Revelation of the Word:
Revelation of the Word 03/03/2023 Admin
THEME: FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD
Ephesians 2:11-17 NKJV
“Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.”
-We have friendship with God through the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. Once we were far off, Christ Jesus brought near by His blood. We are called to have faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord and King and the Holy Spirit dwells in our hearts and guides us in our friendship with Him.
Abraham was called a friend of God. He walked with God closely and believed in Him and it was accounted to him for righteousness (James 2:19-23). Our merciful God spoke to Abraham even before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham negotiated for the deliverance of Lot his nephew, and his family. Moses was also a friend of God. Moses is said to the meekest man. God spoke to him as a man speaks to his friend (Exodus 33:11-15). The Lord used him greatly to accomplish His purpose even when he expressed his speech disability. David was a friend of God. His heart was after God’s own heart. When he errored after killing Uriah and took his wife Bathsheba, he humbled himself and sort for forgiveness. As we read from the election of king David, God is not interested in your physical appearance, fame and popularity but your heart. When we become friends with God we do not become equal to Him but enjoy certain privileges. God requires that we become friends with Him and not the world, for friendship with the world is enmity with Him. God gives us the gift of salvation as the initial step to gaining friendship with Him. As we draw close to God, our hearts are purified and we focus more on Him (James 4:4-8). We are called to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17), as the Holy Spirit groans in us and with us, and helps us to resist temptation’s and resist the devil. We know that God resists the proud and gives more grace to the humble (James 4:4-8). Jesus drew us close to Him and when we were far off He died for our sins. Christ broke down barriers that separated men from God and brought us together as well as reconciling us with God. Let us then believe in our Lord Jesus Christ as we build a deeper friendship with Him.
Dear Almighty Father, we worship You and praise Your Holy and Mighty Name, for You are great and greatly to be praised. Thank You God for Your unending love and mercies upon us, that You chose to send Your Son the Lord Jesus Christ to come and redeem us back to You from where we fell at the garden of Eden. Oh Heavenly Father thank You that You made us Your children and this Your friends. Thank You for Your precious blood that washed all our sins away and drew us to You. Lord may You continue sanctifying us and purifying us by Your blood. May You work on our hearts and mould us to have hearts that are after Your own heart. Oh Lord draw us closer to You and take us deeper in Your Holy Spirit who will teach all things as You have promised us. Oh Lord we thank You for You know our form and truly You will never leave us nor forsake us. May You teach us Your ways and guide us. May You bless us as we seek more of Your kingdom Your and Your righteousness, and Your deep close friendship. We love You oh God and we honor You. Thank You Lord for hearing us and may Your will be done upon us. May You bless us and keep us Lord, may You shine Your face towards us and be gracious to us. May You show us Your countenance and give us peace. We pray this in Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
Further reading: John 3:16–18, John 15:14–17