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Obtaining the Promise (4)
Sometimes I find friends are not friends in the true sense of the word friendship. A case in point is some of my spiritual friends from my local church.
As a member of my local church, I got the chance to meet new people. In 1996 when I desired to go to Atlanta, Georgia, I shared this with my spiritual friends. I thought they would pray for my safe journey to and from that state. They did pray for me. They prayed against my wishes. I was hurt. Here I am explaining to them my desire to relocate and grow as a person and they’re praying to God for me to stay with them. Selfish. Little did they know the plan of God for my life?
Later I found these same friends were not really friends. In fact, they began to speak out against me and what God was doing in my life. I don’t have a dislike or hatred in my heart for them because I realize they thought they were doing what was best for me. But in fact, I found them to be like Peter. When Jesus told Peter he was going away. Peter said, “No Lord. You should stay right here with us and rebuild the kingdom on earth (paraphrase)  (Matt. 16:23, KJV). Jesus had to rebuke him and from that point on, He began to teach them about denying their wants to fulfill the Word of God for their life.
Oftentimes we want to share the good things of God with our friends, but we have to recognize that they don’t always see it the same way we see it. We must also recognize when their desire is a selfish one like Peter.
A friend once told me, “I don’t have a best friend because you cannot trust people; especially women.” I agreed with her. I said, “You’re right! People have their own interests that is why you have to learn to whom you can share what.”
I said all that to say this, when God has a plan for your life, it’s for you not for others, although, you will bless others through your obedience. They may not understand God’s purpose for you. They may want what you have. Oftentimes that is the case. You must know in your heart what God has for you and know that the friend to whom you are sharing your deepest feelings is simply ignorant or jealous of what God is doing in your life. It doesn’t make you better than them for what God is doing, it just means God has a will and purpose for each individual and when one doesn’t know the will and purpose of God for their life, you can believe, they will not understand His will and purpose for you.
So, be careful whom you share what with. The bible tells us, “not to let the right hand know what the left hand is doing.”  In other words, don’t tell them everything.
Obtaining the Promise will require some restraints on your side.
Have you ever shared something with a friend, then found out that friend was not standing with you? How did you handle it? Still wondering why God put you on this earth? Wonder no more…send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org we can talk about it.
 Matthew 16:21-23, 21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. 22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. 23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
( Matthew 6:3-4 - New International Version (NIV): 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
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