Can God be our best friend?

Aaron Budjen has a really interesting take on Proverbs 20:27; the insight he reveals is unique, and as always with Aaron, his teaching points us directly to the heart of God; to a closer relationship with our Savior.

I’ve never heard any other Christian pastor teach the way Aaron does, and this is especially seen in his take on Proverbs 20:27 — you can listen to his teaching on this verse found here.

Proverbs 20:27 says, “The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the inner depths of his heart.”

His heart? Whose heart? In his radio broadcast (linked above), Aaron explains that “his heart” is referring to the heart of God. And that our born again spirit — “the spirit of a man” — has been created as a lamp that can shine light into the very heart of our living God. Our spirit is the part of us that is brand new, the part of us where our God resides, the part of us that was resurrected from the dead (we were spiritually dead in our sins and trespasses, and God has made us alive together with Christ; Eph 2:4-5).

Our God wants us to know Him and He has given us the ability to “search all the inner depths of His heart.” This verse in Proverbs shows us that this is the way that God intended for us to relate to Him. We relate to Him by growing to know Him. We grow to know Him as our spirit searches and reaches out for the depths of His heart.

We are encouraged in the Bible to grow to know our God. Think of the words of Peter telling us to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). Our goal as born again believers in God is to grow and mature in the knowledge of Him, Jesus our God.

When people look at me, they see my “outer man,” my flesh, my shell, my tent, my “jar of clay.” But the REAL me is on the inside, the “real me” is my spirit. To get to know my spirit would take some effort on your part, it would take some time, it would take patience. Most people don’t know the real me, and if you think about it, you will probably agree that the majority of people that you interact with do not intimately know the true, inner part of who you really are.

The same is with our God. He does want to be our best friend, and I can testify that He is my best friend. This has taken effort; this has taken time; this has taken patience. But as I have grown in grace, as I have come to understand all that I have been given in the New Covenant, in my inheritance in Christ . . . I have grown to know how gracious He is, I have grown to actually know the heart of Jesus Christ. I know Him better than I know anyone else. He truly is my closest and best friend.

This has been made possible because he has created my spirit to be like a lamp, like a light that can shine into the innermost parts of the depths of my God. He has revealed His goodness to me, and I can attest that He truly is the best thing that there is in this universe.

Please check out the audio message by Aaron that I linked above. I’ll share it again here. This is completely 100% possible: God CAN become your best friend.

Let me know your thoughts and if you can say with me that God is your best friend.

Do christians have power through their faith?

Christian leaders who teach the Old Covenant have a unique ability to make you feel like you are not doing enough. That you are not doing enough to change yourself or to change the world. I mean, heck, are you really loving your neighbor as much as you love yourself!?

When you hear messages such as that, just remember that Jesus taught the Old Covenant. But after His resurrection, the New Covenant went into effect. And as Jeremiah prophesied, the Old Covenant is NOT like the New.

Another burden put on believers by Old Covenant preachers, is that we do not have strong enough faith. As far as I’m concerned, I have NO power in and of myself. And my faith certainly has no power besides the fact that my faith in the gospel has given me the righteousness of God. (Romans 1)

When I believed in the gospel, I was given the power of God. The power of knowing the truth. Not because I “believe” the truth, but because I KNOW the truth. I know the eternal One who dwells inside of my mortal body.

The power that is in me is YOU, Jesus Christ. It is CHRIST living within me.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes… For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed — a righteousness that is by faith… the righteous will live by faith.” (Romans 1-16-17)

There are so many voices out there in the Christian world speaking lies, speaking deception. That is why is it always important to return to the simplicity of the gospel: that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and then rose again on the third day.

Let’s continue to put our trust in Him, in the Living God, and in His power that was revealed through the simple truth of the gospel.

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Christian Dream Interpretation — Lauren Daigle saw visions of her future career — Part 2 of 3

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Lauren Daigle was diagnosed with cytomegalovirus when she was 15 years old.  The infection necessitated a two-year absence from her high school.  During the two years of recovery at home, God gave Lauren dreams and visions of her future.

“He started imparting vision to me during that time. It was amazing because I was laying on the bed, wasn’t able to do anything and I would get visions of touring, and tour buses and being on and off stages, and venues, and interviews, and charts. I mean He showed me literally so much of it, and I would lay in bed and say God is this just me dreaming? Am I getting cabin fever, or is this really what you’re calling me to?

It was beautiful because not only in that time did He awaken a dream in me, but He also didn’t allow me to fall under to what the enemy wanted to create in that time – loneliness & depression. God let me see the next season.”

( “Lauren Daigle’s unexpected path to purpose.”   www.life1025.com

In the midst of suffering, God encouraged Lauren Daigle with hope.  Seeing into the future, He decided to share some of His knowledge with her which, of course, proved to be spot-on accurate. (Check out her breathtaking 😅 tour schedule here! )

I’ve experienced – on a MUCH smaller scale – two occasions of God showing me future events through dreams.  Two simple, short dreams that made a lasting impression, and that I later saw unfold before me with my waking eyes.

It’s pretty cool to have that happen, but I don’t think that is God’s main desire for us:  that we see future events in our night visions.  I believe His main goal in our lives is to show us how much He loves us, how much He accepts us, and how He wants to truly be our “life.”  I know this because He taught this to me . . . through a dream.

Struggling with sinful desires and feeling guilty because of them, I had come to believe the lie that God was disappointed in me.  And this was after four years of listening to and learning from an excellent ‘grace teacher.’  So God gave me “The Black Crows” dream to teach me about His unconditional acceptance of me.  This dream literally changed my life, changed the way I relate to God, and changed the way I understood how He relates to me.  This is how The Black Crows dream went…

I was looking up into the sky at a large white sail that was being carried in the air by half a dozen crows.  As I continued to watch them fly away, I realized that it was not a sail, but a cloak, a robe.  My own white robe . . . and the crows were taking it away from me!  I looked on, bothered by this fact, and meanwhile I was chewing a piece of raw meat.  I just stood there, watching and chewing.  I was not able to swallow the meat; I found it to be inedible.

You are probably familiar with the idea of a “robe of righteousness”:

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10)

So when I woke in the morning after the Black Crows dream, I thought, “Okay, God.  I get it.  I hear You.  My sin is making me unrighteous, and that is why the crows were taking away my white ‘robe of righteousness.’”

Was my dream interpretation correct???  Heck no!

. . . Please click here for Part 3.😆