TOWARD A GREATER INTIMACY WITH GODSeveral Definitions of the word “Intimate” include:close personal relations, an intimate friend characterized by or involving warm friendship or a personally close or familiar association or feeling, warmly cozy, knowledge, understanding arising from close personal connection or familiar experience, detailed, deep, a close union, relating to or indicative of one’s deepest nature, essential, innermost, very personal relationship, a close friend or confidant.Mt. 1.23 they will call him Emmanuel,” which means “God WITH us”Mt. 28.20 I am WITH you alwaysJames 4.8 Draw NEAR to God and he will draw NEAR to youJohn 6.37 the one who COMES TO ME I will NEVER send awayMay we have more than a form of religion denying the power, shrinking away from God’s presence! Prayer- both listening and speaking, sharing thanks, fears, desires, concerns, Study of the Word of God, readingdevotionals and great spiritual books new and old, sensing the Holy Spirit among us even in our fellowship with brothers and sisters- recognizing His love, His touch, His blessings, His nearness is all part of the process.It’s a life-long pursuit WITH a loving Father Who is “a friend that sticks closer than a brother”!May we make forward progress in a genuine, spiritual intimacy with God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. May we grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord this year! Amen.