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Enjoying Friendship with God

“For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” Romans 5:10-11 NLT

At a recent ministry concert I had not gotten enough sleep and my voice didn’t have much range. I had also forgotten to eat or bring anything to eat and was feeling very weak. In spite of all this, and my headache, it was one of the best concerts ever!

I felt the gentle power of God’s Holy Spirit through it all. This reminds me of what the Lord Jesus said to Paul:

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now (Paul says) I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT

I shared with the group how much Jesus loved them and talked about the implications of the Gospel and ended by saying, “You know, the bible tells us that all of heaven rejoices when one sinner repents. Let’s see if we can bring some joy in heaven today by coming to Jesus or returning to Jesus. Won’t you pray with me?”

After the prayer I nearly burst into tears in front of them all when I heard Jesus whisper to my heart, “I’m so proud of you.”

So, what about you?

Are you prepared to bring heaven some joy today? Come to him!

Jesus said, “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” Revelation 3:20

Jesus happens to be addressing Christians here. This is why I say it is wonderfully appropriate at the outset of every new day to open the door of our hearts and invite Jesus in to fellowship – to “share a meal together as friends” as he puts it. Enjoy your friendship with God today!

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Here is a video of a song that fits this blogs idea perfectly.

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Changing the Way We Think

“But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 15:57 NLT

I am desperate to help others. I see so many racing toward destruction, rejecting God in favor of sin. You can’t have both you know. They are mutually exclusive. Fortunately Jesus has solved the sin problem but we must appropriate the gift.. the victory! We must have a change of mind (i.e. “repent”).

I read in a book entitled, “Is That Really You God” by Loren Cunningham, about a practice where you prayerfully ask God for chapter and verse in the Bible to guide you. Immediately I tried this and prayed, “Lord, what verse would you have me read?” The answer came within moments: “Romans 12:1-2 but specifically verse two. Pay attention!”

So I opened my bible and read:

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2 NLT

God will transform me into a new person by changing the way I think.

To change your thinking is what the Bible translates as “repent”. Jesus said it again and again:

“From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent of (change your thinking about) your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”” – Matthew 4:17 NLT

“And you will perish, too, unless you repent of (change your thinking about) your sins and turn to God… No, and I tell you again that unless you repent (change your thinking), you will perish, too.” – Luke 13:3,5 NLT

If you don’t change the way you think about sin, Christ, the cross, the Gospel, the true nature of God, your true identity, you will suffer… unless you overcome (through simple childlike trust). This suffering will extend into the afterlife and will get a great deal worse. Jesus loves you enough to warn you because that’s what love does. Love warns the kayaker of the deadly waterfall and rocks ahead.

Jesus wants to spare you from all suffering and wake you up to a whole new way of being. A new way to be human. Happy ALL the time! Full of joy unspeakable and full of glory!

Interested?

Me too.

I just so happens that I was introduced to Graham Cooke recently and one of his teachings centers on this very thought… changing the way we think. I was listening to it for the first time tonight and thought I’d share it with you:

Leave me a comment and let me know how this teaching has moved your life.

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