Experiencing Greater Intimacy with God
by Pastor Pablo Lillo
The Book of Psalms is one of the most inspirational books of the Bible.
David was given an immense gift from God, he used it in profound ways to write poems, songs, laments—but most importantly, it was his means of pouring his heart out to God.
I’ve always been inspired by David’s ability to express himself so deeply. There’s a rich sense of intimacy with God throughout his journey through life—as a shepherd boy, fugitive and king.
Most strikingly is Psalms 73, David writes:
“Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.” Psalms 73:25-26
David is after much more than he’s ever had. He wants to get past the mundane. He’s saying “God, give me something I’ve never experienced before”.
Dare I say, he’s asking for greater intimacy.
Jon Bloom, a Christian writer describes it by saying, “Intimacy is what we call the experience of really knowing and being known by another person. We frequently use spatial language when describing this experience. An intimate friend is someone we feel very close to—they know us at a deep level.”
What makes us feel intimate with another person?
While there are many ingredients to intimacy and each intimate relationship we have has a different recipe—common to all of them is trust.
We cannot be intimate with a person we don’t trust. Trust is at the heart of intimacy. The more we trust someone, the closer we let them get to us.
I believe there is a restlessness in each of us for more in life. This restlessness compels us to search for the person, the place, the job, and the god—that will fill the void and give us peace. David wanted it more than anyone.
John Wimber, a church leader said, “The ability to hear what God is saying, to see what He is doing, and to move in the realm of the miraculous comes as an individual develops the same intimacy with and dependence upon the Father—as Jesus had. How did Jesus do what he did? The answer is found in his relationship with the Father,” (John 14:9-12).
This restlessness drives us to find someone who will love us for who we are. Someone who understands our fears, anxieties and affirms our worth—calling us to account.
While we search for greater meaning in life, for greater intimacy—David reminds us of his absolute desire to know God more.
May this prayer of David’s in Psalms 61:1-4, become your own:
“Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.
From the ends of the earth I call to you,
I call as my heart grows faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the foe.
I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.”
To admit our need for and dependence upon God requires humility and vulnerability, which paves the way not only for knowing God, but also for becoming intimate with Him.
God loves you with an intimacy that surpasses all your dreams. He wants you to have a close, personal relationship with Him of intimacy, simplicity and obedience.
This is an extraordinary honour and privilege. Moses, David and, of course, Jesus had an intimate relationship with God. But how do you develop intimacy with God?
“Mutual love and confidence are the keys to intimacy,” writes J. Oswald Sanders. He continues to say, “deepening intimacy with God is the outcome of deep desire.”
Like David, speak to God about all these challenges you’re facing.
Don’t pretend that all is well.
Speak from the depth of your heart. For God will not be surprised or shocked by anything you say.
It’s essential we live with a high level of openness, vulnerability and honesty—this will help us draw us into an intimate relationship with God.
Yours—because of Jesus
Pastor Pablo Lillo
My Prayer for you today:
Heavenly Father, Thank you for listening to the cries of my heart.
I need Your involvement in every detail of my life.
I’m lonely without you, adrift on a sea of indecision, going nowhere.
I choose today to come near to you,
to talk with you as a good friend, to share my heart,
my desires, my remorse, and my pain.
To hear you say, “You are forgiven, my child.”
I hereby promise to seek you with everything I am,
and I audaciously receive the promise of your Word
that you will not remain a mystery to me.
I hope to find what my heart has been searching for all along;
a Father who adores me,
a Saviour who suffered for me, and
a Spirit who will never forsake me.
In Jesus Name Amen
Giving Back to God
On Sabbath morning, we're going to take up a virtual offering, this will be for our tithes and offerings. The offering will go to our much loved Record Magazine, and for our Youth Pastor Fund.
I'd like you to open your Bible to Luke’s gospel, chapter 6:38. We can read where Jesus is saying:
“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
So what exactly is Christ saying in this passage?
First, He is telling us to give. This is not a matter of question, but a statement. Jesus calls for us to give into His kingdom, and the beauty of His calling is that not only will our gift return to us, but our blessing will be “pressed down, shaken together, and RUN OVER”.
It is like you have a cup in your hands, and God turns on the tap. But he doesn’t stop at the halfway mark.
He doesn’t even stop at the top of the glass!
He keeps pouring and before you know it—you’ve got water running over the side of your glass, it’s pouring down your hands and spilling on the floor!
And also Jesus said that with the same measure that you give it will be returned to you.
God is just to return to us our harvest in whatever size that was planted. The more seed that is planted, the greater the harvest.
So when you give, believe that when you give into God’s kingdom, have faith that your gift will return—pressed down, shaken together, and running over.
Offering prayer: “Lord today I bring my gift to your house. Jesus, you said to give, I'll trust Him with my all. I thank you that with the same measure I use—it will be measured back to me. I believe in your promises, your Word, and I act in faith today.”
Is an easy, efficient way to transfer your tithe and offerings straight into the Castle Hill churches account.
Go to egiving.org.au/castlehill
Richard Hurrell is at Castle Hill Church every Monday from 2:00pm - 4:00pm to receive your tithes and offerings. He's also available to help with the use of eGiving, and hand out Sabbath School lessons.
May: Preaching Roster
02. Youth Service
09. Mothers Day Service with Pastor Pablo Lillo
16. Marvin Malcolm
23. Dr Don Roy "The Fanny Crosby Story"
30. Pastor Nicholas Kross
May: Offering Schedule
02. Adventist Record Magazine / Youth Pastor Fund
09. Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church
16. SPD Health Ministry
23. Adventist Education
30. Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church
Our Church Vision:
The vision of Castle Hill Seventh-day Adventist church is to be the most loving church.
Our mission is for us to take the good of Jesus Christ to every place we can, in every way possible. Whatever the means, we want to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our School, friends, family, neighbours and the wider community.
1. To honour God through worship.
2. To share the Gospel message of Jesus with others.
3. To connect with others in meaningful relationships.
4. To prepare disciples to fulfill their purpose.
5. To encourage leaders in their God-given destiny.
Senior Pastor – Pablo Lillo
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Associate Pastor – Nic Kross
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Youth Pastor – Jessica Laws
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Senior Elder - Marvin Malcolm
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