not come without much investment in your relationship with God. Because He’s got to get your heart right in order to allow any of His children to tap into this type of God awesome power that it may be used for His glory and not our personal gain. But don’t for a moment think that you won’t be blessed in the midst.
When humans seek God with their entire heart, desiring to develop a lasting, loving intimate relationship with Him – God surely rewards them with this. And from that springs an overflow of peace, joy, righteousness, strength, right-living, justice, joy and most of all – LOVE.
So please, if you’re reading this and you think a relationship with God is something to be overlooked and put on the back burner until you’re old and grey…I’m here to tell you now – you’re missing out. Missing out on the very best of God – the purpose after the purpose! Salvation is only the start – but the victory and power comes when as you grow deep in your love for and relationship with the Lord –and this is when we’re able to go out and break strongholds, bind and LOOSE and introduce the lost to the light of salvation! But it all starts with you…. Just how much are you willing to invest?
Go deeper… God is waiting to show Himself to you in a new way!
Dear Lord, I come before You first giving You praise for sending this word and allowing me to be Your vessel. I ask that you put me out of the way and let all who read this see You in these words. Penetrate hearts, divide souls and spirits as only Your word can do Lord. Bring those to this word Who have been struggling and going around the mountain for years, decades even, entire lifetimes – and yet they have no understanding why. They know of You Lord, they were even raised up around Your word – but don’t understand the truth in Your word and the might of Your Power!
Father I ask you for a great awakening within Your church – and not the physical church buildings – I mean the church body, Your chosen agents assigned for a specified time to carry out your predestined will and purpose, not only for our lives but for Your Kingdom. Father we thank You for a total move of Your Spirit, May Your Holy Spirit overwhelm us with praise, joy, peace, strength, power in You that we may go forth with renewed zeal, vigor, and BOLDNESS – declaring Your goodness and Your word!
Father, You said this is our time to rise up! Bring us together, connect us, mature us in You! Most of all Father – help us to go deeper in You to seek You with our whole hearts, pure hearts, without selfish motives or desires. Let us seek You to know You because knowing You is good! Abba, I ask that you bless those who have received this seed, may this, Your word fall in good soil, take root, and spring up a great harvest for Your Glory Father!
And for those who are in despair, lost, fearful, lonely, unsure, frustrated, on the verge of giving up – suicide – LORD I BIND THESE FEELINGS FROM THE PITS OF HELL IN THE NAME OF JESUS AND I CAST THEM DOWN BACK WITH THE DEMONS OF SATAN WHERE THEY BELONG! LORD, YOUR WORD TELLS US THAT YOUR WILL BE DONE – ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN – Father, we know from Your word, in heaven there is no weeping, pain, sadness, frustration, death! NO!
Your word tells us in heaven there is PEACE, JOY, STRENGTH, MERCY, TRUST, LOVE, LIFE – RENEWED! THERE IS WHOLENESS! THERE IS MORE THAN ENOUGH! Lord, it is NOT Your will for Your children to live empty lives poor in Spirit, You have called us to live an EXCEEDINGLY ABUNDANT ABOVE AND BEYOND LIFE – SO I LOOSE THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT INTO THE LIVES OF EACH PERSON READING THIS RIGHT NOW IN THE NAME OF JESUS! I LOOSE PEACE, I LOOSE JOY, I LOOSE STRENGTH, I LOOSE LOVE, I LOOSE FORGIVENESS, I LOOSE TRUST, ENDURANCE, PATIENCE, and all the FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT LISTED IN GALATIANS 5:22-23!
Thank You LORD! THANK YOU THAT YOU WILL DO THIS NOW! RIGHT NOW! And that those who need this, will endure under the pressure as you transform and restore their lives to wholeness in You. Help them to understand Lord, when they want to give up that they must go THROUGH in order to get to the promise land but You will be with them (and have gone before them) every step of the way…help them…help all of us…to trust You, even when our flesh tells us otherwise.
Now to Him Who is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine, to God be the glory, forever and ever, in Jesus Holy Name, Amen! Praise God!!! Glory!!!!!