My Lord, My Friend

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Reflective Moment ‘Friends Of Our Lord’

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We should enjoy the fact that Jesus is a friend of ours. But he would remind us that we did not choose Him, indeed He says that He chose us {John 15 verse 16}: Amplified Bible;

"You have not chosen Me, but i have chosen you —- I have appointed you I, I have planted you —- that you might go and bear fruit and keep on bearing; that your fruit mat be lasting [that it may remain, abide]; so that whatever you ask the Father in My Name [as presenting all that I AM] He may give it to you.

Many aspire to be friends of the rich and famous but we have the privilege of being friends of The Almighty. What a blessing to know that we, like Abraham of the Old Testament, as stated in {James 2 verse 23} are His special friends and that the Lord appreciates our friendship, loyalty and devotion.

From our posting 24th May 2014; Hymns Of Our Forefathers, “What A Friend we have in Jesus’.

'What A Friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer.'

He becomes our Friend, the minute we accept His invitation to come, it is open to any ‘Whosoever’ John 3 verse 16: Lets put our trust in Him afresh today, because He has more for us then anything the world has to offer.

God Bless.

O F J,

Willing And Committed

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The Story of Gideon is a story of against the odds. The story also includes how God gave the army, an opportunity to go home. To go home if they were afraid and two thirds of them went.

God wants to willing and committed, willing to trust, and committed to Him. Not a calling to be brave in ourselves, but  trusting in The Lord, for Him to deliver all He has promised. The situation in Gideon time, had cause low morals for the people had been under oppression from the Midians for seven years.

Gideon’s army was  coming together, and then through another test, it was reduced to 300, you would kind be thinking at that point in time, I should have left when I had the chance. God doesn’t look for consensus, He is always looking for the willing and committed. The willing and committed have trust in Him, and not in there own abilities. 

God can use our abilities, only when we surrender them to Him, because He wants The Glory. 1 Corinthians 6 verse 20:

"For You were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body."

It was not surprising that Gideon needed the reassurance that came from overhearing the dream of the Midianite  soldier. Often, even after a step that took real faith has been taken, doubts begin to creep in. Doubts and fear is not failure, nor is it a barrier to continue service of God. God wants us willing and committed, even though we may have doubts and fears.

Confidence is catching, and Gideon returned to reassure his remaining followers with his own renewed faith that God, who was Sovereign, was with them. We must never forget that God Is ‘Sovereign’, there is nothing He doesn’t know the answer for. Faith from being willing and committed, with God’s help can move mountains.

The Battle in this story of Gideon was won without a fight. The unexpected noise in the middle of the night caused panic and pandemonium in the Midian camp. They virtually defeated themselves, and all that was left was a mopping up operation.

Willingness and commitment and faith and trust in our Sovereign God brought great victory. Let us all be more willing and committed to the Sovereignty of Our Lord and Our Friend, in such a time as we are in.

God Bless.

O F J.

Sunday Encouragement

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If this is your day for rest, like us all we still need encouragement, or perhaps you live in an environment where rest is hard to come by, be encouraged.  Encouragement is as good to give, as it is to receive, be encouraged to day, and take the time to encourage.

Mathew 4 verse 19 and 20

v19 “Follow Me”, He {Jesus} told them, “and I will make you fish for people.”

Verse 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.

Jesus wants us all to follow Him, to take up the task of the great commission. There was no indecision here Jesus asked and they immediately follow Him.

Let us set our minds to follow Him in such a way.

It is a task were He will always be with us. He will equip us with all we need for service.

Come Follow A wonderful Lord and Friend.

As an item of interest; This is the explanation of how the Fish became a symbol of Christianity.

The first disciples were fishermen. The only recorded meal that Jesus cooked was fish for breakfast. {read about it in John 21 verse 9 to 13}.

Early on the fish became a symbol for Christ from the Greek word for fish “ichthys”

Jesous, Christos, Theou, Yios ,Sater

Jesus,   Christ      Son    God   Savior.

When two early Christians met, the first might trace one arc of the fish symbol on the ground, then the other would confirm that he or she was a believer by adding the other part of the fish curve.

Come Follow Him the journey is miraculous.

Be Blessed Today and Everyday,

From Your Friends at mylordmyfriend.com

Faith Of Our Forefathers

We all need to find faith and love for ourselves, we can’t live off someone elses  faith. Faith is an individual thing. God loves us as an individual, from which we come together in corporate worship with like minded people in church. There faith expressed together is uplifting, knowing that God loves the gathering, but more importantly He loves everybody there individually and by name.

So here is another wonderful Hymn sung by our brothers and sisters in days gone by.

