Day 7😊! Thank you for staying through all 7 days. Listen to the Audio above as you follow in the text below. Share these words with your friends, and don’t forget to leave a comment.
Well, we’ve come to the end of this 7 day devotional on intimacy. I hope you have been encouraged through it. Above all things, I pray that you may come to know just how deep and wide God’s love is for you. I pray that in encountering his love, you will be empowered to overcome whatever fear or shame you may face in your life.
Do you remember the day you became a christian? Now, I don’t mean the kind of christianity that is inherited. I mean the day you made a choice for yourself that you were going to follow Jesus.
For me, it was all the way back in 1999. I was in S.1 and we were on holiday from school. My big brother, Michael, had just gotten saved and he came home with so much zeal and fire, ready to convert all of us. I remember being very resistant at first to everything he said. But one Sunday morning, I woke up with a strange emptiness in my heart.
I remember turning on the radio and finding a random station that had a preacher preaching in Luganda. Now, anyone that knows me well also knows that there is no way I understood anything that guy was saying. But still, I was able to Identify the moment of invitation. And when the preacher began to pray, I prayed along with him knowing that I was inviting Jesus into my life to be my Lord and my God.
Since then, I have learned to say that prayer over and over again. Not because Jesus didn’t hear me the first time! NO! But because I have learned that I need to surrender my complete life over to God daily. Not just part of it, but all of it. I pray this prayer so that my heart and mind can live in constant remembrance of God who is Lord and God over my whole life.
When difficult seasons come, our faith and trust in God are tested. When we loose our Jobs, when we fail in school, when our loved ones pass on, when our hearts are broken, when our worlds seem to collapse around us. It is in those moments of difficulty that our faith is tested the most.
In John 20, we get a glimpse into the broken world of the disciples after their hero and mentor, Jesus, had been publicly humiliated and brutally killed. The disciples were afraid for their lives and so they hid away in an upper room and locked themselves in. They were afraid that the jewish leaders would come looking for them next. They must have felt extremely vulnerable because, unlike before, their protector, Jesus wasn’t there with them.
But in that space of fear and vulnerability, Jesus Appeared to His disciples and said to them, “Peace be with you!” What an empowering turn of events. The disciples were afraid that the life they had gotten used to had come to an end. And they were right! The life they had known before had indeed come to an end.
But what they did not expect was a resurrected Jesus appearing before them. The implication of this resurrected Jesus meant that God had fulfilled his promise to the world! Sin had been defeated permanently, and the new life Jesus brought to the disciples that day was even greater than the life they had known before.
Now, one of the disciples, Thomas, was absent when Jesus first appeared. When the other disciples told him that they had seen the risen Jesus, he refused to believe and got the famous name, doubting Thomas. But Jesus would soon appear to Thomas, and invite him to feel his hands and feet. On that day, Thomas believed and declared those amazing words; “My Lord, My God!”
Jesus is inviting us into an intimate relationship with him. It is one filled with hope and purpose. Jesus died and rose again so that we could have the opportunity to rise with Him and be all that he created us to be. This intimate relationship that Jesus is inviting us to is filled with resurrection power.
Broken dreams, lost hope and forgotten identities are restored in Jesus Christ. When we believe in Him and invite Him to be Lord and God over all of our lives, we find security in Him. This doesn’t mean that painful seasons will not come! But it means that we will never have to go through them alone. We can rest on this promise; He is always with us and He will cause all things to work together for good.
Good and gracious Father
Indeed your love for us beyond our imagination
Though we may never fully understand it,
We have felt it in your sacrifice
While we were (and in a lot of ways still are) undeserving
You paid the highest price to have communion with us
Good and Gracious father, We surrender our lives to you
Come and be Lord and God over Everything
If there is anything we have withheld,
Challenge us with your Holy Spirit to surrender
We trust you, and we believe in you
In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.
Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV)
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.