Intimacy means close or warm friendship. It could also mean a feeling of being intimate and belonging together.
I can start by asking, who God is to you?
The Almighty God
The Faithful God
But He says He is also a Lover. He is also your Husband. He is your FIRST LOVE.
‘I know your deeds and your toil, and your patient endurance, and that you cannot tolerate those who are evil, and have tested and critically appraised those who call themselves apostles (special messengers, personally chosen representatives, of Christ), and [in fact] are not, and have found them to be liars and impostors; and [I know that] you [who believe] are enduring patiently and are bearing up for My name’s sake, and that you have not grown weary [of being faithful to the truth]. ~‘But I have this [charge] against you, that you have left your first love [you have lost the depth of love that you first had for Me].
REVELATION 2:2-4 AMP
I spoke on this topic at a bible study session in church and as I spoke I felt a heavy burden on me and I had tears in my eyes.
When He says He is your First Love, He also means He is the One who loved you first before your parents, family, wife, husband, children, grandparents etc.
This is what real love is: It is not our love for God; it is God’s love for us. He sent his Son to die in our place to take away our sins.
1 John 4:10 NCV
He is the One who formed you and brought you into existence (Jeremiah 1 verse 4-5) and He made you for His good pleasure (Revelation 4 verse 11).
And He wants intimacy with each and everyone of us. He wants quality time. But we keep pursuing the gifts He gave us and neglecting Him. We tell Him we don’t have time meanwhile we give most, if not all, our time to the work, gifts and talents He’s blessed us with. He sees us rushing off to our various jobs and putting our relationship with Him at the back of our minds.
I was also guilty of this, seeking Him for what to write more than wanting Him. I’m gradually finding my way back to spending time with God.
Today, He’s reaching out to you and telling you to experience Him more deeply.
Why is Quality Time important to God?
• Because He loves us
• Because a relationship with Him benefits us greatly
• Because we get to know more of His heart. We get to know Him more fully.
• Because we seek to do His will more than going after our fleshy desires.
Moses said to the Lord , “You have told me to lead these people, but you did not say whom you would send with me. You have said to me, ‘I know you very well, and I am pleased with you.’ If I have truly pleased you, show me your plans so that I may know you and continue to please you. Remember that this nation is your people.” The Lord answered, “I myself will go with you, and I will give you victory.” If you don’t go with us, no one will know that you are pleased with me and with your people. These people and I will be no different from any other people on earth.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will do what you ask, because I know you very well, and I am pleased with you.”
Exodus 33:12-14, 16-17 NCV
Do you see that?
Moses asked God to show him His plans just so he could know God and continue to please Him! And what did God do? He did exactly what Moses asked because he pleased Him.
Paul also sought to know more of Jesus and fellowship with His sufferings. Phil 3 verse 10-11.
Why did they do that? Why did Enoch walk with God? (Genesis 5) Enoch walked with God that He pleased Him. Walking with God meant an ongoing relationship with Him.
Developing a relationship with God is not because you want Him to give you something but because you love HIM. Being intimate with God makes serving Him easier because we do it out of love. God doesn’t just want you to do things for Him.
He wants you to abide in Him.
“I am the true vine; my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that does not produce fruit. And he trims and cleans every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit. You are already clean because of the words I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. A branch cannot produce fruit alone but must remain in the vine. In the same way, you cannot produce fruit alone but must remain in me. “I am the vine, and you are the branches. If any remain in me and I remain in them, they produce much fruit. But without me they can do nothing.
John 15:1-5 NCV
Abide means to dwell.
Dwell means to be an inhabitant of; spend most of one’s life in. LIVE.
God wants you to live in Him. To remain in Him. Abiding is being united with Him. Like a marriage union, of which that would formally happen at the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19).
What if God took all you had and the only choice you have is to go back to Him, what would you ask for? Him or His gifts?
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