|What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice|
Msg #1922 Being a Friend of God.
What The Bible Says
Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
“ Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.... Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.... Art not thou our God, who... gavest (the land) to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? (James 2:23, Isa 41:8, 2Chron 20:7). Abraham was a friend of God, ... Israel, his grandson, not so much, and all Israel his chosen nation not at all.
How are you doing at being a friend of God? With the Lord Jesus Christ available as an Intercessor, and the Holy Spirit of God as an indwelling Comforter, it is easier today for you to be a friend of God than it was for Abraham himself. So, how are you doing?... Evangelist Bennett this week gave us five reasons WHY Abraham was a friend of God. Abraham believed God. So much so that Romans 4:20 says, “He staggered not at the promise of God...” Abraham obeyed God, it says so in Hebrews 11:8. Abraham worshiped God building an alter in Genesis 12:7,8 and 18. Worship is not a simple thing, it is an all-you-got thing. The Bible's very first mention of worship falls under Abraham's offering of his only begotten son. In that one trial Abraham believed, obeyed, worshiped, and feared. Genesis 22:12 captures that fourth ingredient for Abe's friendship with God, “For now I know that thou fearest God.”
Finally, if you have a friend, you will walk with him through life. “I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.... Arise, walk through the land... Abraham and Isaac did walk (before God)...” (Genesis 17:1, 13:17, 48:15). “Henceforth... I have called friends” (John 15:15). Walk with your friend, fear him, worship him, obey him, believe him.
An Essay for week #22 Jun 2, 2019
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