Displaying Christian Sermons by tag: Friend
Dr. Charles Stanley Sunday sermon: Our Very Best Friend (November-05-2022) In Touch Ministries. Dr. Stanley gives Scriptural references showing that Jesus was a friend to many different kinds of people. Did you know that He can be your best friend, too?
A Faithful Friend - Touré Roberts. Don’t forget to share with a friend, and be sure to subscribe to our ONE channel for ongoing inspiration and encouragement.
Joseph Prince (November-30-2022) Daily Devotional: Find Friends Who Can Carry You
Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. - Mark 2:3
Sometimes it is difficult for us to have faith when we are on our own. When you have no strength and no faith, you need others to pull you through. I want to share with you a precious testimony from Audrey, a leader in my church who experienced that for herself.
In the twenty-ninth week of her pregnancy, her water broke and she was admitted to the hospital for bed rest. Friends prayed with her and her husband, encouraged them, and believed with them for the birth of a healthy baby. She and her husband partook of the holy Communion as frequently as they were able to.
In the thirtieth week, baby Jenna was born, weighing 1.5 kg (3.3 lb), thankfully with no major complications. She was able to breathe on her own and all her organs were functioning properly. She gradually progressed from a tiny baby supported by tubes and needles to tube feeding and finally to normal feeding.
Audrey’s daily commute to the hospital was exhausting, but she was thankful for kingdom friends who kept them in prayer. Many of them partook of the holy Communion on their own as they prayed for Jenna and her parents. After forty days in the hospital, Jenna was finally allowed to go home.
However, Jenna was soon back in the hospital ICU as her heart rate suddenly became critically low and later became too high. Audrey was devastated and by this time was “out of prayer and out of faith.” But church leaders and friends kept surrounding them in an environment of faith and prayer even when they kept meeting with setbacks.
During that period, Audrey shared that I preached a fresh message about the Communion in church, and after she heard it, she and her husband persevered and kept partaking of the Communion for baby Jenna until finally she was out of danger. It was an arduous journey, but Jenna went home strong and healthy. Hallelujah! Audrey shared:
As I think of how Jesus healed the paralytic based on the faith of the four friends who lowered him through the roof, I thank God we also had these “four friends.” Our friends continually prayed for Jenna and encouraged us to press in to claim God’s healing and to partake of the holy Communion.
If you have been dealing with a long, drawn-out medical condition or you are exhausted from caring for a loved one, depression can creep in as the burden gets too heavy for you. My friend, bring your cares to God, knowing He cares about you with deepest affection, and watches over you so very carefully (1 Pet. 5:7 AMP).
At the same time, I want you to know God never meant for you to function in a vacuum. His heart is for you to be planted in a local church and not forsake “the assembling of ourselves together” but to exhort and encourage one another (Heb. 10:25). The church is not perfect by any means. But we have a perfect Savior who has done a perfect work on the cross, and there is safety, healing, and provision in the house of God.
Daily Devotional (January-21-2023) Friendship of the World
James 4:1-7 - “4. 1. From whence come wars and fighting among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? 2. Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 4. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, the spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6. But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Why have we ask for so many things from God and yet fail to even receive an answer from God? The world has become in a way that almost everyone on it wants to fulfill his or her stupid desire. Nobody thinks of the will of God in his or her life but only thinks about the will of themselves. What do we see today, young people and all they want in their lives is money. Money is always their focus and nothing else. And they kill, steal, and cause troubles all be of their stupid desires. Why should God answer your prayer when you seek to destroy others? We have made ourselves worldly people by fornicate, steal, and kill around thinking it is normal. Beloved, why do we have to do all these ungodly things?
I am here to tell you that, you have being given a greater life than that of the life of this world. A life that Jesus Christ is your Lord. Greater than man can ever imagine and spirits will ever conquer. Today's word is saying that, the friendship of this world is enmity to God but the spirit of God gives grace and abundance of grace. Seek God and all your prayers will be answered in Jesus name.
No amount of ungodly things you do will ever prosper you like what the salvation of Jesus Christ has done in your life. Move away from the things of this world because it will only add you pain and sorrows. Do away with all your evil desires and make Jesus Christ your focus. Focusing and looking unto the throne of grace. From the throne is life and hope full of riches.
PRAYER: Father I am before your throne today in prayer and thanksgiving. According to the message of your grace, restored me, Heal me and Provide for me and grant me favor in thy sight. Separate me from this world and guide me on the perfect path. Amen
Joyce Meyer (March-01-2022) Daily Devotional: Circle of Friends.
A confident person doesn’t fear being unloved, because they know and believe that they are loved unconditionally by God. Every single one of us needs and wants acceptance, both from God and others.
To be whole and complete, the first thing you have to know is this: you are deeply loved by God. Although not everyone will accept and love you, some will. I encourage you to concentrate on those who do love you and forget about those who don’t. God loves you more than you can imagine, and He can provide the right people in your life to love you as well.
I believe we need to have what I call “divine connections.” In other words, pray about your social circle. Don’t just decide what group you want to be part of and then try to get into it—follow the leading of the Holy Spirit in choosing your close friends. As you trust Him to direct your steps and connect you with others, He will open doors for godly relationships.
Prayer Starter: Lord, thank You for bringing the right friends into my life! Give me wisdom and discernment to know who to welcome into my inner circle, and help me build strong, healthy relationships with them. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Dave and Ashley Willis - Can I have close friends of the opposite sex? On this Summer Quickie of The Naked Marriage podcast, Dave and Ashley Willis continue their Q&A series, where they answer their most frequently asked questions: Is it appropriate to have close friends of the opposite sex?