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May 25, 2015
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Ready to Die, Ready to Live

Ready to die, ready to liveAre you afraid of natural disasters or living in general? Or are you ready to die, ready to live? Life sure is unpredictable. We can’t control it. We don’t know the time of the end of the world, neither the time of our own death. We only know that it will come one day.

There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. (2 Cor. 4:18, MSG)

How are we then to live? We are to concentrate in things that will last forever. We don’t know when a natural disaster or something else will take everything we own away. We are not to build our security in the material wealth.

Life is more than what meets the eye. When we concentrate in eternal things we soon realize that we are rich beyond measure. Don’t settle for less than that.

The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less. (2. Cor. 5:5, MSG)

The only thing that brings peace to us in the middle of these turbulent times is Jesus. But he is more than enough. Jesus is everything we need and then some. Nothing can take away our peace found in Jesus.

Because peace with God makes us ready for the end of the world.
Because peace with Jesus makes us ready to meet our Maker anytime.
Because peace with the Holy Spirit sustains us through anything and everything.

Sooner or later we’ll all have to face God, regardless of our conditions. We will appear before Christ and take what’s coming to us as a result of our actions, either good or bad. That keeps us vigilant, you can be sure. It’s no light thing to know that we’ll all one day stand in that place of Judgment. (2 Cor. 5: 9-10, MSG)

How can you be ready? How can you have that peace? Ask Jesus in your heart. Through Jesus God offers a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. Just ask. Then be vigilant in dwelling in God’s presence. Focus on eternal things. Material things are here today but gone tomorrow. The friendship with God is eternal.

Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you. How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God. (2. Cor. 5: 20-21, MSG)

Because of Christ being friends with God is possible. God has sent a friend request to you in Jesus. It is your choice to accept or deny his request. This decision will be the most important decision of your life. When you are friends with God, you are ready to die, ready to live.

 

Gracious God,
Open our eyes to see,
and ears to hear
what is really important.
Forgive, renew, restore.
Fill us with your Spirit.
Make us ready,
fill us with your peace.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Are you ready to die, ready to live? Does it bring peace to you?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you concentrate in the eternal things in the midst of turbulent times!

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May 22, 2015
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Rise and Shine!

Rise and shineRise and shine, folks! Don’t forget that Christ is risen and if your are his, you are on the victor’s side.

Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! (Isaiah 60:1, AMP,*)

There you have it. Arise from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you. Rise to a new life offered to you by God’s grace. Don’t keep on muddling through life when real joy is offered to you in Jesus. Rise and shine, for your Light has come!

Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people). (Eph.5:15, AMP,*)

It does matter how we live. Use your time here on earth wisely. Quit dabbling in sin and flirting with the world. Live purposefully and meaningfully. Don’t spend your time with unworthy things. God has so much better things to offer to you!

Rise and shine, my friend! Embrace the fact that Christ is risen for you. There’s a new spirit at work in you!

Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2, MSG,*)

A new power is indeed in operation. The Holy Spirit lifts us from despair to abundant life. Of course, it does not mean life without struggles. But it does mean we are able to rise above our circumstances with God’s empowering grace. We are freed from the tyranny of sin and death. We are freed from living under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. We are free to live fully in Jesus. We are free to enjoy life with God. Hence, my friends, let’s rise and shine!

 

Gracious God,
Thanks for freeing us from the sin and death.
Thanks for your empowering grace.
Help us to embrace your gifts and
rise and shine for you.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Are you sleep-walking through your life or are you shining?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim as you rise and shine!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.]

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May 20, 2015
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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God Loves You

God loves youToday I’ve been marveling at three verses in Saint Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians and wanted to write a blog post based on those verses. Then I realized I’ve already written two different posts on it. I enjoyed rereading them. I needed to read them today. I hope you do too.

The first one is called God loves every part of you. “We are children of God and God loves every one of us. God loves not just our Sunday best but every part of us. He doesn’t divide us into the loveable and the unlovable parts. He just loves us. It really does sound too good to be true. God’s love is astonishing but nonetheless true. He created us and loves what he created. There’s nothing he would not do for us. Just think of Calvary. If you ever doubt God’s love just think of the cross and the resurrection. God went all the way to be able to get you back in touch with him…read more here.”

Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete. (2 Cor. 1:20-22, MSG)

The second one is called Do you know how much God loves you? “Do you know how much God loves you? Do you know that you are God’s beloved? Because that is your true identity. Don’t believe me? Read on. God’s favorite word is yes. God says yes to you. Over and over again. And God’s yes is not valid just when you are doing well. God loves all of you. The bad and the ugly. The good and the beautiful. Everything. God speaks yes to you in Jesus….read more here.”

You are God’s beloved. No ifs. No buts. There’s no doubt in God’s mind that you are his beloved child. He created you and he redeemed you and he is ready to pour out grace upon grace and love upon love. What do you need to do? Just open your heart and receive God’s blessings. Bask in his grace. Revel in his love. Shout for joy. Dance a happy dance. It’s true and nothing will ever change it: God loves you.

 

Gracious God,
You are so good to me.
Thank you for your love.
Thank you for your grace.
Show me how to live in your love
and share it with everyone I meet.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you know how much you are loved by God Almighty?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace the fact that God loves you more than you can ever know!

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May 18, 2015
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Too Much to Bear?

too much to bear?How are you doing? I’ve been pretty exhausted lately. Nothing major, just too little sleep and too much to process. Thankfully, I know where my strength comes from.

My help comes from the Lordthe Maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 121:2, NIV).

Especially now spending time with God is essential. Otherwise I would not make it. Often people say God does not give you more than you can bear. But life is not fair, things happen, and, suddenly, we do have too much on our plate. The thing is – we do get more than we can bear on our own. Only with God it’s not too much to bear. Do you get the difference?

That’s why I loved reading these verses this morning. A prayer for me today. And maybe for you too?

 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. (Eph.1:17-23, NIV)

We need – in order to live fully even in the midst of hardships – the spirit of wisdom and revelation. We need – in order to not despair when we feel trapped – the eyes of our heart enlightened to see real hope. We need – in order to keep on praising God when there seems so little to be thankful for – the resurrection power.

These gifts are ours when we are God’s children. God has placed all things – also those things that bother us and try to cause stress upon stress – under his feet.

What are we then to do if stressing out is not necessary?
What are we to do when there’s not reason to worry?
What are we to do when everything is done for us?

We are to rest in God. We are to build our life on real hope we find in Jesus. We are to praise God even when it’s dark around us. Because we know when our help comes from. And that help will not let us down now or any time in the future. Hallelujah!

 

Dear God,
You are amazing.
And I don’t have to be.
I can be weak yet have strength when I lean on you.
I can be empty yet be filled with your hope.
I can be nothing yet I have everything in you.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
For carrying me when I have too much to bear.
For providing me when I have nothing to give.
For guiding me when I don’t know what to do.
Thank you, thank you, thank you
that I can be yours.
Be praised forever and ever.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Has life given you too much to bear? How did you handle it? Have you experienced the power of resurrection in your own life?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you lean on God when life gives you too much to bear on your own!

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May 15, 2015
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Following Jesus in Real Life

following Jesus in real lifeFollowing Jesus is my heart’s desire. Now that I’ve been waiting for God’s guidance for quite some time, I’ve caught myself wondering what I’ve been doing wrong. Maybe I could have done this and that. The list gets very long very quickly. And it gets me off the track very efficiently. Following Jesus in real life is more difficult than we’d like.

You see, when you heart is at the right place, when you’ve surrendered yourself to Jesus, God will take care of the rest. We are not to focus on ourselves – our failings or inabilities – but we are to focus on God and his amazing ways. God can do anything. Our task is to abide in him and praise him all the days of our lives. Even if that’s all we do, we have succeeded wonderfully. Because that’s all there is to following Jesus.

Life is full of difficulties, interruptions, and changed plans. How we handle them is how we follow Christ. Do we try to deal with them on our own or do we place them before God as an offering? Because that’s the way to go. That’s the way to live out faith in our every day lives. That’s the way to let God do what he wants to do in your life.

