Friendship with God: Think. Share. Agree.
“True friendship ought never conceal what is thinks.” – St. Jerome
Hello friends! I hope this post finds you in good spirits. A few people really enjoyed the last post I wrote and asked me to write some more on friendship with God. So this post I decided to write about an initial determining factor as to whether or not two can or will be friends. We know that the word of God tells us that two people cannot walk together unless they agree (Amos 3:3). Ultimately, the way we think determines our relational status not only with others but God ultimately. Where our mind is our soul will dwell.
At the beginning of last week I was really overwhelmed with everything on my plate before me and it was causing me to allow a spirit of fear to attack me ruthlessly. Since I have been trying to focus on friendship with God and not worry about things, the attacks on my mind increased. Typically a sure sign you trying to do what’s best. But, God is so good. He led me to Psalm 34:4 that says, “I sought the Lord and He delivered me from all of my fears.” I claimed that verse everyday throughout the day and just continued to seek God for His presence and peace. I did my best to not worry about what I could not control, just taking things to Him in prayer and leaving it. The peace of mind I gained so quickly by giving Him everything that was troubling me is such a blessing. When we are truly seeking God, an automatic benefit is a gain of His peace of mind.
God added to that blessing, my friend Bill at work, sharing with me something that he studied in Psalm 91 this past week. God promises us that if we dwell with Him in His secret place, He will protect us and deliver us from the “noisome pestilence and the snare of the fowler.” He pointed out to me that in the Hebrew the “noisome pestilence” can translate to mean our own fearful thoughts. When I looked it up myself what I found was that the word for noisome translates to mean destructive and the root meaning of the word for pestilence is words.
When I saw this I thought to myself “How did my friend get fearful thoughts from “noisome pestilence?” As I thought about it what came to me was to look at the preceded “noisome pestilence.” God promises first to deliver us from the “snare of the fowler.” A fowler is one who entraps and the snare is an entanglement, calamity, plot or entrapment that is set by the fowler. In Hebrew the verse reads, “Surely He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler pestilence of the noisome.” So it can be written in English as the “Surely He will deliver you from calamity and entrapment of the one who entraps and the words with words of destruction.” That’s my personal translation.
It then made since to me how the noisome pestilence are fearful thoughts. The words that an enemy speaks are meant to trap you in fear and bring calamity to your spirit before they can have you physically. Once your mind is theirs, your whole being is subjugated to them. Destructive words spoken by them, if received, become your thoughts when before you never had them, causing chaos and confusion. But thank God, that as our friend, He promises us that we can exchange any fearful thoughts that the enemy sets us up with, for His thoughts of peace and love, if we dwell in Him. He gives us what He thinks about so that we can have peace of mind. He does not conceal His thoughts from us. When we come into agreement with Him the adversary cannot have our mind. We are to renew our minds daily with His thoughts (Romans 12:2) and this will help us to be able to walk in agreement with Him at all times enjoying Him as our friend. Chaos and noise cannot inhabit a mind that has been filled with the precious promises that God speaks to us. God is not the author of confusion, but peace (1 Corinthians 14:33).
I’m glad my friend Bill decided to share His meditations with me so that I could share them with you. Bill reminds me of a modern day E.M. Bounds. He always shares a word of peace. I had a feeling we were going to be good friends when I first met him. It was definitely solidified in my spirit after our first conversation, because our spirits agreed. I’m so grateful he shares his nuggets of wisdom. Friends share what they think.
There is a song by Audrey Assad called “You Speak” that I love listening to when I want to really need to get into a peace of mind to meditate on God’s word. I’m sharing with the hope it blesses you the same.
Peace and Gods abundant blessings.
P.S. Click on “You Speak” to meditate and hear God speak 🙂