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God will surely do this for you, for he always does just what he says, and he is the one who invited you into this wonderful friendship with his Son, even Christ our Lord. Just like a close friend extending an invitation to spend time with us, God is always reaching out to us because he wants to be our friend.
If God is inviting me into a wonderful friendship, how have I been responding? I know he will always hold up his side of the friendship; he will be available to me at all times, listen to me, care for me, and graciously forgive me.
But I rarely examine what kind of friend I am to God. You can use these thirteen questions to reflect honestly on your friendship with God and find ways to grow closer to him. Building something takes energy.
Likewise, building our relationship with God takes spiritual energy and effort JohnLuke But ultimately I run into situations that are beyond me. So I decided recently to take walks on my lunch break to pray instead of working through lunch and trying to figure everything out myself. Every time, God gives me ideas I would never have come up with on my own.
God can build my life better than I can. My energy and effort would be best spent in building a close friendship with him and watching him do things I could never do myself. To love God with all your heart and mind and strength is very important. So is loving your neighbor as you love yourself.
These things are more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices. We have to look deeper. The heart is the center of our emotions and desires. So one way we can love God with all our hearts is by pouring out our heart to him each day. Psalm NLT. How eager are you to pray and pour out your sins and feelings to God? Or do you resist prayer because those feelings make you uncomfortable? The mind is the center of our thoughts.
To love God with all our mind, we have to ask ourselves what dominates our thoughts. Do you look forward to reading your Bible because you are excited to see where God is trying to lead you today? How much effort do you make to take your thoughts captive 2 Corinthians and believe Scriptures more than your own thoughts? A good way to gauge your level of devotion is to examine how much effort you put into absorbing the Word. For help with this, check out our Bible Study Guide for tips on creative ways to study the Bible, including incorporating different translations, audio Bible, commentaries, and more.
This could mean doing the work of finding places where you can pray without distractions, or taking walks to pray throughout your day, or going to bed earlier at night so you can have quality time with God in the morning. I delight to fulfill your will, my God, for your living words are written upon the s of my heart. Psalm 40 gives us a great example of a close friendship with God.
That means they went deep into his life and changed his desires and emotions. A sure for me that my friendship with God is distant is when I feel like Scriptures bounce off my heart. Ah, to be in the ripest time of life once more- when the intimacies of friendship with God enfolded my tent…. Usually the way we are at home is most reflective of our true selves. Suppose we say that we share life with God but still walk in the darkness.
Then we are lying. We are not living out the truth. But suppose we walk in the light, just as he is in the light. Then we share life with one another. And the blood of Jesus, his Son, makes us pure from all sin. Then we are fooling ourselves. The truth is not in us. In other words, we have to walk the walk. This scripture also says sometimes we lie about how our friendship with God is actually going. Take care, brothers and sisters, that there not be in any one of you a wicked, unbelieving heart [which refuses to trust and rely on the Lord, a heart] that turns away from the living God.
Marriage gives us a good illustration of this. One of the things that hurts my relationship with my husband the most is when I refuse to trust and rely on him. We can do the same thing with God. Even if you go through the right motions of reading the Bible and praying, it matters how much you choose to trust and rely on God in your daily life. For me, this looks like going through the motions of being a Christian, but rebelling against really believing or obeying what God says in the Scriptures.
One difficult truth in the Scriptures is this: love for God can be lost. This passage from the book of Revelations was written to a church known for its hard work and patient endurance Revelation That means even the most religious and hard-working among us can drift and lose our love for God.
In the beginning of his life, Asa had strong faith in God and courageously won battles:. He went to the doctors instead. The eyes of the LORD go around looking in all the earth for people who are faithful to him so that he can make them strong. Asa, you did a foolish thing.
So from now on you will have wars. The [intrinsically] good man produces what is good and honorable and moral out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart; and the [intrinsically] evil man produces what is wicked and depraved out of the evil [in his heart]; for his mouth speaks from the overflow of his heart.
Our mouths will overflow with whatever we store in our hearts. Do you overflow with faith and love for God? Or something else? You adulterous people! So whoever wants to be the friend of the world becomes the enemy of God. The world values feeling good, looking good, and achieving things 1 John Jesus came to the world to love, serve and save the people in it, not assimilate to its way of life. It is important that you use the wealth of this world to demonstrate your friendship with God by winning friends and blessing others.
Then, when this world fails and falls apart, your generosity will provide you with an eternal reward. God wants us to use our resources to demonstrate our friendship with him by winning friends and blessing others. That means our friendship with God should overflow into generosity towards others.
Serving the community around us is actually an important part of our friendship with God. If we want to be friends with God, we have to examine how much we respect him. Imagine if you were out playing basketball, and Michael Jordan walked up and held his hand out for the ball. I would probably stop what I was doing and hand him the ball, with deep respect for the fact I am not even in the same realm of basketball skills as Michael Jordan.
There would even be some healthy fear in me of not trying to pretend to be better than I am, knowing he could put me in my place instantaneously. That kind of respect for God is important to our relationship with him. Proverbs tells us that God gives his friendship to the godly. If we fear people more than God, it means we think people are greater than God.
Now that we are set right with God by means of this sacrificial death, the consummate blood sacrifice, there is no longer a question of being at odds with God in any way. Now that we have actually received this amazing friendship with God…. Friendship with God is amazing. That means God loves you at your worst moment. Yep, God loved you even then.
And, confident of this, we can be real with God and other people about who we really are. But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired. Great blessings come from knowing God and making an effort to look for him.
God promises that our strength and power will be renewed. Our human flesh is weak Matthewand God knows that Psalm He wants to share his supernatural power to help us have the energy to handle life here on earth. The question is, will we stop and look for that strength or keep trying to handle life on our own?
The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you. Friendship with God is intimate. Intimacy can be scary for me, because I find security in my performance and perfection. Knowing this about myself is important because fearing intimacy will affect my friendship with God.
Friendship with God is an incredible blessing that makes us secure, strong, and loved even at our worst. Like any relationship, our friendship with God is not static. It grows throughout our lives and needs constant nurturing to continue to thrive. These questions can help us reflect any time we feel like our relationship with God needs strengthening so that we can grow stronger in our love and intimacy with him. God is always reaching out to us because he wants to be our friend. Listen to this devotional. Table of Contents How much energy and effort am I putting into my relationship with God?
Am I giving God all of my heart, mind, and strength? Are you the same on the outside as you are on the inside?
How much do I rely on and trust God? Have I lost any love or passion for God? Does love for God overflow from my heart? Am I a better friend to the world or to God? How much do I enjoy being generous?I like to have a god friend
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