Friends

God’s Gift, Of Friendship.

What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins, and griefs He bears. What a privilege to carry, everything to God in PRAYER.

“This is My commandment, that you love and unselfishly seek the best for one another, just as I have loved you. No one has greater love [nor stronger commitment] than to lay down his own life for his friends. You are my friends if you keep on doing what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you [My] friends, because I have revealed to you everything that I have heard from My Father. You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed and placed and purposefully planted you, so that you would go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit will remain and be lasting, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name [as My representative] He may give to you. This [is what] I command you: that you love and unselfishly seek the best for one another”. (John 15:12‭-‬17 AMP).

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens the wits of another. Whoever takes care of a fig tree can eat of its fruit. And whoever protects his master is honored. As a face is reflected in water, so a person is reflected by his heart.” (Proverbs 27:17-19)

One of the greatest gifts the Lord has provided us is friendship. He puts people in our lives whom we love and can help grow spiritually–a mutual benefits. Good friends critique each other, push each other and encourage each other in the Lord. This is what the writer of Proverbs means. Biblical friends will be like iron sharpening iron. They improve each other.

Friendship often comes through the local church. If you sense a lack of friendship in your life, consider reaching out and joining a small group or becoming a part of a ministry at your church. Great friendships are often made in places of service because all the people there have hearts for service-meaning you are already on the same page! There are many opportunities for friendships, and often they begin with you stepping out of your comfort zone and saying hello.
The Proverbs verse (17) also encourages us to be good stewards of our friendship. We should make a habit of praying, “Lord, how can I encourage this friend today? The Lord will always show us how, and sometimes it’s through a gesture as simple as a kind text message.”
Being a good steward of friendship also means being willing to correct friends if they are going astray, and being willing to receive correction when we ourselves drift away from God. This means we must be very careful never to gossip about other people and to remember to show love to the other person, especially when we are disagreeing.
We see from the Bible that God has ordained friendships to be an integral part of our lives. King David was famously friends with Jonathan, the Son of Saul. Jonathan helped king David escape from king Saul potentially saving David’s life. The disciples were friends. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were friends who stood together. Timothy and Paul were friends.
If you sense a need in your life for more godly friendships, begin to pray for God to put people in your path. And, as He does, honor those friendships by being a good and loving steward of them, vowing to help sharpen the other person just as he or she sharpens you.

REMEMBER:

“You adulteresses [disloyal sinners—flirting with the world and breaking your vow to God]! Do you not know that being the world’s friend [that is, loving the things of the world] is being God’s enemy? So whoever chooses to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God”.(James 4:4 AMP).
Let us pray:
Dear Lord, I thank You for the gift of friendship. I thank You for the friends in my life, and I ask that You would bring more friends to me. Help me to be a good steward of the friendship You have for me now and in the future. I want to help people understand Your love for them and for many that begins with extending an offer of friendship. In Jesus wonderful name. Amen.

WHY WORRY, WHEN YOU CAN PRAY.

The devil wants you to worry, about things, so that you can’t enjoy your life . he is a liar, and the father of lies, and his job is to steal, kill, destroy your happiness, peace, and everything about you. But remember , whatever God blessed you with, he can’t steal, kill, nor destroy.

“What then shall we say to all these things? If God is for us, who can be [successful] against us? Who shall ever separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us]. For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”.(Romans 8:31‭, ‬35‭-‬35‭, ‬37‭-‬39 AMP).

“Therefore I tell you, stop being worried or anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted) about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, as to what you will wear. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow [seed] nor reap [the harvest] nor gather [the crops] into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by worrying can add one hour to [the length of] his life? And why are you worried about clothes? See how the lilies and wildflowers of the field grow; they do not labor nor do they spin [wool to make clothing], yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory and splendor dressed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive and green today and tomorrow is [cut and] thrown [as fuel] into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Therefore do not worry or be anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted), saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ For the [pagan] Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; [but do not worry,] for your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”. (Matthew 6:25‭-‬34 AMP).

“Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]. Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]”.(Philippians 4:6‭-‬8 AMP).

TRUSTING GOD WILL ELIMINATE WORRIES.

