HOLINESS LEADS TO INTIMACY

By Ronnie Floyd

When we begin to experience the holy presence of God that comes through fasting and prayer, intimacy begins like nothing we have ever experienced before. Intimacy with God is a lifestyle. If it is to do its work, it must change us from within and cause us to review and alter our behavior in the heat and torment of our days.

Intimacy with God changed Moses on Mount Sinai when he prepared to give God’s Commandments to His people.  Intimacy becomes a reality when you and I say, “That’s me, Lord,” to the question posed by the singer of the Psalm: “Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. He will receive blessings from the Lord and vindication from God his Savior.” (Ps. 24:3-5) Intimacy with the Creator means baring our hearts to the Farther, allowing Him to see if there be any wickedness in us. And how quickly the verdict will read. But it will be read with love, with encouragement, and a prodding for us to return to our families, our work, our schools, and our churches as different people because we’ve been in the presence of God.

Intimacy with God begins with periods of long quiet listening, only later to become a conversation where we ask Him, in His timing, to repair the terrible breaches in our relationships, to reveal our improper motives, to bring healing to our lives, to remove our spiteful spirits, to help us speak words of kindness, and to learn to express unutterable joy for the flash of flame that now blazes in our hearts from having been in His presence.

Prayer and fasting move us into moments of self-examination spiritually, resulting in encountering our holy God personally. When we will begin to see lifestyle change occur in us due to this, we move to the kind of spiritual breakthroughs where intimacy with God occurs. Please know, standing in awe of the holiness of God will lead to an intimacy with God so special that your passion becomes living in obedience to God.

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