One of the deepest longings of our heart is the longing for true intimacy. Yet all too often we settle for something less, not because we don’t want the real thing, but because the risk is simply too great. But true intimacy does exist. It starts by being honest with God, and it continues in our relationships with others when we are honest with them. This message will help you take steps toward True Intimacy. (Recorded August 29, 1999)
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Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. (John 17:3).
What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ– the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. (Philippians 3:8-9).
1. What is True Intimacy?
Intimacy means “into-me-see” – to let someone else see into you, and when they let you see into them.
John 17:3, Philippians 3:8-9.
2. Steps Toward Intimacy
- Spend Time with the one you want to be intimate with…whether with God or others.
“One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4-5)
- Be Honest with the one you want to be intimate with…whether with God or others.
An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips. (Proverbs 24:26)
3. Don’t Settle for Less
You can try to find intimacy in many places that are misplaced, and will not satisfy, and in fact be very destructive. Don’t go there. Go to God and to God-ordained relationships for true intimacy. His ways are always best.