To be intimate is to be detailed, inner or close, familiar and personal. In our walk with God we have to become intimate with Him. I do not think that it is possible to have only intimacy, when intimacy becomes true (real) worship becomes part of it. As you grow deeper in your worship toward God intimacy becomes part of your worship and in this time of intimacy (closeness) with God your worship and adoration toward Him grows more and more.
In this walk with God we learn that we need Him more than anything.
We need God and oxygen, in that specific order.
Oswald Chambers explains it this way:
It is possible to know all about doctrine and yet not know Jesus. The soul is in danger when knowledge of doctrine outsteps intimate touch with Jesus. Why was Mary weeping at Jesus’ grave? Doctrine was no more to Mary than the grass under her feet. Any Pharisee could have made a fool of Mary doctrinally, but one thing they could not ridicule out of her was the fact that Jesus had cast seven demons out of her; yet His blessings were nothing in comparison to Himself. Mary “saw Jesus standing and knew not that it was Jesus…“; immediately when she heard the voice, she knew she had a past history with the One who spoke. “Master!” she responded…
Have I been doubting something about Jesus—an experience to which others testify but which I have not had? The other disciples told Thomas that they had seen Jesus, but Thomas doubted—”Except I shall see. . . , I will not believe.” Thomas needed the personal touch of Jesus. When His touches come, or how they come, we do not know, but when they do come they are indescribably precious. “My lord and my God!” he responded…
Peter had denied Jesus Christ with oaths and curses, and yet after the Resurrection Jesus appeared to Peter alone. He restored him in private, then He restored him before the others. “Lord, Thou knowest that I love Thee.” he responded…
My Utmost for His Highest (August 16) (Copyright © 1935)
We are totally and utterly depended on God and the sooner we realise this the better…
…God designed the human machine to run on God Himself.
Mere Christianity (P.50 2002 Ed.)(Copyright © 1942)
Do you have a personal history with Jesus Christ – an intimate connection with Him, a knowledge of Jesus Christ which nothing can shake? Does it bring you to a place of worship and adoration?
Intimacy must flow naturally (the supernatural becomes natural), but we do not know anymore how to let it flow. The world we live in has become a cold and hard place and there is no space for intimacy or worship.
Intimacy is the process of sharing the details of life with someone close to you and worship is the way you share it in respect and by giving honour. Each and every relationship has both of these aspects intertwined into it and we need to allow it to grow in our relationship with God.
Intimacy grows as you share every aspect of your life with God – the good, the bad and the ugly.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, my brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are right, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue and if there is any praise, think on these things. Do those things which you have also learned and received and heard and seen in me. And the God of peace shall be with you.
During this process God honours your closeness by telling you who He created you to be and your adoration toward Him explodes into worship.
This process also teaches you intimacy and worship in all your other relationships – parents and kids, husbands and wives, friends and also family.
This process creates an atmosphere of trust, respect, loyalty, honesty and integrity, which are the keys to good relationships.
It is not about knowledge, power or strength, but it is about relationship. We need to take hold of the simplicity of this gift and start living a life enjoying everything around us. Knowing that even our intimacy and worship has a purpose that will carry this message to whom ever needs to hear it.
To be able to do this you need to know Him and hear Him when He calls you…
My beloved I have given MY everything for you…
O come, come away with ME…
He calls us out (of life, religion, rejection, pain, fear…) into HIM, for “in HIM we live and move and have our being” – our very existence…
…Rise up, My love, My beautiful one, and come away… Arise, My love, My beautiful one, and come away. O My dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs, let Me see your face, let Me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is beautiful.
(Song of Solomon 2:10-14.)
After hearing His call will you then respond and go with Him and spend some time alone with Him…
Then you shall call on Me, and you shall go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you shall seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Are you seeking Him when He calls?
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners; and purify your hearts, double-minded ones.
Are you willing to lay down that which keeps you from seeking Him?
What is there in your life that destroys this life of intimacy and worship?
Do you have a desire to be intimate with your heavenly Father?
There is only one way to break through all of these hindrances and that is to take a step into the unknown and start sharing your whole life with Him. He is your Father and desires for you to come to Him.
Go to a place where you can be alone with Him, laugh with Him, cry with Him and talk to Him. Share your heart with Him through every pain and hurt, but also every joy and excitement.
This is how you learn to trust Him and your love and adoration toward Him grows more and more… it is then that you come to a place of true worship.
Come to Me all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
I pray that our Lord may guide your thoughts and decisions. May He live in your heart and hold your soul in His hand. May He grant you what you need and give wings to your dreams as you grow closer and closer to Him in willingness and obedience.
Therefore I also, hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and love to all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of His calling, and what is the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us, the ones believing according to the working of His mighty strength which He worked in Christ in raising Him from the dead, and He seated Him at His right hand in the heavenlies,
For the Holy Spirit shall teach you in the same hour what you ought to say.
Come now, and let us reason together, says Jehovah; though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you
refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword; for the mouth of Jehovah has spoken.