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    Spiritual Intimacy Through Christ: God’s Healing Balm of Life

    We are told that God is a giver of good things to us, including Jesus.

    God does not condemn us, rather he justifies us.

    Further, we are reminded that Christ, who took our sins, does not condemn us; he intercedes for us. We are told all of this to assure us that we have a steadfast love in Christ. Ease your fears with the extraordinary words of Romans 8:38-39.

    For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rules, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Spiritual intimacy with God is a healing balm that blesses our lives. We recognize our need for it. We acknowledge the ways we have been derailed from achieving it. So how do we intentionally reach out and grasp hold of it? Well, how do you develop intimacy with another person? Through spending time and sharing thoughts and a common purpose.

    It is no different with God.

    Another way to look at this is to see how you have gained spiritual intimacy through prayer (spending time with God), through his Word (sharing his thoughts as recorded in Scripture), and through obedience (accepting God’s purposes as your own).

    A wonderful aspect of this spiritual intimacy is that you can begin your relationship with God immediately, and it will be counted as valid. Then, as you mature and grow, your relationship with him will mature and grow in tandem. This is a lifelong, constant relationship. You can pour your heart and soul into it and not be disappointed or deceived.

    He will not forsake you.

    He cannot die.

    He has promised never to leave you.

    As we are reminded in Hebrews 10:19, we can enter into God’s presence with “confidence” and “full assurance.” Be not afraid! With God you are special and safe.

    SOURCE: Chapter 6: “Spiritual Intimacy,” God Can Help You Heal by Gregory L. Jantz, PhD., founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources Inc.

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