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In Touch - August 13, 2005

In Touch Daily Devotional 
by Dr. Charles Stanley

Saturday August 13, 2005
Building Intimacy with God
Genesis 16:1

Intimacy with God doesn’t just happen. It requires determination and a significant investment of time and effort. As we seek closeness with Him, we must learn:

• Conflict Resolution — In human disputes, there is usually error on both sides. But if we find ourselves in opposition to God, then we know we are in the wrong; the Lord is always right. When Abraham fathered a child by Hagar, there was great strife in his home. God kept His promise to make Abraham a father of many nations but did not lift the multi-generational discord that resulted from his actions.


• Trust — Intimacy grows only in an atmosphere of trust. As we understand God’s character more, our confidence grows, and we are drawn closer to Him. Our part is to show ourselves trustworthy.


Risk Taking — The more we reveal who we are in Jesus Christ, the more we risk facing arguments, experiencing rejection, or being misunderstoo. But God understand us fully and promises we belong to Him forever. (John 10:27-29) And any disagreements with Him can be resolved by yielding our desires, seeking His viewpoint, and asking for deeper faith.


Agreement — For us to maintain a close affinity with God, our schedule and plans must reflect His priorities. We are to be available for His use and open to His directions.

God designed us for intimacy with Him. All that He requires is our presence and cooperation. What priority have you placed on building a deeper relationship with Him?

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