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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Wanted: Real Friends

Everyone needs encouragement. A friend who will hold you accountable but will also be your cheerleader. The problem for many of us is where to find someone like that. Christ followers have Jesus, who is closer than a brother, but at time we need "Jesus with skin" on in our lives. I've used this phrase for a long time as a reminder that we need to be, act, speak, love, care, and bear witness to the world as Christ's ambassador. We represent His kingdom and plan to the world, and He has given us all we need. So if we were to make a list for a friend it should start out; 
1. Loves Jesus. 
2. Loves me like Jesus. 
3. Encourages me like Jesus. 
4. Guide and hold me responsible for my actions like Jesus.

Look at Hebrews 12:1-3: Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

These verses are a great reminder of key elements in any recovery and healing plan: Get rid of things that hold you back, sin that's not repented, and keep trying - staying focused on Christ through it all. Do not grow weary and loose heart - God is on your side! 

Whenever you start a new lifestyle plan make sure your foundation is secure (in Jesus) and you have the support to keep going (friends). You can be emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and physically healthy.

I will restore your health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord. - Jeremiah 30:17 

Change your life today. Read The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren, and check out the Daniel Plan Website Here