Monday, December 12, 2011

Staying Intimately Connected to Christ

Have you ever entered into a new season in your life, be it a new job, going back to school, a new hobby,  joining a sports team, joining a sorority/fraternity, moving to a new area,  or forming a new relationship and then you found it difficult to continue attending Bible Study(BS), church service or other ministry activities?  

I know for me working full-time and attending school nearly full-time, 80% of my spare time is devoted to school, leaving little time to do other things.  

So if you are like me, you may ask yourself how you can stay intimately connected to Christ when your life and situations are constantly changing?  And what exactly is the whole intimacy with Christ thing anyway?  Well I am glad you asked the question.  Starting with the latter, an intimate connection with Christ is beyond attending BS, church service or taking part in a ministry.  I am a big advocate of all these things; however, an intimate relationship with Christ can exist in the absence of all these things. 

First let’s look at a definition of the word intimate that I found on Wikipedia.  Intimacy refers to a particularly close interpersonal relationship that involves physical or emotional intimacy.  This definition applies to human interaction.   

For our interaction with Christ, it is a close interpersonal relationship that involves spiritual intimacy.   Spiritual intimacy is made up of our interaction/communication with Christ, talking and listening to God with a deep passion in our hearts to receive and be bonded to Christ.

We talk to God through our prayer life and we hear from God by reading our Bibles and through ministers who have a passion for Christ. When I say prayer life, I am speaking of something that is beyond our grace over lunch and dinner or us mumbling a few words in bed before we go to sleep.  For intimacy we need a prayer closet (bathroom, bedroom, large closet) or some area in our home that we can go into and talk boldly to God, to cry out to God about the desires of our hearts and problems, and to thank God for  his goodness and his mercy.   

Like me, I am sure you are passionate and extremely grateful for what God has done for you.  So we should let Him know by honoring Him and giving Him praise and worship publicly in church and privately; at home, in your dorm, or in your car.  

When we read the Bible, we should meditate on the Word, not just read the words off the page.  Perhaps we need to read and study the same scripture for a week to get a true understanding of what the scripture is trying to convey to us, so we can understand and obey the instructions from God.  For the Word tells us,"Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it; then you will be prosperous and successful" Joshua 1:8. This means we have to be diligent in reading, studying and understanding the Word to stay intimately connected to Christ.y ask what is the point of all this, is it really that serious?  And I will tell you it most certainly is.  For in the world, “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places”, Ephesians 6: 12.  In order for us to be victorious over the enemy and our own flesh that craves the things of this world (that often leads to sin), we have to put on the entire armor of God, continually fill our spirit with the Word of God, and fill our hearts and mouth with praise and worship through a devoted prayer life.  Getting back to the question about having time for all this, if we were to sacrifice a mere 10-15 minutes in the morning and 10-15 minutes before we go to bed, we would have adequate time to read our scripture,  have some quality prayer time with the Lord, and have little interference  with this busy thing call life.  This is a small sacrifice that will pay big dividends.  If you don’t believe me, check out Deuteronomy 28; Blessing for Obedience.  Until next time, know that God loves you and so do I!  Be blessed!    Staying Intimately Connected to Christ


Have you ever enter into a new season in your life, be it a new job,
going back to school, new hobby, joined a sport team, sorority,
fraternity, move to a new area, new relationship or new friendships
and you found it difficult to continue attending Bible Study(BS),
church service or other missionary activities?  I know for me working
full-time and attending school nearly full-time I find nearly 80% of
my spare time is devoted to school.  This inherently follow being that
the amount of free time I have before enrolling in school has
significantly decrease.  So if you are like me, how then can we stay
intimately connected to Christ when time is so limited?  And what
exactly is the whole intimacy with Christ?  Well I am glad you asked
the question.  Starting with the latter question, an intimate
connection with Christ is beyond attending BS, church service or
participating in missionary.  I am a big advocate of all these things;
however, an intimate relationship with Christ can exist in the absence
of all these things.  First lets likes look at the definition of
intimate, it is a particularly close interpersonal relationship that
involves physical or emotional intimacy (
wikipedia.org).  This
definition applies to human interaction.  For our interaction with
Christ it is a close interpersonal relationship that its spiritual
intimacy.   Spiritual intimacy is made up of our
interaction/communication with Christ, talking and listening to God.
We talk to God through our prayer life and we hear from God by reading
our Bibles. When I say prayer life, I am talking beyond our grace over
lunch or dinner or us mumbling a few words in bed before we go to
sleep.  For intimacy we need a prayer closet (bathroom, bedroom, large
closet) or some area in our home that we can go into and talk boldly
to God, cry out to God about the desires of our hearts, thank God for
his goodness and his mercy.  I am not sure about you but I am
passionate and extremely grateful for what God has done for me and  I
let Him know by honoring Him and giving Him praise and worship. When
we read the Bible, we should mediate on the Word not just read the
words of the page.  Perhaps we need to read the same scripture for a
week to get a true understanding of what the scripture is trying to
convey.  You may ask what is the point of all this, is it really what
serious?  And I will tell you it most certainly is.  For we do not
wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against
powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against
spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6: 12Staying Intimately Connected to Christ


