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Genesis 3 is one of the most prolific examples of the intimacy that God had with man. It is sad that we get a glimpse of this after Adam committed high treason. Can you imagine having nothing to hinder your way into the presence of God, and then throwing it all away?

"And they heard the Voice of the Lord God walking in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of God amongst the trees in the garden" (Gen. 3:8).

They heard the Voice of the Lord God walking. That is intimacy—to hear the Lord's Voice walking. But something was wrong. It goes on to say that they hid themselves from His Presence.

I believe that the Lord God was endeavoring to be intimate with Adam and Eve, but they could not reciprocate it. The spiritual condition they were in produced the inability to respond to the Lord in a favorable manner.

A friend of mine once shared with me how they viewed the word intimacy: "Intimacy: into me see."

The Lord was inviting Adam and Eve to be intimate with Him, but they no longer had the capacity to be intimate. The reciprocal of intimacy should be intimacy, which results in ecstasy.

What hindered a positive response from Adam? Why could he no longer reciprocate? Adam's disobedience kept him from enjoying the communion that he had experienced with God on previous encounters (Gen. 2:17).

For the first time in his life, there was "sin consciousness." Adam was more conscience of his wrong doing than he was of the presence of God. Why was this?

It was because of sin. Sin will do it every time. Sin consciousness will keep you from an intimate fellowship with God. Sin consciousness will keep you from enjoying everything that God has for you.

There are people all over the Body of Christ who are more conscious of sin than they are of righteousness. Righteousness means we have the ability to stand in the presence of God without any sense of guilt, fear, or inferiority.

Righteousness means we've been invited to enjoy an intimate fellowship with God. Besides, the sin problem has been taken care of (2 Cor. 5:17-21; Rom. 3:24).

The degree to which we understand our right-standing with God will be the degree that we enjoy intimacy with God. The degree to which you comprehend that you are "the righteousness of God in Christ" will be the degree that sin consciousness will be out of your life.

God has invited us to have an intimacy with Him that will meet all of our needs (Heb. 4:16).

We are invited to come boldly, to come with confidence, and to come with freedom of speech—that's intimacy. This has been the Father's heart cry from the foundation of the world. If we don't take advantage of this, it is our fault.

We have no one to blame but ourselves. God has removed all of the obstacles that would hinder our way into His presence. It's up to us to remove everything on our end to make it possible for us to enjoy all the benefits of what rightfully belongs to us (Heb. 12:1-2).

Our responsibility is to have a face-to-face communion with our God. In many cases people have it backward. They want to see the Hand of God move without the commitment of a face-to-face encounter with Him.

They want the benefit of His presents without the blessing of His Presence. They seek the gift and not the Giver. With that kind of motive, it really won't work for you.

The Apostle Paul said it so well in Philippians 3:
Counting everything loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord. The excellency of the knowledge of Him.

Suffering the loss of all things and counting everything dung, so that he may win Christ. Being found in Him, not having his own righteousness that the law provided, but the righteousness, which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith. Endeavoring to know him and the power of His resurrection and fellowshipping with His suffering, being made conformable to His death.

Seeking to attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not that he had reached his goal or had already attained it, but he followed hard to apprehend that for which he was apprehended of Christ Jesus.

He knew that he had not apprehended, but one thing he did. He forgot those things that were behind him and reached for those things that were in front of him. He pressed toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
(vv. 8-14)
Now that's intimacy!

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Anthony N. Wade gave his life to The Lord Jesus Christ in 1973 and along with his wife, has been serving in ministry for decades.
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