V1: I am so glad that our Father in heaven

Tells of His love in the Book He has given;

Wonderful things in the Bible I see:

This is the dearest, that Jesus loves me.

V2: Though I forget Him, and wander away.

Still He doth love me where I stray;

Back to His dear loving arms do I flee,

When I remember that Jesus loves me.

V3: Oh, if there’s only one song I can sing.

When in His beauty I see the Great King,

This shall my song in eternity be,

"Oh, what a wonder that Jesus loves me!"

V4: Jesus loves me, and I know I love Him:

Love brought Him down my pour soul to redeem;

Yes, it was love made Him die on the tree:

Oh, I am certain that Jesus loves me !

V5: If one should ask of me, how I can tell?

Glory to Jesus, I know very well !

God’s Holy Spirit with mine doth agree,

Constantly witnessing —- Jesus loves me.

V6: In this assurance I find sweetest rest,

Trusting in Jesus, I know I am blest;

Satan, dismayed, from my soul now doth flee,

When I just tell him that Jesus loves me.

Chorus: I am glad that Jesus loves me.

Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me.

I am so glad that Jesus loves me,

Jesus loves even me !

What wonderful words, that Jesus die on the cross for you and me, and He knows us and loves us individually.

Perhaps you may have been reading this site for a while, or this is the first time, we are all about our Awesome and Wonderful Creator God, who we call Our Lord, Our Redeemer and Our Friend.  the Bible tells us, that the only way He can effect our loves is for us to receive Him.

The Bible says, “But to all who receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His Name.” John 1 verse 12.

Giving Jesus control is something each person must do for him or herself. No one else can make this decision for you. Jesus Himself said, “Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and Opens the door, I will come in to him or her and have dinner with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3  verse 20;

It is easy to receive, Jesus as Your Lord, Your Savior, Your Redeemer, and Your Friend, You will need to say some word like this, or maybe you would like to use these words:

"Dear Lord Jesus, I believe You are The Son of God and died to forgive me my sins {My wrong doings the things that you don’t want me to do, because You have better things for me}.  I turn from my sins {wrong-doings against You} and receive You as My Lord My Savior and My Friend. Thank You so much for saving me. I want to live for You with You as My Lord and My Friend, for the rest of my life. Amen {So Be It}.

If you have said this prayer for the first time, or maybe as a coming back to Him prayer, tell someone, go to a church, and even tell us at My Lord My Friend .com.

ofj@mylordmyfriend.com or thekid@mylordmyfriend.com, we would love to here from you, about your decision, or you could place a comment on the site.

God Bless.

O F J.

Faithfull Assurance

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Faithfulness rests in the Absolute Sovereignty of God, that He will accomplish His Will. 

There will always be mixed reception for the preaching of God’s Word. The world is not dying to hear the message of the Gospel, it is dying in it’s sin. The world is predisposed to resist the Gospel, because the Gospel calls for the greatest change people can experience in their lives - from darkness to light.

Faithfulness in ministry is the proclamation of God’s Word, prayerfully and in the demonstration of the Spirit’s Power. Ministry is nothing unless it is done through the Power of The Holy Spirit. There is nothing of ourselves people could possibly want, but a demonstration of how our lives have been transformed from darkness to light.1 Corinthians 2 verse 4 and 5  {Paul speaking} 

V4 “My speech and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and power”,

V5: “So that your faith might not be based on man’s wisdom but on God’s power.”

There is no chief cook and bottle washer in the Kingdom of God. as we look at 1 Corinthians 3 verse 7 to 9 ;  

"So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth; "

V8 “Now the one who plants and the one who waters are equal, and each will receive his own reward according to their labor.”

V9 “For we are God’s co-workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.”

Success in the numbers of those who hear the message, and come to follow Christ Jesus {Our Lord and Our Friend}, is actually the work of God. who draws people to Christ Jesus, by His Holy Spirit. John 6 v44.

There is no striving in the kingdom of Heaven, everything w have came through the Gift of God’s grace, which is really ‘unmerited favor at Christ expense’.

Faithfulness is walking in our new resurrection walk. we have died to self to come alive in Him. Now through the power of The Holy Spirit, we are able to achieve great things for the Kingdom of God. We have been transformed from the Kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of God and it’s Glorious Light.

Let us all walk faithfully and as the word says in, 2 Corinthians 6 verse 2: “Look, now is the acceptable time: look, now is the day of Salvation.”

Seek the Lord, for this newness of life. seek the Lord and live in His faithfulness, “The Absolute Sovereignty That He Will Accomplish His Will”, through all those who accept. 

God Bless.

