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ROLIM Devotionals

SEASON OF INTIMACY
by: Pastor Shane
date posted: 1/7/2009 3:27:46 AM

The Lord is bringing us into a new season of intimacy . We may have drifted away from the Lord and have become lukewarm in our relationship with the Lord. But the Lord is bringing us into a season of intimacy with Him. As we repent of our sins and failures and backslidings and turn to the Lord , He will draw closer to us and write His laws in our hearts and enable us to walk in His ways. The Lord draws close to those who are humble and contrite before Him. Pride will prevent us from getting close to God. As we live close to God , we will experience great blessings in our lives. When we seek Him with all our heart , He will reveal Himself to us . He will fulfill His purpose in our lives. He will guide us in the way that is best for us. He will answer our prayers. He will make our lives fruitful and make us a blessing to others. He will use for His glory. We must come close to the Lord . We must love Him with all our heart and love others as we love ourselves. We must not lose our first love. The Lord is knocking on the door of our hearts . We must hear His voice and open the door of our hearts and let Him bring us into a relationship of close intimacy with Him.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
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JAMES 4:8-10

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.


2 CORINTHIANS 6:17-18

"Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you."

"I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."


HEBREWS 8:10-12

This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.

For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."


ISAIAH 57:15

For this is what the high and lofty One saysó he who lives forever, whose name is holy: "I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.


PSALM 34:18

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.


PSALM 138:6-8

Though the LORD is on high, he looks upon the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes, with your right hand you save me.

The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O LORD, endures foreveró do not abandon the works of your hands.


JEREMIAH 29:11-13

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.


PSALM 145:18-20

The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.

The LORD watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.


ISAIAH 65:4

Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.


ISAIAH 48:15-17

I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called him. I will bring him, and he will succeed in his mission.

"Come near me and listen to this: "From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret; at the time it happens, I am there." And now the Sovereign LORD has sent me, with his Spirit.

This is what the LORD saysó your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.


PSALM 32:8

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.


JOHN 15:4-8

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.

This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.


MATTHEW 22:37-40

Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'

This is the first and greatest commandment.

And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'

All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."


REVELATION 2:1-5

"To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands:

I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.

You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.

Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

REVELATION 3:20

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

-- Pastor Shane, Sis. Rose and Kayla

 

 


 





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