Archive for the ‘Friend’ Category


Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Day 265

“. . . the friend of the bridegroom . . .”
John 3:29

John was a friend of the bridegroom. When Jesus began His ministry, John not only turned his disciples over to Jesus, he proclaimed that he must decrease in order for Christ to increase. John was the junction between the old and the new. He was a servant and was here for Christ.

This reflects a picture of the Church and Christ. The Church is the bride of Christ, and as members of the church, we fellowship with Christ. Like John, we are a friend of the Bridegroom and are to introduce Him, inviting others to know Him and join this family.

“Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and
His wife has made herself ready?”
Revelation 19:7


Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Day 257

“He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the people of Israel”
Psalm 103:7

God has made Himself known. He has revealed Himself progressively; first through prophets and leaders, then through His acts, and as the culmination of time came, through His Son. Jesus Christ is “the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being.” A greater revelation of God’s character, excellence and glory is in Christ.

We can know God. John declares, “You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, in your hearts, so that you don’t need anyone to teach you what is right. For he teaches you all things, and he is the Truth (1 John 2:27). We now can know Him in an intimate manner. Knowing Him means much more than intellectual knowledge. That implies grasping things by reason, analyzing, and seeing the relationships of cause and effect. To know God means communion and an intimate acquaintance with Him. He is not only our Lord, He is a Father and friend. Let us seek to know Him more and more every day.

“Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have put aside all else, counting it worth less than nothing, in order that I can have Christ, and become one with him, no longer counting on being saved by being good enough or by obeying God’s laws, but by trusting Christ to save me; for God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith–counting on Christ alone. Now I have given up everything else–I have found it to be the only way to really know Christ and to experience the mighty power that brought him back to life again, and to find out what it means to suffer and to die with him. So whatever it takes, I will be one who lives in the fresh newness of life of those who are alive from the dead.” Philippians 3:8-11


Monday, October 11th, 2010

Day 219

“I have called you friends”
John 15:15

How would you describe a friend? Common use of the word friend more often means an association. Being a real friend is a different matter. A real friend is one is trustworthy, loyal, stands with you in the thick and thin of life, confidant, comrade and faithful companion. A friend gives counsel when needed and is willing to correct you when necessary. A real friend doesn’t judge or criticize you and definitely doesn’t desert you if you screw up. True friendship is based on unconditional love.

Jesus said, “I have called you friends.” There are three characteristics to His friendship. The first is He sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). When Jesus saw the disciples in trouble on the lake, He went to them, comforted them, strengthened them and then (after walking on water), got in the boat with them. He stood with them in adversity. The second characteristic is, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend” (Proverbs 27:6). Because He is our friend, He corrects us and Job tells us, “happy is the man whom God corrects, therefore despise not the chastening of the Almighty: for though He wounds, He binds and heals again” (5:17-18).

The third characteristic of His friendship is His counsel, “Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of a man’s friend by hearty counsel” (Proverbs 27:9). The psalmist tells us, “He is our God forever and ever and He will be our guide until death” (48:14). And, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go, I will guide you with My eye” (32:8). There is a great comfort and security to knowing that guidance, counsel and wisdom are ours continually. There is only one true friend who fills this role, Our Father.

“And the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy you with all good things, and keep you healthy; and you will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring” Isaiah 58:11


Friday, August 6th, 2010

Day 156

“No one stood with me, but all forsook me . . .
But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me”
2 Timothy 4:16­17

Life is not perfect and Christians soon discover that even relationships among themselves do not always function in perfection. Look at the disciples and how they acted both before and after Christ’s death and resurrection. The scriptures record many conflicts, tribulation, betrayals in friendships. Where were the disciples when Christ hung on the cross?

Paul had two trials in Rome and in both instances suffered the loss of his brethren standing with him. Here he cites that “no one was at my side . . . all deserted me.” Not a single person presented themselves as a witness for his defense. Have you ever suffered the abandonment by friends, betrayal, or those that even became accusers? Very few go through life without this happening. There isn’t anything that can penetrate deeper than this loss. Yet, Paul said, “May it not be charged against them.”

Paul knew two things; the depth of Christ’s love and forgiveness of sin for His people, as exemplified when Peter denied Christ three times; and secondly, he knew through experience that Christ was a true Friend who did not change. Now at the end of his life, God stood with him and gave him strength in his hour of need. So it is with us also that when we stand alone our Savior is there ready to stand with us and strengthen us.

“I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me.
So I live my life in this earthly body by
trusting in the Son of God, who loved
me and gave Himself for me”
Galatians 2:20


Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Day 141

“Mary has chosen the good part”
Luke 10:42

There is a great revelation about the heart of the Father in John 15:14-16, where Jesus says, “I no longer call you servants . . . Instead, I have called you friends.” There is nothing greater than being His friend. Unfortunately, many do not see themselves as His friend.

Martha was a servant. When Jesus visited her, she dutifully served Him by continuing preparations while Mary went and sat at His feet. This disturbed Martha to the point of her interrupting Jesus with a protest about Mary not helping. Jesus revealed the difference between a servant and friend when He rebuked her for being worried and bothered about so many things. Much of Christ’s work today is being done by servants instead of friends, and in the course, they lose the joy, comfort and peace by being entangled in worry and troubles.

Servanthood is a great attainment, but it is not the highest attainment in Christ. Martha was right doing her duties, wrong when Her friend arrived. She should have set everything aside for Him. There are many believers, few servants, and even fewer friends. Servants desire to move the hand of God while a friend desires to know the heart of God. A servant measures things by results, a friend yearns to please the Father. A servant focuses on faithfulness, a friend on love. A servant is willing to work for the Master, but a friend wants to be with the Master. It is far more demanding to be a friend – it requires an investment. Let’s strive to be His friend.

