Day 11 – Becoming Best Friends with God

Purpose Driven Life –
My posts are what I considered “highlights” from the book. I am not re-writing the whole chapters, so if my scriptures and my words doesn’t add up then that is why. If you would like to look into the book more I suggest to  buy the book. I love the book, it is easy to read and follow and so much more. I do not copy from another blog, this is my personal blog, just for what I want to do with it. The high points are what brought attention to myself as I read the book. I am using my blog as a personal journal, you can either skip my Purpose Driven Life posts by simply not clicking the “Day __ – whatever the title might be”. Thank you for my followers who do like it and comment 🙂

God is your Creator, Maker, Lord and Master, Judge, Redeemer, Father, Savior, and much more. Almighty God yearns to be your Friend.

Psalm 95:6
Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
Psalm 136:3
Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures forever
1 John 3:1
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
Isaiah 33:22
(For the Lord is our Judge, The Lord is our Lawgiver, The Lord is our King; He will save us)
Jude 1:4
For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ
Isaiah 47:4
As for our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name, The Holy One of Israel.
Psalm 89:26
He shall cry to Me, ‘You are my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.’

Fear of God, not friendship, was more common in the Old Testament. He paid for our sins on the cross, the veil in the temple that symbolized our separation from God was split from top to bottom, indicating that direct access to God was once again available.

Romans 5:11
 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

Friendship with God is possible only because of the grace of God and the sacrifice of Jesus.

2 Corinthians 5:18
Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation
1 John 1:3
that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ
1 Corinthians 1:9
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
2 Corinthians 13:14
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
John 15:15
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.

The word friend in this verse does not mean a casual acquaintance but a close, trusted relationship. The same word is used to refer to the best man at a wedding.

John 3:29
He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled.

and a King’s inner circle of intimate, trusted friends.
That God would want me for a close friend is hard to understand.

Exodus 34:14
(for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God)
Acts 17:26-27 (msg)
“The God who made the world and everything in it, this Master of sky and land, doesn’t live in custom-made shrines or need the human race to run errands for him, as if he couldn’t take care of himself. He makes the creatures; the creatures don’t make him. Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near. We live and move in him, can’t get away from him! One of your poets said it well: ‘We’re the God-created.’ Well, if we are the God-created, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to think we could hire a sculptor to chisel a god out of stone for us, does it?
Jeremiah 9:24
But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord.

Becoming A Best Friend Of God
1) Through Consistent Conversation

You will never grow a close relationship with God by just attending church once a week or even having a daily quiet time. Friendship with God is built by sharing all your life experiences with him.

– Daily Devotional Time

Talk to him about everything.

1 Thessalonians 5:17
pray without ceasing

Converse with God while doing everyday tasks. A common misunderstanding is that spending time with God means being alone with him. The key to Friendship with God is not changing what you do, but changing your attitude toward what you do. Worship is not an event to attend, but a perpetual attitude.

Ephesians 4:6
one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
1 Thessalonians 5:17
pray without ceasing

Your goal is not feeling, but a continual awareness of the reality that God is always present. That is the lifestyle of Worship.

2) Through Continual Meditation

Think about His Word throughout the day. This is called meditation, the Bible repeatedly urges us to meditate on who God is, what he has done, and what God has said.

Psalm 23:4
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 143:5
I remember the days of old; I meditate on all Your works; I muse on the work of Your hands.
Psalm 145:5
Iwill meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works.
Joshua 1:8
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Psalm 1:2
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.

You can’t love God unless you know him, and you can’t know him without knowing his Word.

1 Samuel 3:21
 Then the Lord appeared again in Shiloh. For the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.

Mediation is simply focused thinking. Thinking about a problem continually is worry. Thinking about God’s Word continually is mediation. Switch your attention from your problems to Bible Verses.

Job 23:12
I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food.
Psalm 119:97
Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.
Psalm 77:12
I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds.
Genesis 18:17
 And the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing”
Daniel 2:19
 Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
1 Corinthians 2:7-10
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written:“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

When you read your Bible or hear a sermon or listen to a tape, don’t just forget it and walk away. Develop the practice renewing the truth in your mind, think about it over and over. Prayer lets you speak to God, meditation lets God speak to you.

Point to Ponder: God wants to be my best friend
Verse to Remember: Psalm 25:14 – The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.
Question to Consider: What can I do to remind myself to think about God and talk to him more often throughout the day?

I do think about God a lot, but probably need to do more with my “thinking” when someone talks to me about God or the Bible I automatically start asking myself “What is true” and so on.
I am internal with God then external because I know the Bible can bring up a lot of arguments, a lot of resentment, a lot of different translations, so I usually don’t listen to people. I do my studying on my time, well God’s time in my own house. I rarely trust people to talk to, but that is something I have to work on myself, and I have been sorting it out for a while.
Every time I feel my mood shift to negative I need to connect to God, immediately start talking to him, rather if it is loneliness, tired, being resentful, etc.

