4 Very Important Things For The Bride Of CHRIST [Part 3]

Intimacy With GOD

For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. Isaiah 54:5 

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. Revelation 19:7

Are you investing your time and life in GOD? Or are you investing yourself into other things apart from GOD?

Investing your time and life in GOD is a wise decision and critical in this life, for after this earthly life, comes judgment (Hebrews 9:27). In Galatians 6:7, what we sow is what we will reap–if you don’t sow anything for GOD’s eternal kingdom in this life, do not expect a harvest. In an eternal perspective, what we sow in this life will affect the harvest in the next life–will you reap an eternal blessing or an eternal doom?

One life is all we have for this eternal choice to be made now, later may be too late. This choice cannot be undone once this life have passed away. It could be any moment. A person may expect himself to live for forty more years, but the end of one’s life is always unpredictable by us and only predictable by GOD.

If you are investing yourself in things apart from GOD, think about this…what is the point for momentary pleasures? Is it worth it for temporary sinful pleasures in exchange for an everlasting agony in hell fire? Even if you got everything you want from this world–money, fame, luxury, friends, all sensual pleasures…etc. all these things are fading sand and you can’t even bring all these things along with you when you die. You would possibly still left feeling empty and that emptiness is the absence of GOD. GOD alone can fill that emptiness within you. You see, when a man wants more, in the flesh he would never get satisfied and yet feels empty inside.

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. James 4:14

And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. Job 1:21

Can you now see the point of being thankful (1 Thessalonians 5:18)? It is to be content and glad with what you already have, not yearning for more which lead to continued dissatisfaction of one’s life. “In every thing give thanks”, which means it also applies in situations that seems negative to you. Negative things could be trials that you have gone through in your walk with GOD, but from these trials you can be refined! Refinement is a good thing and a pleasing thing because the more you are refined, the more you would be shaped into the person GOD wants you to be.

There are many roles between GOD and us. One of them is a bride to bridegroom–a relationship that each one of us must work on daily towards GOD, our bridegroom. Do not be deceived that someone can work on that relationship for you, then you can sit back and do nothing. This bride and bridegroom relationship is like a marriage, when someone in a marriage with another, they share intimacy and spend quality time with each other. Their hearts and desires are as one. What the bridegroom dislike, the bride dislikes it as well, thus remove anything that displeases her husband because of her love for him.

How would you keep in an intimacy with someone? It is when you keep in touch with them everyday, not just some days when you are in a hopeless situation in need of help from GOD or when you feel like it. GOD wants a full-time bride, not a part-time bride who keeps fornicating with the world, then come back to HIM unfaithfully. Realize your marriage with CHRIST and awake to your senses!

Intimacy with GOD is NOT an option. There are no other ways as the lukewarm may think that they can ignore this part of building a close relationship with GOD, yet they can get right with GOD. They are deceived! GOD requires full surrender from HIS bride, partial surrender means nothing.

Below are a summary to be explained:

  • Praying to GOD
  • Reading the Bible
  • Read books/literature/watch videos about GOD
  • Worshiping GOD
  • Surrendering to GOD

Praying to GOD

Praying to GOD is talking to GOD. Let’s not say “GOD” but “husband” this time. You, as the wife would want to stay close in a relationship with your husband and therefore would have the passion of wanting to talk, communion to your husband whenever possible, yes? As that sort of relationship is a close one, the wife would possibly share most things to her husband than any other people and spend most of her time talking to him. Would you come to HIM saying “I love you” everyday?

It is spending time with HIM, and enjoying the time of talking to HIM about many things. Pray to HIM whenever possible throughout the day–from the time you wake up, when you travel, waiting for something/someone, at times when you can multitask such as while washing dishes, walking to somewhere…etc. Many of these situations if not merged with prayers, you could lose much time of talking to HIM and that means it is heading towards neglecting the relationship with HIM.

Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

GOD wants to comfort you, love you, listen to what you have to say to HIM for HE cares about you, even in times of troubles and sadness. Intimacy is about walking and sharing this life with GOD together; sharing your highs and your lows with the LORD, those hard times and glad times. You are not alone in this walk. GOD is with you during the times of submission to HIM.

Building a relationship with GOD is extremely important and the verse Isa. 54:5 said “husband” clearly stated the closeness that is supposed to be between HIS wife, the bride which is the follower of CHRIST towards HIM. It is not about religion where you regularly go to Sunday church and even attend all their services. Also, church is NOT a building, it is fellowship with one another where GOD is their center focus. (Going to church does not earn you salvation. Salvation unto eternal life is a thing that is freely received from GOD and never can it be earned by anyone–it is GOD alone who have that saving power to cleanse us away from all sins through HIS blood shed on the cross. It is when you completely surrender and repent of all your sins you would be getting into the right path towards a right relationship with GOD).

God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9

I was searching for the definition of “fellowship” of 1 Cor. 1:9, based on the original word in Greek. You can see in particular “intimacy” and “communion” were defined on that page linked above, and this reflected that we are created by GOD to love and have a close relationship with HIM.

We should talk with all honesty and openness when in prayers, because firstly we are not to bear false witness (Ex. 20:16) and secondly, a good relationship works with honesty. It is when you love another person, you speak to him in honesty to prevent hurting him due to betrayal. Also, being honest in conversations means to be transparent and can go further to the deepest thoughts, feelings to share,  which is an intimacy!

At times of repentance or supplication, for me I would want to come to HIM on the floor with knees bended as an act of humility. Even to humble oneself saying “LORD, I come to you as dust and ashes today…” It may be uncomfortable to you the first few times, but after much practices it would possibly be easier.