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.
(romans 12:1, MSG,*R

In some ways, we are just asked to make room for God and stay out of his way while he is creating good things of our lives. We are, of course, invited to participate in what he does but we are not to lead but follow him. There is a huge difference between these two ways to live. The first one is the way to stress and frustration. The second one is the way to peace and rest in the midst of chaos. Well, I choose the number two; I choose following Jesus. How about you?

I think the choice is pretty obvious. And, in our head, we all want that. When the sun is shining we all want that. But the test comes when a storm is brewing. The test comes when we are asked to wait for God’s timing. Do we force our way when God seems to do nothing? Or do we bring our problems to God and trust him to take care of them?

It does take practice. More than we’d like. But practice makes perfect. And blessedly we are not on our own in this either. God is right along side of us if we want the help. Practice obedience in small things, then the bigger things do not intimate us. Because it’s not us versus problems, it’s God versus problems. And when we remember that and the fact that God is almighty, we naturally keep humming ‘Hallelujah’ while following Jesus all the days of our lives.

 

Gracious God,
You’ve given us everything we need to handle difficulties:
you’ve give us your son Jesus Christ.
Help us to remember to focus on you
and not on our problems.
Show us how to rest in you
in the middle of chaos.
Enable us to let go of control
and follow you all of our days.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Are you following Jesus in real life? How does it work out for you?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim as you continue following Jesus all the days of your life!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.]

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May 13, 2015
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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How to Live in the Shadow of Death

the shadow of deathLately, we have had a lot of heart-breaking diagnoses and deaths in our extended family. So much that it forces you thinking and praying. How should we live in the shadow of death?

I think this is one of the most important questions in life, don’t you think? It is a matter of life and death after all. It determines how we live and for what we live. And what happens to us after our death.

The sad thing is if we can’t handle these questions and start doing anything that makes us feel alive no much how harmful it is.

Finding happiness here on earth does not happen when we go after self-realization or embrace dreams given to us by Hollywood or Madison avenue or Wall Street. Denying the shadow of death does not bring us peace. But embracing it does.

The good thing that comes out of this is more focused living. It forces us to live fully and stop taking things granted. It makes us to see what things matter and encourages us to hold on to those. And it makes us to see what’s superficial or harmful and pushes us to let go of them.

Only God can make us fully alive in the shadow of death. Only the breath of God keeps us among living. Only the grace of God saves us from eternal death.

Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4, AMP)

The only life-giving way to deal with death and dying is to embrace it with the grace of God. When we are not afraid of dying, we are ready to live abundantly no matter how dark it is.

Sure, it is wise to seize the day and live fully. Carpe diem, and all that. But it is much wiser to seize God while doing it. Carpe Deum, if you will.

Because only God can bless you with eternal life.
Only Jesus can save you from death and dying.
Only the Holy Spirit can fill you with peace.

 For me to live is Christ [His life in me], and to die is gain [the gain of the glory of eternity]. If, however, it is to be life in the flesh and I am to live on here, that means fruitful service for me; so I can say nothing as to my personal preference [I cannot choose]. (Phil. 1:21-22, AMP)

How can we then seize God in the shadow of death? By embracing him and what he does for us, in us and through us every day of our lives. By surrendering to him daily and asking him to show us how to use our time here on earth. By trusting God to know what’s best for us in every situation. By praising God for giving us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. By dancing in the shadow of the death while singing Hallelujah.

O death, where is your victory?
    O death, where is your sting?
(1 Cor. 15:55, NLT)

 

Gracious God,
We praise you for giving us victory over sin and death through Jesus.
We thank you for offering us life upon life.
We embrace you and your grace with everything we’ve got.
Show us how to live and dance in the shadow of death.
Enable us to live fully no matter how dark it gets.
May only your will happen in our lives.
In Jesus’ precious name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you know how to live and dance in the shadow of death? Please, do share!

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you live fully in Jesus in the shadow of death!