O F J.

Reflective Moment ‘Unhindered’

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Unhindered is the last word mentioned in the Book of Acts.

The Acts of The Apostles, but also a book still evident, by the Acts of all His followers.

God’s purpose are Sovereign, and His Sovereign purposes and plans are being worked out in all the twist and turns His followers experiences in our lives.

This Unstoppable Story is being worked out, as it was when those early Christians said yes to Jesus.

Our Lord and Our Friend by the presence of The Holy Spirit in our lives, is always pushing us to new territory. If we make ourselves available to be used by Him, we might not understand the promptings, but if we trust Our Lord and Our Friend to be good and sovereign and with us, then it does not matter what happens to us, as long as He is glorified in us.

Let us all be vessels The Holy Spirit can use, ‘Unhindered’, not even by, maybe our own self doubts of our own ability . The Unstoppable Story will be told, through those willing to be used.

We are all called ‘For Such A Time As This’.

God Bless.

O F J.

The Barren Fig Tree

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The story of the barren fig tree in Matthew 21 verses 18 to 22; was not about the figs, but more about the faith and fruit.

Verse 18: “Early in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry.”

Verse 19: “Seeing a lone fig tree by the road, He went up to it and found nothing on it except leaves. And He said ‘to it, ‘May no fruit ever come from you again’.”

Jesus saw a leafy fig tree, and on a fig tree, fruit appears at the same time as the leaves. but Jesus found nothing but leaves on it.

When we look back at Matthew 7 verses 15 and 16:

Verse 15; “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves.”

Verse 16: “You’ll recognize them by their fruit.”

People may be seen as if they are the real deal, but the way we will recognize, who is real in the serve of Our Lord and Our Friend, is by their faith and fruit. 

The Barren tree is about faith and fruit. However it is also a lesson on the absence of faith and fruit. The point is Christ Jesus expects fruit on the fig tree. Fig trees in that part of the world, as in many other places elsewhere, bore two crops of fruit, an early crop known as ‘toqsh’, and a later crop of fully formed figs. The presence of leaves indicate that the early fruit of the figs have been present, but Jesus finds none.

The harshness of His condemnation is symbolic, of His condemnation of the leaders of the time for there lack of faith. Faith and fruit should be a trademark of all leaders in The House of God.

Hebrews 11 verse 6; “Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.”

Without faith it is impossible to please, the Loving Creator God we serve, with out this God pleasing faith, it is impossible to produce Kingdom building fruit.

To grow faith and fruit, we need to be planted in Him, which comes from spending time with Him, and Kingdom minded people.

God Bless.

O F J.

Faith In Action ‘The Challenges’

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We live in a cynical world, and it is hard to get people attention, away from the glittering lights of the world that seems to have them mesmerized.

Humanism is probably the biggest challenge to witnessing the Gospel {The Good news of Christ Jesus}. Humanism virtually says everybody’s opinion is  worthwhile, and everybody’s opinion should be respected.

Well like in everything there is some truth in that, everyone should be respected, because we are all created in the image of God. Even singer Robbie Williams sing in his song ‘Sin Sin Sin’ that we are created in His image in a reference to Jesus. { I believe Robbie is being cynical}

People hear the Truth at least in western society twice a year at Easter and Christmas, despite all the commercialism that gets added. Again the glitter lights of this world appear to hold more fascination, than the Truth of what is being celebrated.

I have the perfect opportunity to share when I am driving my taxi, and again I never share for the sake of sharing, always try to wait for an opening in the conversation with my passenger.

To get a negative response never phases me, because I Know that I Know, The Creator God that is so real to me, He is after all My Lord and My Friend.

It is the mockers I find hard to deal with, They like to listen but they like to mock. Well we are doing a story on Noah this week in our article People of Faith. Noah must have had it all, in his obedience to God to build the ark .

Like Hey! Noah where is the water, and if there was water that will never float. Noah persisted despite the mocking. I bet when the rain got heavy people were starting to change their tune.

This is a Faith In Action to encourage. The Good News story we have is virtually like building an ark of faith around our lives. The people can mock all they like, but don’t let it deter our commitment to faithfulness.

Noah was called a man who walk with God, and to be mocked for being known as that, is a great testimony. People in general have no absolutes in there life. The absolutes we have is that In Christ Jesus {Our Lord and Our Friend}, we have a purpose, and we have a destiny.

To believe what the world would have you believe, particularly through the Theory of evolution, we have nothing to look forward to. A life does not really mean much. Yet people will bring this up all the time.

