1 Samuel 18:3-4
Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt.
We live in a world driven by technology, which has caused a great deal of people into isolation. Fake undeveloped relationships and online connections abound, however loneliness is now your best friend. You were not created to live this way…
In 1 Samuel 18:3-4, We find a relationship built on biblical principles, the relationship between Jonathan and David. Notice, Jonathan was often the initiator and the one who gave more, he was a prince and David was a lonely Shepherd. Social status shouldn’t interfere with cultivating a true friendship.
True companionship are cultivated on mutual respect, genuine love and commitment which requires time selflessness and transparency. You must build trust to have genuine relationships, in the end they are worth more than hiding behind a computer.
1 Corinthians 10:1-12
For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea; 2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 and all ate the same spiritual food; 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased; for they were laid low in the wilderness.
6 Now these things happened as examples for us so that we would not crave evil things as they also craved. 7 Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and stood up to play.” 8 Nor let us act immorally, as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in one day. 9 Nor let us try the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the serpents. 10 Nor grumble, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. 11 Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. 12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands, take heed that he does not fall.
Our God has provided us with His resources to help us avoid the mistakes of Israel. To become a truly devoted disciple, we must make full use of both OT and NT, and spiritual gifts. It is wise to submit ourselves to the wisdom of the OT, reading it, studying it, and applying it to our lives. Prayer is another spiritual discipline that will strengthen and build us up. Celebrating the Lord Supper or Communion is one of the greatest resources we have been given. Through faith, we receive Jesus life (1 Cor. 11:20-29). By partaking in faith, we receive His full forgiveness, full acceptance, and full power to restore, strengthen and heal.
Psalm 119:9-11 NASB
9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping it according to Your word.
10 With all my heart I have sought You;
Do not let me wander from Your commandments.
11 Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.
This psalm asks the question, “how can a young man remain morally conscience and spiritually sound?” In other words, in a day of sexual promiscuity, self-centered values, materialism, and a barrage of sinful social media and hate that promotes philosophies that are anti-God. The answer to this lies in heeding the word of God and seeking God with your whole heart (vv. 9, 10). Treasuring God’s word in your heart is a preventative measure against sin (v. 11). You must meditate on and memorize Bible verses that will be the help needed when sin and adversity appear.
Obadiah 1:2-4 NASB
2 “Behold, I will make you small among the nations;
You are greatly despised.
3 “The arrogance of your heart has deceived you,
You who live in the clefts of the rock,
In the loftiness of your dwelling place,
Who say in your heart,
‘Who will bring me down to earth?’
4 “Though you build high like the eagle,
Though you set your nest among the stars,
From there I will bring you down,” declares the Lord.
It is pride that makes you believe that we are invulnerable and to place our trust in anything or anyone (including ourselves) other than our almighty God. Your pride causes you to become spiritually blind. To prevent pride from entering in and causing you to worship and exalt “self,” be careful to lift up God and to glorify Him for the security and success you experience. Ask Him to reveal to you any areas in which your heart may be deceived because of pride.
It is impossible to live a kingdom filled spiritual life in our own strength, and yet the pride of our heart so often deceives us into trying to do just that. God, however, will find a way to humble us anytime we try to exalt ourselves in this way.
Psalm 68:5-6 TLB
5 He is a father to the fatherless; he gives justice to the widows, for he is holy. 6 He gives families to the lonely, and releases prisoners from jail, singing with joy! But for rebels there is famine and distress.
In God’s divine order for things, He desires that everyone live in a family. Our loving Father (‘abba, which has become common in modern Hebrew as the word Israeli children use for “daddy”) wants no one to live without the comfort of others with whom to share life’s experiences. This is the ultimate earthly fulfillment. The protection and care that one receives in a family is so essential to human life that God says He will personally intervene on behalf of widows and orphans who lose the normal protection of a husband and father.
Our heavenly Father’s model of family is positive and powerful, and it takes God’s supernatural power to make it work. Just like you need food and water to sustain you the family needs the blessisngs of God in order to prosper. If you have the Lord in your life, then you have something positive to contribute to your family, no matter what the situation. Glorify Him and He will give you the desires of your heart.
When Israel was a youth I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son.
2 The more they called them, The more they went from them;
They kept sacrificing to the Baals And burning incense to idols.
3 Yet it is I who taught Ephraim to walk, I took them in My arms…
Our Lord yearns for you and me. He desire a true spiritual relationship with His children, (spiritual in this reference specifically means relationship with God). He is your closest relative, your best friend and most importantly your Savior. Your intimacy with God must be your highest priority.
How does your relationship with God affect what and how you hear from Him? Good question, our relationship with Him greatly affects what we hear and if we are hearing at all. You are the hearer and God is the speaker, you heard Him when He called you out of darkness and into the light. Why then is it so difficult to hear Him…
Is it truly challenging to hear from Him or have you stop seeking Him! Remember before you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior you could not hear. It is time to identify with Him again, and know that what happened to Christ at Calvary also happened to you. Gal 2:20.
We are starting a new series for 2016 called “Breathe”. A search for the word breathe states: take air into the lungs and then expel it, to inhale and exhale freely. I our year long series we will inspire, encourage and coach you to breathe 12 areas in your life as you would naturally breathe air. Keep and eye out for the blessing coming from this series…