A Friend of God 

A Friend of God

“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you (John 15:15).”

 My Charlee girl is a sweet, friendly, golden doodle. She’s the best of both worlds, a golden retriever mixed with a poodle. I’ve had her since she was 11 weeks old, and now she’s 11 years old. I know her so well: her habits, her desires, and her needs. When I walk through the door, she will always surprise me with a toy! I love my dog.

 Relationships with people work the same way. As we spend time with one other, we get to know one other. We develop special friendships that we treasure.
 Jesus said, “I have called you friends.”

 What does it take to know Jesus as an intimate friend?

I get to know Him through the Word of God. The Bible is His love letter to me. 

The best way to get to know Him is to invest time in learning about Him as He reveals Himself in His Word. I discover His character, His purposes for my life, and His provision. 

Yet as much, as I know about Him, He keeps surprising me! 

His ways are past finding out!

I am a friend of God.

Won’t you join me on this journey?

 

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Rescued and Adopted = Wanted and Loved

Rescued and Adopted = Wanted and Loved

I witnessed the sweetest family moment.  

My friend adopted a 6 year old labrador retriever from Retrievers and Friends of Southern California. (www.RetrieversAndFriends.com)

The owners no longer wanted her and surrendered her to the retriever rescue group. (Put all judgment aside. We’re not going there.)

Ginger came home to her forever home with the most loving forever family. Wow!  She got a new bed, a new leash, a new collar, a new start, and lots of love from a new mom, dad, and two amazing children.  They love her so much. She is so sweet and gentle. 

How could someone not want her? And this is a sweet-tempered defenseless animal…

This happens to people too. It’s so sad when we think we are not wanted or loved.

It’s not true; it is a lie. There is a God who created each of us and loves us unconditionally.  

He knows us. He wants us to know Him.

He seeks us. He searches for us.  

But we have to do our part.  We must lift up our eyes to see him and answer him when he calls.

He sent us his love in the form of Jesus. This Jesus is Emmanuel, the Lord God made flesh.  

Jesus’s sacrifice of dying on the cross is to reconcile us back to God. Then we can begin that new life.

God wants to adopt you into your forever home with Him. New life with Him can start now.  

Each of us are his creation. We only become His child when we accept his act of love in the form of Jesus. 

“His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 1:5 ESV

He is patient, relentlessly loving us. 

He gives us 2nd and 3rd chances, and more, and again, and again.

He is gracious and forgiving, merciful in all His ways.  

He wants us to be his.

He loves us now. Already, just as we are.

He knows our hopes, our dreams, our desires.  

He knows our disappointments and failures.  

He knows the things we’ve done wrong. 

And he loves us still.  

He always will.

Will you accept his love today?

He is waiting for you to say yes.

Please tell me if you made this choice today.
For more information of how to be adopted into God’s forever family, follow one of these links:
http://www.cru.org/how-to-know-god/would-you-like-to-know-god-personally.html
http://www.gotquestions.org/know-Jesus.html
http://proverbs31.org/do-you-know-jesus/
http://peacewithgod.net