How Close Are You?

I never thought of God as someone I could talk to like a best friend. I have always given Him the reverence He deserves but to talk to Him like a long-time friend really never crossed my mind. A couple of Sundays ago Pastor Donna Slocum and Pastor J Lillie performed a skit depicting how God wants to be our friend.  I truly had an epiphany while they were speaking.  I was not conversing with Him like He wanted me to.  I wasn’t treating him like a good friend never mind a best friend. I was holding back on our relationship. If someone heard me speaking to Him, one might say, ‘Why are you being so formal, Deb?’

I know I can tell Him anything and I do, but am I talking to Him like He’s my friend and the answer to that would be, No! Why am I having a hard time wrapping my head around this whole friend thing?   It is so easy for me to worship Him so why can’t I talk to Him like He is my friend?  Am I guarding my heart, but why? By not speaking to Him like He’s my friend what am I telling God? Am I holding on to something in my heart that I need to let go of, or maybe He’s telling me I need to work on the intimacy of my heart?  Maybe I need to learn to relax more in my prayer life and let Him hear my heart, my whole heart. What am I afraid of?  God already knows my whole heart, so again what am I afraid of? He knows the beginning to the end and the end to the beginning so what scares me about developing a deeper, more intimate relationship with Him?

I don’t have the answer but what I do know is that God is tugging at my heart and I need to follow His lead.  After speaking with a good friend today about this very issue I was put somewhat at ease with the fact that God is calling me to a new and deeper relationship with Him. I don’t mind telling you I am a little scared, well, actually more than a little scared.  I am very uncomfortable right now in my walk with Him because I am being stretched.  But then again if one is not stretched how can growth occur, right?

We were meant to be His friend, Romans 5:10-11(NLT) says this;

10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of His Son while we were still His enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of His Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.

I am grateful that I have a God who keeps pursuing me.  He wants our relationship to become closer, deeper and more intimate.  God deserves to be put, high on a pedestal, there is no doubt about that, but don’t put Him so high that you won’t allow Him to be your friend.  He wants to be your friend as it states in His Word but don’t let that interfere with giving Him the reverence He deserves as well as all the honor and glory He deserves now and forever, Amen!

Lord, here I am!  I am Yours!  Help me to take every thought captive and help transform my mind to how You would have me think of our relationship and how to converse with You. Lord, thank you for guiding me every step of the way as I walk closer in a deeper relationship with You. Thanks for being my friend! Amen and Amen!

 

 

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About debbestillandlisten

Worshipper and follower of Jesus Christ. God has given this Christian the privilege of loving and caring for my amazing son. I absolutely love to worship our Lord and Savior and to be in His presence; there is nothing better!
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14 Responses to How Close Are You?

  1. Ben Nelson says:

    This is really awesome Deb. You are in such a great place. I appreciate how authentic you are here. This friendship you are being called to suits you, and you will flourish in it.

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  2. Gayle says:

    This was such a good reminder, Debby! Thank you!!!

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  3. What an awesome word Deb. We are called to hold many truths in tension as followers of Christ Reverence for God and friendship with God are two of those. The world teaches us that we cannot have both fear and friendship but God teaches us a different thing.

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  4. Reblogged this on Lillie-Put and commented:
    An awesome word on being God’s friend.

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  5. This reminds me a little of the time when I didn’t want to think of God as Father. In fact, the thought was frightening. I’d had three “fathers”. They all abused me, but the last one was totally evil. The mere idea of a “Father” God was very off-putting.

    I well remember the day when God revealed Himself to me as the PERFECT Father – the Father who had me at the centre of His love, care and providence: the Father who desired only the very, very best for me and would undertake for me. Now, 56 years later, I praise Him for the REALITY of the experience of being His blood bought adopted child,

    Father – Friend – Counsellor – Guide – Teacher – Corrector – absolutely EVERYTHING I need.

    What a truly amazing God!

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  6. sharen says:

    Debs, you are an amazing writer! Great message, the age old conundrum, how can Someone – a Higher Being be revered, admired, worshipped, feared even AND still be considered a Friend who walks beside you? You have opened the lid on that issue! Excellent piece Debs!

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