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The Health and Power of Intimacy with Jesus
August 19, 2017      |     By: Sam McVay, Jr.      |      Category: Sermons

Believers need the power of intimate fellowship of the Spirit along with extravagant revelatory experiences in the love of God in order to manifest the fullness of Christ in life.  Sam reminds us that "lovesick saints are the most healthy and powerful saints".

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A close, familiar, and usually affectionate or loving personal relationship with another person or group.

Often in Bible we can read the phrases "love of God", "presence of God", or "living in the Spirit of God" in an intellectual, stale way.

I contend that all of these phrases are to be experienced and understood at the heart level with active interaction with our affections and emotions.

Intimacy is embedded in the Lord's intention for every believer’s heart-experience with Him.

Revelation 3:14-22
14 "And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: 'The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation.
15 "'I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 
16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 
18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.
19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 
20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. 
22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'"

The heart of the counsel of Jesus to a "lukewarm" church is: I stand knocking to enter into heart-feasting intimacy with you.

Luke-warmness produces the need for:
1. Gold - spiritual power
2. White Robes - spiritual holiness
3. Eye Salve - spiritual revelation

The place that meets all of these needs is intimate heart-feasting with Jesus.

Heart Intimacy with Jesus manifests into Power, Holiness and Revelation.

In Ephesians 3, Paul is praying for the church in this regard.

Ephesians 3:14-19
14 “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. "

Believers can lose power in their inner-man leading to Jesus not dwelling in their hearts by faith.

Believers need the power of the intimate fellowship of the Spirit along with extravagant revelatory experiences in the love of God in order to manifest the fullness of Christ in life.

Solomon operating in supernatural wisdom writes the same:
The Song of Solomon 2:4-5
4 “He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.
5 Sustain me with raisins; refresh me with apples, for I am sick with love.”

Lovesick saints are the most healthy and powerful saints.

Intimacy with Jesus produces:
1. Fullness of Joy
Psalm 16:11
11 "... in your presence is fullness of joy"

2. Relational Holiness
Galatians 5:16
16 “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”

3. God Centered Repentance
Psalms 51:4
4 “Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.”

4. Compelling Mission
2 Corinthians 5:14
14 “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.”

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