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Monday, September 19, 2022

Free Intimacy with God



 

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

—Romans 8:31-32, NKJV

 

God never withholds His love from you. God didn’t withhold the life of His Son as payment for your sin. Why would He ever withhold anything good from you when He gave His Son so you could have a new and abundant life (John 10:10)?  

 

It is hard to draw near to a Father when you aren’t certain if He loves you. If you believe God takes away or harms you for an unknown purpose or for a greater good, you doubt the right-standing Jesus died to give you. You doubt how God thinks of you, and you don’t have freedom in your relationship with Him. Trust is very difficult, and fear springs up destroying any intimacy you might have.

 

God is love (1 John 4:8) He does not harm you. He never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). God does nothing to make you question His love. That is the enemy trying to steal, kill, and destroy the freedom God has for you (John 10:10). If the enemy can convince you that God will harm you for a greater good, then you will believe a lie that will keep you in perpetual bondage. Any peace you have will only be found when circumstances improve instead of being found in the intimacy of your relationship with God.

 

The true nature of God is unconditional love and Grace. If He did not spare His own Son out of love for you, why would He use harm to win your love?  Why wouldn’t He give you what you need to encourage you and build your trust?

 

We wonder why people are afraid of God. Religion has falsely told them that they can never be good enough to please Him. They have been told they must work to earn His approval. To have an intimate relationship with your Heavenly Father, you need to believe in your heart that Jesus’ love for you on the cross was enough and that there is nothing more you have to do to be accepted by God (Ephesians 1:6). To live in intimacy with God, we continually, “draw near (to Him) with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:22, NKJV).

 

When you believe in your heart that you have been washed clean in the blood of His sacrifice, you are delivered from a conscience that condemns you. You can have peace in His love for you.

 

God sees His Son when He sees you. He loves you because He loves His Son. He is pleased with you because He is pleased with His Son. What you have with God is not a religion. It is not a list of works to perform to win His love. You have a relationship with God, and He wants you to know Him as He knows you. 

 

Learn in His Word how God sees you. Realize what it means that you are blameless and holy in His eyes because of Christ’s sacrifice. When you know who you are in Christ, you believe in your heart His forgiveness is enough. Your sins have been completely punished in the body of Christ on the cross (1 Peter 2:24, Galatians 3:13). Your sinful nature has been crucified with Christ (Romans 6:6). You are free of condemnation. You can draw near to God with full assurance of faith. 

 

“Who condemns you?” Christ asked the woman condemned by her sin and her accusers. 

 

Knowing her accusers were gone, she answered, “No one.”

 

“Neither do I,” Jesus told her. “Go and sin no more.”

 (John 8:10-11)

 

When you really believe in your heart that you are completely forgiven by God—washed clean by the precious blood of Christ and have no debt to pay, sin no longer has power. You are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). Christ Jesus has given you the power to choose a righteous and holy life. When you are free of an evil conscience that condemns you, you live in the fullness of His Grace. You believe His Grace was sufficient for your sins, your sickness, and your need (2 Corinthians 12:9). Christ has won God’s love for you. There is nothing more to be done. You are free of condemnation, guilt, and shame. 

 

The enemy is your accuser. Jesus says you have no accuser. The enemy has no power over the righteousness of Christ in you. Be continually renewed in your mind by His truth and love for you. Continually put on the new nature Christ has given you—the righteous one He gave you with His life (Ephesians 4:23-24). 

 

Walk by faith and live in free intimacy with God. Jesus has already paid the price for you to have it. 

 

 

© 2022 Lynn Lacher

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