It Amazes Me That You Call Me Friend
“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet,
They shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
It gives me joy to write about our relationship with our Creator; the freedom and the peace that erode your heart when you finally step away from the realm of laws, into the realm of GRACE is priceless. Many Christians do not know their inheritance in Christ; they stand to enjoy when they gave their lives to Christ. No wonder the devil is still cheating a lot of Christians today. Here is the good news; this article shows your real identity as the Child of God.
You are created in the ALMIGHTY’s image
Genesis 1:26 “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
When God created the heaven, the earth and everything in and out of it, He did not make any special announcement. In fact, He called them forth; Let there be light, and there was light… but when it got to your turn, He knows you are unique, a special kind of Breed… God’s own Breed. Instead of “let there be” He said “Let Us make man” He knows, you hold a special place in His heart.
You are not created by mistake
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified[a] you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
It does not matter if your parents planned giving birth to you or not, your Heavenly Father knew exactly when you are coming, and He knows your purpose here on earth. In addition, He created you so that He could have a personal relationship with you. God wants an intimate heart to heart relationship with you. Want to know why? Because you are His friend! He knows your name and every other thing about you. James 2:23 “And the Scripture was fulfilled, which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.”
A friend of the Most High
I remember while I was still a babe in Christ, anytime I go off track with God; I tend to run away from His presence because I felt He resented me for disobeying Him. I will beat myself up… guilt was all over me, and I realized the more I leave His presence, the more I do the wrong things. I do not know who needs to hear this BUT listen to this; God knew what you would do way before you did it. He knows your capabilities and weak points; however, He knew how to get you on track, and He can only show them to you when you create time for Him.
Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Psalms 91:1-2 “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him, I will trust.”
It is amazes me that He calls me His Friend, even n my shortcomings! It is an incredible feeling!
Furthermore, God can be our friend while still being our Father, and God; He wants to be your friend… A kind of friend you can rely on whenever and you can easily pour your heart without any hesitation about any problem or temptation.
What it takes…
John 15:12-17 “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 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. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another.”
The Holy Spirit and You
John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”
Do you see how important you are to God? He sent His Son Jesus Christ to pay your debt, after which, He sent the Holy Spirit to you, to be with you for the rest of your life to counsel, direct, fellowship, guide you just to name a few.
The Holy Spirit is all you need
1 John 2:26-27
“26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to [a]deceive you. 27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teaches you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.”
Note that nobody is qualified to tell you that you are not good enough to be in the presence of God when our Heavenly Father has not condemned you. Pastors, bishops, evangelists, teachers of the word of God are there to encourage your relationship with God, and they do not serve as a mediator between you and God. Just the way you do not need to have anyone around, before you talk to your friend is the same way you do not need permission from pastors before you talk to your Friend. You may need someone at first, but as you grow fond of each other, the third party is omitted from the equation.
Encourage Yourself In the Lord
He called me friend, how grateful am I to know I have a friend in Christ, just as you do. Be glad and rejoice in the beauty of His holiness. Remember He calls you friend, know that it is only because of His love for each of us, that He can even call us friend. It’s Amazing!