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Intimacy with God remains the age long process for accessing and gaining God’s riches. In the bible, those who ended as generational rulers among men have been Kingdom slaves in intimate with God. Intimates of God always end as movers of men. You cannot truly be intimate with God and do not impact your generation! Keep in mind of the patriarch who reminded about God's covenant of grace with him through a dream. This expression of His love, fortunate care drew Jacob into a closer fellowship with the Heavenly Father. It was at a time when all of Jacob's plans had been frustrated and he had nothing but a stone for a pillow. Sometimes it does happen in this life when you feel like; you have no one and nothing else except God Himself! That time is called, ‘time of crisis’. There many touching stories which have been told of how the need of God’s intimacy could be used in the hour of crisis. For instance, William McKinley, assassinated American President, alleged to say on his deathbed, words of being nearer to God. And in 1912, as the ‘Titanic’ was submerged into the arctic waters of the Atlantic sending at least 1,500 people into eternity, survivors said that the band played, the song of ‘Nearer, My God, to Thee.’ How can a mere mortal benefit from friendship with God? What probable common ground could bring us mutually in intimacy then? Intimacy with God is something all should desire. The thought of human becoming friends with God boggle the mind. As small, weak creatures, what could we possibly have in common with the Almighty Creator of the universe? I recall God’s servant Pastor Verity M. Kotu of Reach Out For Christ Ministries who suggested that, you can’t use God in emergency, for He (God) likes relationships. This is to say that, only when you have a problem, you begin to call on God. Don’t be surprised if He doesn’t come! Even yourself, you wouldn’t like people to think of you only when they need your help! It’s like they are just using you. God desires that we know Him intimately. Chapter five of the book of Genesis lists great men of the past who benefited from intimacy with God. You can observe that ten men are listed in that chapter, beginning with Adam, continuing through Seth, and ending with Noah. However, I would like to reveal two personalities whose case was different from the rests. These are Enoch and Noah. Let’s begin with Enoch. The Bible says Enoch was a man who walked with God. In each case the Bible says that each man lived for so many years. You need to underpin the word ‘lived’. Every man was said to ‘live’ from the time he became a father to the time he was buried, with the exception of Enoch and Noah. In Genesis 5:18-24 the Bible accounts one of those genealogies that are so tempting to leave out or read through in a hurry. In Genesis 5:22 the Bible accounts that after he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. In Genesis 5:24 the Bible also accounts that Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. Two observations a. The others who were mentioned in that same chapter lived out their allotted time, but Enoch and Noah walked with God. b. Why concerning Enoch and Noah the word ‘Worked’ was used? ‘Walked’ with God is a frequent expression in Eastern part of the world, indicating steady, familiar and confidential communion. With no doubt, it describes intimacy and entails a condition of nearness to God. When the Bible says that Enoch and Noah ‘walked with God,’ it means they both realised God's presence and enjoyed His communion in an astonishing measure. They grew deeper in intimacy with God, not occasionally, but in a walk that covered three hundred years, and that in a godless atmosphere. Abraham was called God's friend James 2:23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. And he was called the friend of God. Isaiah 41:8 But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, The descendants of Abraham My friend. 2 Chronicles 20:7 Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? Moses spoke with God face to face As for Moses also who seem to be my special man in this book. He had a very unusual relationship with God. Before the tabernacle was built, he put up a tent on the outskirts of the camp of Israel. It was to this ‘tent of meeting’ that he would go so he could talk to God face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. Exodus 33:7 Moses took his tent and pitched it outside the camp, far from the camp, and called it the tabernacle of meeting. And it came to pass that everyone who sought the LORD went out to the tabernacle of meeting which was outside the camp. Deuteronomy 34:10 But since then there has not arisen in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. This is a great tribute to Moses and which obviously pass on the lesson that he was an intimate of God! Moses' intimate communion with God was a result of not only his personal contact with Him, but his honesty and sincerity to God. There was no hidden agenda between them whatsoever. Moses did not obscure anything back or camouflage his attitude. This unrestricted, face-to-face dialogue between God and Moses does not surprise me because this is the kind of communication He would expect with mankind! This was the very initial intent of God when He placed Adam in the Garden of Eden. He was coming daily at the cool of the day talking with man face to face. Psalm 91:1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide in the shadow of the Almighty. This Psalm has not identified its author, though it is sufficiently similar to Psalm 90, by Moses. The author of this Psalm said “He who dwells”, regardless of their backgrounds, social status, race, or gender... as long as they dwell in the secret place, they have the guarantee to enjoy the big shadow. You cannot be a beneficiary of the big shadow if you do not dwell in the secret place; that’s the place of intimacy with the Most High! In reference to Psalm 92:1, the title “Most High” emphasises God’s majesty and it is parallel to the term Almighty which is a translation of Shaddai or Chief of Armies. Job 29:2-4 How I long for the months gone by, for the days when God watched over me, 3when his lamp shone on my head and by His light I walked through darkness! 4Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house. (NIV). Here Job was talking about his golden years where things were working out his way, because God’s intimacy graced his house. There is no way, for a man to not attract greatness if is in the company of the greats! No wonder, Apostle Paul said that ‘bad company corrupts good morals’. How can one not be affected with greatness in the company of the greats then? David a man after God’s heart David undoubtedly enjoyed intimacy with God in a remarkable way. One of the prime reasons David was intimate with God was because of the hours he spent in prayer in personal communication with God. And God called him, a man after His own heart. Acts 13:22 And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’ This is another reason why David was operating under the Big Shadow because of his intimacy (closeness) with God. 1Samuel 17:45 Then David said to the Philistine, “you come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you ‘not with’, but ‘in’ the name of the Lord of hosts (Shaddai), the God of the armies of Israel, Whom you have defied. Verse 47, Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.

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