How far are you willing to go with God? How deep are you willing to travel inside the realm of faith? How much of God do you want to know? What are you ready to do to get to a place of intimacy with the Lord? Those are questions that have been circulating on the path of my mind and I feel the need to answer them for myself. A new year symbolizes a new start and I want to answer these questions with fresh answers and with a zeal that will take me all the way. God is so worthy of being discovered and explored by all of us but He is not an excavation; He is a habitation. We should inhabit Him and dwell in Him. He is not a temporary residence but He is a permanent dwelling place. Our faith can help us settle in that place and remain there and be safe and sound all the time. I am willing to go the distance and go as far as I can so that my intimacy with the Lord resembles David’s and mirrors Paul’s. We all have some digging to do to reach that intimacy and the digging happens in our hearts. God is there and we must unearth Him sometimes so His love can shine out of our hearts and into the world.
I was recently led to spend more time in the Word. There are so many treasures in the Word of God and His Spirit gives us the keys to unlock the safe that is filled with wisdom and knowledge. When we meditate on the Word, we let the wisdom out of the safe and we let it land in our hearts where it will grow into understanding. Our hearts are places of refuge for love, joy, peace and wisdom. The Bible recommends that we keep our hearts strong and we guard them because life comes out of them. Our hearts connect us to God. Our “God connector” needs to be intact and to be kept clean and pure. When we read the Word of God with our hearts and not just with our heads, we receive an impartation from God. Wouldn’t you like to receive a blessing from God every day? Spend as much time as you can in the Bible and you will go to spiritual places that you never knew existed. Each step of the way there will bless you, will grow you and will get you closer to God.
The more time you spend in the Word, the more you will be challenged to live out the Word. It is a healthy challenge that comes with some very healthy sacrifices. The sacrifice of praise is the continued expression of praise through our lives despite what is going on. When a storm is coming, we keep praising. In the middle of the storm, we keep praising. When the storm has overstayed its welcome, we keep praising. We sacrifice our emotions and tell them to stay away while we remain in gratitude and adoration to the Lord. It is a big part of going far with the Lord. It is not easy to praise when we are going through difficulties. However, it is a demonstration of our desire to go the distance and to rest in the arms of the Lord. Walking in love when hate is walking all over the place is another way of staying close to God and maintaining our intimacy with Him. Loving our enemies may sound like a sacrifice but it should be a habit and it can be a burning desire in our hearts when we yield to the Spirit of Jesus. Total surrender will always lead us to the heart of God and it will give us the ability to go deep in faith. How far will you go to be closer to God? Let this new year be the year when you reach a level of intimacy with Jesus like never before!
Suggested reading: Romans 12:12: Colossians 1:11-12; Galatians 6:9