DEVELOPING YOUR FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD (4)               Psalm 27:1-5

Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.(v3)

(6) I must desire friendship with God more than anything else. The Psalms are filled with examples of this desire. David passionately desired to know God above all else, he used words like longing, yearning, thirsting, hungering. He craved God. He said, “The thing I seek most of all is the privilege of meditating in his temple, living in his presence every day of my life, delighting in his incomparable perfection and glory (Psalm 63:3 (CEV)Jacobs passion for God’s blessing on his life was so intense that he wrestled in the dirt all night with God, saying, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” (Genesis 32:26 (NLT)

Paul was another man passionate for friendship with God. Nothing mattered more; it was the first priority, total focus, and ultimate goal of his life. This is the reason God used Paul in such a great way. “My determined purpose is that I may know Him – that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, preserving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and understanding the wonders of His person more strongly and more clearly.” (Philippians 3:10 AMP) You may have been passionate about God in the past but you’ve lost that desire. Pain is the fuel of passion – it energizes us with an intensity to change that we don’t normally possess. C. S Lewis said “Pain is God’s megaphone. “It is God’s way of arousing us from spiritual lethargy. There is nothing – absolutely nothing –more important than developing a friendship with God. Remember, it’s your choice.

PRAYER LINE: Dear Jesus, more than anything else, I want to get to know you intimately.” – Pray that throughout the day. – (Rick Warren)

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When we can’t see God’s hand, we can trust His heart.

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