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May 11, 2015
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Use God by Faith

Use God by FaithDo you dare to bother God with your problems? Or do you think God is not interested in what is going on in your life? Too often we keep away from God because we think we should not bother God. That is so sad. So, so sad. We think we are noble to leave God to others who are more desperate for God. But, first of all, God is not that small; God is capable to help all of us. And, second of all, that way the enemy wins and we lose. The last thing God wants for us. What should we then do? Charles Spurgeon has put it this way:

Learn the Divine skill of making God all things to thee. He can supply thee with all; or, better still, He can be to thee instead of all. Let me urge thee, then, to make use of thy God. Make use of Him in prayer; go to Him often, because He is thy God. Oh, wilt thou fail to use so great a privilege? Fly to Him; tell Him all thy wants. Use Him constantly by faith at all times. If some dark providence has beclouded thee, use thy God as a “sun”; if some strong enemy has beset thee, find in Jehovah a “shield”; for He is a sun and a shield to His people. If thou hast lost thy way in the mazes of life, use Him as a “guide”; for He will direct thee. Whatever thou art, and wherever thou art, remember God is just what thou wantest, and just where thou wantest and that He can do all thou wantest!

Let’s let God be your everything. This doesn’t happen if we do not embrace God and his blessings every single hour of our lives. Only when we spend time with God and open our hearts to him, we get to know him. And this is what God wants for us. He wants us to fly to him. He wants us to seek him with everything we’ve got. He wants to bless us because he loves us. If we keep away from him, we are returning his gifts. And we don’t want that, do we?

We are to use God by faith at all times. And the operative words here are ‘by faith’. When we live by faith, all what is God’s is ours. But only then. But when our hope is Christ, we are safe and secure in God. We are always welcome to draw near to God. We are always wanted at God’s table. We are always welcome to use God by faith.

Why then would we keep away from God’s presence? Because of pride? Because we believe the lies of the enemy? Because we are lazy? But, friends, don’t you know that Hallelujah is our song?

Our hope is not in our own excellency but in God’s excellency. Our salvation does not lay on our own worthiness but on Jesus’ worthiness. Our faith is not based upon what we are able to do but in what Christ has done and is doing for me.

When we live by faith in this amazing joy, we feel drawn to God as we are asking him to make us what he wants us to be. When we practice our faith by embracing God’s gifts to us, we live out our faith for others to see. You see, if our faith does not change how we live our lives, we deny the people around us to see how God lives and works in and through his children. So when we refuge God’s help in our lives and try to manage on our own, we don’t just rob ourselves of God’s blessings, we also rob others to be drawn to God through our example. Ouch.

I think living under our privileges as God’s children leads us further and further away from God. Faith starts fading away and eventually becomes merely a cultural thing. And that is so sad. So, so sad. When we could have a living, loving God on our side! When we could have God as our guide, shield, and sun! When we could experience God’s protection and care in a very personal level! What to do then?

Come near to God and he will come near to you. (James 4:8, NIV)

Talk to God in prayer. More often and always before you use your messenger app in your phone. Make Jesus your go to person and you will be amazed how your life starts to blossom.

God blesses us—our God blesses us! (Psalm 67:6, CEB)

Gracious God,
Forgive us for trying to cope on our own.
Forgive us for refusing your blessings.
Help us, Lord!
Help us to embrace you without reservations.
Help us to make you our go to person.
Help us to make you our everything.
Help us to live our faith in such a way
that it would also bless others.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you dare to use God by faith? Please, share your thoughts/experiences!

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you use God by faith!

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May 8, 2015
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Disappointed with God or Life?

Disappointed with God of Life?Sometimes you hear people venting their frustrations with God. You know, they’re disappointed because God has not met their expectations. What do you say? Are you disappointed with God?

The only way I can understand the statement is that God’s promises are misunderstood. Because God has not promised to give us whatever we want. God has not promised there wouldn’t be any hardships in our lives.

Therefore, if God has disappointed you by not meeting your expectations, maybe your expectations are of the kilter. You see, God has promised to meet all of our needs, not our expectations.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:19, NIV,*)

God is very generous with his love and grace. God loves to take care of his children and bless us richly. But he does not give us according to our whims or wishes but according to our needs and his good plan for us. And then there are all the bad things in life that just happen.

It is not always easy to accept life’s twists and turns. But we can choose to trust God. He will not abandon us. His will is always good towards us, even when we don’t understand what’s going on in our lives.

Life disappoints us. But God doesn’t. It’s good to know the difference (and learn to handle disappointments as divine appointments). Bank on God (not life). Better things ahead when traveling heavenward. Thank you, Jesus!

