Because the barriers to the inward journey will keep you from His presence

Last week we looked at the first of the nine ways I enhance my intimacy with God.  Today we will look at #2-9

  1. Spend time alone with God. Verses 6-8

Five spiritual disciplines:

  1. Time alone with God. “I” and “My”
  2. What God is doing now.
  3. Need a mentor.
  4. Must apply what we read and learn
  5. God’s Word is our measuring instrument.

When you spend time with God, you are either:

  1. In prayer and mediation.
  2. In God’s Word.
  3. In worship and praise.


      3.  Avoid things which dull spiritual sensitivity (V1). Anything which takes away the desire to be with him will lead to sin in a person’s life.

       4.  Seek to please God (V 3-4). We surrender to him because we love him.  He says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with your whole heart.” (Jer. 29:13)

       5.  Reflect on what God is doing in your life (V 2,3,6).

       6.  Find someone who models intimacy with God (V 11). When you place a poker next to the fire it get warm.

       7. Participate in a group that encourages intimacy (V 2, 11)

       8.  Always ask “What Did Jesus Do?”

      9.  Understand Success in God’s eyes. Psalm 64:10 says “Let the righteous rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him; let all the upright in heart praise him!”