Graceful Truth — Intimacy with Christ

WHAT WE NEED IN THE DARKNESS

Bill Elliff Intimacy with Christ

We all have those moments. Times when we do not know what to do or where to go.  Sometimes it is just a decision we are making. Or enemies that have surrounded us. Or tough circumstances. At other times, it's something else ... a distance from God. A sense that we have drifted and we're not even sure how, but we are missing the intimacy we once enjoyed with Him. David was in this place in Psalm 43. We don't know the particulars, but it was such that it caused Him to cry out in this Psalm. His soul was...

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The Godliest Man on Earth Today

Bill Elliff Intimacy with Christ

The Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.” (Job 1:8) Job was identifiable. Only God could make this determination, but as He looked at every man, like Noah, God identified Job as the godliest man on the earth. Quite a distinction. Job would not have considered himself so. Because part of such righteousness is the greatest humility. Job thought of himself, without question, as an average man with God, who was simply pursuing and loving...

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SEEKING HIM

Bill Elliff Intimacy with Christ

When you said, ""Seek My face,"" my heart said to You, ""Your face, O Lord, I shall seek."" Do not hide your face from me ..."" (Psalm 27:8-9) If we are to know God deeply, we must humbly realize that He is the initiator of intimacy. It is not man that first pursues, but God.  Scan your Bible. You will notice the relentless pursuit of man by none other than God Himself. He is calling, inviting, speaking to man. Even the heavens are daily declaring invitations to us, beckoning us to enjoy His glory. THE ULTIMATE INITIATION The greatest proof...

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Seeing Jesus

Bill Elliff Intimacy with Christ

Why is it that some people see what others do not? That there are people who recognize God and His activity, while those right next them are completely oblivious? A LONG LOOK IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION Anna was a widow in Jerusalem during the birth of Christ. The Bible says she ""never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers"" (Luke 2:36). She had been doing this for many, many years. Think of it this way: she had remained in the environments of God's presence, seeking the Messiah. She had continually fasted and prayed—both signs of intense...

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The Voice from the Mercy Seat

Bill Elliff Intimacy with Christ

Now when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with Him, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubim, so He spoke to Him. (Numbers 7:89) In our familiarity with the Scripture and our distance from the actual events, we can lose the magnitude of what the Bible is saying to us. Pause and read the single verse above. In fact, read it several times and ask the God of the universe to help you see what actually occurred. And then,...

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