Best Friend

by Josh Hollingsworth
(Benton, AR)

Psalms 34:1-22


INTODUCTION: What is a best friend? Well, it is someone who is always there for us, someone who will always listen to us, give us advice or do anything with us. A best friend knows everything about us whether good or bad and still loves and accepts us just the way we are. How many of us have a friend like that?

The Bible shows us in Psalms 34 how God can and wants to be our best friend. Many of us might have thought that this kind of relationship with God wasn’t possible. The Bible shows us it is and that He wants to know us personally and have an intimate relationship with us. We can learn from the Bible how to have a relationship with God like never before.

THEME: HOW DO WE DEVELOP AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?

I. TO DEVELOP AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD WE MUST WORSHIP HIM


  1. We Worship God With Our Praise
    1. Our actions praise God

    NOTE: As Christians we need to remember that our actions speak louder than our words

    2. Our words praise God

    NOTE: What we talk about reflects what’s important to us

    • Talking to others

    • Praying to God

    • Singing


  2. We Worship God By Seeking Him

    1. We seek God by reading the Bible

    NOTE: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Matthew7:7

    2. We seek God by going to church

    NOTE: God reveals himself to us through the preaching of His word

    3. We seek God by Praying

    NOTE: God loves to hear from us


  3. We Worship God By Calling On Him

    1. We call on God when we need something

    NOTE: God shouldn’t be our convenient store, we only go to him when we need something

    2. We call on God to thank Him for what He has done

    NOTE: We shouldn’t take anything He does for us for granted


  4. We Worship God By Fearing Him

    1. We fear God by hating evil

    NOTE: We can hate sin and still love the people that sin

    2. We fear God by having total trust in Him

    NOTE: Total trust is scary at first


T.S. HOW DO WE DEVELOP AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?

I. TO DEVELOP AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD WE MUST WORSHIP HIM

II. TO DEVELOP AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD WE MUST OBEY HIM

  1. We Obey God By Trusting In Him

    1. We trust God by not taking things into our hands

    NOTE: We must let go and let God take control

    2. We trust God by giving Him our problems

    NOTE: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.


  2. We Obey God By Loving Him

    1. When we love God we hate evil

    NOTE: Sin should offend us

    2. Loving God means putting his will for our lives first

    NOTE: Gods plans are more important than ours


  3. We Obey God By Searching For Him

    1. Searching for God involves time

    NOTE: We need to evaluate our time and properly arrange our priorities

    2. Searching for God requires patience

    NOTE: We need to develop patience to seek after God


  4. We Obey God By Doing Good

    1. We do good by watching what we say

    NOTE: God is not glorified by evil coming out of our mouths

    2. We do good by seeking peace

    NOTE: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. Galatians 5:22


T.S. HOW DO WE DEVELOP AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD?

I. TO DEVELOP AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD WE MUST WORSHIP HIM

II. TO DEVELOP AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD WE MUST OBEY HIM

III. TO DEVELOP AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD WE MUST COMMUNICATE WITH HIM

  1. To Communicate With God We Need To Pray

    1. Prayer is us talking to God

    NOTE: Intimacy cannot take place in a one way relationship

    2. Our prayers are always answered by God

    NOTE: God always hears the prayers of the righteous and delivers them from their troubles

    • God answers yes

    • God answers no

    • God answers wait


  2. To Communicate With God We Need To Do Good

    1. When we do good God saves us from all our troubles

    NOTE: God will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear I Corinthians10:13

    2. God protects us when we do good

    NOTE: Nothing can happen to us that God doesn’t allow


  3. To Communicate With God We Need To Be His Servants

    1. To be God’s servant we must give Him our all

    NOTE: We can serve God or Satan not both

    2. To be God’s servant we must trust Him

    NOTE: We must trust God even when we don’t understand what He is doing


CONCLUSION: Developing an intimate relationship with God. Intimacy with God involves us worshiping Him. Intimacy with God requires obedience from us, and intimacy with God demands communication with Him.

Intimacy involves us worshiping God. Check your own heart today and ask yourself if you came to worship God today or did you just come because it is the right thing to do?

An intimate relationship comes from our obedience. Do you have a problem obeying God or are you totally sold out to Him? Are you holding back or have you given him everything you have?

Intimacy with God comes from communication. How is your relationship with God? Are you just acquaintances or are you best friends?

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