Summary: If you want to be a friend of God, you need to be a friend to God and get to know Him, up close and personnel. Developing an intimate relationship with God takes time and effort.
I am a friend of God
Illus. When electricity became available in remote rural areas, one woman went to great trouble and expense to have electricity installed in her home.
A few months after the wiring was installed and the power was turned on; the power company noticed that the home didnt use very much power.
Fearing that there was a problem they sent a meter reader to check on the matter.
The meter reader saw that the power was indeed working properly and then asked the woman,
Do you use your electricity? The woman replied, Of course we do. We turn it on every night to see to light our lamps and then we turn it off.
Kind of crazy, dont you think? Having all of the power that you need and the ability to tap into it all of the time, but only using it just enough to get by.
No one we know, would do that, we cant hardly stand it, when the power is out at all, especially if it's hot outside.
However, some people do just what the woman in the story did, week in and week out with the power and presence of God.
How's come, most people will go out of their way to go to church, but have little relationship with god through the week.
Can you imagine, coming to a service like we have had numerous times, and not wanting to experience that same anointing, power and presence of God, all through the week?
Why is it human nature to go through difficulties day after day and only when we come to the end of our rope, not knowing what to do, that we ask for Gods help, only in the 911 emergencies?
We have Gods help and His power at our disposal all of the time but yet we attempt to get by on our own strength everyday.
At times, some people are a lot more like the woman who wouldnt use her electricity more than just occasionally, than we would like to admit.
We need to experience the presence of God to experience His power. Just like electricity, is powerless if it's never turned on, so are we, when we remove the presence of God from our lives; we also remove the power.
EX 33:12-19 Amp.
12.Moses said to the Lord, See, You say to me, Bring up this people, but You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You said, I know you by name and you have also found favor in My sight.
13.Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You [progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with You, perceiving and recognizing and understanding more strongly and clearly] and that I may find favor in Your sight. And [Lord, do] consider that this nation is Your people.
14.And the Lord said, My Presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.
15.And Moses said to the Lord, If Your Presence does not go with me, do not carry us up from here!
16.For by what shall it be known that I and Your people have found favor in Your sight? Is it not in Your going with us so that we are distinguished, I and Your people, from all the other people upon the face of the earth?
17.And the Lord said to Moses, I will do this thing also that you have asked, for you have found favor, loving-kindness, and mercy in My sight and I know you personally and by name.