Last September I wrote a post about the meaning of true intimacy with the Lord. It was intended to be a short series… well today I went back to my drafts and found the part 2. The reason the series was never finished is… well you’ll read that in part2. However, so that all of my new readers (and those who missed the original) here is the original entitled “Intimacy With the Lord”… ♥ Streim
Love and obedience are the governing principles of the divine life, which is living in this world for the Lord and not for ourselves! God chastens and instructs us for our good to make us partakers of His holiness, which although our senses do not always perceive it nor enjoy it, however the end result becomes apparent. I believe that real intimacy with our LORD can only be accomplished when we are willing to allow “His chastening” to do it’s intended purpose. For our good…thus for His glory and honor.
And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
Job 5: 17
“Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty.
Deuteronomy 8: 5
You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God chastens you.
Psalm 119: 75-77
I know , O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort , according to thy word unto thy servant. Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live : for thy law is my delight.
Proverbs 3: 11-12
My son, do not despise the LORDs discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for your great love for “us” your children. May I learn to more readily accept your discipline; knowing it is only for my good and in the end for Your glory and honor. May Thy will be done!