TODAY’S PROPHETIC THOUGHT
I created you for relationship with Me. Relationship is complex and multi-faceted. You are My creation, My child, but I also want you to be My friend. Align with My priorities and I will reveal a side of My nature you’ve never experienced before.
ARE HIS PRIORITIES YOUR PRIORITIES?
This is what friendship with God looks like: God comes down into your world and you begin to partner with Him, face to face. “Face to face” is an intimate term. It’s the cherubim flying round and round the mercy seat who see Jesus in the past, present and future and have their minds blown by His goodness. We need to be like them.
If you’re going to have close friends, you need to have similar priorities. Do you know how many close friends I have who don’t love OpenDoor Church? Zero. Do you know how many close friends I have who don’t have a heart for abolishing slavery or taking care of orphans? None. What is that?
It’s this: when you begin to become the friend of God, you begin to prioritize what Jesus prioritizes. You learn those priorities through friendship – through living life with Him every single day. By becoming His friend, you begin to live life with Him. Friendship is about the people you do life with.
In Luke 12 where Jesus teaches the fear of God – which means you love what God loves and you hate what God hates – you know what it says?
“I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.” – Luke 12:4
Jesus is saying, “Do not worry about the priorities of the enemies of God.” Instead, consider the priorities of God Almighty Himself. Moses was like that and God responded in an amazing way.
“Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend…” – Exodus 33:1
God called Moses His “friend.” He is the only human being recorded in the Word that God Himself refers to in such an amazing way because friendship is back and forth. It implies equal footing. There were even times God listened to Moses and acted on what this man said all because they were friends – they had a relationship and were on the same page.
Are you on the same page as God? Do you have the kind of relationship where He can count on you the way a friend does? Love what He loves and hate what He hates. Make His priorities your priorities and see how it changes your relationship.
FROM MY SERMON SERIES PRAY FOR RAIN – INTIMACY