Christian Life, love

True Intimacy

Google search brings up the following:

close familiarity or friendship; closeness or a private cozy atmosphere

I don’t mind sharing that I’ve been married twice and frankly never experienced intimacy with either husband. Certainly people use the word intimacy euphemistically for sexual acts and that is not to what I am referring. I am referring to a true closeness between the core of who you are and the core of who another person is.

I have been privileged and continue to be so, in that I have intimate enduring friendships, some going back over 20 years now. But I’ve really been dancing with this whole concept of intimacy lately.

What does intimacy with the Lord look like? Maybe you, like I, have been hearing the sexual euphemism for so long that is prevalent in the American culture, that the idea of intimacy with the Lord sounds strange. But recently, the Lord revealed to me that without true intimacy with Him, we can never know true intimacy with a lifelong spouse.

Truly falling in love with our First Love and maintaining that, as our first priority, is the only way to fulfillment. Only then, can the true door to intimacy on all levels be opened to us in human relationships….

But I have this [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love]. Remember then from what heights you have fallen. Repent (change the inner man to meet God’s will) and do the works you did previously [when first you knew the Lord], or else I will visit you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you change your mind and repent.
Revelation 2:4‭-‬5 AMPC

Christian Life

Imago Dei

Identity: What’s in your core being? Who do you resemble? What makes you who you are? Who do you believe you are?

For many of us, development of identity can be a very lengthy if not lifelong process. I submit, that if we do not know who we are, it is impossible to fulfill our purpose.

What informs your sense of identity? For me, I have to look at the Bible to get a picture of my Creator. I read in there that He created man and woman in His image. The Bible uses what might be termed personified imagery for the only true and powerful deity. But what if we stopped looking at ourselves and then trying to figure out God and instead read about and experience who He is so that when we look at our reflection and our actions we can see how much we resemble Him?

In the church, we always talk about how we are His hands and His feet and in the Aaronic blessing it discusses God making His face to shine upon us. The Word also says that He breathed life into man when He created Adam, that we are the apple of His eye, He upholds us with His righteous right hand and on and on the examples go.

I believe our actual physical structure as well as how our character and mentality are designed to be, are reflective of how God Himself is. The unfortunate thing is that it’s so easy to believe the lies that are whispered in our ears about who we are. When we believe the lies, it changes not only how we see ourselves but how we conduct ourselves and in turn how other people perceive us.

I believe the Lord would challenge us today to trust what He has written about us and to listen to what He whispers in the quiet place when we are alone with Him, the Only One who truly knows and understands us even better than we know and understand ourselves.

Identity is one of the keys to unlock your destiny!