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Beyond the Curtain Part 2 (6 of 13)
How to Enjoy Intimacy With God
Series: No Guts, No Glory
Preached February 15, 2009
This is the final message on prayer, and we are halfway through this series on staying spiritually fit and becoming more like Christ.
I've spent four weeks on the habit of prayer because it is not only an important practice, or discipline, but it is often misunderstood and abused; not only as individuals, but even in so-called "prayer meetings."
Take a look and see what I mean.
Our primary text throughout these four weeks has been Hebrews 10:19-22. By now, I hope you are very familiar with it.
As we did last week, let's stand and recite it together.
TEXT Hebrews 10:19-22 (ESV)
The proposition throughout these four weeks has been, "How do enjoy intimacy with God?"
Let's look at four more ways:
BE CONSCIOUS OF HIS PRESENCE
I think this is one of the ways that I'm most growing in prayer.
Sometimes we relegate prayer to a certain place and certain time.
However, you can pray anywhere at anytime.
For example, I don't relegate my conversation with Renee at a certain time and certain place.
I can talk to her whenever I want!
See, not only do we have access to God because of the sacrifice of Christ, but because we have confessed Christ as Lord, the Bible says that we are now actually temples ourselves, having been baptized by the Holy Spirit.
Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.
The apostle Paul declares,
"…do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you…?"
1 Corinthians 6:19
Imagine that!! You don't have to go to a temple to meet with God. You ARE the temple!!
This is not the temple or the house of God; you are.
You are a sanctuary.
You have the Holy Spirit dwelling in you.
Are you conscious of the fact that God is present with you everywhere you go?
You can communicate with God all day long. ...
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