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Intimacy Restored

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Bible Text:

1 Thessalonians 4:7

Psalm 24:3-4

Romans 3:23

John 3:16

Matthew 27:50-51

John 14:6

Hebrews 10:12

Hebrews 10:19-22

James 4:8

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When sin entered the garden, it stood between man and God. Man could no longer enjoy the intimacy that he once had with God. God still loved man, and desired for the intimacy He once had with man to be restored. He was desperate for intimacy with us. He longed to fellowship and commune with man, but sin stood in the way. God is a holy God and sin cannot come into His holy presence. Those who approach God in worship must do so in righteousness.

1. When sin entered the garden what did it cause?

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2. What stands in the way of man from having intimacy with God?

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3. God desires for what to be restored with us?

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4. What can not come into the presence of God?

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5. Those who desire to approach God in worship must do so in what?

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1 Thessalonians 4:7 NKJV

“For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.”

6. According to 1 Thessalonians 4:7 what did God call us to?

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What does that mean to you personally?

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Psalm 24:3-4 NKJV

‘Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?

Or who may stand in His holy place?

He who has clean hands and a pure heart,

Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,

Nor sworn deceitfully.”

7. Psalm 24:3-4 states, “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully.”

These verses speak of a special intimacy with God, both now and in the future. Does God really mean that if we want to enter into His presence that we must have clean hands and a pure heart?

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8. How does your life, both publicly and privately line up with Psalm 24:3-4?

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Adam and Eve could no longer experience the glory of the Lord, manifest presence of God, because of sin. The same is true today.

9. Why couldn’t Adam and Eve experience the glory of the Lord, manifest presence of God, anymore?

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Romans 3:23 NKJV

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

10. According to Romans 3:23 all have sinned and fall short of what?

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Jesus Christ, God’s own Son, left His place in glory to come to a sin filled world because of God’s great love for man.

John 3:16 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

11. Jesus Christ left His place in glory to come to earth because of God’s great what for man?

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12. Prior to the crucifixion man did not have direct access to what?

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Jesus came to this world, led a sinless life, was rejected by men, beaten, crucified and died for man. Prior to the crucifixion, man did not have direct access to the manifest presence of God. Man was separated from the glory of the Lord by a thick veil.

Matthew 27:50-51 NKJV

“ And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”

At the moment of Jesus’ death, the veil between the holy place and the holy of holies was torn into. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we now have direct access to the very presence of God. The blood of Jesus Christ is our access to God. It’s up to each individual to use the access or to reject the access.

13. What was torn into at the moment of Jesus’ death?

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14. What gave us direct access to God?

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John 14:6 NKJV

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

15. According to John 14:6 Jesus is what?

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What does that mean?

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The blood that Jesus shed was for man’s sin. His precious blood provides atonement for our sins. Through His blood we can be restored into right fellowship with God. Because of His sacrifice we can once again experience the intimacy with God that He desires to have with us.

16. Jesus’ blood provides atonement for our sins. What does atonement mean?

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17. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice we can once again experience what with God?

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Jesus Christ did not stay dead. He rose from the grave, is alive today, and is sitting at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us.

Hebrews 10:12 NKJV

“But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God.”

One day the true believers will be in glory experiencing a special intimacy with and worshiping our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. But for now, God has provided a way that we can still enjoy a portion of the intimacy and fellowship that we were created to have with Him.

18. When the true believers go to heaven they will be doing what?

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God sent His Holy Spirit to teach us, strengthen us, comfort us, guide us, direct us, to pray through us and to help us draw closer to Him. God sent His Holy Spirit to help us worship Him. When we allow the Holy Spirit, He will worship God through us. We can experience the glory of the Lord, the manifest presence of God, right here on earth, if we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us and worship through us.

19. God has provided a way that we can enjoy a portion of the intimacy and fellowship that we were created to have with Him. What is that way?

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20. When we allow the Holy Spirit He will do what through us?

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Wherever desperate people are, there God will be in the mist of them. If you are desperate for a greater intimacy with God, reach out to God and begin to worship Him. God will draw close to you, if you draw close to Him.

21. God is in the midst of what kind of people?

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Hebrews 10:19-22 NKJV

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”

James 4:8a NKJV

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…”

22. If you are desperate for a greater intimacy with God what should you do?

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23. What does holiness mean to you?

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Thirsting For The Real Thing – In Search Of Living Water

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Thirsting For The Real Thing – In Search Of Living Water

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      There are times in our lives when we feel distant from the presence of God, and/or when we desire a greater intimacy with Him than we have. These times cause us to thirst for God and His presence. Within our souls we feel a longing for living water. We earnestly desire more of God and we freely and openly express our affection to Him.

