Intimacy by ILI

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Biblical Foundation

As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down
and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses… The
Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with a
friend. (Exodus 33:7-11)
• Intimacy is the result of a mutual desire: Moses came to meet God
and God came to meet Moses.
• Intimacy includes a spirit of friendship and not of fear.
Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be
in Us. (John 17:21-22)
• The relationship between the Father and Son is both the model of
divine and human intimacy, and a prayer that we would have the
same experience.
History Makers – Page 8
YOUR NOTES
Barriers to Intimacy
1. Superficiality
“Superficiality is the curse of our age. The doctrine of instant
satisfaction is a primary spiritual problem. The desperate need today is
not for a great number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for
deep people.” Richard Foster

Some [seed] fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It
sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun
came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they
had no root. (Matthew 13:5-6)
• God’s Answer: GO DEEP
Invest time to deepen your relationship with God. Some of God’s
best truths, like priceless treasures, are hidden in depths most
people never take the time to search out!
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
(Romans 11:33)

Do You
2. Failure to Prioritize
Leaders often find that the “tyranny of the urgent” leaves us feeling
strung out, impatient, occasionally resentful, and even worse, empty.
Why do you call me “Lord, Lord”, and do not do what I tell you to
do? (Luke 6:46)
• God’s Answer: THIRST FOR GOD
Intimacy with God must be as necessary for us as the air we breathe
or the water we drink. The Psalmist writes:
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You,
O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I
go and meet with God? (Psalm 42:1-2)
Know God superficially or deeply?
“I am lonely,
hollow, shallow,
enslaved to a
schedule that
never lets up.”
Anonymous pastor

Discussion Workshop
Discuss the following questions and make a list of answers:
• What do you find most helpful for going deeper and developing greater
intimacy with God?
• In what ways is intimacy with God more difficult for you because of your
leadership role?

Conclusion
Intimacy is a choice and a commitment. The choice is yours: cultivate a rich,
fruitful inner life with the Lord or let it remain stagnant and barren.
My heart says of you,” Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.
(Psalm 27:8)
• To develop this deep, abiding fellowship with Christ, you need only
to have the heart and the desire to share your whole self with your
Savior.
My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the Lord. My heart
and my flesh cry out for the living God. (Psalm 84:2)
• As you commit yourself to come closer to God, God will come
closer to you and your intimacy will deepen.

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