Scheduled Intimacy: Get God’s Attention
I have to say, I’ve been so busy preparing for a conference that’s coming up for our church that I have not really been able to take any time off. Even all my days that were supposed to be set aside for my technology fasting days have been riddled with assignments, projects, and to-do lists. I haven’t scheduled any time for intimacy with God, and that’s beenhurting me.
I have to say I am doing alright. To be honest I thought I would feel pretty burnt out already, but I am generally doing well. Some days I feel like the walking dead, but, sleep is won and lost sometimes. This season is a losing one.
But I wanted to get into the last post in the Scheduled Intimacy series. I have to say over all, even though I haven’t gotten as much quite time as I would really like, I have been spending more time in communion with Him as just feeling more grounded. This Scheduled Intimacy, even if it doesn’t always happen, has had an effect on me, which has been such a blessing.
Now, on to our last post on Scheduled Intimacy. We are gonna take a look at John 9 today.
We know that God does not listen to sinners, but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does his will, God listens to him. John 9:31
This is a really interesting passage to me for a couple of reasons. It’s calling out the issue of sinfulness which seems like a hotly debated topic amongst the church, people outside the church, and people completely against the church. The thing is, the bible calls us ALL sinners. The bible states also that,
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10-9
So, we have an understanding then, right? It is the confession that ushers you into salvation, and therefore covers our sinfulness in Gods eyes with Jesus’ work on the cross. So then, we can equate the act of not being a sinner AND worshipping God as an act that entails speaking with our mouth that “Jesus is Lord.” Then there comes that next bit, “and does His will.” Always throwing in those tricky parts right? Well, that’s simply the result of relationship. When you are in relationship with God you begin to know Him intimately, as in our whole reason for this series, Intimacy. When you are intimate with God you begin to understand His plans for you in your life. We won’t tackle that right now, but there are so many things we could talk about here.
Lastly, we learn that engaging in a relationship with God opens His ears to our prayers. You see, our sinfulness closes off, or cuts us off from God. God says in His word that a man who acts out of order with his wife would be cut off from the ears of God. The way to being heard in any relationship is intimacy. So, lets take a look here.
1. Sinfulness is righted only by the confession that “Jesus is Lord,” and that continual act of worship.
2. One must as seek intimacy as an act of worship in order to know the fathers will.
3. Knowing the fathers will align our hearts with God and allow us to be heard.
God is always giving us directions for how to “get in with him.” Pretty simple, but not easy. This is where, like any relationship, hard work and time must be invested. But friends, time invested in God is never wasted.
So, as I come to a close with this series, have you been able to glean any tidbits of info about improving or shaping your time of intimacy with God? I hope so, and I pray so. If you have anything to add, please go ahead and leave us a comment below!
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