Deciding whether or not to pursue intimacy with God has its rewards—and its consequences. Ask any parent. Ask them what they value most: an adult child who desires to be close for the sake of relationship itself, or one who relates to them either from obligation or from selfishness, motivated by the fear of losing some future benefit. They’ll tell you! The parents love both children the same. But which do you think will receive more of their attention? Which deserves their undivided companionship and support?
God is like that. How could He be pleased with those who pursue Him merely from self-interest or a sense of obligation? God sees it the same way we do. Though He doesn’t reject His children when they don’t show much interest in Him, just imagine how thrilled He must be with those whose motives are pure—who want Him just because He’s Dad.
My child, you are chosen according to My foreknowledge, by the sanctifying work of My Spirit. For I caused you to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you. The rich rewards waiting for you in heaven far outweigh the trivial awards of earth. 1 Peter 1
My child, I am not calling a confused, frustrated and divided church. I am calling My bride, pure and spotless. You are Mine. Holy, sanctified and set apart for My Kingdom. Don’t be so bogged down with this world that you forget your purpose. Set your mind on things above, not on the things of this earth. Your purpose is in Me. In Me you have joy and peace.
Attempting to gain acceptance from God by our own goodness merely results in dependence on law as the basis for our righteousness. But trying to earn our own way is at best an exercise in futility. God, knowing the limitations of our flesh, resolved this issue once and for all by laying in us the foundation of His holiness. Only through God’s holiness can we build a life pleasing to Him.
So we’ve got to get over the idea that we somehow now have the power to establish our own holiness. What it’s really about is having the Holy Spirit within—the righteousness of Christ Himself—which gives us the ability to make godly choices. What, then, is our obligation in pursuing holiness? Most importantly, we are to “set our minds on the things above,” for God assures us that “the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.” Colossians 3: 1-4
My child, the winds of change are blowing through this coming season. It will look as though all is lost, but hang on. This is just the beginning. Wait and watch My mighty hand of deliverance. Do not look around at the impossible. I am God who created you. I am God who created this world. I will never be silenced. I will never be defeated. “Look up and lift up your heads, for your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:28
My child, as you surrender yourself to Me more and more, I will open the doors I have for you to walk through. I will lead you by My Holy Spirit as you yield yourself to Me. Listen to My voice, not the many voices of the world or satan. Keep your eyes on Me alone. Rest in My Presence. Joy and strength will flood your soul as you set your heart and mind on Me.
What does intimacy with God look like? Spending time with Him. Talking and listening to Him. Giving yourself completely to Him. Worshiping Him. Thanking Him. Praising Him. Believing Him. Obeying Him. Allowing Him to have His way with you. What does intimacy with God look like to you?
My child, My timing is perfect. You can always trust Me. Never allow the present circumstances dictate your faith in Me. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
My child, that still small voice is My voice. Listen intently. Be open to what I am saying to you. Those who hear My voice and heed what I say live the most fruitful lives.
My child, let My peace rule in your heart and be thankful. Keep on signing, praising and loving. All you do in word or deed, do all in My Name and give thanks. Colossians 3:15-17