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Summary:

When I was a teenager, I had a crush on a major league baseball player. I knew his favorite food, his favorite car, and where he went to school. I knew just about anything that was written about him. But, I didn't actually know him. Knowing facts about someone is different than actually knowing them.

How many of us know things about God? We know that He is the Almighty Father, that He keeps His promises, He is Holy, and so much more. But, do we actually know Him? This program will help teach us how to develop a deep intimate relationship with God!


Does God want us to be intimate with Him? Yes!

Definition: Intimate: marked by a warm friendship developing through long association

Synonyms: belonging, closeness, inseparability, familiarity, nearness:

Antonyms: distance

In Genesis chapter 3, the Bible tells us that God walked through the garden in the cool of the day, looking for Adam and Eve to spend time with them.

Hosea 6:6 NLT "I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings."

Hosea 7: 13-14 NLT "I wanted to redeem them, but they have told lies about me. They do not cry out to me with sincere hearts. Instead they sit on their couches and wail."

In Revelation 5 it says that around the throne of God, there are golden bowls full of incense. That incense is the prayers of the saints!

In Zephaniah 3:17 "The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."

Matthew 23:37 (Jesus speaking) "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing."

John 6:40 (Jesus speaking) "For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."

The Bible tells us to draw near
Hebrews 10:22a "...let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith,..."

James 4:8 NLT "Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world."


7 Ways to Be Intimate with God

Great examples of what it means to be intimate with God are found in the Psalms. David and the other Psalmists continuously speak with God.

  1. They poured out their hearts...their joy, their sorrow, their fears, their disappointment, their disillusionment, their contentment.
  2. They proclaimed God's truth.
  3. They meditated on God's word.
  4. They waited and listened to His voice.
  5. They trusted in God.
  6. They loved Him by desiring to follow and praise Him, even when it hurt.
  7. They spent time with God.

Examples from The Psalms

  1. They Poured Out Their Hearts

    David is deeply sad.. longing for God
    Psalm 42:2 "My soul thirsts for God, for the living God."

    Psalm 38:4, 6b-9 "My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear." ...all day long I go about mourning. My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body. I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart. All my longings lie open before you, O Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you."

    Psalm 51:1-4 NLT "Have mercy on me, O God, because of Your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight."

    Psalm 51:10 "Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me."

    Psalm 51:12 "Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you."

    Psalm 142:1-3a "I cry aloud to the Lord; I life up my voice to the Lord for mercy. I pour out my complaint before him; before him I tell my trouble. When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who know my way."

    Psalm 18:1-2 NLT "I love you Lord; you are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety."

    Psalm 9:1-2 "I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing to your name, O Most High."
  2. They Proclaimed God's Truth

    Psalm 16:9-11 "No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever."

    Psalm 9:9-10 "The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you."

    David wrote after finally becoming king (30 years old)
    Psalm 145:3-5 "Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom." One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works."

    Psalm 8-9 "The lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made."

    Psalm 17-18 "The Lord is righteous in all His ways and loving toward all he as made. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth."

    Psalm 148: Praises the Lord!

    Psalm 104: Talks about how big and mighty is God!
  3. They Meditated on God's Words

    Psalm 119:11 "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."

    Psalm 16:7-8 "I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken."
  4. They Waited and Listened to His Voice

    Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

    Psalm 40:1-3a "I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God."
  5. They Trusted in God

    Psalm 86 "Guard my life, for I am devoted to You. You are my God; save your servant who trusts in You."
  6. They Loved Him by Desiring to Follow and Praise Him, Even When it Hurt

    Psalm 40:8 "I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart."

    Psalm 42:5 "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God."
  7. They Spent Time with God

    Psalm 74:28 "But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds."

    Psalm 84:1-2 "How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God."

    Psalm 13: 1-6 is a great example of most of these points:

    "How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?"
    (Poured out his heart)

    "Look on me and answer, O Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death; my enemy will say, "I have overcome him, and my foes will rejoice when I fall."
    (Waited and listened to His voice)

    "But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord for He has been good to me."
    (Proclaimed God's truth)
    (Desired to follow and praise God even when it hurt)
    (Trusted God)

Take Action

  1. Ask God to forgive you of your sins and to become the Lord of your life, confessing that Jesus died on the cross for our sins.
  2. Pray for God to give you a deep desire to know Him intimately
  3. Decide that your daily life will change. The only way you will grow more intimate with God is to spend time with Him.
  4. Prepare Get a notebook, pen, Bible highlighter (Bible highlighters are the best, Hi-Glider, Gel Stick Highlighter), Bible that is easier to read, such as the NIV or the NLT versions.

    I grew up with the KJV and believe it or not, it is not the original Bible version. We don't speak that way, so how do you think you will understand it? It's almost like reading Shakespeare.
  5. Schedule time with God every day. Look at your calendar the day before and decide when you will sit down and spend time with God the following day.
  6. Suggestions - Write down the 7 steps of intimacy and use them. Start reading the book of John or any of the first 4 books of the New Testament. Read the Psalms out loud. Write down all of the things on your heart and pour them out to God.
  7. It's up to you. God will not force you to love him and spend time with Him. One day when we stand before God, we can't blame our society, our parents, our health, our difficult situations. We will have to take responsibility for ourselves.

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