Friendship With God

I had moment today where the Holy Spirit really caught my attention. After reading my Bible for about 30 minutes, I was putting it away and getting my head around my day when I felt Him whisper to my heart, “Is that all?  But we haven’t even chatted yet.”

Whoa.  Conviction fell on me like a heavy weight, and yet so did grief.

I realized that although I had just spent time reading the Word (important), and asking the Holy Spirit to bring revelation and understanding (also important), and even though we know that God’s Word does not return void (Isaiah 55:11) – I had not spoken to Him like a friend.  I had forgotten the importance of connecting my heart to my Father’s.  I had forgotten that my time chatting with Him like a friend actually ministers to Him almost more than it ministers to me.

In His Presence – connecting heart to heart with the Father – is where you and I were created to be.  And this place seems to be the single most fought over space in the spirit realm!  The enemy hates our relationship with Him because he knows the power it holds.  He knows that our friendship with God actually is what changes our worlds. Everything comes from that special connection.

I have definitely found that there is a direct correlation between remembering who I am and my time in His Presence.  The revelation of my identity in Christ actually fuels my hunger for His Presence more than ever.  I burn for Him because of what He did for me, and then when I connect with Him, I remember that what He went through for me transformed me into the woman who is free. This makes me want to throw myself at His feet more and more in reverence, worship and adoration.  It changes my desires and longings, and it aligns my heart and thoughts to His.  It’s a beautiful place of intimacy that I had never been able to find in all my years of being saved and also a love for the Bible that I never would have imagined for myself.  

It’s in His Presence and His Word that we see just how much we look like our Heavenly Dad. And we know that it moves His heart like nothing else, when we sit against His chest for awhile and then walk away looking like Him.

Knowing that I move His heart the way that I do makes me feel more alive and awake than anything else.

You and I were created for this.  Our destiny, purpose, even our breakthrough is nothing compared to our connection to our Heavenly Father and His love for us.

Yet all of the accomplishments that I once took credit for, I’ve now forsaken them and I regard it all as nothing compared to the delight of experiencing Jesus Christ as my Lord! To truly know him meant letting go of everything from my past and throwing all my boasting on the garbage heap. It’s all like a pile of manure to me now, so that I may be enriched in the reality of knowing Jesus Christ and embrace him as Lord in all of his greatness.” – Philippians 3:7-8, TPT

My prayer is that we all pursue friendship with God in new ways.  Bible reading, prayer for others, worship music and even creative expressions of worship are all a part of this process.  But we must never forget that knowing Him intimately is the goal and the thing we have been created for.

— Mandy Woodhouse