NOTES TAKEN FROM SERMONS BY PASTOR R. BRUCE MILLER
A Friend of God
John 15 Intimacy with God is of utmost importance
Isolation, separation from one another, etc. ultimately brings us closer to God
Jesus gave us a new name/title, Friend.!
what does friendship with God mean?
John 15:11kjv : "These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full
The joy of the lord is our strength.(Nehemiah 8:10)
Circumstances try to rob us of our joy! We must have a steadfast confidence in the faithfulness of our God. ‘This is joy.
Spend Time in His presence, rejoicing in him, his praise.
Let God arise and his enemies be scattered.
Keep a joyful praise! there is a blessing in continuing to rejoice.
Know that you have authority over all the plan of the enemy.
This is my commandment that you love one another. As I have loved you.
He was very serious about this!
Daniel 11:32 They that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits.
The Father seeks true worshippers
John 15:12 this is my commandment that ye love one another that your joy may be full.
John 15:16 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit-fruit that will last-and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you
because they know not him that sent me
The servant does not know what his lord does but I call you friends.!
persecution will come because of my name’s sake
We must make a special effort, a work to keep the unity of the spirit
maintain love, care and bear one another’s burdens
in the last day the world will hate you. Don’t be surprised. Marvel not.y
On this type unity, He has commanded a blessing. (Psalm 133)
(John 15:13) Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Now I call you friends!
keep the slate clean, be submitted, lay aside every weight and sin
Hold fast to a life of purity before God.
Satan looks for a ny way he can discourage us.
Don’t forget the simplicity of how this whole thing began! Not by works of righteousness which we have done.
Romans 5 when we were yet without strength…he still loved us enough to die for us! while we were yet sinners!
Romans 6 the wages of sin is death but the gift of god is eternal life
verse 9 much more then if they be reconciled
Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
Romans 5:9,10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, ?
Much more, having closer to him the most intimate to be called friends of been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
John 3:16 for God so loved the world that he gave…
What shall we say then to these things
Be reminded of God’s love for us. He is in control!
We are sons and daughters of God. heirs, co-laborers, the redeemed, anointed, appointed Jesus is seated at the right hand of God. He is coming to rescue us.
Our joy should be full at all times.
Draw closer to Him, most intimate to be called friends of God.
A friend loveth at all times.
God’s love does not stop
Don’t go around with unconfessed sin!
Let Him cleanse you and purify you.
Exodus 33kjv 1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Depart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed will I give it:
Moses, a friend of God, Communicated with God “as a man speaketh with a friend.”
We need wisdom! In these last days,
God is speaking to us by his son now!
(Heb. 1:2 ) Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds
We cannot serve 2 masters. With the study of his word and worship in personal time the spirit begins to be more alert, able to discern, hear the still, small voice of God!
3 Hebrew words concerning intimacy
1) Yada loving and being loved knowing and being knownHe knows or uprising, our intent and our motives
We want to know as we are known
1John 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
to know even as we are known spirit reveals things we need to know He knows better than I know myself! There are no secrets – He knows all about you better than you know yourself
be honest with God. nothing hidden
cannot present ourselves with facades, past hurtShine a light from heaven on my soul.. If you find anything that shouldn’t be, take it out and straighten me, I wanna be right I wanna be saved I wanna be whole?”
2)Sakan: you care about me people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care for them
People need to know they are cared for and they have value.
God cares and is in control
3)Sod: allows me to know Him
He makes himself known
Revelation 3 behold I stand at the door and knock…
He is showing you the things the father has in store
exemplify his love
people need to see him through your actions
When people see us they should be able to see him in us
they should see the peace, the life of Christ in us
You are the light of the world
John 15 I have called you friend
All things that I have heard of my father I have made known to you
There are greater things ahead of us!
Be seated at his feet to hear his word!
(Luke 10:38) Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
Mary’s desire was to seek the heart of Jesus as Martha helped prepare to receive him into the house
Martha’s labor became more important than the love, service more than intimacy
The spirit of competition – leaves the witness for souls un dealt with/ undone
Remember Jesus’ goal for us his disciples/friends: that you bear fruit and that your fruit should remain ,
be a true servant of God! a servant of all
allow God to get all the glory
Otherwise there is a frustration in trying to do, to serve.
service must come as secondary to worship!
Jesus said, to Martha, one thing is needful
(Luke 10:42) 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
John 12 in the 3rd year of his ministry, Jesus shared with Mary things about to come in preparation for things to come!
. that I may know him
Philippians 3:10-10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead
How can I show love by being a blessing? He will show you. only ask him!
He has provided everything that you need
They that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits
If we are strong in faith we will see breakthroughs, healings, etc.