Friendship with God - John 15 - [Life] – Steve Woodrow – Encounter Houston
How important are your friendships to you? Have you really evaluated the quality, the depth, and the quantity of them? Do you have deep lasting friendship?
Friendship with the Lord is an incredible thing. God, who created you, wants to know you and journey with you.
Psalm 25:14 "The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him,
and he makes known to them his covenant."
Are you in friendship with The Creator? God’s Friendship opens doors of opportunities for us. Jesus came to give us life through friendship and to give it to us abundantly. He wants to invite you into what He is doing.
John 15:14-17 "You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another."
A lack of love can be a direct indicator that there is a lack of friendship with God. There is a healthy fear of God; we have to ask is my fear of God under grace or under the law?
God didn’t have to save us but He did. He reached down from heaven and grabbed ahold of our hearts and opened it up to seek His face. He chose us. That is grace!
Are you trying to bear fruit for God by greater performance for God or greater intimate friendship with God?
We are called to bear fruit that last. We are able to bear fruit through greater friendship and intimacy with God. How did Jesus model His love for us? He loved people in their entirety. He set out to heal their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, to make them whole again.
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