WHEN YOU NEED A FRIEND

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015

Kenwood Fellowship Church
June 7, 2015
Ken Bashford, Pastor

Message –“When You Need a Friend”
Scripture Reading: Genesis 13-14
Memory Verses / Galatians 2:20-21
20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die
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What Does the Scripture Say

In the memory verses for today the Apostle Paul explains the transformation that has taken place in attitude and actions as a result of his conversion to Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The idea of dying to self on a spiritual level, to invite Christ to direct and in some cases redirect my thoughts, my actions, my attitude, my hope for the future. The idea that now I am no longer alone in this life, but the Spirit of God is always with me.

A perfect example of this kind of thought-action change is demonstrated in the Old Testament in Genesis 13-14 by Abraham and his rescue of his nephew Lot. Abraham has been given a covenant promise by God that all the land he saw had been given to him by God for his family in the future. Abraham traveled with his nephew Lot and both men were wealthy with big families, big herds of animals and a great number of servant. The families and servants started to become angry with each other and as a result turmoil was everywhere. To avoid this turmoil, Abraham pulled Lot aside to tell him that they must separate from each other so that the bonds between them would not be damaged-Abraham gave Lot his choice of land. Lot chose the rich valley around the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham settled in the land of Canaan. After Lot’s departure, Abraham was visited by God and reminded that all the land he saw was his, Abraham worshipped God by building an altar there.
During this time, wars broke out in the region with the kings of Babylon, Ellasar, Elam and Goiim coming together to war against the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah. The kings of Sodom and Gomorrah were defeated, their cities captured and the inhabitances taken prisoners, including Abraham’s nephew, Lot and his family.

When word came to Abraham that his nephew had been taken prisoner, he gathered his men together and went after the kings of Babylon, Ellasar, Elam and Goiim. Abraham and his men defeated the kings and the army that had taken Lot and he recovered all their possessions. On his way back home, Abraham stopped at the city of Salem and gave offerings to their King-Priest Melchizedek. [Not much is given in details about Melchizedek except that he was a Priest of the Most High God, he blessed Abraham, and he is referred to as an example of Jesus in the book of Hebrews]

When Abraham, Lot and the kings and people of Sodom and Gomorrah returned to their homes, the king of Sodom tried to pay Abraham for rescuing them, but Abraham refused any kind of payment or reward because he did not want anyone thinking that the King of Sodom had made him wealthy, he made it clear that all his wealth, his strength and all that he had was a result of God’s grace and mercy. He did not want to be in a position of owing the King of Sodom.

Abraham is a good example of staying close to God and being led by God even when those around you are not following after God. Abraham trusted God and as a result was able to have a great deal of influence both during his life and throughout history even to us today. His willingness to drop everything and go out and rescue Lot, reminds us that at times we are both endowed to at times be the one who rescues others and at times we are in need of rescue. Abraham’s dedication to following and submitting to God is shown both in his building an altar to God and in his submission to King-Priest Melchizedek.
DO YOU SEE THE REALITY OF GOD, HIS PRESENCE IN YOU?
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Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (NLT)
Psalm 32:8
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” (NIV)
Psalm 118:8
“It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”
Psalm 121:3
“He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber.” (NLT))
Psalm 145:18
“The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.” (KJV)
Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (NIV)
Proverbs 2:6-9
” For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go.” (NLT)
Proverbs 16:9
“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (NIV)
Philippians 2:13
“It is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” (NIV)
Psalm 16:7
“I will praise the Lord who counsels me, even at night my heart instructs me.” (NIV)
Matthew 6:33
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (KJV)