TOPIC: Who Is Your Friend? (Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries Wednesday, 6 June 2018)
FIRE SCRIPTURE: 1 Samuel 18:1-4
MEMORY VERSE: “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” – Proverbs 17:17
Friendship can be said to be a relationship between two people that really care about each other. A very good friend is the first person you call when there is good news and also the first person to alert when there is danger. Ecclesiastes 4:9-11 paints a good picture of the benefits inherent in friendship. It says, “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?”
David had two conspicuous friends, one at the beginning of his fame whose name was Jonathan, a warrior, the son and heir apparent to the first king of Israel. The Bible makes us to understand that, the soul of Jonathan was knitted to the soul of David. Hence, he tried as much as possible to protect David and was not envious. Unfortunately, Jonathan died. Your heaven sent friend will not die suddenly, in Jesus’ name.
David also had another friend who was a counsellor. He spoke like an oracle, his counsel seemingly stood valid like those from the mind of God and his name was Ahithophel. David believed Ahithophel to be faithful and upright. He later realised that he had an enemy for a friend. 2 Samuel 15:12 reads thus, “And Absalom sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counsellor, from his city, even from Giloh, while he offered sacrifices. And the conspiracy was strong; for the people increased continually with Absalom.” Ahithophel, David’s supposed friend, soon allied himself with the King’s son to take away the throne from him. Any conspiracy of your enemy with a so-called friend of yours shall scatter, in the name of Jesus.
Who is your friend? Is he/she ready to put up with you while you’re around or is he ready to become the enemy when you are not there? If your friends are like leaves on a tree that have to be shed off because they’ve over stayed their use, shed them off. These types of friends are there to take whatever they need and as soon as it gets cold or the wind blows in your life, they are gone.
Some friends could also be likened to branches of a tree; they are a little bit better than the first set because as a branch, they are stronger than the leaves. But you still need to exercise care with them as they can ditch you in heavy tide, when their help is really paramount. Some friends are like the root of a tree. They are available at all times: during harsh periods and pleasant ones. During awful storms, they are present to uphold you. You can only find such a friend in Christ. No matter who your friends are on earth, they can still disappoint you. The very best of man can still be found wanting. The only friend that you can trust and depend on at all times is Jesus Christ. I counsel you to seek Jesus today. In Him you can find a faithful, dependable and reliable friend that your soul desires. However, there is no other friend like Jesus, develop your intimate relationship with Him and it shall be well with you.
There is no friend greater than He who laid down His life for His friend.
Every unfriendly friend in your life shall be separated from you by fire.
1. O Lord my Father, separate me from unfriendly friends, in the name of Jesus.
2. Unfriendly friends shall not prosper in my life, in the name of Jesus.
3. Envious friends, be separated from me by fire, in the name of Jesus.
4. Every soul tie with demonic friends, break, in the name of Jesus.
5. O Lord, I ask for wisdom and knowledge to choose heaven-bound friends, in the name of Jesus.
6. Mark of rejection in my life, be wiped off by the blood of Jesus, in the name of Jesus.
7. I excel ten times, like Daniel, above unfriendly friends, in the name of Jesus.
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