Becoming Best Friends With God


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Becoming Best Friends With God

  1. 1. Becoming Best Friends with God
  2. 2. God Wants to be Your Best Friend <ul><li>We were made to live in God’s continual presence. . . </li></ul><ul><li>. . .yet after the Fall of Man in the Garden that relationship was lost. </li></ul><ul><li>Fear of God , not Friendship, was more common in the Old Testament </li></ul>
  3. 3. Jesus Changes the Situation <ul><li>When Jesus paid for our sins on the cross, the veil in the temple that symbolized separation from God was split from top to bottom. </li></ul><ul><li>Direct access to God was once again available! </li></ul><ul><li>We can now approach God anytime! </li></ul><ul><li>“ We also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” (Romans 5:11) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Jesus Changes the Situation <ul><li>Friendship with God is possible only because of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Grace of God and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Sacrifice of Jesus </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” (John 15:15) </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>God desires that we know him intimately. </li></ul><ul><li>“ From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.  27God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.” (Acts 17:26—27) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Constant Conversation <ul><li>Friendship with God is built by sharing all your life with him. </li></ul><ul><li>God wants to be included in every activity, every conversation, every problem, every thought. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Pray without ceasing” (2 Thessalonians 5:17) </li></ul><ul><li>Your goal is not a feeling, but a continual awareness of the reality that God is always present. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Continual Meditation <ul><li>Another way to establish a friendship with God is by thinking about his Word throughout your day. </li></ul><ul><li>You can not love God unless you know him. </li></ul><ul><li>You can not know him without knowing his Word. </li></ul><ul><li>Meditation is simply focused thinking. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Continual Meditation <ul><li>Job admitted, “I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.” (Job 23:12) </li></ul><ul><li>David said, “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.” (Psalm 119:97) and “They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about them.” (Psalm 77:12) </li></ul><ul><li>The more time you spend reviewing what God has said, the more you will understand the “secrets” of this life that most people miss. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Becoming God’s Best Friend <ul><li>Prayer lets you speak to God. </li></ul><ul><li>Meditation lets God speak to you. </li></ul>