How To Be God’s Friend, And Many Other Free Reads!

I invite you to download, for free, and read dozens of wonderful, encouraging Christian articles, poems and book reviews, including my article, “How To Be God’s Friend.” Just click this link: Believer Life APRIL 2015

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3 thoughts on “How To Be God’s Friend, And Many Other Free Reads!

  1. Thanks for that Abby ! Downloaded and your piece and two others read just now. Yours is VERY interesting and VERY right. As you say, believing in someone is good, but not particularly useful ! You put it so well. From my experience, on the journey of faith, the first step was believing in God, then the next essential one (which many miss) is to believe in Satan. Not doing the latter is extremely dangerous because we WILL come under attack and need to know where it is really coming from.

    The third step is the realisation that we are meant to enjoy life and use the gifts we have been given. These are part of the learning process. In due course, God will ask questions starting with “Why didn’t you …….. ?”. Not all the questions will be reproachful and sometimes God will just be puzzled that he gave us something and we didn’t use it for one reason or another. Guilt, fear, undue pressure, panic and low self-esteem do NOT come from God. He has no reason to give us these feelings if we are following the 10 commandments. Quite the opposite, He wants to interact with us just as any father would.

    When I finally got to step 4 which is inviting Jesus to manage my life and to be with me when I go windsurfing, skiing and flying, I was amazed at how well things can go. Many times there was an intervention to make things better and steer me away from a potential mistake. We must remember from the bible that Jesus had a great sense of humour and did many things for pleasure.

    Again, I think it’s vital to get that balance right : be aware of the evil and the losses in the world and raise awareness, but to use God’s gifts to enjoy life and to learn by the interaction with Him.

    In the old testament, there are many references to God’s face shining on us and I think we need to allow our faces to reflect his. If people see that, they will follow and want to know how they can share the same.

    Here’s an example, which also seems to have a hint of what is to come hundreds of years later.

    Psalm 80 (NIV) :
    14 Return to us, God Almighty!
    Look down from heaven and see!
    Watch over this vine,
    15 the root your right hand has planted,
    the son you have raised up for yourself.
    16 Your vine is cut down, it is burned with fire;
    at your rebuke your people perish.
    17 Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand,
    the son of man you have raised up for yourself.
    18 Then we will not turn away from you;
    revive us, and we will call on your name.
    19 Restore us, Lord God Almighty;
    make your face shine on us,
    that we may be saved.

  2. Wow David! You wrote a whole second piece! You’ve taken it and explained the same concept from a different angle that, for me, makes it seems logical to a degree. Sometimes, the concept of being God’s friend and truly believing Him, seems nebulous. But when you can (to a degree) give steps within the process–it make it seem achievable, it gives a starting point 🙂

    1. I didn’t mean to say so much, but the words came from somewhere ! In fact it’s brilliant the way you explained the concept so clearly with that “in” making a massive difference. What you described so neatly is where we need to be. As we know, many people fall at step 2, not realising who is jumping in to spoil the plan. If we feel discouraged, worried or too comfortable, those feelings are not coming from God. We have to push through it to the next stage and that takes a lot of faith and trust.

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