Guest Post by Gary Gay
Everything in scripture from Genesis to maps is about relationships. The main reason Jesus came was to restore man’s relationship to God. To the degree of intimacy, we have in our relationship with the Lord Jesus, is the degree we have peace in the face of tribulation. Intimacy will quench every fear, everywhere, every time. Intimacy draws us close to Him regardless of our circumstances. After counselling for thirty years, I have never found an exception to this truth.
Intimacy takes one’s focus off self. It puts the burden of truth on our creator and relieves us of all our fears. Alternatively, self-focus will lead us to some level of worry or fear. True intimacy invites the Lord Jesus to inspect every area of our life, thoughts, words and deeds. His inspection should be of no concern unless we are hiding behind fig leaves, we have sewn together (see Gen. 3:7).
Intimacy with the Lord Jesus affects every area of our lives. Intimacy is the answer to every concern we have. If we fear intimacy, we are self-focused and give place to the evil one. Intimacy brings light to every dark place in us. The level of peace one has reveals the level of intimacy. An outside force cannot affect true intimacy. Meaning one cannot blame someone or something for our lack of peace or intimacy. The only thing that can come between our relationship and the Lord is self-focus and we are in charge of that.
Intimacy is the foundation for everything that follows in the building of our relationship with Him. The next step is trust; trusting Him for and in everything. Trust ushers in abiding/rest in Him. This relationship is a three step dance. Intimacy, trust and abiding/resting bring us to the promises of God, revealing the Kingdom of God, which is the promise land. He brings us to the dance, and He will take us home.
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