“I have called you friends, for all things
that I have heard from My Father
I have made known to you”
John 15:15


Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Day 139

“The Lord is my helper”
Hebrews 13:6

Have you ever heard the phrase, “you sleep in the bed you make?” Or “heaven helps those who help themselves?” These are common sayings, but what is the meaning? If you fail or do something wrong, tough, you did it, suffer the consequences and live with it. If you don’t help yourself, no one will. Maybe God will help you if you help yourself. In other words, you are on your own.

Unfortunately, many Christians believe these statements. But these are not true, and, in fact, come right out of the pit of hell. Why? Because these statements not only totally misrepresent your Father in heaven, it actually lays charges at His door that He doesn’t care, will not help you and you can rot in your own pit. Think about it. If you believe any part of these to be true, you’ll see God as a distant judge Who condemns you. And it is the furthest from truth you can get.

Our Father is a helper to His children, even when you create your own problems. He understands human frailty and failings. His love covers a multitude of sins and He paid the ultimate price to redeem us from our fallen state. Do you think His arm is so short that He cannot save you? Or help you? Doesn’t the word declare what is impossible for us is possible with Him? Yes, His love covers every aspect our life. No matter what trouble you are in, even that which you made, He is ready to help you if you call Him.

“As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord is
thinking about me right now, You are my helper
and my savior. Do not delay, O my God.”
Psalm 40: 17


Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Day 129

“You are My friends”
John 15:14

This is a very specific declaration by our Lord; you are His friend. He also said in the same sentence, “… if you do whatsoever I command you.” And this trips up most Christians because they believe they have not always done what He commands. Let’s consider the facts.

What kind of men were the disciples? Did they do everything the Lord commanded them? Were they perfect? One had already betrayed Him. But, were the eleven changed men? No, and the continuing story told all their sins, faults, shortcomings and imperfections. Peter would deny Christ three times. They would all flee from the crucifixion. One would not believe He was resurrected without proof. They went back to their old ways, fishing all night. They fought among themselves, sometimes bitterly and causing separation. And the list goes on.

God’s love is not conditional.

You are His friend because He chose you to be His. Do not let anyone rob you of your place in Christ. Christ’s declaration of being your friend is not based on performance, but on who you are, a child of God.

“Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends”
John 15:13


Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Day 85

“You are those who have stood by Me in My trials”
Luke 22:28

God is a faithful God. He chose us before the foundation of the world; He created us to know, love, serve and have fellowship with Him. Fellowship was broken by the sin of the very first man that led to all of us being born separated from Him. God selected one person to begin a race of people to be His but; they continued man’s sinful ways. He then rescued them from 400-year captivity. They rebelled after being set free so He brought the next generation to a new land, where they rejected God as King and ended up in captivity again for 70 years. Then He set them free. Finally, in a time appointed He sent His own Son to die on a cross; opened the kingdom of God to all whosoever will answer His call.

Today we are His children because God never gave up on us. His faithfulness is steadfast, and we are proof of that. Even today, when we fail, fall, or slip, He is there. Should we even resist Him, He remains the same – near to us as a faithful companion. That faithfulness is a deep love for His children. It is a Father’s love. It is a love that has determined that not one of His children will be snatched out of His hand.

We again get a glimpse at the Father’s heart. Jesus told the disciples that in spite of their weaknesses and failures, they have stood with Him faithfully. Hundreds left Him, but they were loyal. They understood friendship. So He promised to give them a kingdom just as the Father had given Him one. Hear this, saints: the Lord values those who stay with Him. It reflects faithfulness, and He rewards us with the kingdom.

“And I confer on you a kingdom”
verse 29


Monday, April 19th, 2010

Day 61

“Do not let your hearts any longer be troubled.
Trust in God; trust also in me”
John 14:1

It was the Last Supper. Jesus announced Judas’ imminent betrayal, and Peter’s denial. His disciples didn’t fully understand why He had to go and die; they resisted even the thought of it. They were sad, confused, and troubled by the events. Jesus Himself was troubled in the spirit.

In the midst of these unfolding events and troubled hearts, two very powerful acts of love took place. Christ humbled Himself at the supper and washed the feet of His disciples, even the feet of the one who would betray Him. He did what they failed to do. In so doing, He forever set the pattern of true love and ministry. And then, in an unselfish and tender manner, He spoke to their very hearts with words of comfort and reassurance.

This brought the disciples to a realization of their own selfishness. Having the Master wash their feet was a humbling experience. His love revealed their self-occupation; it was almost offensive to them. Yet Christ neither focused on their failures, nor on their weaknesses; but brought comfort and assurance to them. Isn’t He the same with us?

“I am going there to prepare a place for you”

John 14:2


Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Day 8

“Gideon was threshing wheat”
Judges 6:11-12

God cannot be contained in a box. It is sad that some see Him only as a Sunday morning ritual. Others see God as ‘up there’, meaning distant. We try to interpret God by theology, doctrine, experiences and sadly make pronouncements as to what position God takes on matters.

God refuses to be contained by man. He continually breaks out of our preconceived concepts of whom He is and where He is. Look at how He met many in scripture:

• Adam met with God while taking an evening walk;
• Abraham first met with God when he was with his family, and   another time when he was sitting near his tent;
• Jacob met God in a dream, and later in life through a night of        wrestling in prayer;
• Moses first met God while working as a herdsman;
• Joshua met with God just before battle;
• Gideon was working at threshing wheat;
• Elijah and Elisha were out farming;
• Peter while he was at work fishing;
• Nathanael was meditating under a tree;
• Matthew was at his tax collector’s job; and,
• Two men met God while walking home.

God is looking to meet with you and He will meet you wherever you are. He wants to talk with you. Are you looking for Him?

“For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will live with them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.'”

2 Corinthians 6:16