Daily Devotional | Becoming A Friend Of God

James 2:23 NKJV
“And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.”
Who do you consider your best friend? Why did you choose this person? Do you have any commonalities with this person? Do you have mutual respect for one another? Are you truthful to each other? Are you drawn to the same thing, or things? Is there loyalty, trust and mutual love….? God requires the same attributes from us. Would you consider God a best friend? If your answer is no, then you don’t know the meaning of a real friendship.
God wants to be our friend and abide with us even more than we want to be with Him. Jesus said, “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love” – John 15:9. Abiding means more of Him in our activities, thoughts and desires. Too often in our rush to perform for God, we fail to simply enjoy His company. We must guard against being an expert at serving God, but remaining a novice at being His friend. A brief meeting with God every now and then, or when we have a need, is not enough. We must build intimacy by spending time with the Lord.
There are a lot of people who want to be a friend of God within a very narrow range of obedience. Are you ready to do whatever He tells you? “You will know you are close to the heart of God when what grieves your heart is the same thing that grieves His.”
The Bible is full of people who are friends of God. There are also people who became God’s enemy because of personal choice, lack of obedience. From Genesis to Revelation, God was clear on His demand. Here are the qualifications of being His friend. 
(1). OBEDIENCE: A gift that does not require any push. It is a matter of choice, choosing good against bad, right against wrong, God’s word against the lies of Satan. Obedience is ones ability to mutually respect God as the Creator, attribute to Him Supremacy, and honor His word. The act of obedience is greater than anything a man can give to God. It is better than sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22). Obedience is a virtue. It attracts divine blessings. “What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” (Romans 4:3 NIV). Rebellion is the opposite of obedience, and no form of rebellion is a friend of God.
(2). HUMILITY: This is a virtue. Humility is the ability to stay within a no pride zone. While humility is powered by truth, pride is demonic. A humble believer sees, hears and understands through the Spirit of God – The Holy Spirit. He does not assume things, position or status. A humble believer trusts God to make the first move, except when God commands otherwise. Moses, the man of God remembered for his humble life. The Bible said that nobody now or before was like him; “(Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth. (Numbers 12:3 NIV). He was a friend of God.
(3). TRUST: This character simply means  having certainty, belief and faith. Trust, assurance and confidence  imply a feeling of security with God. To let Him have His way, knowing that it can not go wrong. Trust  implies instinctive unquestioning, belief in and reliance upon something: to have trust in one’s parents. Confidence  implies conscious trust because of good reasons, definite evidence, or past experience: to have confidence in the outcome of events. Assurance  implies absolute confidence and certainty: to feel an assurance of victory,commitment, commission, credit, and to entrust.
Many people who left self and let God, have testified that their life, joy, happiness, health and finances increased. Trusting God makes Him God. Many scripture verses advises believers to trust God alone. For example; “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” (Proverbs 3:5 NIV). “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in human (Psalm 118:8-10 NIV). “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.” (Psalm 125:1 NIV).  It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the Lord I cut them down.”
(4). FAITH: Faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see  and  the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].  For by [faith–trust and holy fervor born of faith] the men of old had divine testimony borne to them  and  obtained a good report. (Hebrews 11:1, 2 AMP). Faith in God releases His favor, mercy and grace. According to the scripture, “Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven.” (Psalm 85:11 NIV). To be justified, vindicated, saved, blessed, healed, favored, ordained, empowered, etc., is set upon your ability to be faithful in the commandments of God which is ultimately to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
(5). GIVE: Giving is the ability to put all the other virtues together, and honor God. Giving back to God is always the test most believers fail. Because they do not understand the principle of Sowing and Reaping, many very anointed Christians remains poor, sick, and unaccomplished.. In Joshua 1:8, it says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” (Joshua 1:8 KJV). It therefore means that regardless of your knowledge of the word of God, the anointing you have, your title or position in your church, the only thing that gives you prosperity and success is to obey through action. Abraham the friend in his heart gave his only son Isaac for an offering. God was moved beyond boundaries to bless Abraham.(Genesis 22:1-19)
Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works. And by works, faith was made perfect. And the Scripture was fulfilled which says,  “Abraham believed God, and it was  accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.” (James 2:18-23 NKJV).
And so the story ends. God called Abraham His friend. In the same way, Christ calls us His friends. We are God’s friends because of our faith in Him, proven by our obedience to His holy commands.
Let us all continue to follow an excellent example of obedient faith, that of God’s friend, Abraham.
Scripture of the day: Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. ~ John 12:26
From Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
TLWMI. Copyright Reserved, 2011.
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About thelivingwordministries

The senior pastor and overseer of The Living Word Ministries Evanston, IL since 2010, the author of 'Living Victoriously' by Author-house publishers. My passion is present and lead others into Pure Praise, Pure Worship and Pure Word. This means that at our Church, the integrity of the Gospel is held to the letters, just as Jesus Christ preached and lived it. Come and join us, and God will surely Bless you mighty!
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