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Next Steps – Day 7

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A 30-DAY GUIDE FOR NEW BELIEVERS
by JOHN D. BECKETT
DAY 7 THE MEANING OF LIFE
How do I find meaning in life?

Statistics indicate that over one billion people visit the Internet each day. Of these, at least a million are searching for answers to the deeper questions of life: Why am I here? What is my purpose? What is God like? A phrase that is frequently used by those exploring such deeper issues is “the meaning of life.”

Gratefully, the Bible helps us understand that life’s meaning is rooted in a unique friendship. Billy Graham says, “It is the greatest discovery you will ever make: You were created to know God and be His friend forever” (The Journey, p. 23).

A key to understanding how you can be God’s friend is to know you were created with more than a body, mind and soul. You were created with a spirit. Your human spirit was awakened when you were born again, enabling you to communicate directly with God and have fellowship with Him. The Apostle Paul says we “received the spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father'” (Romans 8:15). “Abba” literally means “Daddy.”

The heart of every person deeply longs for true friendship. Think about your best friends and how important those relationships are. Yet human friendships can and do fail. This became very real to me recently when the twenty-one year old son of a close friend tragically took his own life. The reason? The young man’s closest friend, a classmate he had known for several years, stated firmly he no longer wished to continue the friendship. The loss was so devastating to my friend’s son that life lost its meaning to him, and he completely gave up.

Even though friends on this earth may come and go, in God you have a friend Who will be there forever. Graham says further: “This is a staggering truth. Think of it. The infinite, all-powerful holy God of the universe wants to be your friend! He wants you to know him personally. He wants you to know He is with you. He wants to comfort you when you are upset or anxious. He wants to guide you when you face difficult decisions, and He even wants to correct you when you are about to do something foolish or wrong” (p. 31).

Take a moment now to let this profound reality sink in. You were created to be God’s friend. This reflects the enormous heart of your wonderful Lord! What a privilege to be one of His children, to be able to come to Him any time, day or night, to be completely open with Him, to share your most intimate thoughts and fears.

Key Scripture I no longer call you servants … but friends (John 15:15).
Key Thought The real meaning of my life is to know God and to be His friend forever.
 
Copyright © 2006 by John D. Beckett

Do you get it (?) He is your friend, yes Y-O-U!!!!

The best friendship you can ever have – – – is with Him!

Lyrics!
Friend of God
By: Phillips, Craig & Dean

Who am I that You are mindful of me?
That You hear me when I call
Is it true that You are thinking of me?
How you Love me
It’s Amazing
Who am I that You are mindful of me?
That You hear me when I call
Is it true that You are thinking of me?

How you Love me
It’s Amazing

I am a friend of God
I am a friend of God
I am a friend of God
He calls me friend

Who am I that You are mindful of me?
That You hear me when I call
Is it true that You are thinking of me?
How you Love me
It’s Amazing, so amazing, it’s amazing

I am a friend of God
I am a friend of God
I am a friend of God
He calls me friend
X2

God Almighty
Lord of Glory
You have called me friend
X3 I am a friend of God
I am a friend of God
I am a friend of God
He calls me friend
X4

He calls me friend [these lyrics are found on http://www.songlyrics.com%5D

 

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