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Adonijah had taken over the throne of David as he neared his final days of life. Normally this wouldn’t be anything unnatural considering the fact that Adonijah was David’s son.

The cause for concern was the fact that the throne had been promised to Solomon, David’s other son, not Adonijah.

Nathan, a prophet of God and friend of David approached him on the matter. He knew that David was unaware of what was going on because of his feebleness and being bound to bedrest. He knew also that action needed to be taken. Something needed to be done.

David graciously accepted Nathan’s account of what was going on within his kingdom. He denounced Adonijah as king and set Solomon in his place.

All was well again because a person decided to step up on their friend’s behalf.

Could you be that friend to someone? Could you help someone to see a situation more clearly? Could you do something to make life a little easier for another person?

Look out for those that God has put in your life.

I Kings 1:11-40

Friendship Goals

Paul had been stoned and then dragged out of the city supposedly dead. His fellow disciples couldn’t prevent the stoning but they were determined to provide compassion if Paul woke up. They were standing by his side when he came to.

Friends shouldn’t abandon relationships when their way seems rough. Instead they should be willing to offer their friendship as they go through the difficult time.

Acts 14:19-21

Friendship


Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Strong friendships all have a common ground on which they are sustained: they are there for each other. If a person suffers a setback a good friend will help them get back on their feet. If a person is in need of comfort a good friend will comfort them. And if a person finds themselves in the middle of conflict a good friend will help them to fight the battle. 
Building strong friendships require time, effort and vulnerability. But they are worth the price. Because friendships take so much of us, we need to make sure that Jesus is at the core of these friendships. When he is, our friendships won’t fray and our results will be blessed. 

Who is your mentor?

  
David had just dodged death. His father-in-law, King Saul had just thrown a javelin at him.

David knew he needed to get to a safe place. He went to Samuel: his mentor, guide, the Godly man that he knew. 

Samuel encouraged David. David returned to his home and came up with a plan to move forward. 

Do you have a person that you can call upon for strength and guidance? Someone to help you navigate difficult situations? For David it was Samuel. Who is it for you? It’s best to figure this out now so that you’ll be prepared should you need advice rather than to find yourself in a heated situation taking the advice of anyone willing to give it. If you can’t come up with someone pray that the Lord will send you a person. 

Friend or Foe?



A true friend is one that encourages you to grow in your walk with Christ, even when it may be awkward or hard to accept. 

And an enemy isn’t necessarily always forthright in their intentions. They’re destruction can be camouflaged to look like support.
Prayerfully decide who you will take advice from, who you will accept as a friend. 
Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of the enemy are deceitful. 

I Got Your Back

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Philippians 1:3

I Kings 1:11-40

It was homecoming day at our church last Sunday. We were expecting visitors, singers from out of town, and to feed several hungry people after morning services.

So you can imagine the shock (quickly followed by appreciation) I felt when I walked into the room that had been completely prepared to feed the church. Tables and chairs had been set up all throughout. It looked like the room had been turned into a restaurant.

I had forgotten all about needing a place to put the food!! And needing a place to sit!! Those huge details had just completely slipped my mind.

But there was a family that was looking out for me. For the reputation of our church. And for their Lord.

They had taken it upon themselves to see that the tables and chairs were set up. No complaints. They just happily did it. I thanked them over and over and apologized for my blunder. They just smiled and said it wasn’t a problem for them at all.

Then The Lord showed me a story in the Word about friends looking out for friends:

Adonijah had taken over the throne of David as he neared his final days of life. Now normally this wouldn’t be anything unnatural considering the fact that Adonijah was David’s son.

The cause for concern was the fact that the throne had been promised to Solomon, David’s other son, not Adonijah.

Nathan, a prophet of God and friend of David approached him on the matter. He knew that David was unaware of what was going on because of his feebleness and being bound to bed rest. He knew also that action needed to be taken. Something needed to be done.

David graciously accepted Nathan’s account of what was going on within his kingdom. He denounced Adonijah as king and set Solomon in his place.

All was well again because a person decided to step up on their friend’s behalf.

Could you be that friend to someone? Could you help someone to see a situation more clearly? Could you do something to make life a little easier for another person?

Look out for those that God has put in your life.

Sharpening Tool

Proverbs 27:17

Acts 3:1-6

Peter and John seemed to be inseparable. They were often found praying together…going to church together…the lame man looked upon both of them before he was healed. They were two of a kind and it was good for their individual walk with Christ.

Do you have someone in your life to challenge you to draw closer to The Lord? To be an encouragement? To hold you accountable?

If so, praise The Lord! If not, pray that The Lord would send you someone.

Having a Godly friend will keep you sharp and on your toes.

Support System

Proverbs 27:17

Lord, surround me with people that serve you. Put me in relationships that will be strengthening and encouraging to my walk with you. I want to bring you glory.

Paul must’ve prayed a prayer similar to that.

Paul had been stoned and then dragged out of the city and left for dead. But he survived. And when he woke up the first faces he saw were the faces of his friends, his fellow disciples. They were there with him, surrounding him, standing by his side.

The Lord had provided a support system for Paul.

Who comes to your side in your times of need? Do you have strong in the faith, founded Christian friends? Are you putting forth effort to surround yourself with Godly people?

God will provide us a network of people that we can glorify Him with. Our prayer needs to be that our eyes will be opened to the people that God puts in our life. And that we would be willing to invest our time and ourselves in relationships that will bring glory to Him.

Friendship

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Throughout the bible there are many references to strong friendships. David and Jonathan. Ruth and Naomi. Paul and Timothy.

Strong friendships all have a common ground on which they are sustained. If a person suffers a setback a good friend will help them get back on their feet. If a person is in need of comfort a good friend will comfort them. And if a person finds their self in the middle of conflict a good friend will help them to fight the battle. The friendships that can withstand tests not only has these qualities but most importantly and above all else the people within these friendships are intertwined with Jesus.
Because Jesus is the ultimate friend. He will always help you back up. He provides peace that passeth all understanding. And he will fight your battles for you.

Building strong friendships require time, effort and vulnerability. But they are worth the price. Make sure Jesus is at the core of the friendships that you are giving yourself to.

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