#21 The Intimate Presence
Posted: Sunday, November 20th, 2016Print
About All Things New Series
We like the familiar by thinking it's 'all there is.' God is the Creator, exploding with imagination and bursting with plans, unexpected and beyond our dreams. Are we ready? Will we receive the new?
2 Corinthians 1:8b ESV
For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.
Intimacy with God is REAL only where there is radical reliance on God. And dependence on Christ must be forced upon us. We will never volunteer to live destitute, splayed on Him only!
Even Paul lived out crisis after crisis that took him down to his last breath of strength and thrust him upon God alone. This experiential emergency brought him into the phenomenal Life Eternal, and he was energized by Resurrection, marked by the supernatural.
This is what we don’t understand about possessing the LIFE of Christ and His intimate presence! It is predicated upon despair.