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How To Become A Friend Of God

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How To Become A Friend Of God

We have a tendency to judge everything from our personal vantage point and life experiences. It possibly colors our perception even of Biblical characters.

If we were to judge some Old Testament heroes by the current accepted behavior of our society, their humanity would scream with imperfection.

Abraham is a perfect example. He is called the Father of the Faithful. His name is hollowed.

Yet by today’s standards he was guilty of:

  • Lying about Sara his wife. He claimed she was his sister.
  • Creating havoc in his home and the promise of God by fathering a child with Hagar.
  • Rejecting and banishing Hagar – (Spousal abandonment?)
  • Abandoning Ishamel his son.
  • Neglecting his own child.

I’m sure other things could be found to make more dark marks on his name.

Do you know when his relationship with God changed?

  • James 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
  • James 2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
  • James 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

In spite of all his imperfections, Abraham was called a friend of God AFTER he built an altar.

You want to be called a friend of God?

I don’t care about how your life story reads, I promise, you can become a friend of God too. It starts with one easy step.

Build an altar!

Written by Martyn Ballestero

May 17, 2010 at 11:42 pm

4 Responses

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  1. The answer is always found at the Altar of Prayer!
    Thanks for sharing How Great it is to be a friend of
    God!

    faye walton

    May 18, 2010 at 12:10 am

  2. Excellent as always!

    kennethbow

    May 18, 2010 at 12:11 am

  3. Beautiful! Thanks

    Nelda Kyzar

    May 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm

  4. How true that is – spend time with God in prayer. Praise the Lord.

    surjanto tirtabudi

    May 19, 2010 at 8:34 am


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