“As the deer pants for the water brooks,

So pants my soul for You, O God.”  

Psalm 42:1  NKJV

          Just as the deer yearns and longs for streams of water to quench its physical thirst, so should we yearn and long for the presence of God. Only His manifest presence can quench our spiritual desires and thirst.

Pants: to long demonstratively; yearn

Demonstrative : expressing one’s affections freely and openly

Yearn : feel a longing or desire; desire earnestly

          Deer are excellent swimmers, selective feeders, and have high nutrition requirements. The deer have very powerful legs that enable them to be excellent swimmers and to forage for the food they need. Their powerful legs also help them evade them enemies.

In our quest for the presence of God we must be like a deer. We must be excellent swimmers, selective feeders, and use what God gives us.

I. We Must Be Excellent Swimmers

If we are thirsty for God we must be excellent swimmers. Excellent swimmers are not afraid of the water. They feel at ease with the water – they do not fight it. Excellent swimmers do not just stand on the bank of the river and look at it. They embrace the water and can’t seem to get enough of it. Fear of the river of God will keep a person from diving in and receiving all that God has for them.

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you”  

James 4:8  NKJV

          We must draw close to God and dive into His presence. We must immerse  and saturate ourselves in Him.

Immerse : dip or lower into a liquid until covered by it; involve deeply; absorb.

Saturate : soak thoroughly; fill full

          If we have a spiritual thirst for God we must be absorbed with Him and not ourselves or the world. Like Mary, we must soak in His presence when we come in contact with Him, and allow Him to fill us full.

II. We Must Be Selective Feeders In Meeting Our Nutritional Requirements

Deer do not eat just anything that comes along. They are very selective in what they eat. As a child of God we must be selective in what we feed ourselves (spiritually).

Selective : having the power to select

Select : picked as best; chosen specially; choice; superior; careful in choosing; particular.

          We must choose the good and reject the bad. It has been said many times before that ,”You are what you eat.” It is true in the spiritual as well as the physical.

“I will set nothing wicked before my eyes…”  

Psalm 101:3  NKJV

          We must be careful what we set before our eyes. A person who consumes and focuses on the Word of God is healthy (full of light), however a person who consumes and focuses on the things of the world will become unhealthy (full of darkness).

“The lamp of the body is the eye, if therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light”       

Matthew 6:22 NKJV

          Our food must be of God and not of the world. It cannot be hypocrisy (fake). It has to be real.

“Then Jesus said to them, ‘Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees’ ”  

Matthew 16:6  NKJV

          Leaven is often used as a symbol of evil or sin. The doctrine of the Pharisees and the Sadducees was hypocrisy, legalism, opportunism and spiritual hardness. Just as deer have a high nutritional requirement, so do we, spiritually. We must be sure to get our nutritional requirements each day. We must have daily bread.

“And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.’ ”  

John 6:35  NKJV

          We can’t live off yesterday’s food and water. We have physical daily nutritional requirements which must be met in order for us to maintain our health. Spiritually, we have nutritional requirements which must be met each day. We need to partake of the Word of God each and every day.

“But He said to them, ‘I have food to eat of which you do not know.’

Therefore the disciples said to one another, ‘Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?’

Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.’ ”  

John 4:32-34  NKJV

          Our food is not just knowing the will of God, but doing it. We must practice what the Word of God says – we must practice what we preach. Way too often people stop with just reading God’s Word rather than doing what it says.

III. We Must Use The Strength That God Gives Us

Deer are swift (move very fast; quick, rapid, prompt), agile (move with speed, ease and elegance; lively; nimble; mentally alert; quick), and surefooted (not liable to stumble, slip, or fall). They are both, graceful and beautiful.

“He makes my feet like the feet of deer,

And sets me on my high places.”  

Psalm 18:33  NKJV

          God will always give strength to those who trust in Him and live by faith. He will give them the confidence of a sure-footed deer climbing a mountain.

“The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet; And He will make me walk on my high hills.”  

Habakkuk 3:19  NKJV

Conclusion:

A thirst for water will cause you to search for it. God has end endless supply of living water for us in His presence. The question is, “Are we thirsty for what He has to offer?” ” Do we yearn and long for the presence of God ?”

Search : try to find by looking; seek; go over carefully in trying to find something; examine, especially for something concealed.

Diligent: hard-working; careful and steady.

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”  

Matthew 7:7-11  NKJV

          People that thirst for the real thing, the manifest presence of God, will actively seek Him. They will seek God not for His hand (what He can do for them), but for a glimpse of His face (intimacy with Him).

“I love those who love me,

And those who seek me diligently will find me.”       

Proverbs 8:17  NKJV