Jesus Lives

Intimacy With Him

I am Immanuel—God with you. Your pursuit of Me is actually a response to My ardent pursuit of you. You don’t have to batter down doors between us. Rather, as you open the door of your heart to Me, you find Me gloriously present—having already thrown open My door to you! 

My death on the cross for your sins was sufficient to open up My door to you permanently. Ever since you trusted Me as Savior, your standing with Me has been eternally secure. So you need not fear that on a day when your performance is below par I might shut the door in your face. With My help you can break out of that narrow enclosure of performance anxiety. I designed you to flourish in the wide open spaces of My grace and glory, where you are free to celebrate My Presence exuberantly. Stand tall and shout praises to Me, remembering you are royalty in My kingdom of never-ending Life.

I want you to realize how utterly safe you are—in My perfect, persistent Love. You understand that the strength of your love is insufficient to keep you connected with Me. You know you cannot rely on your own faithfulness. That’s why you must depend on My unfailing provision. Love and faithfulness meet together in Me; moreover, through the sacrifice of My blood, righteousness and peace kiss each other. 

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” 
~ Matthew 1:23 [NKJ]

We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.
~ Romans 5:2 [MSG]

He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. Psalm 18:19 Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. 
~ Psalm 85:10

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