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Accept God's Friend Request

Accept God's Friend Request

Exodus 33:11(NKJV) - So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.

Numbers 12:8(NLT) - I speak to him face to face, clearly, and not in riddles! He sees the Lord as he is. So why were you not afraid to criticize my servant Moses?”

Deuteronomy 34:10(KJV) - And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face,

Moses and God were friends. God didn't have lots of friends back in those days. He loved everyone but only some people really got to know Him and truly understood His heart. Moses was one of them. It was obvious the type of relationship they had by the way God defended him. How dare Miriam and Aaron criticize God's friend? God made it clear that He knew Moses and Moses knew Him. God didn't speak to Moses in riddles like He did with everyone else so nobody should even think about messing with him.

Read Numbers 11 and see some of the choice words Moses used in his communication with God. In verse 15, he told God to kill him if that's how God was going to treat him. Wow! It was obvious by the way he talked with God that they had something special. He was bold enough to address God in such a way that most of us would not even imagine. We would be too afraid to even think those words in our heads but Moses was comfortable enough to say them to God. They had a special relationship so it was fine for them. Among friends, there is a certain level of comfort. Outside of that level of friendship, any communication has to be much more formal.

Welcome to today's blog. It's been a while since we sat before The Lord like we've been doing over the last few days. God wants to speak to some people this week so here goes. On with today's blog...

Philippians 3:8-11(NLT) - Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead!

Apostle Paul said it best; "Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus our Lord." I believe that statement should be our heart's cry and the top priority of every Christian. It should be the motivating factor behind each aspect of our walk with The Lord. We should read The Bible with the aim of knowing God better. We should pray with the desire to know God's heart. We should sing songs of worship in response to what we know about Him. The longer we are in The Body of Christ the better we should know Christ and the closer we should be to Him. Otherwise, what are we really doing?

Acts 17:26-28(AMP) - And He made from one [common origin, one source, one blood] all nations of men to settle on the face of the earth, having definitely determined [their] allotted periods of time and the fixed boundaries of their habitation (their settlements, lands, and abodes), So that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after Him and find Him, although He is not far from each one of us. For in Him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your [own] poets have said, For we are also His offspring.

God desires to be pursued. He created each of us for a specific time and a specific place and His expectation is that within those constraints of time and space we would seek Him. He is not far away so it should be easy to find Him. He just wants to see people show a genuine interest in getting to know Him. He wants us to know His ways so that we'll understand why He does what He does. He wants us to know His voice so that we would be able to recognize when He's speaking to us. He wants us to know His heart so that we would know what it takes to please Him.

Jeremiah 29:11-13(NKJV) - For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

Don't you recognize something here? Doesn't it sound like God is really seeking a relationship? He wants to be desired. He wants us to show an active interest in Him. He wants us to seek Him because He wants us to find Him. He doesn't want to be taken for granted. If He's important to us we would make the effort to get to know Him. We would search the scriptures to learn His character. We would take time to talk to Him to learn His voice. We would yearn for time with Him to experience His presence. He's not hiding from us. If we take the initiative to get to know Him He will reciprocate.

James 4:8(NKJV) - Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

God has extended an open invitation to anyone who wants to get close to Him. The people who are close to God are the ones who choose to be. When we read The Bible it amazes us how close some of those people were to God. In Genesis 18:17-19, God told Abraham about his secret plans to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. Why? According to James 2:23, Abraham was a friend of God. Did you see that? God was friends with a human being? How is that even possible? Why would God even want to hang out with one of us? I have no idea why but I do know this; God wants more friends. How can we also become friends of God?

John 15:14-15(NKJV) - You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.

God's friends are the people who do whatever He says. Picture this. Jesus reiterated what took place with Abraham thousands of years before. God doesn't keep secrets from His friends. If you do what God asks of you He will give you a "heads up" when He is planning to do something in the earth. Let's make this practical. What if a storm was coming in your direction and God told you about it long in advance? That way you could get ready. What if the economy was about to collapse and God told you ahead of time? Wouldn't that give you a head start on everyone else? What if God told you that your company was going to do a massive layoff way in advance? Think about the advantage you would have in life if you were God's friend.

Not only that but remember how God personally defended His friend Moses? Wouldn't you like God to do that for you? Picture this; someone at work is talking trash about you when suddenly the room starts to shake and the lights go out. God enters the room in blinding light and addresses the person directly, shutting the person up once and for all. Why not? He did it for Moses. In fact, He did it for His friend Abraham also in Genesis 20:3. Abimelech was about to sleep with Abraham's wife when God issued a death threat to the man in a dream. God would not let the king touch His friend's wife. That's serious. God considers friendship to be something worth defending. God defends His friends.

Numbers 14:19-21(NKJV) - Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now." Then the Lord said: "I have pardoned, according to your word;

Last, but definitely not least, God listens to His friends. Malachi 3:6 states emphatically, "For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." God changes for nobody. When He makes up His mind, it is what it is. Well, not unless you're His friend. He listened to Moses and pardoned people because Moses asked Him to. God also listened to Abraham. Read Genesis 18 and you'll see Abraham negotiate with God in an effort to save Sodom and Gomorrah. God was willing to listen to Abraham. Why? Abraham was His friend. If you're God's friend, you can negotiate with Him. If you're not, He does not change!

Matthew 7:7-8(NKJV) - “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

God wants us to ask Him whatever is on our hearts today. He wants us to knock on His door with prayer. He wants us to seek the scriptures to find out more about Him. He wants to be the object of our attention. He wants to know that He's important enough for us to set aside time and energy to know Him more. It's time to get to know God. It's time for us to become more acquainted with Him. He has invited us to approach Him. He's shown interest in developing a close relationship. He's extended an invitation for friendship. It's time to accept God's Friend Request!

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