Intimacy With The Lord – 1

*Pastor’s Note: This is one of the articles I wrote and posted for my very first website in the mid 90s soon after I got my first computer. I thought it might interest my readers to read some of my first posted writings, especially as it’s been a while since I have posted any of my older ones. I HAVE updated some of the Scripture references, but all in all, it is pretty much as I posted them on my very first website. The pictures were added for this posting, though.

This will be posted in three parts over the next three days due to the original length of it. Thanks, and God Bless!

ADAM did it. Enoch did it, Noah did it, Abraham did it, even King David did it; and most assuredly, Jesus did it.  What did they do you may ask?  They all walked with God as their Father.  At least some point in their lives they had or developed an intimate relationship with God as their Father.  You can’t read through the Bible and not recognize those that had that type of relationship.  The Apostles had it after following the example that Jesus laid before them.  The Bible is very clear when Paul writes, “Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction . . .” – 1 Corinthians 10:11 (NASB).   The whole Bible was given to us as a road map to the purpose and plan of God in our lives individually and corporately.  The Bible, taken as a whole, is stating thematically and emphatically, the Love of God, our Creator, for His creation.

The word “walk” in the English translation of the Bible is used in a variety of applications dependent upon the context of the Scriptures to which it is applied.  The Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible though, gives it’s original meaning as follows: “along with, apace of, behave, be conversant, to live.”  In the majority of the scriptures relating to our relationship with God as our Father, the meaning of “walking, walked, or to walk with God” means to live or be conversant with God.

To walk, or not to walk, is still the question we face in our day to day lives.  It still remains a matter of choice.  Always has been, and always will be.  Adam threw that choice away, and yet, the ability to walk with the Father was not lost.  After walking with God for 365 years, the Bible says, the Lord took Enoch to be with Him. “And he was not, for God took him.” – Genesis 5:24. Noah was saved by the water, through the flood because he chose to “walk” with God.  The times we are living in have been likened to the times of Noah because of the rampant, senseless violence and hypocrisy that flourishes, as well as the casualness and apathy in mankind as if tomorrow will never end, and yet in the midst of his time, Noah was able to have an intimate relationship with the Father.  There’s no excuse for us not to have the same relationship.  It was a matter of choice in Noah’s day, and it’s a matter of choice in our day.

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John 4:24 records Jesus as saying, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”  Paul commands, he doesn’t ask, “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh,” and then a bit later, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (see Galatians 5:16, 25).

There again is the correlation between walking and living.  When I worship God, I am putting His worth above all other things in my life.  My desire to commune with Him is more important than any other thing in my life.  Kathryn Kulman repeatedly stated that to have that kind of relationship with God was expensive.  It costs everything.  Are we willing to give everything?  Think of the rewards if we do!

I believe there is a way, according to Scripture, that we can develop the lifestyle that walks in daily communion, or fellowship, with the Father.  It is found in seven verses at the end of 1 Thessalonians.  Many people read these scriptures and look at them as just closing remarks of Paul; and yet I believe if practiced they hold the key to developing an intimate, life changing relationship with the One who loves us more than any of us can comprehend.  Following these scriptures will take practice, effort, endurance, and choice.  They will most assuredly take a lifetime.

The Apostle Paul wrote, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22.

“Rejoice always;” the first in a series of instructions necessary to “walk” with God.  The word rejoice means:  to share your joy, to be joyous, to be full of joy.  Remember that to worship God, we must do it in spirit and truth.  Paul also says in Galatians that joy is a “fruit” of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Fruit comes from sowing and planting seed.  We plant joy, by sharing with others, and thus, more joy is produced in us.  What is the benefit of joy?  Nehemiah told us in his writings, “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:10.   We gain spiritual strength from rejoicing and we are able to rejoice because of the Lord’s joy in each of us.  The enemy cannot defeat a people who rejoices and remember, the Lord inhabits the praises of His people.  Want more joy in your life?  Rejoice always!

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*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, NKJV Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
**Where noted, Scripture taken from the New American Standard Bible®, NASB Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995, 2020 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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