DAY 12

He offers his friendship to the godly - Proverbs 3:32
Draw close to God and God will draw close to you. - James 4:8

You are as close to God as you choose to be. Like any friendship, you must work at developing your friendship with God. It won’t happen by accident. Kailangan mo maglaan ng oras at lakas. Parang sa mga kaibigan mo dito sa mundo, nagbibigay ka ng oras sa kanila.

If you want a deeper, more intimate connection with God:
1. You Β must learn to honestly share your feelings with him.
2. Trust him when he asks you to do something.
3. Learn to care about what he cares about.
4. Desire his friendship more than anything else.

1. I must choose to be honest with God.
The first building block of a deeper friendship with God is complete honesty – about your faults and your feelings. Hindi naman iniexpect ng Lord na maging perfect ka. Ang nais niya ay yung maging tapat ka. It is likely that you need to confess some hidden anger and resentment at God for certain areas of your life where you felt cheated or disappointed. Kailangan mo ibigay sa kanya ang lahat ng nararamdaman mong sakit, hinanakit at galit at anumang pagkakamali. Wag mo sisihin ang Lord sa nangyayari sa iyong buhay dahil may purpose siya sa lahat ng ito.

Releasing your resentment and revealing your feeling is the first step to healing.

2. I must choose to obey God in faith.
Every time you trust God’s wisdom and do whatever he says, even when you don’t understand it, you deepen your relationship with Him. We are friends with God, but we are not his equals. he is our loving leader, and we have to follow him.

We obey God, not out of duty or fear or compulsion, but because we love him and trust that he knows what is the best for us.

3. I must choose to value what God values:
This is what friends do – they care about what is important to the other person. The more you become God’s friend, the more you will care about the things he cares about, grieve over the things he grieves over and rejoice over the things that brings pleasure to him.

What does God care about most? The redemption of his people. To be a friend of God, yo must care about all the peopple around you whom God cares about.

4. IΒ must desire friendship with God more than anything else.
David passionately desired to know God. Jacobs’ passion for God’s blessing on his life was so intense that he wrestled in the dirt all night long with God. Paul was another man passionate for friendship with God. It was his first priority, the total focus and ultimate goal of his life. Same with us. He wants us to seek him and let him be the first over everything.

Intimate friendship with God is a choice and not an accident. God is not mad at you; he is mad about you and he will do whatever it takes to bring you back into fellowship with him.

Start asking God to to give you passion for Him and keep on asking until you have it. Pray this throughout your day:

“Dear Jesus, more than anything else, I want to get to know you intimately”

What practical choices will you make today in order to grow closer to God?