Moses has been credited for writing Psalm 91. In verse 1 he says “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Do you dwell in the secret place of the Most High (El El Yon) or abide in the shadow of the Almighty (El Shadai)? If yes, praise God! If no, would you like to?
However, if you currently have a heart for the things of the world (1 John 2:16; James 4:4), you aren’t ready for intimacy with God. The same holds true for those who have a heart for both kingdoms. Continue to eat, drink, and be merry (Ecc. 2:24-25) until you believe a better way (John 14:6) exists, or you finally come to the end of yourself, prepared to surrender, and to feel foolish and peculiar (1 Pet. 2:9) while you obtain a renewed, right, and sound mind (Rom. 12:2; Mark 5:15; 2 Tim. 1:7).
The good news states that followers of Jesus don’t live by feelings, only by faith (2 Cor. 5:7). Therefore, you should not let feeling foolish and peculiar get in your way, and deny you of having a beautiful and awesome mind. God wants to use it as His dwelling place.
If you’re ready for a new mind in an old body, before the revelation for how to develop deep intimacy with God begins, recall Moses said, He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
The person who enjoys great intimacy with God follows Jesus Christ and lives in the “secret place of the Most High God.” The lives of such people have an abundance of spiritual attributes in varying degrees of development. Some of the decisions and choices believers experiencing intimacy with God make are given below for your edification and prosperity in the Kingdom of God.
- decide that God is your first love (Rev. 2:4);
- choose the Kingdom of God and God’s righteousness as your top priority (Matt. 6:33);
- have the Word of God, at the very least, for breakfast or lunch or supper, and if energetic enough at night, as a nightcap (Matt. 4:4).
- let the Holy Spirit lead your life (John 16:13: Rom. 8:14) increasingly;
- maintain a healthy and lengthy daily prayer life (1 Thess. 5:18). It affords you good communication with God while you carve out your reserved place and space at the throne of God (Heb. 4:16);
- thank God for the smallest things as well as the big things that occur in your life, including the distasteful and the uncomfortable (1 Thess. 5:18);
- engage in liberal doses of praise, the highest form of faith, and worship, the whole duty of all followers of Jesus Christ and of God, especially during difficult times. These times include when the last thing we want to do is to praise or to worship God. If you overcome your feelings, which come and go, you will be glad you did; and
- fast periodically (Is. 58:1-12). It afflicts your soul and exorcises pride and arrogance from your life while you cultivate humility. The meeker you become, the closer you get to God. The opposite also holds (Ps. 138:6: 1 Pet. 5:5).
If you adopt and nurture the things in the above list that believers, who love God engage in to have oneness with Him, in time, if you persevere, you too will obtain what your heart yearn for.
If you truly want to behold God face to face, and to know what He has on his heart for you, don’t worry about getting it right or wrong; just read the word of God, and do what it says while you allow the Holy Spirit to lead your life increasingly and consistently. In time, you will exceed what is written in the list, and will be able to add to it, especially if you attend a church that believes in the move and work of the Holy Spirit.