Thursday, June 10, 2010

Carefully Choose Your Friends

As we enter into a real Spirit-filled, completely surrendered walk with God where He is leading us into His will, one of the very first things He will do is prune out the people He does not want in our lives. He will then start to bring in the people that He does want in our lives.


This does not mean that we will no longer walk with the lost, those who are downtrodden, and the ones who need His message and eternal salvation most. Jesus' life was a clear example of this. But, when Jesus was with these sinners, it was always for the sole purpose of saving them and cleaning them up. 

He didn't chase after everyone--some people are open to help, and some are not. I have had to learn this the hard way in my own life. You can't force someone to love God. It is their choice, and their choice alone. What you can do is pray.

The main reason God will help us choose true friends in this life is because His ultimate and highest goal for us is to transform and sanctify us. He wants you to spiritually grow and mature in your walk with Him. How awesome is that?



1. Choose Your Friends Carefully
Proverbs 12:26 is very clear about choosing the right friends. Many people have lost their calls in Him because they chose to keep company with the wrong types of people or the wrong crowd.

2. Blessings From Choosing Good God-friends
These 6 verses show just why God DOES want you to have other good, solid Christian friends to share you walk with. 

3. Iron Sharpens Iron
Proverbs 27:17 - "As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend."

A true God-friend can help sharpen you in the Spirit, tell you when you're getting off track, help you get through and make better sense of the tough times that can occur in you walk, confirm when you are on the right track, give you pep talks when needed, and help keep you grounded when you get too mad or frustrated when things don't go your way.


4. Do Not Be Unequally Yoked with Unbelievers
Here are 7 bible verses telling us to stay away from the people who have NO desire for God or anything that He stands for.


~ In Conclusion ~

Just as God made Eve for Adam, He still places extremely high value on personal friendships. He'll make sure you have the right people and the right amount of them so you can help make one another's lights shine brighter, and continue to go higher in Him.

When Jesus first started to send the disciples out to walk in His holy anointing, He always sent them out two-by-two

Once you begin to go deeper in God, you'll go bananas if you don't have a friend to share your walk with. There are too many great things that will begin to happen in your life for you not to have others to talk to, vent with, share with, learn with, and help keep one another on track. 

If you don't have a good God-friend right now, don't be discouraged. Just ask God in prayer that He would bring you the right friend to match your current spiritual development in Him. I am blessed to say I am finally surrounded with a good core group of God-friends. It definitely took a season of pruning, time, prayer, and obedience to the Holy Spirit's leading. It was incredibly difficult for me at times, but the reaped benefits were so worth it. 
 
God is so good!

Unless there is a special reason God is keeping you tucked away in Him, theres no reason He won't give you a friend to help you along in your Spiritual growth. If God did it for Adam, He'll do it for you.

With LOVE,


9 loving comments:

Jessica Hills said...

Thank you for this post! I just recently realized that I wasn't completely surrendering myself to be led by the Lord like I should (and of course I may never get to that point) but I didn't really think about this aspect of it.

I decided that I needed to not think of myself in my decisions, but think always of others first.

It is funny how we live in a world that tells you to do the complete opposite :)

I didn't really think about being careful about who my friends were, so this is a great point.

Thanks for all the nice comments on my blog too! You are so sweet!

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said...

Very wise advice! I never tire of reading Proverbs(and Psalms)- always seems new to me every time I read it.

Joanne Kennedy said...

This is a great reminder for all of us. I love how you said we can't run after people who do not love God. No matter how sad it is to us, we can not force what we know to be true on someone else. Yet we can pray and set a good example of a good Christian and then trust God will do the rest.

Hugs,
Joanne

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

I needed to read that! Thank you :)

Ruth said...

Hi, i stopped by from Le chateau des fleurs. what a profound post this is. Love the way you love the Lord!!
Your newest follower now.
Love,
Ruth
http://underneathhiswrapping.blogspot.com/

High Heeled Life said...

Laura , I popped in for a visit - after (actually during - I'm to go back -comment- and thank her for sharing your most inspiring location in BlogLand) my visit to Frenchy at Le Chateau des fleurs.

I know if it was not for the work I have yet to complete for God - I would not be here still - I know that he has plan and purpose for us all - and even when things make no sense to us. As God sent me on a Detour Life - my tree of friends was pretty much pruned back, with only a couple of branches holding onto to the strong peaches in my life.

I am going to become a follower so I can visit again and not miss your inspiring words. If you have a chance pop on over for a visit and follow me too. www.attitudeivlife.blogspot.com
Blessings: HHL

Tiffany said...

Thank you so much for this post. It is a reminder that I needed in my life. Friends are so important in our lives and it's important to make sure they're the "good" ones. Thank you for reminding me that God will weed out the people are not supposed to be in our lives and leave us with the ones that are meant to be there. We can always trust in God.

mchristiangirl said...

Hi, I just found your blog through Le chateau des fleur blog and loved it! I wrote something similar on choosing good friends. It is a 5 part series. You can go to my blog at http://mchristiangirl.blogspot.com/ they are called true friendship.

Emily @ Finding My Aloha said...

Laura, I just love you! I feel as if we are kindred spirits! I connect with your posts more than any others. I can attribute that to the substance you pour into your posts. Thank you! This piece about friends is so true. Being in a military spouse and moving arounda ll the time I have found this true time and time again. God prunes, sometimes it stings, but then you feel washed clean and white as snow!

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