I have one more intimacy opportunity to share. The power of reading and meditating on the word of God. I believe that while we easily acknowledge the value of the scriptures I am not sure how much we actually understand their value in practice. As a side note, a key way we can value the scriptures is by embracing what Isaiah spoke and wrote.
20 To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Isaiah 8:20 (NKJV)
Whatever experiences we may have need to be filtered through and weighed against the truth of scripture. Yet the scriptures are also designed to lead us to experiencing Jesus.
18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV)
12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV)
As we sit with and interact with His word He changes us. We encounter Jesus and begin to differentiate between the desires of our soul and the leading of His Spirit. At times we may feel the change and at other times we may only know it because others observe it.
As we read ( I recommend reading aloud, there is a different dynamic) and meditate on Jesus word we encounter life. In fact Jesus is very explicit about what His words contain, we simply need to habitually eat this food for our spirits.
63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63 (NKJV)
As a further example, below is something I have written for myself and though I am not 100% successful I desire to do it every day and recognize that some days are better than none. My goal is to meditate on these verses and encounter Jesus in the process, which I regularly do. Join me if you like.
- Sit in the light of Your presence and be renewed and restored. See You healing every part of me. Practice Is. 40:31 and Rom. 8:11 each day. Carry this throughout the day. Remember, Jesus is never in a hurry, He walks in His Father, I walk in Him. Spirit, soul and body are designed to live in and from a state of repose.
31 But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)
11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:11 (NKJV)