Thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor 15:55)
I remember hearing a testimony a few years ago of a young lady who said that she’d followed Jesus into a room where there were 3 women sat on 3 separate chairs.
Jesus walked up to the first woman and fell at her knees. She was sobbing and clung on to him. He stroked her hair gently and began whispering words of kindness to her for the longest of times. Finally she seemed to regain her composure and he pulled himself away promising to return very soon.
He then walked up to the second woman, nudged her shoulder with his hand and she looked up and smiled. They spoke for only a minute and parted.
He then walked straight past the 3rd woman without even an acknowledgement.
The young lady caught up with him and asked: “Wow! What did the last woman do that was so wrong?” Jesus asked her “What do you mean?” She replied “You just walked right past her. You didn’t even seem to acknowledge her!”
Jesus then said “Child, you have everything back to front! The third woman loves me, she knows me intimately and doesn’t need my constant assurance.
The second woman, just needs the occasional reassurance. Whereas, without my constant presence, the first woman would simply fall apart!”
Ouch! Lord, help me to grow up in You and know your loving presence and intimacy. X
(Jesus speaking) “… I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything. And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it’s not all asking. If you have anything against someone, forgive —only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins.” (Mark 11:22)
As I read this I’m made aware that prayer can’t just be one-sided monologue, but ‘must’ produce an intimate rapport.
Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it. I hope the test won’t show that we have failed. But if it comes to that, we’d rather the test showed our failure than yours. We’re rooting for the truth to win out in you. We couldn’t possibly do otherwise. We don’t just put up with our limitations; we celebrate them, and then go on to celebrate every strength, every triumph of the truth in you… (2 Cor 13:5)
This is how we know we’re living steadily and deeply in him, and he in us: He’s given us life from his life, from his very own Spirit. Also, we’ve seen for ourselves and continue to state openly that the Father sent his Son as Savior of the world. Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God’s Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. We know it so well, we’ve embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God. (1 John 4:13)
Intimacy is just real friendship. Be a friend of God, He’s already a friend with you. X
You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, “Papa! Father!” Doesn’t that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? And if you are a child, you’re also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance. (Gal 4:6).
Papà says: “Child of mine, don’t look to others to share with you ‘their’ experiences of my throne room. Come in yourself – now! Come, taste and see for yourself!” X