FRIENDSHIP: A FRIEND IN GOD { DAY 9 }

FRIENDSHIP: A FRIEND IN GOD. { DAY 9 }READ: 2 Chronicles 20:7; Isaiah 41:8; James 2:23

“…And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness” and he was called a friend of God.” { James 2:23, ESV }

What does it mean to be a friend to God?

Even though it’s possible for everyone to have a close, intimate friendship with God, few had that intimacy with Him throughout the bible. Abraham was called a friend to God {Isaiah 41:8}, God spoke to Moses face to face {Exodus 33:11}, Isaiah saw the Lord sitting on this throne {Isaiah 6:1}, Paul was taken up the third heaven {2 Cor 12: 2-4}, and Apostle John was given a vision that was written down and became the book of Revelation {Rev. 1:1-2}

We can learn a great deal about what it means to be a friend to God {and others} through their relationship with the Lord.

Friendship with God starts with a divine invitation.  God initiates relationship with us.  Ultimately, God created each of us in His image which was His first bold and wonderful act of connecting us to Himself.  But the Lord also initiates His relationship with us by stirring our hearts for Him and calling us by name.  He called each of these five men to His side and then into their individual calling. I’ll bet God has been the initiator in your life as well.  How has God called you and continued to woo you to His side?

Friendship with God calls us to abide in Him {John 15:5}.  In short, be like the branches and stick to the vine.  God calls us to remain close to Him, connected, dependent, and continuant.  I can think of many times in the lives of Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, Paul and John where they could have given up, walked away and done things their own way but they all persevered through really difficult struggles as well as high Kingdom wins.  They were connected to God, dependent on Him to lead them, and they continued on no matter what. How has your friendship with the Lord grown as you abide in Him?

“His soul shall abide in well-being and his offspring shall inherit the land. The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenent.”  { Psalm 25:13-14 }

Friendship with God calls for obedience to Him. Abraham and God had a relationship of respect and obedience.  And although Abraham was not without sin he was a man whose obedience to God was counted as righteousness.  When we walk in obedience to God we witness first-hand that His truth is good and perfect.  We experience the faithfulness of His Word in our lives and our trust in the Lord expands.  How has your faith in God grown when you have stepped forward in faith and obedience God?

“Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And who loves me will be loved by my Father and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” { John 14:21 }

Friendship with God blossoms a Spirit of “it is well with my soul”.  When we live to seek intimacy with the Lord and draw close in prayer and understanding, we walk in a faithful assuredness of who God and what He is doing in and around us. It opens the way for a soul at peace, unshaken. Doubt and worry leave us unsettled but trust and connection spring up an awareness of His ways and ushers in peace.  As you’ve drawn close to God how has He ushered an “it is well” soul at peace in your life?

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When we intentionally cultivate a close friendship with God, our relationship deepens, and we walk in the blessed assurance that God is for us and always with us.

Friendship isn’t always sunshine and roses and they certainly aren’t grown without intentionally cultivating them but they can be beautiful. 

We shouldn’t look to our friends to provide what the Lord provides in His relationship with each of us but we can infuse more of His good character into our relationships to pave the way to life-giving intimacy with one another.  As God is our initiator, we can be the initiator in our friendships.  It isn’t always easy to be the one who reaches out first but how wonderful does it feel to be pursued by our friends.  We can give that blessing to our friends.  We can intentionally connect with our friends by engaging in conversation and activities that interest them.  And we can commit to continue on in the friendship no matter what. Sometimes just making the commitment to remain friends and not jump ship the minute things get rocky will instill a confidence in the relationship that fosters a deeper trust.

May we be women who relentlessly lean into the Lord for a deeper friendship with Him and as we do may the Lord strength our friendship skills to help us cultivate deeper more connected friendships in our lives!

Believe it! Trust it! Live it!

REFLECT:
  • How has reflecting on Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, Paul and John’s friendship with God encouraged your own relationship with God?
  • What is one thing you can do each day to foster a deeper relationship with the Lord?
  • Do you have a friendship you could initiate more often to encourage a deeper relationship?
PRAYER:

Lord, thank you for your Friendship. A friendship that far exceeds any relationship we could have here on earth.  Lord, teach us to walk with you in greater intimacy, dependance, and assuredness of you.  In deeping our relationship help us to instill more of your wonderful character into our friendships. 

 

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BethAnn Foro
BethAnn Foro
Howdy, I'm BethAnn! Founder, Author, Bible Teacher, & Chief Visionary at She Believes Ministries. I love to gather and encourage women everywhere to lean into Jesus and simply BELIEVE HIM! Not just believe in God but truly believe all of Him for our whole life! I'm so happy you are here at SHE BELIEVES, I hope you find encouragement and deep refreshment for your soul through the online pages and faith-based resources at SHE BELIEVES MINISTRIES!

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