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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My Utmost For His Highest : "Friendship With God"

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March 20, 2012


FRIENDSHIP WITH GOD

Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do?

Genesis 18:17
http://www.BibleStudyTools.com/search/?query=ge+18:17&sr=1

Its Delights. This chapter brings out the delight of real friendship
with God as compared with occasional feelings of His presence in
prayer. To be so much in contact with God that you never need to ask
Him to show you His will, is to be nearing the final stage of your
discipline in the life of faith. When you are rightly related to God,
it is a life of freedom and liberty and delight, you are God's will,
and all your common-sense decisions are His will for you unless He
checks. You decide things in perfect delightful friendship with God,
knowing that if your decisions are wrong He will always check; when
He checks, stop at once.

Its Difficulties. Why did Abraham stop praying when he did? He was
not intimate enough yet to go boldly on until God granted his desire,
there was something yet to be desired in his relationship to God.
Whenever we stop short in prayer and say - "Well, I don't know;
perhaps it is not God's will," there is still another stage to go. We
are not so intimately acquainted with God as Jesus was, and as He
wants us to be - "That they may be one even as we are one." Think of
the last thing you prayed about - were you devoted to your desire or
to God? Determined to get some gift of the Spirit or to get at God?
"Your Heavenly Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye
ask Him." The point of asking is that you may get to know God better.
"Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires
of thine heart." Keep praying in order to get a perfect understanding
of God Himself.

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