 

Day 1 – It’s Not About Me
Day 2 – You are Not An Accident
Day 3 – What Drives Your Life
Day 4 – Made to Last Forever
Day 5 – Life from God’s View
Day 6 – Life is a Temporary Assignment
Day 7 – The Reason for Everything
Day 8 – Planned For God’s Pleasure
Day 9 – What Makes God Smile

Day 10 – The Heart of Worship

Day 4 – Made to Last Forever

Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.

2 Corinthians 5:1
For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

Philippians 3:7
But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.

1 Corinthians 2:9
But as it is written:“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

Matthew 25:34
Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world

Psalm 33:11
The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.

Ecclesiastes 7:2
Better to go to the house of mourning Than to go to the house of feasting, For that is the end of all men; And the living will take it to heart.

Hebrews 13:14
For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.

2 Corinthians 5:6
So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.

We all feel the need to last forever. God planted that in our hearts for eternity. When we die it is actually our birth into Heaven. We spend so much time worrying about the things that are not really important, or even things that wont last to begin with, or material things that we shouldn’t even worry about. We spend little time preparing for a life without an ending. The world is so attractive to us. It causes us to lose our focus and we tend to do the opposite of what we should be doing. However, I don’t believe we should stop living, or enjoying the world, hobbies or even our friends, but I will say we need to learn how to balance everything (this even goes for myself)

“When we live in the light of eternity, your values change” – Rick Warren author of The Purpose-Driven Life

Point to Ponder: There is more to life than just here and now.
Verse to Remember: 1 John 2:17 – And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever
Question to Consider: Since I was made to last forever, What is the one thing I should stop doing and the one thing I should start doing today?

I would say forgiveness, but I recently found what forgiveness means. I guess now I need to learn to stop worrying. The things I often worry is are we ever going to have our “own” place to call home. That could be a material thing, but I don’t ask/want/need a lot of material things. Mostly the only thing I ask for is human interaction, and well since I got my car back I can do that!

The one thing I wish I could start today is charity. I want to participate in helping others, raising money to help others, like Relay for Life and other organizations, or even volunteering my time with a hospital/nursing home, something.

Day 1 – It’s Not About Me
Day 2 – You are Not An Accident
Day 3 – What Drives Your Life

Day 3 – What Drives Your Life

I like to hear other people’s ideas/thoughts. I will do this daily and want to stay focused. Please join in if you want to, but remember to bear with me and to be gentle because I will be posting my own thoughts and my own opinions. I am not here to debate God’s word, or have an argument over His word.

Ecclesiastes 4:4
Again, I saw that for all toil and every skillful work a man is envied by his neighbor. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.

Genesis 4:12
When you till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a vagabond you shall be on the earth.

Psalm 32:1
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered.

Job 5:2
For wrath kills a foolish man, And envy slays a simple one.

1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.

Matthew 6:24
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon.

Isaiah 49:4
Then I said, ‘I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and in vain; Yet surely my just reward is with the Lord, And my work with my God.’

Job 7:6
My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, And are spent without hope.

Job 7:16
I loathe my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone, For my days are but a breath.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Ephesians 3:20 – 21
20 
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Proverbs 13:7
There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; And one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches.

Isaiah 26:3
You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

Ephesians 5:17
Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Philippians 3:13-15
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.

Romans 14:10-12
But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.11 For it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

There is 5 Common Driving Factors
1) Guilt – Live their life burdened by guilt. Guilt controls them, their past controls their future. Spending their life running from regrets and holding on to shame.

2) Resentment/Anger – Hold on to hurt from the past and never let them go. Anger/Resentment controls their life.

3) Fear – They rather play everything safe and always fighting to maintain the fear; traumatic experience, unrealistic expectations, or even illness.

4) Materialism – Bring in more possessions and believe that security can only be found in having more (things).

5) Need For Approval – Need other people’s approval to control their lives. They spend time worrying about what others think of them.

There is 5 main benefits to living a Purpose – Driven Life
1) Knowing My Purpose Gives Meaning To My Life
Without purpose life is meaningless. Meaningless life is a life without hope or significance. God gives purpose. Purpose gives meaning. Meanings gives hope and significance.

2) Knowing My Purpose Simplifies My Life
My purpose becomes the standard I use to determine which activities are important and which are not. If an activity does not further my purpose, even though it should, then it should be removed/ignored. My purpose gives me foundation on which I base my decisions and distribute my time and resources.

3) Knowing My Purpose Focused Life
A determined purpose is focused with my time and energy on what is truly important. Focusing on things that fulfill my purpose will yield results than attempting to focus on things that do not.

4) Knowing My Purpose Motivates My Life
Having a purpose produces passion, with knowing my purpose I will be passionate about achieving it.

5) Knowing My Purpose Prepares Me For Eternity
My life on Earth is nothing more than preparing me for Eternity. The only thing that matters in the end is not whether people remember me after I have left this physical world, but what God says about my judgement. Building for my Eternity is far more awarding than building an Earthly One.

Point to Ponder: Living on purpose is the path to peace
Verse to Remember: Isaiah 26:3
Question to Consider: What would my family and friends say is the driving force in my life? What do I want it to be?

