Monday, February 26, 2018

A Purpose Driven Life - Chapter 11

A Purpose Driven Life Chapter 11 - Friend of God

Chapter Overview: Rick began writing about the prospect of being a friend of God, and who did that in the bible (Moses, Abraham, Enoch, David and more).  He gave two pointers on how to cultivate friendship with God. 
  1. Practice His presence - talk to Him all the time, like in a conversation. The example he used and quoted was from the book Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence.  
  2. Meditating on God's word. The examples he used here were two scriptures - one for Job and one for David.
God wants to be my friend.  Young woman praying

2011 (40 years old)

I remember reading that book by Brother Lawrence back during DTS and really enjoying it.  I did (and to some degree still do) try and have a running conversation with God.  I think the key with this exercise is faith. How do you know that you and God are actually becoming better friends?  I actually might have an answer to that, given my experience. I was thinking yesterday about my whole 'trial' with trusting God and how I really worked on that problem to see that there are on fact different levels/lessons that God wants to walk is through in trusting and surrender to Him. Perspective is key with this. Things aren't always going to be rosy. It's when trials and struggles come that God (and we ourselves) can see if we're making advances in our relationship with Him. This is a scary fact for me. It's so comfortable, easy, and safe to maintain the status quo.

2016 (45 years old)

God wants to be my best friend. What can I do to remind myself about God and think about him... To think and talk with him through the day?  Consciously look for reminders of God and his love and care and thank him for it. Like orange tinted sunrise rainbows. The chapter mentions Brother Lawrence.  Rick said 'if you know how to worry, you know how to meditate'. You just need to focus different.  Also 'breath prayers' - one liners that you can breath out. Brother Lawrence said its not in the length of your prayers but in their sincerity and consistency. He mentions Acts 17:26-27... He made the earth hospitable with plenty of time and space so we could seek after God and not just grope around in the dark.  I liked the line 'if you worry you know how to meditate - you just need to focus on something else.


For background on what these 'Purpose Driven Life' posts are about, click this link.
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 1 - Its Not About Me
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 2 - You Are Not an Accident
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 3 - What Drives You?
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 4 - Eternity In Our Hearts
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 5 - What is Life?
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 6 - Life on Earth is a Temporary Assignment
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 7 - The Reason for Everything
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 8 - You Were Planned for God's Pleasure
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 9 - What Makes God Smile?
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 10 - The Surrendered Life
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 12 - Friend of God II
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 13 - Worship That Pleases God
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 14 - When God Isn't There
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 15 - Part of God's Family
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 16 - What Matters Most
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 17 - You Belong
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 18 - Life is Meant to be Shared
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 19 - Made for Community
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 20 - Restoring Broken Fellowship
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 21 - Unity of the Church
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 22 - Transformed to be Like Christ
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 23 - Transformed by Thought
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 24 - Transformed By Truth
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 25 - Transformed by Trouble
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 26 - Transformed by Temptation
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 27 - Defeating Temptation
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 28 - It Takes Time
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 29 - Shaped for Serving God
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 30 - Our Place in Serving
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 31 - Finding Your Specific Purpose
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 32 - Using What God Gave You
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 33 - How Real Servants Act
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 34 - Thinking Like a Servant
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 35 - God Uses Our Weaknesses
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 36 - You Were Made for a Mission
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 37 - Sharing Your Life Message
  • My Appendix to Chapter 37
  • My Testimony Based on Chapter 37
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 38 - Becoming a World-Class Christian
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 39 - Balance
  • Purpose Driven Life Chapter 40 - Living With Purpose
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