Chapter 7; God Provides New Friends

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When you live for Jesus, you may loose your old friends, but God provides you true friends.


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The Daily Grind of life Is this all there is? How do I fit In? The Invitation; “You just can’t say no .” Discovering a spiritual world very few even know about. Discovering the Great War and realizing one is part of it. You are special and has a special call. Old friends begin to separate. Discover new friends who are special too. Embrace purpose & call. End of book one. Book Two: Conflict & Victory


[1Pe 1:1 ESV] Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,   [1Pe 1:2 ESV] according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.   [1Pe 1:3 ESV] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,   [1Pe 1:4 ESV] to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,   [1Pe 1:5 ESV] who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.   [1Pe 1:6 ESV] In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,


Why a trial for a baby Christian? [ 1Pe 1:7 ESV] so that the tested genuineness of your faith--more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire --may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.   (Why go through this?) I could not do anything else. I Must Follow Jesus. My real friend was God.


[1Pe 1:8 ESV] Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,   [1Pe 1:9 ESV] obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.   [1Pe 1:22 ESV] Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,   [1Pe 1:23 ESV] since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;


Love One Another: [1Jo 3:1 ESV] See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.   [1Jo 3:7 ESV] Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous . [1Jo 3:8 ESV] Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil . [1Jo 3:9 ESV] No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God . [1Jo 3:10 ESV] By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.


As a new Christian, how was I to fulfill this command to love my Christian Family? Church was the only link to other Christians.   Look at this pattern: As a new Disciple; learn God’s commands and obey. I had to love my fellow Christians; where? at Church. Fellowship Which lead to a Ministry at Church (Youth Ministry) AND Parachurch ministry.


[1Jo 3:23 ESV] And this is his commandment that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.   [1Jo 3:24 ESV] Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.


Finding God’s People at the local Church; [Act 2:42 ESV] And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.   [Act 2:43 ESV] And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles.   [Act 2:44 ESV] And all who believed were together and had all things in common.


Encourage One Another: [ Heb 10:24 ESV] And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,   [ Heb 10:25 ESV] not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.


Love one another: [Rom 12:10 ESV] Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.   [Rom 12:11 ESV] Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.   [Rom 12:12 ESV] Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.   [Rom 12:13 ESV] Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality .


[ Jhn 14:21 ESV] Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him." [ Jhn 14:22 ESV] Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, "Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?" [ Jhn 14:23 ESV] Jesus answered him, "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Friend of the Triune God


[Rev 3:19 ESV] Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. [Rev 3:20 ESV] Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. [Rev 3:21 ESV] The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. [Rev 3:22 ESV] He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'"


Friend of Jesus Christ [ Jhn 15:11 ESV] These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. [ Jhn 15:12 ESV] "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. [ Jhn 15:13 ESV] Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. [ Jhn 15:14 ESV] You are my friends if you do what I command you. [ Jhn 15:15 ESV] No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. [ Jhn 15:16 ESV] You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.


The Holy Spirit in You [ Jhn 14:15 ESV] "If you love me, you will keep my commandments. [ Jhn 14:16 ESV] And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, [ Jhn 14:17 ESV] even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.


Holy Spirit in you, You are Christ’s and Christ is God’s [ 1Co 3:21 ESV] So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, [1Co 3:22 ESV] whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future--all are yours, [1Co 3:23 ESV] and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's.


[ Deu 6:5 ESV] You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.


How about you? Heart Check! Do you truly Love God?

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