The Blessing of Friends Who Know God

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Yesterday morning as I read Exodus 33 I was reminded what a blessing it is to have friends who walk with God.  Moses was such a man.  Let me explain.

God’s anger was kindled against the Israelites because of their continual sin and God said that His presence would not go with them into the promise land.  Moses spoke to God on their behalf, telling God that they couldn’t go on unless God would go with them.  Verse 11 says, 

“And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.”  Because of his intercession, God said to Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. 

What relief that the Israelites wouldn’t have to trudge on in their own devices, their own weak ideas and strategies!  God answered Moses’ prayer!  Having a friend who can talk to God on your behalf is a huge blessing!  You see Moses going to God, then talking with the Israelites, then talking to God, and again to the Israelites.  Who wouldn’t want a friend like that?!

While I was reading that passage and being reminded of dear, godly friends that the Lord has given me, I received a text message from one of those friends.  Another called while I was getting ready for the day.  A third called as I was driving to do some work at church just to tell me she loved and appreciated me!  And lastly, another godly friend met me at the church to help and support the work I was attempting to do!  My cup was running over with the blessing my friends.  Each one, led by the Lord was calling to encourage or bless in some way.  That is a godly friend!  God spoke to them, and they followed through to tell me what He said to them!  That’s just like what Moses did!

I have to stop and ask myself if I am that kind of friend to others.  How about you?  Do you hear the Lord speak a word to you to call and encourage someone or to stop and pray for them and then you do it?  If He prompts us to stop and pray for them or do a loving act for them are we quick to obey?  Do we go out of our way to help and support them as they are serving the Lord?

May we each be the “Moses-kind of Friends – a friend who knows God, talks to God on behalf of our friends, and also talks to our friends about God!”

Do you have a special godly friend for whom you are especially thankful?  What have they done to push you closer to the Lord?

With love,

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Freshen Up Friday

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Do you know what this is a picture of?

Encouragement!  

What is encouragement?  [en-kur-ij-muh nt] It is to stimulate by assistance or approval. 

Last weekend a group of friends gathered to encourage me!  It was a total jaw dropping shock surprise gathering.  The reason for our time together was strictly to encourage me in a ministry the Lord has allowed me to do for Him.  I can’t tell you how many tears I shed on that afternoon as those dear ladies shared and encouraged my heart, loved me, and gave touching gifts of appreciation.

Since that time with my friends, I have truly been stimulated and felt assisted from the backing they gave me!  It refreshed my vigor in my ministry and has given me a new vision for the days ahead.

What ministry does someone do for which you are really thankful?  Why not ask the Lord to give you a creative idea about how you could refresh them with your encouragement?  At our time together, we shared a delicious lunch, they shared their appreciation with me  and gave me precious gifts. Then we ended with a time of prayer.

Even if you did something on a much smaller scale, the receiver will be so thankful!  Consider one of these ideas:

  • Wrap a candy bar and giving it accompanied with a note.
  • Send a hand-written card with your appreciation.
  • Invite the person over for a meal or dessert and share your appreciation verbally.
  • Take them out for ice cream or coffee and tell them what a blessing they’ve been to you.
  • If they teach a class you attend, preach at your church, lead your choir or do anything else that involves a whole group of other people, let everyone go in and add a line or two on a card.  Give it to them at your weekly gathering.

And let us consider how to stir up

one another to love and good works…

Hebrews 10:24

If the person you refresh with your encouragement is half as blessed as I have been from what I received recently, it will be the blessing of a lifetime!

Refresh someone with your encouragement!

Encourage your pastor with your presence in church on Sunday!

Stay refreshed,