Friend of God - A New Identity
The Lord said, " .. O Israel , my servant... whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend ". Isaiah 41:8
No other religions teaches that we can be friend of God. The Bible tells us that Abraham, the father of all believers , was called the friend of God ( James 2:23 ; 2Chron 20:7) . This is the unique declaration in Christianity that we are called to be God's friend.
✅ Paul writes that "the words it was credited to him were written not for him alone but also for us to whom God will credit righteousness for us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead." Romans 4:23-24 .
Have we ever realised that the righteousness will be credited to all who who trust in God like Abraham. Yes , we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus , and we all are qualified to be God's friends.
What are the qualification needed to be God's Friend ?
1) Believe in Him : It is impossible to be a friend to someone and not believe in that person.
✅ Belief that God will be with us.
Abraham never would have left Ur , his hometown nor his relatives , friends and neighbours if he doubted that God would not be with him. The primary aspect of God's friendship is His presence.
✅ Believe that we can talk with God.
Communication is the most important part of friendship. In OT God spoke to his servants ( Gen 18:16-33; Ex 33:11) Today God speaks to us by his word- the Bible, and through prayers we talk to Him .
✅ Believe that God will protect us .
Abraham had a firm belief that as he went into a strange land God would be there to provide protection
✅ Believe that God will guide us .
Abraham believed that God's guidance was something that he could depend on
✅ Believe that God will keep His promises
2) Please Him
✅ By obeying His commands
✒ Obedience is better than sacrifice 1Sam 15:22b
✅ By standing firm in faith
✒ Without faith it is impossible to please God Heb 11:6
✝ Jesus said , " Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for His Friends.." John 15:13
✝ Jesus calls all his followers My Friends. John 15:14
? I've found a Friend in Jesus-He's everything to me ;
He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul !
The Lily of the valley , in Him alone I see.??
Glory to God ?
? Mark Boje , ArP ?
Visualise Abram sitting at the entrance to his tent, watching Lot and his household depart. Can you imagine the overwhelming sense of loneliness that engulfed him at that moment?
What do you do when you know a friend is disheartened and depressed? Do you leave them to get into a better mood, or do you call or visit and try and cheer them up?
?Abraham was called a ‘friend of God’. As good friends do, God, Abram’s Friend showed up at Abram’s silent tent to chat with him and cheer him up.
God starts by telling Abram, ‘Lift up your eyes now, and look from the place where you are…’ Gen 13:14
Lift up your eyes! Don’t hang your head in sorrow. All is not lost. I am with you. I am your God, I own the entire universe. You lost a companion – lo, I am with you. You lost a son? Abram I will bless you so that your descendants will be as numerous as the dust on the earth.
?Interestingly, Canaan means ‘lowlands or humiliation’ and Mamre means ‘strength, vigor, fatness.’
Maybe today you are sitting with your head bent low, unable to see the way forward, feeling dejected and lonely, wondering where God is in all of this.
He’s right beside you. And He speaks to you as He spoke to Abram – ‘ I am with you. Arise, let’s move from this valley of dead-ends and humiliation to the place I have prepared for you. Lift up your eyes.’
‘Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto you.’ Gen 13:17 KJV
? The land was given to Abram as a gift, however, his use and enjoyment of the land, depended on just how many of its hidden treasures of oases and pastures he discovered. They would have been of no use to Abram if he did not find them and use them. To do that, he had to get out and explore.
In Christ we have received a great gift – the gift of eternal life. In Jn 17:3 Jesus defines eternal life as intimate knowledge & fellowship with God the Father & Himself.
Think of it… we have received friendship with God as a gift. What a costly gift… purchased with the blood of Jesus!
Sadly, instead of getting up and exploring the heart of God and getting to know the height, the depth, the width of His love and the unimaginable treasures of who He is, we spend our time trudging wearily, watching ourselves to see if we have matched up to some impossible standard.
While He waits. Waits for us to get tired with trudging and striving; for us to stop obsessing over our progress; for us to lift up our eyes and look into His eyes… and discover that He is waiting for us to settle down for a chat, for Him to unfold stories and treasures and guidance and whispers of love.
? Arise! Get up and explore! The Holy Spirit stands by to lead you to explore the limitless horizons of God’s love. He is waiting to help you discover the treasures hidden in His Word. Above all, He wants to reveal to you the sweetness of God’s character, so that you may walk with Him, leaning upon Him, drawing from Him all that you need. Open up the riches of your inheritance in Christ Jesus. Arise, explore!
Abba Father, thank You for being the Friend who never leaves us, never abandons us. It is mind-boggling to think that You have given YOURSELF to us, to be our inheritance. Help us to explore the limitless expanses of Your love, taste Your goodness, and walk in ever deepening fellowship with You. In Jesus Name. Amen.
King of Peace Gen 13 to 18
It is very well known that Jesus is the prince of peace (Is 9:6), but who is this king of peace?
