Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8, NKJV)

The months of July and August 2009 are focused on the theme “Journeying Towards Intimacy with God”.

Little did I know that God’s leading to this idea goes beyond the two-months theme. God intends this to become a real life journey for everyone and as a church; intimacy with God requires a journey with Him for a lifetime. There may be seasons of ecstatic praise, warm feelings and chumminess with the Almighty God, but nobody can claim that we reach that point.

Journeying towards intimacy with God is also a continuous process. We all need to personally deal with the distance and disconnectedness from the presence of God. The process is clearly defined in James 4:8. But, my brothers and sisters in Christ, there is no shortcut to that nor there be other ways to achieve such experience.

Each one of us will have a different experience with God in the process because God deals with each of us uniquely in every season and interval of life. We must not however define intimacy with God based on our varied, subjective and individualized experiences. Instead, it is based on the truth that God calls us to draw near Him.

Responding to God’s call requires intentional commitment to take bolder steps of drawing near to God, with a definitive assurance that He will draw near to you. Drawing near requires preparation of repentance for cleansing. It also requires determination to be consistent with routine disciplines of faithfulness in prayer, thanksgiving, praise and worship. The result would be a deeper consciousness of His presence, having a sense of vital connectedness and a quiet confidence of his undeserved favor for those who pursue God and for the growth of the church.

This journey towards intimacy with God leads us to a lifelong adventure with the increasing measurement of fulfillment and satisfaction in our soul. God’s favor certainly comes upon those who are close to Him, but our ultimate goal is not to please self but God. This is the whole purpose of Christianity.

Let us embrace God by faith and commune with Him in every moment of our lives. God has been gracious to us far beyond our knowledge… more than what we deserve. God is continually doing marvelous things to us for his glory. If we are serious with our journey towards intimacy with God, we pursue the Giver more than the gifts. We seek the King more than the splendor of the Kingdom.

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