intimacy with Jesus

Stagnant and Stuck

Stagnant and Stuck

I spoke with a friend yesterday who mentioned her relationship and walk with Jesus feel stagnant. She kept using the words "stagnant" and "stuck". I know that place very well. I know that place often.

On hearing and understanding God

phonesOne of the reasons we do not hear God as we did in the Old Testament is because our sin has grown to do this to us. Humanity has been so sickened with sin that we have lost our hearing and we no longer even speak God's language enough to understand Him if we even could hear His voice.

Hearts have been so hardened over time that we are too incredibly foreign to God whose image is actually imprinted upon us. We who are in His very image are terribly foreign to Him because of our sin.

The good news is that God desires his imprinted people. He desires connection, contact, and conversation once again. The silence we hate is as hurtful to God.

He had to speak a language we would finally be able to understand. Jesus is that language. "Jesus is God spelling Himself out," wrote SD Gordon.

Jesus is God Himself. Jesus is God Himself speaking a language our foreign sin-soaked hearts can finally understand.

That intimacy we once knew in Eden is possible now only in Jesus.

Intimate quotes of connection

"So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be ALERT, and self-controlled." -1 Thessalonians 5:6 "Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray..." -Luke 22:46

"The basic human problem is that all men are bored." - Kierkegaard

"When we MEDITATE, our eyes are taken off ourselves...our eyes are FIXED on Jesus." - Brennan Manning

"The one sign of discipleship is INTIMATE CONNECTION with Him, a knowledge OF [not 'about'] Jesus Christ which nothing can shake." - Ozzie Chambers