Fully (All-Out) Trust In The Lord
Proverb 3:5-7
5 Trust in the LORD with all of your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding.
6 In all of your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes…
+We cannot trust in the Lord and lean to our own understanding at the same time. It will not work.
+Too often while we are trusting the Lord we let our own understanding get in the way.
+In all our ways the Lord must be acknowledged.
+The Lord directs us in ALL things.
+We cannot be wise in our own eyes. Meaning that we must cease from our own wisdom and opinions and only function in the Wisdom of the Lord.
+Our job is to always cooperate with God on His terms. We are workers together with Him, 2 Corinthians 6:1.
+Let us be lead by the Lord our Shepherd and by His Holy Spirit as we continue to live by every Word of God.
•Continue to let the WORD of God be the standard for your life. Always LOVING others like Christ Jesus loves us while keeping our Faith, Trust and Confidence in Him.
•BLESSED you are and BLESSED you will always be and to God be all the GLORY. Amen!

BLACK FRIDAY LIFETIME DEALS

“Participants of black Friday should be considered lovers of the world. For God says, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love ( agape) of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world”. ( 1 John 2:15-16 NKJV).

“Do not store up for yourselves [material] treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body; so if your eye is clear [spiritually perceptive], your whole body will be full of light [benefiting from God’s precepts]. But if your eye is bad [spiritually blind], your whole body will be full of darkness [devoid of God’s precepts]. So if the [very] light inside you [your inner self, your heart, your conscience] is darkness, how great and terrible is that darkness! “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money, possessions, fame, status, or whatever is valued more than the Lord]. (Matthew 6:19‭-‬24 AMP).

“For God so [greatly] loved and dearly prized the world, that He [even] gave His [One and] only begotten Son, so that whoever believes and trusts in Him [as Savior] shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes and has decided to trust in Him [as personal Savior and Lord] is not judged [for this one, there is no judgment, no rejection, no condemnation]; but the one who does not believe [and has decided to reject Him as personal Savior and Lord] is judged already [that one has been convicted and sentenced], because he has not believed and trusted in the name of the [One and] only begotten Son of God [the One who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, the One who alone can save him]. This is the judgment [that is, the cause for indictment, the test by which people are judged, the basis for the sentence]: the Light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For every wrongdoer hates the Light, and does not come to the Light [but shrinks from it] for fear that his [sinful, worthless] activities will be exposed and condemned. But whoever practices truth [and does what is right—morally, ethically, spiritually] comes to the Light, so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are—accomplished in God [divinely prompted, done with God’s help, in dependence on Him].”(John 3:16‭-‬21 AMP).

“Do not love the world [of sin that opposes God and His precepts], nor the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust and sensual craving of the flesh and the lust and longing of the eyes and the boastful pride of life [pretentious confidence in one’s resources or in the stability of earthly things]—these do not come from the Father, but are from the world. The world is passing away, and with it its lusts [the shameful pursuits and ungodly longings]; but the one who does the will of God and carries out His purposes lives forever. Children, it is the last hour [the end of this age]; and just as you heard that the antichrist is coming [the one who will oppose Christ and attempt to replace Him], even now many antichrists (false teachers) have appeared, which confirms our belief that it is the last hour. They went out from us [seeming at first to be Christians], but they were not really of us [because they were not truly born again and spiritually transformed]; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out [teaching false doctrine], so that it would be clearly shown that none of them are of us. But you have an anointing from the Holy One [you have been set apart, specially gifted and prepared by the Holy Spirit], and all of you know [the truth because He teaches us, illuminates our minds, and guards us from error]. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie [nothing false, no deception] is of the truth. Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed)? This is the antichrist [the enemy and antagonist of Christ], the one who denies and consistently refuses to acknowledge the Father and the Son. Whoever denies and repudiates the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses and acknowledges the Son has the Father also. As for you, let that remain in you [keeping in your hearts that message of salvation] which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, you too will remain in the Son and in the Father [forever]. This is the promise which He Himself promised us—eternal life”.(1 John 2:15‭-‬25 AMP).

GIVE THANKS

“I will praise You, O Lord , with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High”.(Psalms 9:1‭-‬2 NKJV).

A God Blessed and Holy Spirit Filled Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Psalm 107:1
O give THANKS unto the LORD, for he is GOOD…
1 Thessalonians 5:18
In everything give THANKS: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Ephesians 5:20
Giving THANKS always for all things unto God and the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
+As we celibate Thanksgiving with family and friends may the Lord VISITS and BLESSES you table and may He be your most Honored Guest.
+May He also pour out His Love, Peace, Joy and Happiness upon everyone.
+May you have fun, laughter and entertainment as you reminisce on the Lord’s blessings.
Psalm 100:5
For the LORD is GOOD…
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
+Blessed you are and blessed you will always be and to the Lord Jesus Christ be all the glory for a Wonderful and Memorable Thanksgiving Day.

