A marriage that’s damaged through infidelity. A public figure who betrays the trust of those they lead. A pastor caught in sexual or financial indiscretions. Is restoration possible? What does restoration look like? What does it take to be restored?
If you’ve been mowing the weeds of troubling, unwanted, or ungodly sexual thoughts or behaviors and they keep growing back, it’s time to deal with the roots. “Trying harder” to control lust with behavior modification and accountability may be helpful as far as it goes. But for many people, it’s just not working. You may need to deal much more deeply with the roots of sexual “stuff.”
Some people are hyper-religious and super-spiritual – and obnoxious. If that’s what “intimacy with God” produces, who wants it? Others have experienced such intimacy with God that they are changed forever, and you just want to be around them. You can sense that “they have been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13) Isn’t that what you want? How can you find intimacy with God?
How is intimacy going for you? It is good, healthy, nourishing? Or have your attempts at intimacy resulted in only frustration, darkness, and pain? Do you understand what it takes to experience intimacy? Do you know why God invented sex?
You’ve heard people talk about it. Perhaps it sounds a little weird, and at the same time something in your heart wonders if you’re missing something. Or perhaps you’ve felt that level of closeness with God for brief moments in the past, but feel a little disappointed that you don’t experience it more. It would help to understand what intimacy with God means.