‘…I have called you friends…’ John 15:15 NKJV
Friendship with God is maintained and strengthened through constant talking with Him (prayer) and studying His Word. You can’t be God’s friend and not know what He says. You can’t love God unless you know Him, and that’s only possible through the Bible. ‘…He revealed Himself to Samuel through His Word.’ (1 Samuel 3:21 NIV) Now you can’t spend all day studying the Bible, but you can think about it throughout the day, remembering verses you’ve read and thinking over them. Meditation isn’t some mysterious ritual, it’s simply focused thinking—a skill you can learn. When you think about a problem over and over, that’s called worry. When you think about God’s Word over and over, that’s called meditation. If you know how to worry, you know how to meditate. Just switch your attention from the problem to the solution! The more you meditate on God’s Word the less you’ll have to worry about. The more time you spend meditating on the Scriptures the more you’ll understand their secrets.
The Psalmist said, ‘The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear Him, and He makes known to them His covenant.’ (Psalm 25:14 ESV) After Jesus told His disciples, ‘…I have called you friends…’, He went on to say, ‘…I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.’ (John 15:16 NKJV) The benefits of friendship with God include abundant living and answered prayer. So if you want to become God’s friend, read, digest and meditate in His Word.
SoulFood: Dan 3–4, Mark 3:20–35, Ps 7:1–9, Pro 10:16
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