“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be [c]witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.””- Acts 1:8
You have received power and this power is not limited to just taking back what belongs to you from the enemy. This power and privilege we have can be used to determine what we want for our lives and how to choose in our lives. As a child of you God you should never find yourself succumbing to peer-pressure because you have power to say “yes” or “no” and you have power to choose.
“…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10
Living this abundant life becomes a challenge when you do not have abundant friends or God ordained friends. When choosing a friend you have to use the word of God to do so. The first thing is that the word says “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers” because whomever you yield yourself to has power over you.
“Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up.”- Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
The bible says shame to a man who is alone when he falls. Let us look at two scenarios:
“In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, [b]paralyzed, [c]waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.””- John 5:3-7
This particular man had an infirmity for 38 years, he had no friends because when asked if he would like to be made well his response was “Sir, I have no man to put me in the pool when the water is stirred up” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 was real to him, he was experiencing woes for the 38 years he lived with an infirmity.
“One day while Jesus was teaching, some Pharisees and teachers of religious law were sitting nearby. (It seemed that these men showed up from every village in all Galilee and Judea, as well as from Jerusalem.) And the Lord’s healing power was strongly with Jesus. Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat. They tried to take him inside to Jesus, but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.”” – Luke 5:17-20
This man as paralysed and the other man was lame from birth, the difference between the two is that the paralysed man had friends. His friends brought him to Jesus and when they saw that they cannot enter through the door, the friends took it upon themselves to ensure that their friend reach Jesus even if it meant going through the roof. These friends took a risk for their friend’s wholeness. The bible says “Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.” Meaning it was the faith of the friends that pleased Jesus enough to heal the paralytic man.
Ask yourself, what do your friends bring in your life? Do they use their faith for you?
There are 3 types of people you can mistaken as friends:
1. Companion: This is someone you spend a lot of time with like a co-worker. They are for casual company. They are not your covenant friend.
2. Constituents: Constituents are for what you are for, you could be at the soccer stadium and you meet people that support the same
soccer club as you do. The only thing that brings you together is the soccer
3. Comrade: These are against what you are against but they too are not your friend. What brings you together is the thing you are fighting against and that is where it ends.
“From then on Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from the dead. But Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him[k] for saying such things. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!” Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”” – Matthew 16: 21-24
“For the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays him. It would be far better for that man if he had never been born!” Jesus said, “My friend, go ahead and do what you have come for.”” – Matthew 26:24,50
Jesus referred to Peter, the one who once had a revelation of who He is as satan and then referred to Judas the one who betrayed Him as friend, why? The reason is because Peter was trying to keep Him from His destiny while Judas led Him to His destiny. This is how you identify a covenant friend; it is that friend that leads you to your destiny.
“Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, ‘Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved’ (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life according to Romans 10:9-10: ‘If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.’ I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.
“I am now reborn! I am a Christian—a child of Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, ‘If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: HOW MUCH MORE shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?’ (Luke 11:13). I am also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me the utterance (Acts 2:4). In Jesus’ Name. Amen!”
Scriptures for salvation
John 3:3-6 -Romans 10:9 -John 1:12
Scriptures to receive the Holy Spirit
Acts 1:8 -Acts 2:4-1 Cor 14:2-John 14:16