Summary of the Sermon by Pastor Tess Quek, Sunday, 2 February 2020
Seeking God: Building Intimacy With God
The theme of seeking God and building intimacy with God is the heartbeat of our senior pastor Djohan Handojo as we wished to have it as our heartbeat too because it’s what we should be doing.
The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. (Psalms 14:2 NKJV)
There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. (Romans 3:11 NKJV)
We should know and understand first on who we are before seeking God and building intimacy with Him. Why are we created? Who are we? As children of God!
According to Bill Johnson, he says: “We were created for intimacy. From that intimacy comes our commission to rule.” Remember that we’re in the Kingdom of God and as the children of God, we’re asked to rule.
Rick Warren in his book Purpose Driven Life says “Everything starts with God” and definitely everything will go back to God.
God created man for His glory and it is for Him alone and we have to be reminded of this truth. God created man for relationship and He wants us to have a close personal relationship with Him.
Close and intimate relationship with God meaning we have a SIMPLE and OBEDIENT life. This is an extraordinary honor and privilege as the children of God.
If we look the life of Moses, Daniel, Hannah, and Ezekiel in the bible, they’re so intimate with the Lord! If not, they will not be able to relay what God wanted to tell them…
Our purpose in life is to pursue and lead an intimate relationship with God. The salvation that we received from God is Him rescuing us from eternal death because of the consequences of our sins. Our intimacy with God will define the life that we have and our walk with God, how are we in our relationship with God.
God looks from His throne upon His children, to seek if there’re any who understand, who seek Him! He’s seeking us through worship, the intimacy with God truly means to worship Him in spirit and truth.
How are we to build up the intimacy with God?
1. Be honest and transparent to God
Key Verses are from Psalms 38:1-22
We’re uniquely created by God, not everyone has the same talent in hearing God’s voice or ability to teach. Do not measure our relationship with God by comparing ourselves to others! What God expects of us is for us to pursue Him and give our love to Him, not to ask things or what we can get from Him… Love is the greatest of all, it is the best gift we can give.
In the book of Psalms, David told God honestly what he truly felt and his experiences. He’s called the person after God’s heart because he learned to express and be transparent of what he felt. He didn’t hide from the Lord, he was at a different degree of several circumstances. His enemy was so jealous of him that the enemy wanted to kill David. Finally, he became King after years of persecutions, struggles and misery. When he committed adultery, he’s in such misery and guilt. He let it out what was in his heart through his prayer to God, he was honest and not hiding anything from God. God doesn’t want us to be fake but to be honest and tell Him the truth.
Usually, we don’t go to God first and instead; we go to other people for our problems and being misjudged because people might not understand fully what we’re facing.
Relationship is very important, and God wants us to communicate with Him, whether it’s our joy, disappointment, or anger. By doing so, we’re acknowledging God in any circumstances in our lives.
2. Develop a listening ear
We need to listen to the Lord what He’s saying to us.
To listen to God in Moses’ time, he has to go to the tabernacle or the tent as there’s no Holy Spirit yet at that time.
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: (Numbers 8:1,5 NKJV)
How does it work to us today?
We’re so privileged that by the Spirit of God in us, we don’t need to go to certain places to talk to God physically. Nowadays, we can have an intimate conversation with God wherever we are (even in the bus, toilet, anywhere...) for the Spirit is in us. Wherever we go, we can talk to God and hear from God. As we developed the listening ears, the fruit of the Holy Spirit will overflow in our lives. The closer and more intimate we’re with God, we’ll bear much fruits. These fruits will then overflow from us into the world.
When we listen to the word of God, we need to understand what God is saying to us.
3. Have a radical obedient heart to God
Radical obedience means:
- Decide to obey God no matter what the cost or how difficult the journey is.
- Forsake the things of the world
- Believe in His goodness and obey Him even when there is no evidence
If you love Me, keep My commandments. (John 14:15 NKJV)
According to all that the Lord commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did. (Numbers 9:1-5 NKJV)
Radical obedience is not a half way journey, when we found that it’s even more difficult as it was, then we couldn’t just say: that’s it, I’ll just give up, I don’t want this anymore...
One day during a prayer session, God told Ps. Tess: Stop hiding! She kept crying and then realized that she was hiding and did not listen to God for she was too busy with a lot of other things which’re related to Kingdom of God and it became a hindrance to hear God. Sometimes in life, we did not realize if we bring in too many rubbishes in the temple of God through what we’re speaking, looking and listening to and those are what we bring into our souls. We thought it’s okay to do certain things, but it’s not okay in the eyes of the Lord. Let’s repent from our sins and hide no more from God.
Intimacy with God requires a lot of effort, it won’t just happened!
Without intimacy with God, our spiritual walk with God would be fruitless.
What God is searching is not the leaves or the works but the fruits or the services and intimacy with Him! Our intimacy will lead us to serve and it will also lead us into victory upon victory in our walk with God.
Fruits of intimacy: He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. (Psalms 1:3 NKJV)
We have to remember the miraculous work of Jesus ministry, it is because of His intimacy with the Father. Jesus Christ himself was so intimate with His Father that He will not say the things other than what He heard from the Father nor speak the things not of the Father.
What about us? Are we relying Holy Spirit what to hear on our daily lives, what to speak to others or we only rely on our own understanding?
It’s the same for the apostles’ ministry, they’re dependent to the intimacy of Jesus Christ. For without Him, they could not do nothing. It is Jesus who taught and guided them, Jesus had thousand followers at that time, but He’s very close and intimate only to His twelve disciples.
No intimacy = no power in ministry!
Only the Holy Spirit could lead us to the lost and to the meetings of believers. Holy Spirit will unite the body of Christ, not the other way around. Let us seek God, be intimate with Him and to seek what He has in His heart… When we listen to His voice, make sure we obey to His word!
Building a habit will take around 3 weeks to develop it, let’s step forward as we seek Him and let’s read the word of God every day.