“Statures are not built in the public but in the inner chambers”
In the last series, we looked at BUILDING INTIMACY WITH GOD, we understand how Jonathan developed an intimacy with his father that he was able to say that his father can not do a thing, whether great or small without telling him. This we see this as a reflection of how we can become intimate with the Lord that He will not withhold a thing from us. We shall continue this series by looking at
- BECOMING A FRIEND OF GOD
“God is not just looking forward to hear our request alone but also to see the heart that seek Him passionately”
Friendship, one of the factors that hold life. One of the things scriptures said about having a friend is that to show yourself friendly.
Proverbs 18:24 A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
You know one may think, how do I become a friend of God? But we are told in scriptures three times that Abraham is a friend of God.
- First, we saw in a place where God specifically called Abraham His friend
Isaiah 41:8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of ABRAHAM MY FRIEND.
- Secondly we understand where the people confessed that of a truth Abraham is the friend of God. Which means people can know it.
2 Chronicles 20:7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of ABRAHAM THY FRIEND for ever?
- Lastly, James made us to know clearly how he became the friend of God by believing in God
James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the FRIEND OF GOD.
Abraham had developed a consistent walk with God, to point of discerning the Lord even when He came as angels. We understand how Abraham obeyed God, not sure of many places where Abraham entered into this fellowship by making many requests to God but we can be sure of how he obeyed the Lord. Even to the point where the Lord said to him “give Me your son, your only son” we saw his life of faith in God was more than what God gave him. It means what builds our friendship with God is not what God gives but friendship with God is built by fellowship and life of obedience to Him. Friendship, many a times is not a gift but a sacrifice and passion. You only realize that your friend is a gift after you have shown a level of commitment. No friendship without a commitment.