Intimacy with God
I wanted to write a blog on intimacy with God and thought about whose insight I could get on the subject. Dr. Lana Langston was the first name that came to mind. I’ve never met anyone who has a relationship with Jesus like this woman. What impresses me most is her consideration of God’s feelings regarding every aspect of her life. She consults with Him about everything in a partnership way, not in a I-can’t-do-anything-without-help way. I’ve had the privilege of reading portions of her personal journal with Jesus. She should publish them – they would blow you away! Below are the questions I asked and her answers.
What does intimacy with God mean to you?
“Intimacy happens with the first person you go to and share when something good happens, the first person you go to when something bad happens. Intimacy happens when you spend quality time not only sharing your thoughts, but anxiously waiting for their thoughts. Intimacy happens when you feel totally safe, knowing that even your worst ideas won’t change their opinion of you because they see beyond all the fluff to the real you. INTIMACY…….INTO ME SEE. Intimacy means that God, my Father, shares things with me that no one else ever shares. He manifests a side of Himself to me that no one else ever gets to see. He has no feet of clay. He keeps all confidences and His greatest pleasure is spending time with me.”
How did your life change when you realized God wanted intimacy with you?
“Only God has created an atmosphere for true intimacy and until you have experienced this closeness and oneness with Him, it will be impossible to even be intimate with yourself, or anyone else.”
How do you recommend someone begin their search for intimacy with God? What can they start to do right now?
“Read the passages of scripture that specifically speak of God’s unconditional love and His tremendous sacrifice, and then allow Holy Spirit to use your sanctified imagination to show you how He would demonstrate this love to you right now. See Him listening intently to you, rowing in a boat with you, walking the fields with you, going to work with you, totally allowing you to share your thoughts and feelings, being totally who you are. When you become comfortable sharing with Him, you will be willing to stop and listen to what He has to say about the matter.”
What is the most detrimental thing to one’s intimacy with God?
“Fear of condemnation, not realizing that He already knows your thoughts, feelings and motives and still longs to spend time with you. Not realizing that He knows you far better than you know yourself and He wants you to love you as much as He does. The 2nd most detrimental thing to intimacy with God is busyness. Immersing yourself in activity that does not allow inner conversation between you and Him to take place throughout the day.”
Any final thoughts for someone wanting to know God on a more intimate level?
“Just be aware that when God put your spirit in you, it came packed with a Designer, selected combination of God’s attributes. No one else has that particular combination of His attributes. Access to those attributes is only gained when you become born again and Holy Spirit begins to unpack them for the world to see and experience. It will be a rocky road coming into the fullness of who God made you be because you have to relearn your true identity. But, never fear! God is up to the task and He will complete peeling away the barnacles to reveal the true you. He is not concerned about the barnacles because He is seeing right through them to the real you and this is why He created you: TO BE ONE WITH HIM! HIS COMPANION!!!! Truly intimate with Him, like no other.”
Dr. Lana Langston is Chief Operations Officer and Managing Director of Executive Board of Tabernacle Bible College and Seminary in Brandon, Florida. She also leads at High Places International Ministry.