I wouldn’t say I am totally driven by approval, but it does happen. Heck, I have probably done all of these at some point. I often do feel as though I need approval for a lot of things. In the past few years I have grown more of a backbone and I have begun to tell it like it is, and not really care what people thought about me, because it shouldn’t be about their approval of me. If they don’t like me for what I am then they can walk away. Amen!?

I would want people to say my life is driven by love, compassion, serving others, God, and being an awesome wife/mom/friend. I love to see people happy, or hearing someone laugh because of what I said or did. I care about people, even people I never even met. I need to also find my purpose in God, to figure out where He can use me. Make myself available for His calling.

God’s purpose is not limited by our past. He can turn a murderer (Moses) into a leader, a coward (Gideon) into a courageous hero, and he can do amazing things with the rest of your life.

Day 1 – It’s Not About Me
Day 2 – You are Not An Accident

Day 2 – You Are Not An Accident

I like to hear other people’s ideas/thoughts. I will do this daily and want to stay focused. Please join in if you want to, but remember to bear with me and to be gentle because I will be posting my own thoughts and my own opinions. I am not here to debate God’s word, or have an argument over His word.

A lot of us come from families who are dysfunctional, right!? But it really does not matter what family you come from, whether your mom/dad were rich, or poor, whether their attitudes were great or selfish. They made you by DNA, but God molded you to what you are today.

Isaiah 44:2a (CEV)
I am your Creator. You were in my care even before you were born.

Psalm 138:8 (NKJV)
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

Psalm 139:15-16 (NKJV)
My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.

Acts 17:26 (NKJV)
And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings

Ephesians 1:4-8 (NKJV)
just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

James 1:18 (NKJV)
Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.

Isaiah 45:18 (NKJV)
For thus says the Lord, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it,  Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the Lord, and there is no other.

1 John 4:8 (NKJV)
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

Isaiah 46:3-4 (NKJV)
“Listen to Me, O house of Jacob, And all the remnant of the house of Israel, Who have been upheld by Me from birth, Who have been carried from the womb: Even to your old age, I am He, And even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you.

You are who you are for a reason.
You’re part of an intricate plan.
You’re a precious and perfect unique design,
Called God’s special woman or man.

You look like you look for a reason.
Our God made no mistake.
He knit you together within the womb.
You’re just what He wanted to make.

The parents you had were the ones He chose,
And no matter how you may feel,
They were custom-designed with God’s plan in mind,
And they bear the Master’s seal.

No, that trauma you faced was not easy.
And God wept that it hurt you so;
But it was allowed to shape your heart
So that into His likeness you’d grow.

You are who you are for a reason,
You’ve been formed by the Master’s rod.
You are who you are, beloved,
Because there is a God!

by Russell Kelfer

Point to Ponder: I am not an accident
Verse to Remember: I am your Creator. You were in my care even before you were born.
Question to Consider: I know that God uniquely created me. What areas of my personality, background, and physical appearance am I struggling to accept?

I struggle with my weight. I don’t feel as pretty as I did, I don’t feel as strong. I often close off the world because I don’t feel important. I feel as though I am not good enough. I often play hard ball and put on a front when really I am screaming inside. I feel trapped in my own body. I feel as though I can talk until I am blue in the face and never be heard at all. I don’t feel like this all the time, but I do have my moments. I am real with my emotions.

God, I come to you today to give you the stuff I struggle with. I am sorry for struggling with something you made so perfectly. I know you will use it, just let me know how. I love you and I promise to be better with them and get going with Your Life for me. Amen.

Day 1 – It’s Not About Me

Day 1 – It’s Not About Me

I like to hear other people’s ideas/thoughts. I will do this daily and want to stay focused. Please join in if you want to, but remember to bear with me and to be gentle because I will be posting my own thoughts and my own opinions. I am not here to debate God’s word, or have an argument over His word.

The Purpose Driven Life – 40 Days

Everything Starts with God!

Colossians 1:16
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him

We often get self-centered in life. We talk about MY dreams, MY career, what I want, etc. Without God, like makes NO sense. We will never understand our purpose or our life unless we let God tell us/show us.

Life is about living for God, and not myself. I am still trying to learn this.

Point to Ponder – It’s Not About Me.
Question to Consider – How can I remind myself today that life is really about living for God, not myself?

The purpose of life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It’s far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions.

I am often asking myself this question. I can dig a little deeper into His word, and prayer, surrounding myself more with Christ-like people, worshiping in praise, and etc.

Romans 12:12
 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer

Ecclesiastes 12:13
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.

Man has a lot of duties when we need to serve God. We often forget to obey the Lord’s statues and commandments. If we make it about Him, we will shine for Him and our testimony  will honor and glorify Him.

One of the things I am reminded that I am not self-centered is Jade’s needs come way before my own. When she came into the world God automatically reset my priorities. He has taught me to be patient, and be flexible with my surroundings. This is just one example of how It’s not all about me.

  • Blog Warming Guests

    • 235,085 random views
  • Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 467 other followers
  • Categories

  • Pages

  • bloglovin
  • Vote For Us @ Top Mommy Blogs
  • Around The World

  • Follow We're Jumpin' on WordPress.com
  • Top Posts & Pages