God’s twofold purpose in pursuing an intimate relationship with you is to reveal Himself to you and to accomplish His work through you. He wants you to have a life that is meaningful (Mt 5:14-16), joyful (Jn 15:11), and fruitful (Jn 15:5).
Review the MEMORY VERSE (Jn 1:14). Let’s hide the Word of God in our heart; MEDITATE, what does the verse say to you? Pray for understanding. Review, Review, Review!
DISCUSS: What did I learn in the Sunday School lesson and the sermon about “God among us: do we notice?”
Read (Ps 63:1-8). The Holy Spirit living in you gives you the ability to develop a real and personal friendship with Christ. How does this Psalm of David indicate that he had a deep relationship with God? How thirsty; how longing was David?
Some requirements for intimacy: 1. Trust; you cannot obey someone you do not trust. 2. Love; the more you love Him, the more you want to obey Him (Jn 15:14). 3. Openness and transparency; confess specific sins, open your heart and be honest with Him (1 Jn 1:9). 4. Two-way communication; when you pray, take time to listen; let Him reveal Himself (Jn 14:21). Do you believe that He will reveal Himself? 5. Time and effort; devote yourself to getting to know Him, the reward is worth it (Ps 16:11).
Some barriers to intimacy with God: 1. Pride; is an abomination to God (Pr 16:5); it shifts our focus from God to ourselves. 2. Rebellion; is often an outgrowth of pride. Anything that is rebellious to God is sin. 3. Unforgiveness; (Mt 6:12,14). 4. Lack of Time; the key to an intimate relationship is our time alone with God – spend time with Him today!