LIFT UP PRAISE

“I will give thanks and praise the Lord , with all my heart; I will tell aloud all Your wonders and marvelous deeds. I will rejoice and exult in you; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. The Lord also will be a refuge and a stronghold for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble; And those who know Your name [who have experienced Your precious mercy] will put their confident trust in You, For You, O Lord , have not abandoned those who seek You”.(Psalms 9:1‭-‬2‭, ‬9‭-‬10 AMP).

“Bless the Lord , O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord , O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s”.(Psalms 103:1‭-‬5 KJV).

Self Encouragement in the Lord
1 Samuel 30:6
And David was greatly distressed (n a major crisis)… but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.
Self-Encouragement in the Lord is absolutely necessary in all of our lives.
+We need to know how to encourage ourselves in the Lord.
+ Know what the Word of God says about us, and proclaim and declare that Word to ourselves in Jesus Name! Some of us may need to look in the mirror when we do this.
+Encouragement produces Empowerment, and Empowerment Equips us to overcome all challenges, and to live in the Victory that we already have in Christ Jesus our Lord. Hallelujah! Amen!
+Let us Encourage ourselves in the Lord and know that since God is for us who or what can be against us.
•Continue to let the WORD of God be the standard for your life. Always LOVING others like Christ Jesus loves us while keeping our Faith, Trust and Confidence in Him.
•BLESSED you are and BLESSED you will always be and to God be all the GLORY. Amen!

BEING BOLD

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere…”
(2 Corinthians 2:14, ESV)
Another Victory Is On The Way
Are you facing challenges or difficulties today? Maybe something has happened that could easily discourage you and cause you to give up on your dreams. I want to remind you that where you are is not where you are going to stay. God has a good plan in store for your future. When you stay in step with Him, you’ll walk right into victory. The Scripture tells us that God wants to take us from glory to glory, from victory to victory. Even if you are between victories right now, keep your passion. Keep your enthusiasm. Focus on the fact that God has another level for you—another level of glory, another level of increase, another level of His favor.

Godly BOLDNESS
BOLD: to be confident and sure; not hesitating or fearful, but courageous.
Prov 28:1
…the righteous are BOLD as a lion.
+You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:21), and you have the BOLDNESS of Christ who is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
Hebrews 4:16
Let us therefore come BOLDLY unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
+When we go to God’s Throne of Grace in prayer we must go with trust, confidence and surety without hesitation. With this attitude of faith and BOLDNESS we will always obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Ephesians 6:18-20 says when we pray with all prayers and supplication in the Spirit, utterance will be given unto us to speak BOLDLY like we ought to speak.
+Continue to exercise your godly BOLDNESS in Christ Jesus.

Today I encourage you to go out with a smile on your face. Give Him your best. When you thank God for what He has done, you are sowing a seed that He will use in your future. Keep praying, keep believing, keep hoping, and stand strong because another victory is coming your way!

A Prayer for Today
“Father God, right now I choose to focus my mind and heart completely on You. I choose to step out of discouragement, step out of complacency, step out of worry, and step in to Your glory. You alone are worthy, and I thank You for the victory You have in store for my future in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

ROOTED AND GROUNDED  

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord , And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish”.[ Psalms 1:2-6 ].

“The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing, To declare that the Lord is upright; He  is my rock, and there  is no unrighteousness in Him”. (Psalms 92:12‭-‬15 NKJV).

“Thus says the Lord : “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord . For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which  is not inhabited. “Blessed  is the man who trusts in the Lord , And whose hope is the Lord . For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit”. (Jeremiah 17:5‭-‬8 NKJV).

“…May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love…”
(Ephesians 3:17, AMPC)
Established In Love
There is tremendous power in love! In the same way that a tree will grow taller and stronger when its roots grow deep, you will be stronger and rise higher when you are rooted and established in love. How do you establish yourself in love? It starts by making a choice. When you choose to say yes to love, you are saying yes to everything God is because God is love! Then every day, choose to love through your actions by modeling your life according to 1 Corinthians 13. That means choosing to be patient and kind. It means not seeking your own way, not being jealous or boastful. When you choose love, you are showing the world that God is first place in your life. The more you choose to walk in love, the deeper and stronger your roots will grow. Remember, love is the greatest thing. It is all that will last in eternity. Choose to establish yourself in love and let it be firm within you. Let His love build security in you and empower you to live the life of blessing He has in store for you.

A Prayer for Today
“Father, establish me in Your love. Show me how to love others the way You love me. Thank You for setting me free and empowering me to live the overcoming life You have prepared for me in Jesus’ name! Amen.”