Summary: There has never been a greater discourse on the subject of friendship than this one in John 15 because it speaks of a new intimacy and intimacy with God.
“HOW TO BEGIN AND BUILD A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD”
Dr. Dennis Deese - www.dennisdeese.com
There has never been a greater discourse on the subject of friendship than this one in John 15 because it speaks of a new intimacy and intimacy with God.
Pr 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Pr 18:24 A man [that hath] friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend [that] sticketh closer than a brother.
Pr 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
Ec 4:9-10 Two [are] better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him [that is] alone when he falleth; for [he hath] not another to help him up.
Ex 33:11 And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.
Jas 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
What a remarkable epitaph to be called a friend of God. I can’t think of many things better to be said about somebody than he or she was a friend of God.
God wants us to know Him. Do you understand that God in heaven our creator wants to know you and you to know him. Listen to what He says in His Word:
Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
1Jo 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, [even] in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
Jer 24:7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I [am] the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.
Jer 9:23-24 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise [man] glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty [man] glory in his might, let not the rich [man] glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I [am] the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these [things] I delight, saith the LORD.
Jer 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Joh 14:7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Paul knew the value of knowing God - listen to his words:
1Co 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
Php 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things [but] loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them [but] dung, that I may win Christ,
Php 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
We have 4 basic different classifications of friends:
1. acquaintances - infrequent contact
2. casual friends - common interests
3. close friends - share life’s goals
4. intimate friends - regular contact and trust (this is the relationship God desires with us.)
What kind of relationship does God want us to have with Him? Obviously, God wants far more than what we’ll consider today, but these are some ideas to consider and remember.
He wants our relationship with Him to be:
1. PERSONAL 15:9 “Ye are my friends”
How do you personally get to know God? You have to understand the problem, the barrier that separates humans from God (SEE EPHESIANS 2:13-19).
So in a word what is the solution to the problem - Reconciliation
What is the process for acquiring a relationship with God? How do you correct the problem? How can a sinner who is separated from God resolve the problem? It starts with a:
2Co 4:4 In whom the God of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.