 

Gracious God,
We bring you our disappointments,
use them for your glory,
bring something amazingly good
out of them.
Thank you for always taking care of us,
thank you for meeting our every need.
Thank you for guarding us from the wrong things
and always desiring what’s good for us.
Help us to see your wisdom and guidance in our lives.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Has God met your expectations? Has God met your needs?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim as you trust God to always take care of you!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.]

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May 6, 2015
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Refresh Me, Lord

Refresh Me, LordAre you tired, weary, and/or exhausted? Are you in need of tender loving care? Are you in need of restoration? You’ve come to the right place, I can point you to the Source of Life.

Come, even if you don’t want to admit your need. Come, even if you don’t want or dare to ask for help. God knows your inner most parts of you. He knows what you need before you do. And God invites you to ask for his help. Only then he can meet your needs. All of your needs. Even those you are not aware of. Even those you don’t want to talk about. Even those that have been dragging you down for years now.

I’ll refresh tired bodies;
I’ll restore tired souls.
(Jeremiah 31:25, MSG)

This is what God does. He refreshes tired bodies and restores tired souls. We don’t have any other hope. But what hope this is! Real, refreshing and everlasting.

But blessed is the man who trusts me, God,
    the woman who sticks with God.
They’re like trees replanted in Eden,
    putting down roots near the rivers—
Never a worry through the hottest of summers,
    never dropping a leaf,
Serene and calm through droughts,
    bearing fresh fruit every season.
(Jeremiah 17:7-8, MSG)

And this works in today’s world too. God is real. God is loving. God is active. We just need to get ourselves into God’s presence. And that’s possible because of Jesus. He made it possible for us to approach God freely. Why don’t we then do it on daily basis? Why do we think we should not bother God with our concerns? Why do we allow the enemy keep us away? When there’s nothing that brings God more happiness that his children flocking to him day after day?

Repent, then,
and turn to God,
so that your sins may be wiped out,
that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.
(Acts 3:19, NIV)

Times of refreshing sound really good, doesn’t it? Yes, it does and it’s not too good to be true like most of the stuff the world offers. Okay, you say. But how to go about it? Just talk to God. Tell him how you feel and what you need and stay in God’s presence until you feel better. God will be there when you call him. Receive his grace. Receive his peace. Receive his love.

 

Lord,
I do repent.
I do turn to you.
Forgive me and, please,
pour out grace upon grace.
I need you.
Refresh me.
Restore me.
Refill me.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: How does God refresh you?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you let God take care of all your needs.

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May 4, 2015
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Friends with Jesus

Being Friends with JesusFriendship is a beautiful thing. Having a close friend is a real blessing, don’t you think? One of those things that makes life better for sure. But being friends with Jesus is even better! How come? It is divine!

I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. (John 15:15, NLT)

What does being friends with Jesus mean? It means – just like in any friendship – that we want to spend time with each other. We want to rejoice or mourn with the other. It means we want to confide in each other. It means we want to get to know each other intimately. Of course this takes time. But friendship always gives more than it takes. And being friends with Jesus gives even more..

Jesus is unvisible (but not an imaginary) friend. You know, Jesus is alive and he is on this journey with us. He sticks with us through thick and thin. He sits with us and talks with us if we take time to listen. He listens to us and understands what we are going through. He is always there for us. He helps us to be what God created us to be. He does not let us down.

But as I said it takes time to build friendship. It takes time to become thoroughly comfortable with each other. But it is the best thing ever. Start talking to Jesus like to your best friend and soon you don’t want to stop. And, hey, you don’t need to stop. It is beyond wonderful to have a best friend with you at all times. And not just any friend. But Jesus: The Son of God, the prince of peace, the Living Word, the Lamb of God.

Aren’t we beyond blessed that God wants to be best friends with us?
Aren’t we fools if we don’t take Jesus up on his offer?

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for Jesus.
Thank you for wanting to be our friend.
We want to be friends with Jesus too.
Show us how we can get to know you better.
Show us how wonderful it is to confide in each other.
Be praised forever and ever!
You are beyond wonderful!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: How do you spend time with Jesus?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you become best friends with Jesus!

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