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Knowing God Intimately


If you want to become a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ, you must make your relationship with God your highest priority. A growing love relationship with God is paramount to everything else that happens in the Christian life. That’s why we were created, that’s why Jesus died on the cross for our sins and that’s why God is preparing an eternal home for us in heaven.   

When Jesus was asked which is the most important commandment of all, He replied, “you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength” (Mark 12:30, NLTSE).

Do you have a personal relationship with God? If not, learn how to invite Him into your life today through His Son, Jesus Christ.  

If you have begun your relationship with God, would you describe it as “intimate?” Are you growing closer to Him with every passing day? Is that your desire? Has that become your highest priority?

Meditate on the following Bible passages and ask the Holy Spirit to increase your love relationship with God. (read Bible passages)



Real Change Doesn't Just Happen

by The Navigators

On our journey with Jesus, God interacts with us constantly. It may be through His Word, or it may be through other people, or even through circumstances. It’s what happens after that interaction that is so critical. We need to pause more often in life and ask two questions: “What is God saying?” and “What does God want me to do?”


Charly Sommers, who works with The Navigators EDGE Corps in Cincinnati, Ohio, recently shared a tool that he’s found helpful both in his personal life and with those he’s discipling. Start with “Observe” and work your way around to “Act.” Then “Repent and Believe,” as stated in the center of the circle, and genuine change will begin to take place in your life. (read more)



What Are the Different Names of God and What Do They Mean?

Each of the many names of God describes a different aspect of His many-faceted character. A study of these names helps us to know God more intimately. Take some time to focus on each of these names individually and the attributes revealed in them. Knowing the names of God helps us to appreciate even more the awesome God we serve. (read more)



Why Was God So Evident in the Bible, and Seems So Hidden Today?

The Bible records God appearing to people, performing amazing and undeniable miracles, speaking audibly, and many other things that we do not seem to witness today. Why is this?


Why was God so willing to reveal and prove Himself in Bible times, but almost seems "hidden" and silent today? (read more)


Barriers to Knowing God Intimately

Are you closer to God today than you were a month ago? A year ago? Five years ago? We talk with God about our relationship and agree we want it to be better but sometimes things don’t seem to change. What’s the problem?
(read more)

Seven Habits for Greater Intimacy with God

There are seven important, ongoing habits for building our relationship with God. All seven involve acknowledging God’s presence, communicating with Him through prayer, and observing His involvement in our lives. (read more)

Desiring God

by John Piper

The great business of life is to glorify God by enjoying him forever. Discord between duty and delight doesn't exist: delight is our duty. Piper stuns us again and again with things we saw in the Bible, but never dared to believe. Join him on this dangerous quest for maximum joy in God. But beware, it may cost you your life. Never mind—"the steadfast love of the Lord is better than life" (Psalm 63:3). (read online or download the PDF)



A Hunger for God

Desiring God Through Fasting and Prayer

by John Piper

A Hunger For God was written to help Christians understand the Biblical nature and purpose of fasting and prayer. In this book, John Piper looks at the phenomena of religious, political, and health-based fasting, which occur around the world, and explains what makes Christian fasting unique. He then discusses the reasons and ways the Bible commends fasting to us. Ultimately, Piper asserts, fasting is a way of expressing to God that he is the supreme hunger of our hearts—that we are starving for him.

 (download this book)



When I Don't Desire God

How to Fight for Joy

by John Piper

What do you do when you discover that you're not satisfied in God the way he wants you to be? Joy is more than an afterthought of the Christian life; it is the sustaining fruit of a relationship with God.
 With a radical passion for Christ's glory, John Piper helps you find the joy God wants you to have.

(download this book)



Do We Really Know God?

by Nancy Missler

First, we must ask ourselves is it even possible to intimately know the God of the universe? Can we truly fellowship with Him moment by moment? Can we really experience His presence? The Bible says we can. And we must.

Most of us do not know God on a personal, daily, intimate basis. We know what we have read and been told about Him, but it’s an intellectual knowledge that lacks spiritual experience. Thus, we don’t "act" like we believe in Him. He is not the most important thing in our lives. Our spouses, our children, our families, our relationships, our homes, our jobs, our goals and our aspirations are! This is the reason we are faltering, failing and getting captured and destroyed when our faith is tested to the max. (read more)



So What if Jesus Christ is Lord?


Jesus Christ is Lord... so what? That's not just a skeptic's retort, that is a self-test question professing Bible believers can benefit from asking themselves.

So what was different about my life today because I believe Jesus is Lord? What did those differences say to others about Jesus? What did those differences say to Jesus about me? (read more)



Desiring and Finding the Ideal God 


The world offers many different versions of God–is the God revealed in the Bible the ideal God? Many of us have in mind the "ideal" God. Maybe we think God should be capable, able to relate to us, care about us. The following qualities are pretty much what the Bible tells us about God... (read more)



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