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God is calling every believer to a life of uncontaminated wonder where the power of contamination from sin has been broken. Jesus said that the pure in heart are the ones who will see God (Matt. 5:8). Intimacy opens our spiritual eyes so we understand who God is and who we are. The beauty of Christ captivates our spiritual eyes.
We started writing last week on intimacy. We talked about how the word can be analyzed from a perspective of "into me see." Through intimacy, we look into God's heart of love as He looks into us. For this reason ,intimacy is transformational. God's heart for connection inspires us to embrace the intimacy for His supernatural transformation.
Another way of saying this is that intimacy leads to purity. Many people think their impurity disqualifies them from intimacy. This is a great lie from the enemy. The unconditional love that we experience through intimacy inspires us towards holiness. We desire to be like Christ as our lives are filled with His presence. Without trying, we are inspired to be conformed to the likeness of Christ (Rom. 8:29).
Purity is essential for spiritual revelation. Hebrews 12:14 says that without holiness no one will see the Lord. Yet, this isn't a holiness based on our own merits; this is holiness based on the person of Christ abiding inside of us as we hunger and thirst to be intimate with Him. The more we see Him, the more we are inspired to see Him. The more we experience His love, the more we yearn to experience His love.
Our role is to cooperate with the Holy Spirit. Each and every morning when we awaken, we should cultivate a desire to know, grow and learn, allowing eagerness, fearlessness and intensity for Christ's presence and Word to consume our heart and mind. Intimacy produces expectation in our lives.
Expect to experience God's extraordinary mercies and rich love every morning, afternoon and night. Be encouraged and energized to see what the new day brings in every aspect of your life. There is nothing so wonderful as a life inspired by faith. I believe we are to live expectant lives!
Inspire in its root meaning is; "to breathe, to blow in." Perhaps, its simplest meaning is; "to impart a truth or an idea to someone." Intimacy positions us close enough to His heart for Him to breath these truths into our souls.
His word becomes the fuel for holy inspiration. This Scripture is one of my favorite promises:
For he says, "In an acceptable time I have listened to you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.' Look, now is the accepted time; look, now is the day of salvation" (2 Cor. 6:2).
This tells me that a life of faith and favor is God's idea. It is experienced as we connect with Jesus in intimacy. The privilege of being called by the Holy Spirit to inspire and invite others into a life of faith and favor through Jesus Christ is extraordinary. The Word of God comes alive in our lives.
As believers when we trust and obey what His Word imparts in us, we activate our purpose and function with energy and vitality. His Word is the foundation to inspire us.
This week, experience His Word, His life, His breath as your heart is inspired to seek His heart.
Mikel French has challenged spiritual awakening all across America, where many celebrations extended into multiple weeks, and has conducted celebrations in France, Sweden, Russia, Romania, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia, Germany, South Africa, Malawi, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Haiti, Japan, Singapore, India and Thailand. He conducted an outreach celebration in Manila, Philippines reaching 200,000 teenagers with The Book of Hope. Through the generous support of partners, he has presented the message of Jesus Christ to millions of people in the nation of Russia through televised citywide Soul-Winning Celebrations. Mikel considers it an honor to assist in conducting The Annual Pastor's Conference, where thousands of pastors from Russia's 11 time zones come for training, teaching and equipping. Mikel and his wife, Marsha, reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Rebecca Moore contributed to this article.
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