I myself do have my answer to that, which is: Well you believe in the THEORY of evolution, which has never been proven and never will be. I have A THEORY about a loving God, who is My Lord and My Friend, and I in Him I have a purpose and a destiny. what do you have to look forward to.

Which generally leads people to say to me: ‘How are you so sure’ 

Then I know I have my in, into their lives where I can share the Gospel, The Good News of how much God loves them.

This is to encourage us all in our witnessing and sharing the Gospel, Of Our Lord and Our Friend. The mockers are generally mocking from their own insecurities, when we build the Truth of Who Jesus really is into our lives, nothing can take the Joy of knowing this away from us, and Nothing can stop us from sharing this Joy, when and if we have an opportunity

God Bless.

 O F J.

Faith In Action ‘The Lord Will Be Our Splendor’

The Lord will be our splendor. Isaiah 60 verse 19:

"The sun will no longer be your light by day, and the brightness of the moon will not shine on you; but The Lord will be your splendor."

We used to sing a song, I can’t remember all of the song, but it went something like this: ‘The things of the world will grow strangely dim, in the light of His Glory and Grace.’ What makes us shine? It can not be anything in the world, because our life is to reflect His Glory.

My wife and I went away for a weekend, we didn’t plan it we just hopped in the car, and went, no destination in mind, but had several places under consideration. We ended up going to the mountains and we stayed the night at a motel overlooking the coast line.

When one gets to these places, one can not help but see the Glory of His creation. The vastness of all He has prepared for us. It was a beautiful place to write about Our Lord and Our Friend.

My reading for the day was from Isaiah, and sitting in the brightness of a beautiful sunrise, hence my reflection about who is our source of light and sustenance. The beauty of this sunrise, could not compare to the Glorious Light of His Presence, for all who have accepted Him.

Isaiah 61 verse1: “The Spirit of The Lord is one me, because The Lord has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor, He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and freedom to prisoners;”

This is what God The Father sent His Son to do, the light of that glorious revelation, should be shining in us more than anything in the world. The anointing of His redemptive message, is available to anyone ‘whosoever’ who genuinely Repents and Accepts with genuine Appreciation.

This raise a question, how committed to Him do we allow ourselves to be. It is never about us, our lives should be about promoting the interest of His Kingdom.

If we are to enjoy His Presence, we must spend time, conversing with Him {Prayer} and listening to Him through His Word, and acting upon the calling He has for each one of our lives. Jeremiah 29 verse 11.

My mountain top experience this time, was because I was on a mountain, but we can have mountain top experiences with Him anywhere, because He wants to be Lord of All, we are, and all we do.

My devotions in the revelation ‘The Lord will be our splendor, finished with a prayer: “Oh Father, in the light of this challenge today, Let Your will be done on earth, in me, as It is done in heaven, Grant it, Lord for the honor and Glory of Your Awesome and Wonderful Name, Amen {So be it}.

Everything we do should never be about us, but should be undertaken with ‘The Lord being our Splendor’. The world would definitely become a better place.

God Bless.

O F J

Lord Of All

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Our Lord and Our Friend wants to be Lord of our lives, not in a dictatorial way, but in a loving, caring and protective way. He is all knowing {Omniscient} and He knows things that only we can know, if we are planted in Him.

The Holy Spirit comes to live inside us, while we ‘envelope’ ourselves in Christ Jesus. Romans 8 verse 1: Uses the word ‘in’, in the original translation this word ‘in’, means to envelope ourselves in Christ Jesus, just like we put a letter inside and envelope. So as a new creation persons, our life is hidden inside Christ Jesus.
With this New life in Christ, there are some things we need to attend to. Romans 6 verse 2:

"How can we who died to sin still live in it."

Most people can name the supposed ‘Big Sins’ eg. murder and stealing, but they tend to forget, the ones listed as works of the flesh in Galatians 5  verse 19 to 21.

Alive in and to Christ Jesus, but dead to sin. Oh dear! don’t get us wrong, we can still function for The Kingdom of God, but we can’t function to our full potential, because sin {wrong-doings against God} effects the brightness in and around our life lamp.

If we are to become all we can be ‘IN’ Christ Jesus, we must get rid of everything out of our lives of which Christ Jesus can’t approve.

Our Lord and Our Friend doesn’t condemn us. He wants to bring us into a place where we are firing on all cylinders. He wants us always to be honest before Him.

Lord of All, all we do. Lets look at time is for instance, we  might have build Him into our finances but have we built Him into our time

Galatians 2 verse 20: “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me {enveloped in and around me}. The life I now live in the flesh. I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

That takes care of our time issues, because everything we do, should be lived out of the faith we have in Him.

God Bless.

O F J.

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