Open Heaven 19 August 2020 – Jesus’ Circle of Friends

Open Heaven 19 August 2020 – Jesus’ Circle of Friends

Open Heaven 19 August 2020: [Wednesday] – Jesus’ Circle of Friends

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JESUS’ CIRCLE OF FRIENDS – Wednesday August 19th 2020
Memorise: Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. John 15:14
Read: John 11:11-36 (KJV)
36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!
37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?
38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.
Open Heaven 19 August 2020 – Jesus’ Circle of Friends 2
Bible in one year: Habakkuk 1-3, Hymn: Sing hymn 29
Message:-
It is a great thing to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. It is however even much better to be a disciple and friend of Jesus at same time.

Open Heaven 19 August 2020 – Jesus’ Circle of Friends 

In the course of His earthly ministry, Jesus began to develop a more intimate relationship with some of His disciples and he called them friends.

“Greatest love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. John 15:13-15

Open Heaven 19 August 2020 – Jesus’ Circle of Friends 

A classic example of a friend of Jesus is Lazarus. In John 11:11 Jesus said “…Our friend Lazarus sleepeth…” This level of intimacy was emphasized by John 11:35 which says “Jesus wept.”

The Lord God helped me to developed such an intimate relationship with Him that I began to see Him as “My Daddy” and not just “Out Father”. This offended some people who wondered why I would be calling God ‘Daddy’. If God is their Father and He happens to be my Daddy, what is the problem? My prayer for you today is that the Holy Spirit will assist you to develop a relationship with Him that would give you the boldness to call the Almighty God ‘Daddy’ in the mighty name of Jesus.

Open Heaven 19 August 2020 Wednesday: Prayer Point

To be admitted into the circle of friends of Jesus, you need to fulfil only one condition as set in John 15:14 “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” The moment you begin to walk in obedience to the commandments of God, you have become a friend of Jesus. His commandments are not hard to obey or burdensome to live by. He also promise to give you rest (Matthew 11:28-30) 
Prayer Point
Father, please help me to be obedient to Your commandments forever, in the mighty name of Jesus.
Open Heavens Daily Devotional Lessons was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical Churches in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer's Ministries.

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