Intimacy with God . . . it’s the heart cry of every follower of Christ. Even those far from God know they were created for a deeper connection and long for a love that can fill their souls.

Every Son and Daughter wants a close relationship with their Father. They want to be connected to their Creator. But somehow we’ve come to believe that access to God’s presence is some rare thing. That it is reserved for a special few—for pastors, prophets, or the “chosen ones.”

But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

God wants intimacy with every one of His children, including you. He desires to be brought into your world because every detail matters to Him. Often we forget about God’s nearness or even choose to leave Him out of the details of our lives, closing the door in His face. Other times we reduce our interactions with Him to a checklist.

Imagine a marriage where acts of love were viewed as tasks to be checked off by the end of the day:

Woke up and made coffee for my spouse. 
Told my spouse “I love you” at least three times. 
Gave them a kiss goodnight. 

THAT’S JUST RIDICULOUS! But do we do this with God?

Read my Bible for fifteen minutes. 
Prayed this morning. 
Thanked God for my food. 

There’s freedom when we stop treating intimacy with God like something we have to do and start looking at it as something we get to do. The fact is, God wants to do it ALL alongside us . . . every second of every day. He doesn’t want to be confined to a checklist.

This might feel funny and even seem a bit odd, but we would like to challenge you this week to talk to God like He were right next to you (because He is). Invite Him into the smallest and biggest moments of your day.

As you do this,
you will find that you are growing familiar with His voice and your intimacy with Him will grow.

One last thing, please make sure you pick up Practicing the Presence of God and see if you can beat my record of reading it in five hours . . . or was it 30 days?

 

 

We believe that God is going to radically move in your life this week, and we are praying that you will feel the intensity of His intimacy like never before!

19 Comments

  1. Thanks for reminding me what it’s all about!! Lately, I have been trying to get close to God through a checklist and forgot about just being his bride and inviting him into every moment. I will definitely read the book!

  2. It is so amazing how God speaks to us globally. I live in South Africa and just last night at our prayer meeting and worship practice God was saying the same thing to us about infancy with Him.

    I have truly been inspired and encouraged by your messages. S&D has such an amazing calling. God has called you for such a time as this! Be blessed!

  3. Wow. Thank you so much for sharing this! You two are full of such wisdom…

  4. I am amazed at God! I had a few weeks ago mentioned on doing a video on how to walk in God’s presence all day long… a few days after that he moved me to buy the exact book you recommended!!! I didn’t read the whole thing through yet, but it’s amazing! Thanks Arden and Brooke!!! Bless you guys!

  5. Janae Skaggs

    So great! Thank y’all for echoing what the Lord says about intamacy with Him! Y’all are doing an incredible job and I am so thankful that y’all have this! It blesses me and I know it blesses so many others. Thank you for sharing the heart of our Father 🙂

  6. Thanks guys, really appreciated this one – good reminders for what should be such a fundamental part of our lives.
    Also really enjoying the book recommendations you’ve been doing lately!

  7. Thankyou!

  8. This was awesome! I am getting prepared to do a video devotional on the “Refocus App” Called “Intimacy with God.” This was encouraging!

  9. Kendall Winn

    I absolutely love this. I’ve seen the truth of this manifested in my own life. I used to check off all those points and then go on with my day. But when I sought to invite God into every moment, constantly renewing my mind and leaning on Him, He showed me that my confined definition of “intimacy” was ever so limited. He is an unlimited God desiring to take us on a greater adventure than we can even comprehend. Thank you for these videos, they have encouraged me so much and I look forward to them every week!

    • Arden Bevere

      I love that! We are the only ones that can limit God’s involvement into our everyday life. Happy to hear that the videos have been encouraging you!

  10. Monique Waggener

    Love these videos keep them up

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