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Monday, August 4, 2014

Investing in Your Friend's Life

Do you have a friend who is struggling with something that is tearing him apart? Perhaps it is something that consumes himlike an addiction. Perhaps it is fear or generational bondage. Perhaps it is the lie of an enemy to destroy. Maybe you don’t believe you can help him experience freedom, but you can. Pray for him and with him. Intercession not only gives you spiritual insight, but builds faith. Pray regarding what you share, and be sure the Holy Spirit is guiding you. Before you offer yourself to help your friend, realize that the offer you are about to make is a commitment to not only your friend, but to God. It is your investment in his life.
Listen to your friend. Take time to understand what he is saying. Many times we don’t hear because we are planning what we are going to say next. Do not judge. If someone confesses to you, do not criticize him. Realize that he reaches out to you because the Holy Spirit trusts you. Keep his confession confidential. Whatever he reveals, don’t tell others. Treat his confidence as a sacred trust. Pray with him for deliverance and healing in Christ. Encourage him that there will be a day when he will be free from that bondage.  Persevere. Don’t give up. Believe in him when he is at his lowest. Don’t allow him to isolate himself from other believers. Share the Word. Assist him in Bible study, and help him discover God’s promises. Keep your own relationship with the Lord pure. If you are not open to the Lord’s correction, you cannot help your friend.
When you make your life an offering, the Holy Spirit does the miraculous. Not only will the Lord deliver your friend from his bondage, but you will experience an anchor of deeper faith and trust in God. Remember that the grace of Christ is more than sufficient to meet this need (2 Corinthians 12:9). If you surrender yourself to the Holy Spirit, He does the work (1 Thessalonians 5:24).
Friendship is one of the sweetest joys of life,” C.H. Spurgeon wrote. “ Many might have failed beneath the bitterness of their trial had they not found a friend." Be the friend that invests and inspires, and believes. You are not alone. He is with you.

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