Prayers are not just rote prayers everyday, where you repeat the same sentences regularly. It is about QUALITY, not just quantity. Of course, we should pray throughout the day, everyday whenever possible. Quality prayers are so important, because when you share quality prayers you are spending quality time with GOD. When that happens, there is an increase of intimacy with GOD which is in a sense–a very good thing. It is a delight to talk to GOD, especially HE knows you intimately more than you know yourself, as HE knows everything. HE understands you better than anyone in this world.

Since the HOLY SPIRIT guides us, comforts us, teaches us, helps us…and many things, we should always mention the HOLY SPIRIT in our prayers. We should rely on the power of the HOLY SPIRIT to overcome all our sins and evils, for example.

Prayers and fasting together at the same time is a commitment to GOD. I do believe that fasting is crucifying one’s flesh (living sacrifice), strengthen self control and would build a greater level of intimacy with GOD. We must have the right motive when fasting, not to gain attention nor to boast about it. It is humbling oneself and a good thing to overcome temptations that would cause you to sin.

Water fasting is one of the way (e.g. 1 day, 3 days, 1 week, 40 days). Sometimes when you get strongly convicted to do a fasting, it maybe the direction of GOD upon you that you should fast.

And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. Matthew 17:20-21

This verse can tell us how fasting is very important in order to increase our power for something. This can also applies to other aspects such as spiritual warfare where prayers may possibly be more powerful during the fasting period. The longer the fast, the power against these attacks may possibly increase and intimacy with GOD do increase because fasting is like crucifying one’s flesh–when we come closer to GOD, HE will come closer to us.

When you come very closely to GOD, HE would protect HIS own like a good shepherd protects his own sheep. By the closeness with GOD, dealing with sin would not be much of a burden.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:30

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation. Psalm 91 

For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off. Psalm 37:28

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Psalm 23 

When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach. Psalm 69:10

For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. Galatians 5:17

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. James 4:8

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Isaiah 58:6

Here in Matthew 7:21-23 it says:

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Above the verse have described how there are many people who have prophesied, casted out devils–isn’t these are great works? If so why are they still being called the workers of iniquity? The bolded words say “I never knew you”, the word “knew” have also appeared in Genesis 4:1 where it says:

And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.

Adam and Eve were in a relationship, a husband and wife relation. How do you know someone? In regards of GOD, you would need to read the bible to know who GOD really is, praying to HIM like a friend is a building of a relationship. When you talk more to HIM, wouldn’t there be an increase of intimacy? Yes… Would the lack of spending time with GOD would increase knowing GOD? No…  Doing great works like prophesied, casted out devils CANNOT be an excuse to ignore of having an intimacy with GOD–a relationship with HIM, getting to know HIM and HIM knowing you.

When you start getting to talk to HIM less and less for instance, neglecting the relationship with HIM overtime, the relationship would gradually fade away that would left you having no relationship at all. Just like with a friend, you need constant talking with them, hanging out with them would this friendship be preserved and not cease.

Reading the Bible

Reading the bible is so important and we are to read it daily. It is like spending time with JESUS CHRIST (YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH), our LORD and SAVIOR. Spending time with HIM would be a step into intimacy. The bible, the Word of GOD is like a life manual that guides your path to the narrow road (Matthew 7:13-14) unto eternal life, the kingdom of Heaven.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

When you read the bible, it is knowing GOD of who HE is. In a relationship perspective, you would need to know someone deeply enough to be married–you don’t just marry a person you don’t know, not knowing their personality, background…this doesn’t make sense. It is essential to know who is the GOD you are really talking to daily, walking with daily… Reading the bible and become knowledgeable of HIS will for you and HIS characteristics, do increase the level of intimacy with GOD.

Read books/literature/watch videos about GOD

This is another way to spend time with GOD and get to know GOD for a higher level of intimacy with HIM.

Worshiping GOD

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24

Come to GOD and worship HIM sincerely with all your heart. It is LOVE. Worshipping HIM is love! The GOD we serve is awesome! Worship HIM in spirit and in truth. Do not be like them as stated below in the verse who worship with their lips but not their hearts:

This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. Matthew 15:8

GOD knows all hearts. You can worship HIM through praise music and even sharing with others about GOD is also a form of worship, sharing about HIS love, for example.

I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. Jeremiah 17:10

Surrendering to GOD

Come as you are to GOD, and let HIM change you. Surrendering to GOD involves humility. Humility is a crushing of “self” and when there is love, there is a “selfless” attitude of caring for others. There is no love in pride, where pride is the love of oneself and disregard the needs of others.

When we crush our “self” in our walk with GOD in order to completely conform to the ways of what GOD wants, the more we are being one with GOD. It is that “self” of getting into his own way other than GOD’s way, that separates from being one with GOD. There comes a greater intimacy with GOD when you keep surrendering to GOD by removing your “self” attitude, until there is no YOU left and come to GOD in complete humility.

It could be a painful process when trying to submit to the will of GOD, giving up old habits/views/ways. We are to strive a holy life, set apart from the world, be completely away from all worldly pursuits to focus solely in GOD. But things would possibly get easier when you keep overcoming personal tribulations over and over again. When you submit to the will of GOD, have a right standing with GOD, there comes many blessings not only in the next life but also this life: Joy, protection, peace of mind…etc.

Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Hebrews 12:11

Part 4 is to be continued starting from:
Watching for the LORD’s Return

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