Sunday, January 10, 2021

Becoming God's Friend

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James 2:23 (EEV) “And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness—and he was called a friend of God."

Dele and Rachel grew up in the same estate, went to the same high school; they left and returned together and studied the same course in the university. This made many who knew them to think they'll be best of friends and end up as husband and wife, but that didn't happen. Dele wanted it to; he even told his friends that nothing would stop him from marrying Rachel. But Rachel wasn't interested, this became evident when she brought her fiance home. "What happened?, Why?" were some of the questions asked by the people who had looked forward to seeing Dele and Rachel get married.

When Rachel caught a glimpse of their questions, she replied, "We could have been friends, but who wants to be friends with someone who does only what he likes? There was nothing I ever requested that he did if it wasn't his idea".

God is always interested in making us His friend, so He gives us instructions to test if we are willing to accept His offer. It is our response to these instructions that will determine whether he can trust us or not.

In Genesis 26:3-5 (KJV), God had this to say concerning Abraham to Isaac, “Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father; and I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

You see, Abraham obtained the reputation of "friend of God" because he trusted God and obeyed God's voice; kept His charge, commandments, statutes, and laws. If you do the same, you will also become a friend of God.

Prayer: Lord, please give me a heart that obeys your voice and keeps your charge, commandments, statutes, and laws in Jesus' name. Amen!

—Dr. Emmanuel James

Yearly Bible Plan: Malachi
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