FRIENDS 

Friendship 

John 15:13, 15

13. Greater love has no one than this that you lay your life down for your friends. 

15. Jesus said, “I call you friends”.

Proverbs 17:17

A friend loves at all times. 

Proverbs 18:24 

A man that has friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticks closer than a  brother. 

0. Friends do not attack, fight and destroy one another. 

0. Friends protect, defend and die for one another if necessary. 

0. Friends make sacrifices for each other. 

0. God is your friend and you are a friend of God.

0. A friend’s love is consistent and forever. 

0. A friend is friendly, showing love, loyalty, care, concern, goodwill, benevolence, and more. 

0. A friends are always close, dear and precious to each others heart…

+++Great friendships in the Bible:

•God and Abraham

•Jesus and the Church

•David and Jonathan 

•and Ruth and Naomi

+++In all the various types of relationships that we have, we can always have a friendship in the midst of them all. 

+++Some people have relationships but have no friendships. 

+++Everyone cannot be your friend but you can be a friend to everyone. 

+++Everyone was not a friend to Jesus, but Jesus was a friend to everyone. He was a friend to His enemies and even those who betrayed Him.

+++Jesus had many friends and He showed Himself friendly. May the Lord continue to keep us His friend and use us to demonstrate to others what it is to be a True and Godly friend. 

•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!

BLESSED  TO  BE  A  BLESSING  

​HAVEN’T  YOU  HEARD  

The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it.{Proverbs 10:22 }. HE TOLD  ABRAHAM  :

I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”{Genesis 12:2‭-‬3}

 REMEMBER ,WHO GOD  BLESS , NO ONE  CAN CURSE

“How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how shall I denounce whom the Lord has not denounced?(Numbers 23:8)

“God  is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Behold, I have received a  command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.(Numbers 23:19‭-‬20)

And God said to Balaam, “You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.”(Numbers 22:12)

GOD BLESS THROUGH  OBEDIENCE  

“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God: “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be  in the country. “Blessed shall  be  the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. “Blessed shall  be your basket and your kneading bowl. “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. “The Lord  will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. “The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you. “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord , and they shall be afraid of you. And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.  So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.[Deuteronomy 28:1‭-‬14]

LISTEN,GOD SAYS,

“I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me. Riches and honor are with me, Enduring riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, And my revenue than choice silver. I traverse the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice, That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, That I may fill their treasuries”(Proverbs 8:17‭-‬21).

BE BOLD

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, 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, and let the Word of God be the standard for your life. 

+++Blessed you are and blessed you will always be and to God be all the glory. Amen!

Don’t love This world

​1John 2:15 

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 

1John 3:17 

But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother have need, and shuts up his heart of compassion from him, how dwells the love of God in him? 

-The evidence of love is demonstrated in Giving, Caring, Sharing and Compassion. 

-Love gives to others at the expense and sacrifice of self. 

-Lust and hate always seek to get and take from others to satisfy themselves. These kind of individuals always seek to satisfy themselves at the expense of others. 

People are to be Loved and not to be Used. Things are to be Used and not to be Loved. 

-Beware of those who love things and use people, and especially beware of those who use people to get the things they love. 

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they  are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.[Romans 1:18‭-‬32]

+++Let the Word of God be the standard for your life. 

Blessed you are and blessed you will always be and to God be all the glory. Amen!

THE BATTLE  WITHIN  

​Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. (James  4:17).
What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner  of  evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead. I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me.  Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good. Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it  is good. But now, it  is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to  do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to  do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to  do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.(Romans 7:7‭-‬25)

For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage. For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”{2 Peter 2:18‭-‬22}

Finally  

But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”(Luke 9:62)

GOD IS WORKING  IT OUT  

The question  is :

Is anything too hard for the Lord ? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”{Genesis 18:14}

‘Ah, Lord God ! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You. You show lovingkindness to thousands, and repay the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them—the Great, the Mighty God, whose name is  the Lord of hosts. You  are  great in counsel and mighty in work, for Your eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, to give everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings. Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, “Behold, I am the Lord , the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me? (Jeremiah 32:17‭-‬19‭, ‬26‭-‬27 )

And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”(Romans 4:19‭-‬22)

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”(Matthew 19:26)
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.(Ephesians 3:20‭-‬21)

THE LORD WILL BRING YOU OUT

No matter what you are going through,cry out to God,He hears.
Psalms 34:17-19 says, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all”.

Exodus 6:6-7
…… ‘I am the Lord ; I will bring you out from under the burdens …… I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens…..

The name of the Lord  is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.(Proverbs 18:10)

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord , “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall  be  your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the Lord , who  is  my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will  be  with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.”

[Psalms 91:1‭-‬16]

REMEMBER  

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah There  is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is  in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah Come, behold the works of the Lord , Who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah(Psalms 46:1‭-‬11)