Melchizedek brought bread and wine to Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings (Gen 14:18 & Heb 7:1)
Melchizedek is the king of peace (Heb7:2)
Who is this Melchizedek! Who is equally esteemed with Jesus!
The Holy Bible leaves us with a clue to identify Him.
Read Hebrews 7: 3 (kjv)
4.Having neither beginning of days
5.Nor end of life
6.But made like unto the Son of God
7. Priest of the most high God (Gen14:18)
A) let us assume He's a human, almost it doesn't comply with any of the above points
So He's not a man ❎
B) let us assume He's Lord Jesus Christ it doesn't comply with points 1,2,4,6
So He's not Jesus ❎
C) Let us assume He's God the Father, it doesn't comply with point 7
So He's not God the Father ❎
If it be so, who is this Melchizedek?
Let us assume He's Holy Spirit. It complies all the above points.✅
Yes Melchizedek is the God in the form of Holy Spirit. Hallelujah!
Yesterday through Noah's story the Bible revealed us the experience of salvation, and today the experience of Holy Spirit.
Melchizedek means king of Salem which means king of Peace. (Heb7: 1)
➡ God the Father is FOR US
➡ Jesus Christ is WITH US as Emmanuel
➡ But Holy Spirit is IN US
As long as we preserve the The king of Peace the Holy Spirit within us, we can experience the the peace of God in abundance.
Dear child of God did you receive the Holy Spirit?
If not pray for the Holy Spirit today. God will give you.
Every born again child should have the experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
We who have received the Holy Spirit shouldn't take it for granted but pray that we may attain the image of the Son of God
Genesis 16:13, Hagar gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”
This chapter centers on the painful triangle of relationships between Abram, Sarai, and Sarai’s slave Hagar.
The story contains weakness, jealousy, competition, contempt, rejection, meanness, and other emotional violence.
God promised Abraham he would have children.
But as his wife Sarah got older and older, without having a child, she decided that she could have a child through her Egyptian handmaid, Hagar.
But when Sarah saw that Hagar was pregnant, she became jealous and treated her harshly.
So, Hagar ran away into the wilderness.
Alone, angry and afraid and in a state of hopelessness, the young Egyptian woman sat near the spring in the desert.
SARAH MIGHT HAVE REJECTED BY HAGAR,.... BUT GOD HADN’T.
While on the run, “The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert”
This is the first time we see the phrase ‘angel of the Lord’, in Scripture.
in her darkest mo-ment—
In her darkest hour, God saw her need and heard her affliction.
Hagar realizes that El Roi, “the God who sees,”
God knew ….
where she was, and
what she had been going through.
He came to Hagar, comforted her, gave her direction for survival, and spoke to her His promise of blessing.
Dear friends, whatever pain we carry or problem we endure,
….. please know that EL-ROI, THE GOD WHO SEES, is there for us.
He sees every tear;
… He hears every cry.
…. He is ready to heal our hurts.
He knows our past and our future ….
And so He says to us, as He said to Hagar,
Return and submit?
Of Altars and Tents
Abraham has been called The man of tents. He is a hero of faith. With his spiritual eyes of faith, he lifted his vision off from the tents and saw the manifestation of the promise God gave him in Genesis 12 and 13.
He nurtured his faith through worship. Genesis chap 12-13 show us how Abraham entered Canaan, finally settling near the great tamarisk trees of Mamre, at Hebron.
He had 4 pit stops on the way:
- first at Shechem (where he built an altar),
- then in the East of Bethel (where he built another altar)
- next the Negev (where he witnessed a famine),
- short stay in Egypt (one of the rare moments when he took his eyes off God and tried to solve his problems himself)
- finally at Mamre, Hebron (where he built another altar).
Can you see the pattern? Where he built an altar first and then went about his work, he had no problems. Where he put God first, his prospered with ease. Even when he had problems with Lot in Bethel (Genesis 13:4), Abraham had earlier called on the name of the Lord (vs 4) and God blessed him by giving him better land than what Lot took away. Everything we do, let us first pray (sit at our altar) and worship God.
When Abraham left Egypt (Gen 13:2), God had made him very wealthy. In spite of the fact that Abraham didn't build an altar for Him in Egyot, God still blessed him because God never forgets a promise He makes; I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse and all peoples of the earth will be blessed through you. (Gen 12:2-3).
Today, we have a greater promise; And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matt 28:20). God will never forget His promise as long as we cling on to the finished work of Jesus Christ.
Wherever you pitch your tent (your physical body), pitch your altar too (your spiritual temple). Wherever you go in your tent, take your altar with you. Pray without ceasing for that is what God wants.
Sometimes, we allow life to overwhelm us and we do not spend time at God's feet. Don't let the evil one fill you with guilt at these times for God sees our hearts and encourages us to continue.
Let us strengthen those knees, and go back in penitence. He will always listen and answer. Have a blessed day.
Mrs Adeline Albert