THE GAINS OF INTIMACY

instimate"As we behold His face as in a glass we are changed from glory to glory"   What is Intimacy?
Intimacy is a close and affectionate relationship with another person. This is the kind of relationship God wants us to have with him when we become his
children. He does not want any person or thing to get between us and Him. He is jealous over us. Those who walked with him intimately became great. People like Enoch, Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Peter, Paul and many others in our own contemporary days. They walked with and worked for Him.Where is the place of Intimacy?

It is in the place of the Word and Prayer. This is what triggers Giving. The Apostles said, we will give ourselves continually to Prayers and to the Ministry of the Word. This is the place of Intimacy. This is the place of Greatness and Accomplishment.

GAINS OF INTIMACY
1. Intimacy with God destroys every generational curse.Exodus 20:5&6 says: [5] Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

 [6] And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. When you become so close to God, He will not allow you partake the negative flow in the family. That scripture says, God will show mercy on those who Love Him. They will not be visited with the iniquity of their fathers.2. Intimacy with God builds up your confidence.
David's lonely times were spent in worshiping God. He composed a lot of worship songs which in turn built up his confidence in God. There in practical terms, he saw the raw power of God in display when he killed the lion and the bear. It was the victory of God. When Goliath came to the scene, David handled him the same way he handled the lion and bear.
Intimacy gives you a Lion's heart. It make you bold and daring. The more you read the word of God and listen to messages, the more your inner man is built up.
The picture of God in you reduces every obstacle around you. Some people have problems and they begin to cry and run helper skeleton. This is because
they are not close to God. They do not know how big God is. They do not know that all things work together for good to those who love God. They do not know that promotion is produced by problems.
Intimacy will build up your confidence. Spend time with God and you will begin to roar like a lion.
3. Intimacy with God reduces your thirst for the world.
1 John 2:15-17 counsels us to do away with these three things that are common place in the world. They are:The craze for sex.
Ambition to buy anything that appeals to you.
Pride that comes from wealth and Importance. When you get close to God, these three things will not have dominion over you.4. Intimacy with God reduces the number of foolish people around you.
At a point in the ministry of Jesus, he began to teach them some hard truths and the Bible says many disciples stopped following him. John 6:66 KJV
[66] From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. When you begin to grow in the things of God, some foolish friends will leave you without you asking them to go. This way, you do not offend them. This is the best way to get stupid people off your back.

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