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John MacArthur (June-29-2022) Daily Devotional: Enjoying Friendship with God
"Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, 'And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,' and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone" (James 2:21-24).
You are a friend of God if you love Him and obey His Word.
Can you imagine life without friends—those precious people who love you despite your failings and who stand by you through joys and sorrows—those to whom you've committed yourself and whose companionship you treasure? They are without question one of God's greatest gifts, yet there is an even greater gift: friendship with God Himself.
Jesus spoke of such a friendship in John 15:13-16, describing it as one of intimacy, mutual love, sacrifice, and commitment. In verse 14 He says, "You are My friends, if you do what I command you." That's the kind of friendship Abraham demonstrated when he obeyed God and prepared to offer Isaac as a sacrifice (Gen. 22:3-10). Isaac was the son through whom God's covenant to Abraham would be fulfilled. Killing him would violate that covenant and call into question the character of God, whose Word forbids human sacrifice (Deut. 18:10). It took unquestioning trust for Abraham to obey God's command. When he did, his faith was on display for all to see.
The Greek word translated "justified" in James 2:21 has two meanings: "to acquit" (treat as righteous) or "to vindicate" (demonstrate as righteous). James emphasized the second meaning. When Abraham believed God, he was justified by faith and acquitted of sin (Gen. 15:6). When he offered up Isaac, he was justified by works in that his faith was vindicated.
Faith is always the sole condition of salvation, but saving faith never stands alone—it is always accompanied by righteous works. That's the test of true salvation and of friendship with God.
As a friend of God, treasure that relationship and be careful never to let sin rob you of its fullest joy.
Suggestions for Prayer
- Praise God for the privilege of being His friend.
For Further Study
- Read Genesis 22:1-19, noting the faith and obedience of Abraham.
Watch Off The Kirb Ministries - Kendrick Lamar This is Why You Never Mess With God.
Kendrick Lamar This is Why You Never mess with God, wearing tiffany and Co diamond crown of thorns whilst performing Saviour. Joe Kirby from Off The Kirb Ministries reacts.
Rick Warren (June-27-2022) Daily Devotional: Give Your Worry to God
“Don’t worry about anything.” - Philippians 4:6 (NLT)
Work doesn’t keep you up at night; worry does.
In the Bible, God gives clear direction about the role worry should play in your life. Philippians 4:6 says, “Don’t worry about anything” (NLT).
Why do you need to let go of your worry?
Worry is unreasonable. Here are a couple of reasons why that’s true. First, worry exaggerates the problem. Have you noticed that, if somebody says something bad about you, the more you think about it, the bigger it gets? Second, worry doesn’t work. To worry about something you can’t change is useless. And to worry about something you can change is a waste of time; just go change it!
Worry is unnatural. No one is a born worrier. You might think you are, but you’re not. Worry is something you learned. Since worry is unnatural, it’s also unhealthy. Your body wasn’t designed to handle worry. When people say, “I’m worried sick,” they’re telling the truth. Doctors say that a lot of people could leave the hospital today if they knew how to get rid of guilt, resentment, and worry. Proverbs 14:30 says, “A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body” (NLT).
Worry is unhelpful. Worry cannot change the past, and worry cannot control the future. All it does is mess up today. The only thing that worry changes is you. It makes you miserable! It’s never solved a problem.
Worry is unnecessary. God made you, he created you, he saved you, and he put his Spirit in you. Don’t you think he’s going to take care of your needs? There’s no need to worry.
Want to learn to better manage your stress? A great first step is to refuse to worry about anything. Why? Because worry is unreasonable, unnatural, unhelpful, and unnecessary.
The Bible says, “You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon him, for you are his personal concern” (1 Peter 5:7 PHILLIPS).
God personally cares about you and for your needs. So what should you do with all those things you’re stressed, anxious, and worried about? Let them go. Give them to God.
Talk It Over
- What does your current state of worry say about how much you trust God?
- What are you worried about right now? What can you do to change the situation or to let the worry go?
- In what practical ways can you “throw the whole weight of your anxieties” on God?
Jordan B Peterson - Watch Biblical Series I: Introduction to the Idea of God. Lecture I in my Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories series from May 16th at Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto. In this lecture, I describe what I consider to be the idea of God, which is at least partly the notion of sovereignty and power, divorced from any concrete sovereign or particular, individual person of power. I also suggest that God, as Father, is something akin to the spirit or pattern inherent in the human hierarchy of authority, which is based in turn on the dominance hierarchies characterizing animals.
Watch Living Waters - The Horrible Danger of Not Fearing God.
Ray Comfort talks to some strangers about morality, and compares it to some thoughts that Oprah Winfrey has given regarding morality.
Derek Prince - Watch Sermon: When People Do This, They Will Be Rejected By God, All you have to do to be rejected by God is: nothing.
Joyce Meyer (June-24-2022) Daily Devotional: Trust in God
Faith is the leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust. That means you need to lean all of yourself on God, believing that only He can accomplish His will and purpose in your life. Your only job is to abide in Him in faith.
John 6:29 (AMPC) says, This is the work (service) that God asks of you: that you believe in the One Whom He has sent [that you cleave to, trust, rely on, and have faith in His Messenger].
As you are quiet before the Lord at the end of your day, believe and lean your entire personality on Him in absolute trust and confidence.
Prayer Starter: Lord Jesus, I trust you to accomplish Your purpose in my life. Thank You for another day to do your will, amen.
David Jeremiah - Watch Sermon: Where Is God When Disaster Strikes? Look with Dr. David Jeremiah at disaster through the eyes of Job to ponder the question, Where is God when disaster strikes?