Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Supernatural Friendship

Intimacy is defined as close familiarity or friendship. God desires that kind of relationship with us, but He allows us to choose just how close we want to be with Him. How familiar are you with God? What type of friendship do you have with the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings?
Most of the world intellectually knows of God, but how many people know Him affectionately? Head knowledge supplies the ability to know God exists and that He created the heavens and the earth. Through the reading of His Word we discover how He loved the world so much that He gave His only Son to die for us in order to save us from our sins and grant us eternal life with Him. But it’s only through the study of His Word that we come to actually realize just how much He loves us! Continually searching the Word of God bestows a heart knowledge about the God of the universe that results in familiarity and friendship. The love language of our relationship with God develops through prayer. As we study and pray, affection and warmth for our Savior God seeps into our souls and we are endowed with the confidence of a lasting relationship. 
Today is Pentecost! Together with all the saints we celebrate the initial coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples of Christ. The Heavenly Father first sent the Holy Spirit fifty days after Jesus ascended into heaven. On the day of His ascension, Jesus said to His disciples, “And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”  Luke 24:49 (NASB) 
Scripture tells us in Acts 1:13-14 how obedient the disciples were to Jesus’ command: When they had entered the city, they went up to the upper room where they were staying; that is, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas the son of James. These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.  Acts 1:13-14 (NASB)
What did the disciples devote themselves to doing? God’s Word states that they were devoted to constant prayer. They were developing a relationship with the God who loved them enough to die for them. The language of prayer enabled them to experience the power of the Holy Spirit. When Pentecost happened, they were all together in one place. Acts 2:2-4 states that suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. Power descended upon followers of Jesus, people began to speak in other tongues, Peter began to preach, three thousand souls were saved, and the Church of Christ was established. Praise God!
So what do we do with the knowledge of the power of the Holy Spirit? We devote ourselves to the study of the Word of God and to prayer, seeking the One who sacrificed His life so that we may live eternally with Him. We allow His Spirit to imbue us with power from above so that more people can experience a life lived with Christ. Thank you, Jesus!
Rain down on us, King of Kings, and let the power of Your reign fill us with Your strength.
You are holy, Lord of Lords, and You are worthy of our praise as we honor You today.
We are Your people, Lord God, and You are a Father to Your people, nurturing us in love.
As You delight in us, Friend of sinners, may we delight in forgiveness that covers us with grace.
In our deepening relationship, Jesus, bless us with Your mercy as it flows through us to others. 
For Your glory, Heavenly Father, we offer our service of humility. Come, Holy Spirit! AMEN.

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