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A Closer Walk: Sometimes You Need A Real Friend

We have all encountered Job’s “friends.” You know, those would-be comforters with their Biblical counsel that cuts like a knife.

But sometimes you need a real friend, like it or not.

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I’m not talking about the, “Hey, how the heck are you?” kind of friend you see once in a blue moon. No, I’m talking about the kind of friend who will always be there, no matter what.

That kind of friend is very rare.

They walk in—when the world walks out.

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So, there I was.

Life had ground to a complete halt.

Because of my daily blinding headaches I can’t work, I can’t drive, I can’t read or write, or even watch TV.

Now, it’s just God and me, and all the time in the world to chat.

Problem was, I didn’t want to talk. Not in those early days!

So, God did the speaking and I did the listening. What else could I do? I could barely walk across a room! Besides, have you ever tried to walk out on Omnipresence?

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So, God begins to speak.

He starts by reminding me of others who had gone through a pretty rough time.

Guys in the Bible like Joseph, and Job, and Jeremiah.

I love the book of Jeremiah!

Jeremiah knew just what it was like to have his life fall apart, and yet he still wrote in the book of Lamentations,

Yet there is one ray of hope: his compassion never ends… Great is his faithfulness: his lovingkindness begins afresh each day. (3: 21-23)God was about to teach me this truth.

He is a faithful friend even when you don’t want Him to be.

Each morning He would show up dispelling my darkness with His Light and whispering His encouragement into my stubborn ears.

It may sound crazy, but in a way?

I resented His coming.

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Wasn’t it too late?

What earthly good would talking do now? My life was a mess with everything broken. (I mean, really broken!) I didn’t want to do damage assessment. I wanted things back the way they were!

God on the other hand, wanted me front and center—up close and real personal.

I didn’t know it yet, but He was there to bring the answer to a long forgotten prayer.

We were definitely face-to-face…

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But heart-to-heart?

Not really.

So He asked me a question…

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ONE WAY

How do you think My children see Me?

Take some time. Really think about it.

What does the scripture say?

Jesus said to His friend Philip, “…if you’ve seen Me you’ve seen the Father.” You can always “see Me” by looking at My Son.

Now, look at the verse for today.

When I see you how do I see you?

When you see Me how do you see Me?

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So often, My child, you try to see Me looking through yourself.

You wonder why your views of Me are clouded or distorted?

But, how could they be otherwise?

To see Me you must see Jesus. And to see you? The way I do? You must also see Jesus.

It is by your faith in My written word that you have been made right in My sight!

Where does your peace with Me (and with yourself) come from?

Yes, yes, being found right in My sight.

And, whenever I look at you, how do I see you?

Through My Son’s death and resurrection!

How often My children sing of “blood-bought and blood-washed,” but how few really SEE it!

walking with JesusI no longer see the darkness of sin when I look at you.

And you will never see Me for who I AM based on what you see in yourself.

There is only One Way, One Door, One Life. His name is: JESUS.

Now, do you see?

a closer walk“So now, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith in his promises, we can have a real peace with him because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.” Romans 5:1Romans 5:1
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5 1 Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ;

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Cotton Candy Comfort

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O LORD, how long?

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I am so sick of candy-apples-church and cotton-candy-comfort.

How long, LORD?

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Is this all there is until You return? These so-called men of God, who offer much, but deliver little!

Each week I go to the well for a taste; a touch; of You. Each week I go away with sugary words that melt away to nothing.

It all sounds so sweet, but years and years of this have left me so…

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(What?)

Hungry? Thirsty? Both?

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Where are the true men who speak for You?

The ones whose words don’t fall to the ground?

Isn’t that supposed to be the mark of a true prophet?

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I know no one is perfect. I know we all get it wrong sometimes. But LORD! These people are all empty words – promising all – delivering, oh so little!

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Where LORD? Where?

On my left, vile ones; tombs filled with vipers and dead men’s bones.

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(I couldn’t run fast enough!)

To my right? Sugary fluff! Looks good; sounds better; delivers less than nothing…

Because these ones leave you more empty, more desperate, than when you first came!

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God, help me!

(No wonder I’m depressed.)

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Your word promises You will not leave or forsake.

So here I am.

Please.

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Feed my hungry heart with Your truth.

The DREAM-MAKER’S Promise:

“These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for who is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.” 2 Peter 2:172 Peter 2:17
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17 These are wells without water, clouds driven by a storm; for whom the blackness of darkness has been reserved forever.

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The Caterpillar’s Prayer:

Oh Holy Spirit, how we need You! Many of our churches are dry wells, with little, or no Living Water.

Remember us, Your people LORD. Baptize us with fresh fire!

Come again like before… with Your mighty rushing wind…come!

Sinning Saint On Sinking Sand

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A sinning-saint, that’s what I am!

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(Talk about your oxymoron!)

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I accuse myself God:

  • of failure
  • of fainting
  • of fatigue so deep…

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(Are these excuses or accusations?)

Why do I do it God?

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Why do I choose the thing I don’t want?

The words I wish I hadn’t said… the deeds so petty… so unkind?

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If “saint” I be (and this I know) for Your own word declares it true…

Then why this “un-saintly” behavior?

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I do not understand myself.

I let You down, and others, too.

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I do things even I can’t stand, and think, and say…

(Well, God… you know.)

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I’ve no excuse.

(I give You none.)

It’s for my failures that You died.

All I can do; all I can say; is hushed in shadow of Your cross.

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I bow my head in shame’s disgrace, and wait for cross’ crimson tide, to sweep away sin’s heavy load.

Oh God… I thank You for this gift!

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(You truly are my only hope.)

My hope is built on nothing less; than Jesus blood and righteousness

I dare not trust the sweetest frame; but wholly lean on Jesus name

On Christ the solid rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand

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The DREAM-MAKER’S Promise:

“It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.  I love to do God’s will so far as my new nature is concerned;  but there is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. In my mind I want to be God’s willing servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin.
So you see how it is: my new life tells me to do right, but the old nature that is still inside me loves to sin. Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature? Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set me free.”  Romans 7:21-25 The Living Bible

The Caterpillar’s Prayer:

Abba! When will we learn? Apart from You, we can do nothing. [John 15:5John 15:5
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5 I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

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