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21 Days of the Spirit: Day 12

12 May

Intimate Access to the Father

Today’s focus has been on intimacy and the role of the Holy Spirit in granting us intimate access to the Father. Jesus is the way to the father. Jesus paved the way to the Father by his death and resurrection, but it is the Holy Spirit that takes us by the hand to lead us into intimacy with the Father. The Spirit acts like an usher, showing us to our seat with God the Father. The word intimate comes from the Latin word intimus which means “innermost.” God desires for us to be in an “innermost” position with him. He wants us on the inside, no longer looking in on God from the outside.

This is exciting and terrifying all at the same time. Intimacy—knowing someone and being fully known by them—is a deep human longing. Kansas City native and Waterdeep front man, Don chaffer once wrote, “I don’t think I’ve ever wanted as much to be free as I’ve longed to be known. And of the things that I hate as I look at my life, the worst is my being alone.” Very true. I think we all want to be known and loved. We all want intimacy but it scares the heck out of us. We feel vulnerable and exposed when we open up ourselves to someone else. It is terrifying but good. That is a good description of God himself. He is terrifying but good.

There has been a lot of talk about last Sunday’s message, “Who is the Holy Spirit?” And yes, I still have the can of WD-40 on my desk. C’mon all you complainers! I got want you need.

We are going to continue are journey of discovering the Holy Spirit this Sunday with the message, “What does the Holy Spirit do?” If you are in the Americus area do whatever you have to do to be at Cornerstone Church this Sunday!

The quote from Don Chaffer came from a song from 1994. Here is the whole song:

The Worst is My Being Alone
by Don Chaffer
Album: You Were at the Time For Love (1994)

“Aaron, have you ever had a burning in your chest
That made you just want to be free?”
It was a warm afternoon when she asked him this,
As they sat on the shore of the sea

Well, Aaron just tugged at his hair and he took
A very long time to reply
And by the time that he spoke, she’d forgotten she asked
And was lost in the clouds of the sky

He said, “Kelly, I don’t think
I’ve ever wanted as much
To be free as I’ve longed to be known.
And of the things that I hate
As I look at my life,
The worst is my being alone.”

The rest of his words he kept from her ears
Cause he thought she might not understand
And she didn’t reply. She couldn’t figure out how,
Cause the fire in her heart had been fanned

Oh, of all the things known that he could’ve spoken that day,
He chose one from deep down inside
Without intending her to, he caused her to confess
Her false confidence and how she had lied

She said, “Aaron, I don’t think
I’ve ever wanted as much
To be free as I’ve longed to be known.
And of the things that I hate
As I look at my life,
The worst is my being alone.”

And as they headed home, neither of them could speak a word
And they held their own spirits to blame
But at the pulse of the waves, they both turned around
Surely someone was calling their name
Someone was calling their name

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