ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Are You GODs Friend?

Updated on April 25, 2014

Is Believing in GOD Enough?

Many people today feel that as long as you believe in God and pray to jesus, everything is ok and you God's approval...are yiu you one of them? If so, you are so far from the truth...Truth Is...

For one, we were instructed to pray in Jesus' name TO GOD, not Jesus...

Second, you've all heard the scripture that says: "Faith without works is dead..."; ok? But there's much more to it that that. Let's go there to James chapter 2 verses 17-23...Stop at verse 19:"Thou believest that there is one God, thou doest well: the devils also believe and tremble..." Belief in GOD is nowhere near enough if you are sincerely trying to please, serve, or even worship him. Didn't the Israelites that worshiped pagan gods and were then led off into captivity believe in God? Their heritage would seemingly require more than a cursory belief given the fact that their ancestors were led through the desert by a pillar of fire, given a food never seen before or after, and myriad other miracles that brought them to the place they were. Yet, they rebelled anyway...Belief is NOT enough

Next, lets look at the fact that God has always set forth what HE would do for his people, yet HE also told them what HE would not tolerate, to Moses HE gave the "Blessings and the Malediction" oratory. Again as I often cite,Isaiah 1:11-17 tells you that praying and going to church just isn't enough, and that you could be doing that, consistently and GOD totally refuses to hear your prayers or accept your worship. But let's go to read verse 18:"Come now, let's reason together saith the Lord; Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;" again that's the type of thing they like to talk about , tell you about, and preach in church. But here's where they start slipping, verse 19:"IF ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat of the good of the land..." They never really give a lot of attention to the "IF" part of GOD's promises, just mainly the promises part,huh?

Let's go on to verse 20:"But if ye refuse and rebel; ye shall be devoured with the sword, for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it..."Wow, if GOD spoke it i guess HE means it, huh? Then WHY don't they spend at the very least, an equal amount of time teaching, preaching and talking about the consequences of not following GOD's instructions?!!!

Instructions are a set way of going about a task, performing a duty, assembling an item or object, or set of rules, regulations, and procedures to follow. When one follows instructions, there is no room for ad lib, or doing things YOUR way; that can only result in things going wrong, or falling apart. GOD gives specific instructions and we are to follow them whether we like it or now, simple as that! If you REALLY believe that GOD has your best answers, and your best interest then it's BEST that you follow his instructions the way HE sets them forth.

We caught up in attempting to soften GOD;s requirements and our obligations to him in order to appease those who are too weak minded to simply ask him for strength to obey, or they are too self serving and thus unwilling to do things GOD;s way because it means sacrificing things they hold too dear to give up or even risk it.

Go back to James chapter 2 and read verses 21-23. Here we find Abraham went so far as to actually offer his son Isaac as a living sacrifice to GOD, NOT because he wanted to, What father or parent would WANT to take their child's life? Much less their only child? But GOD told Abraham to do it, so he didn't hesitate to obey, he TRUSTED GOD! Because of that trust, he was and still is the ONLY human to ever be called GOD;s friend...(That song is a lie, HE does NOT call you friend).

So faith without works is dead, and TRUST is faith at work! Remember that...

Think about how tortured Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane, to the point that when praying he told GOD:"Not my will, but yours..."; yes, even though he knew why he came and what he came to do and go through, Jesus at some point got so attached to his disciples that he didn't really want to leave them. But it was GOD;s will that he do leave and thus he surrendered to GOD's will above his own, even to the point of death...Truth Is...

How about you? Are you willing to give up that church you go to where all your friends are, but they really don't TEACH the full doing of GOD's will but focus on blessings and prosperity? How about are you ready willing and able give up going out to dinner and shopping so much to REALLY help others less fortunate, including those NOT in your family and circle of friends? ARE you ready to get off your butt and evangelize like Jesus told ALL of us to do?

If you are NOT willing and able to do what GOD tells you to do ESPECIALLY when it means giving up your comforts and goes against your own reasoning, then you are NOT GOD's friend...Truth IS...


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • daledad8 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from pittsburgh

      Thank you for your input Dave, well appreciated and good to see someone that actually "gets it"!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      So many folks seem to think that God will never ask them to do something that is uncomfortable, difficult or will hurt, yet as you point out with Abraham and Isaac, He often does so... the Bible is packed with such examples.

      And if we're going to become true disciples of Jesus Christ; then it stands to reason, we'd better get used to God using that old, out of fashion word frequently in our lives.... discipline!

      I like to think of it more as "training"... though that doesn't take the pain out of some of those hard things that God requires me to do! Still, once the battle is won in my will, then doing the thing Jesus may require of me is easy, and I wouldn't trade all the tea in China for the peace and contentment that always comes with obeying Him like this.

      Thanks for sharing!


    • profile image


      7 years ago

      I thought this article was very informative and proves important to my religious enlightenment


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)