Divine guidance is one of the great benefits of our salvation.
We no longer have to go through life guided by our emotions, by our limited wisdom, or by the knowledge of others, but we can be led by the All-Knowing Spirit of God!
Divine guidance is looking at everything through the EYES of God, instead of through our eyes.
Here’s an interesting verse about God’s eyes – Revelation 5:6.
The Bible teaches there’s only One Holy Spirit, but He has the ability to help us see in 7 distinct realms, things others will never see without His assistance – Isaiah 11:2.
The first aspect of the 7 dimensions of God’s Spirit is called, THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD. I want you to know that this dimension of the Spirit’s leading is listed first because it is first in priority.
It stands ABOVE all the others. It is placed first because without it all the others don’t work!
What does “the Spirit of Lord” imply? In a word – intimacy
- Spirit of the Lord = Spirit of Intimacy
Someone said intimacy can best be described as IN-TO-ME-SEE. When we experience intimacy we can see into someone’s heart.
Nobody gets married just so they can buy a house, fill it up with cool stuff, own a nice car, and take great vacations to exotic places. All of those things are a means to an end. We get married so that we can experience true intimacy, so we can touch someone’s heart and they can touch ours.
The very thing that may end up destroying our marriage and may even make us lose all our stuff is the loss of intimacy. THAT’S WHY WE MARRIED IN THE FIRST PLACE!
The first glimpse that God’s Spirit desires to give us is a glimpse into the heart of God.
#1 Intimacy With God is More Important Than Guidance From God
Throughout the Bible whenever it speaks of the Spirit of the Lord resting upon someone that person’s relationship with God was always marked by intimacy.
Moses had the Spirit of the Lord resting on him. Exodus 33:11 says, “The Lord spoke to Moses face to face as a man speaks to a friend.”
Moses didn’t love God just because God showed him what to do! Moses loved God period!
God’s Spirit gave Moses the minute’ details about the creation of the world and that’s why Moses could write the Book of Genesis with such clarity and colorful language.
God’s Spirit led Moses day by day and step by step as Moses led over 1 million Israelites through the desert for 40 years. Turn here. Go there. Stay away from that place.
God’s Spirit revealed to Moses the detailed blueprint of the wilderness Tabernacle; what it would look like, how they should build it, how they should transport it. Every detail.
But I want you to know something. Having intimacy with God was far more important to Moses than merely receiving guidance from Him.
Moses didn’t just want to know the plan of God, he wanted to KNOW God.
On one occasion Moses said to God, “If your Presence does not go with me, I’m not going! I’m not
interested in the trip. I’m interested in knowing You! You are far better than any trip!!!
David was another one who had such an incredible heart for God. In fact he was called a man AFTER God’s heart. From an early age it was David’s intimacy with God that stood out.
When David was just 16 years old the prophet Samuel anointed him as the next King of Israel and scripture says, “the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward.” That Spirit of the Lord was a Spirit of intimacy.
David thought about God all the time. One day while watching sheep his mind wandered to his relationship with God…“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters; He restores my…”
It is said if you open the Bible to the middle it will usually open up in the Psalms. I think it’s because Psalms is the heart of the Bible. Most of the Psalms speak about intimacy with God, and David wrote 73 of the 150 chapters found in the book of Psalms.
The single most important thing we could ever “receive” from God’s Spirit is God Himself!
For the next six weeks we will turn our focus on six dimensions of God’s guidance which brings order, clarity, a path, energy, ability and accountability. But greater than them all = intimacy!
#2 Intimacy With God Comes From Time Spent With God
There is no other way around it. We cannot know God unless we spend time with God.
There were two sisters. Both of them knew Jesus. He was a frequent visitor to their home in Bethany. But every time Jesus visited one sister hurried around the house making dinner and doing all the busy work that
inevitably needed to be done. The other sister sat at Jesus feet.
Martha complained to Jesus that Mary would not spend time in the kitchen.
So Jesus said, Luke 10:41-42 “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.
42-But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from
One thing is needed in order for the “Spirit of Intimacy” to cover my life; and that is consistent quality time spent with God.
A big part of developing intimacy with God comes through prayer.
Jesus gave us very simple instructions, go to your room, shut your door, and pray to your Father in the secret place.
The truth is many of us carry a nagging feeling of inadequacy when it comes to prayer.
Can I share a secret with you about prayer? We learn to pray by gathering with others for prayer.
The disciples were frequently within earshot of Jesus when He prayed. They also noticed Jesus would frequently go off by Himself to a secluded place to pray.
So after observing Jesus prayer life they finally said, “Lord, teach us to pray!” We feel inept. We feel lost when it comes to prayer. So Jesus gave them the Lord’s model prayer in Matthew 6.
Listen to your pastor. The ONLY reason we host the Wednesday Night Prayer Gatherings is to make room in our schedule so our church can develop an intimacy with God.
We hear others pray.
We enter into prayer ourselves.
We slow life down and we wait upon the Lord.
Intimacy with God is far more a crock-pot experience than a microwave experience.
#3 Intimacy With God Stimulates Others To Seek Intimacy With God
Jesus said if we would develop intimacy with God, it will be obvious to everyone else. If you go to the secret place God will reward you openly….His obvious favor will rest on you.
It’s an observable thing. You can’t see it with your eyes, but you feel it with your spirit. You can’t always put it into words, but you know for certain it is at work inside your spirit.
There are other men and women of God that I listen to by podcast or CD and I can sense their intimacy with God, and it stimulates my desire for more intimacy with the Lord. It’s true!
It’s very cool to think that as a result of your intimacy with God, you can actually whet the appetite of others to develop a deeper intimacy with God.
Old saying: Every big ship raises the water level of the harbor! Your intimacy with God will impact your family. Your intimacy with God will impact your church.
Yesterday I met with a few of our men who were so passionate about God they decided to host a weekend retreat for other men. They called it “Encounter.” 25 men spending 2 days to seek after God for more
intimacy. They came back filled up fired up and desiring to spread the virus!
Every spring we offer a Discipleship Walk for the women of our church and every fall there’s one for the men. These weekends are designed for intimacy with God and bring strength to everyone who attends.
The Apostle John, a man known for his deep love for God wrote, “That which we have seen and heard we
declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4-And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.” 1 John 1:3-4
Let me ask you today. Is your joy full? Is the love of God overflowing in your life?
It can become that. It can become a well that springs up and overflows and infects the lives of your family, your community, and your world.
Acts 4:13 “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”
Do people look at you and know you are a person with an intimate relationship with God? If the answer to that question is no, it can change. Intimacy with God can begin right now!
It is my sincere prayer that during this journey that we’re taking together each one of us will come out covered by the Spirit of God, full of the love of God, and led by the voice of God.
Wednesday Prayer Encounter
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Next Week: The Spirit of Wisdom (Order out of Chaos)