Have you ever enter into a new season in your life, be it a new job,
going back to school, new hobby, joined a sport team, sorority,
fraternity, move to a new area, new relationship or new friendships
and you found it difficult to continue attending Bible Study(BS),
church service or other missionary activities?  I know for me working
full-time and attending school nearly full-time I find nearly 80% of
my spare time is devoted to school.  This inherently follow being that
the amount of free time I have before enrolling in school has
significantly decrease.  So if you are like me, how then can we stay
intimately connected to Christ when time is so limited?  And what
exactly is the whole intimacy with Christ?  Well I am glad you asked
the question.  Starting with the latter question, an intimate
connection with Christ is beyond attending BS, church service or
participating in missionary.  I am a big advocate of all these things;
however, an intimate relationship with Christ can exist in the absence
of all these things.  First lets likes look at the definition of
intimate, it is a particularly close interpersonal relationship that
involves physical or emotional intimacy (
wikipedia.org).  This
definition applies to human interaction.  For our interaction with
Christ it is a close interpersonal relationship that its spiritual
intimacy.   Spiritual intimacy is made up of our
interaction/communication with Christ, talking and listening to God.
We talk to God through our prayer life and we hear from God by reading
our Bibles. When I say prayer life, I am talking beyond our grace over
lunch or dinner or us mumbling a few words in bed before we go to
sleep.  For intimacy we need a prayer closet (bathroom, bedroom, large
closet) or some area in our home that we can go into and talk boldly
to God, cry out to God about the desires of our hearts, thank God for
his goodness and his mercy.  I am not sure about you but I am
passionate and extremely grateful for what God has done for me and  I
let Him know by honoring Him and giving Him praise and worship. When
we read the Bible, we should mediate on the Word not just read the
words of the page.  Perhaps we need to read the same scripture for a
week to get a true understanding of what the scripture is trying to
convey.  You may ask what is the point of all this, is it really what
serious?  And I will tell you it most certainly is.  For we do not
wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against
powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against
spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6: 12Staying Intimately Connected to Christ


Have you ever enter into a new season in your life, be it a new job,
going back to school, new hobby, joined a sport team, sorority,
fraternity, move to a new area, new relationship or new friendships
and you found it difficult to continue attending Bible Study(BS),
church service or other missionary activities?  I know for me working
full-time and attending school nearly full-time I find nearly 80% of
my spare time is devoted to school.  This inherently follow being that
the amount of free time I have before enrolling in school has
significantly decrease.  So if you are like me, how then can we stay
intimately connected to Christ when time is so limited?  And what
exactly is the whole intimacy with Christ?  Well I am glad you asked
the question.  Starting with the latter question, an intimate
connection with Christ is beyond attending BS, church service or
participating in missionary.  I am a big advocate of all these things;
however, an intimate relationship with Christ can exist in the absence
of all these things.  First lets likes look at the definition of
intimate, it is a particularly close interpersonal relationship that
involves physical or emotional intimacy (
wikipedia.org).  This
definition applies to human interaction.  For our interaction with
Christ it is a close interpersonal relationship that its spiritual
intimacy.   Spiritual intimacy is made up of our
interaction/communication with Christ, talking and listening to God.
We talk to God through our prayer life and we hear from God by reading
our Bibles. When I say prayer life, I am talking beyond our grace over
lunch or dinner or us mumbling a few words in bed before we go to
sleep.  For intimacy we need a prayer closet (bathroom, bedroom, large
closet) or some area in our home that we can go into and talk boldly
to God, cry out to God about the desires of our hearts, thank God for
his goodness and his mercy.  I am not sure about you but I am
passionate and extremely grateful for what God has done for me and  I
let Him know by honoring Him and giving Him praise and worship. When
we read the Bible, we should mediate on the Word not just read the
words of the page.  Perhaps we need to read the same scripture for a
week to get a true understanding of what the scripture is trying to
convey.  You may ask what is the point of all this, is it really what
serious?  And I will tell you it most certainly is.  For we do not
wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against
powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against
spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6: 12Staying Intimately Connected to Christ


Have you ever enter into a new season in your life, be it a new job,
going back to school, new hobby, joined a sport team, sorority,
fraternity, move to a new area, new relationship or new friendships
and you found it difficult to continue attending Bible Study(BS),
church service or other missionary activities?  I know for me working
full-time and attending school nearly full-time I find nearly 80% of
my spare time is devoted to school.  This inherently follow being that
the amount of free time I have before enrolling in school has
significantly decrease.  So if you are like me, how then can we stay
intimately connected to Christ when time is so limited?  And what
exactly is the whole intimacy with Christ?  Well I am glad you asked
the question.  Starting with the latter question, an intimate
connection with Christ is beyond attending BS, church service or
participating in missionary.  I am a big advocate of all these things;
however, an intimate relationship with Christ can exist in the absence
of all these things.  First lets likes look at the definition of
intimate, it is a particularly close interpersonal relationship that
involves physical or emotional intimacy (
wikipedia.org).  This
definition applies to human interaction.  For our interaction with
Christ it is a close interpersonal relationship that its spiritual
intimacy.   Spiritual intimacy is made up of our
interaction/communication with Christ, talking and listening to God.
We talk to God through our prayer life and we hear from God by reading
our Bibles. When I say prayer life, I am talking beyond our grace over
lunch or dinner or us mumbling a few words in bed before we go to
sleep.  For intimacy we need a prayer closet (bathroom, bedroom, large
closet) or some area in our home that we can go into and talk boldly
to God, cry out to God about the desires of our hearts, thank God for
his goodness and his mercy.  I am not sure about you but I am
passionate and extremely grateful for what God has done for me and  I
let Him know by honoring Him and giving Him praise and worship. When
we read the Bible, we should mediate on the Word not just read the
words of the page.  Perhaps we need to read the same scripture for a
week to get a true understanding of what the scripture is trying to
convey.  You may ask what is the point of all this, is it really what
serious?  And I will tell you it most certainly is.  For we do not
wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against
powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against
spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6: 12

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