There’s A Place I Love To Tarry. Just To Be Alone With Jesus.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

There’s A Place I Love To Tarry.
When My Soul Is Sad, Oppressed,
‘Tis Alone With Christ My Saviour,
Where He Bids Me “Come And Rest,”

Just To Be Alone With Jesus.
Just To Hear Him Softly Say:
“Fear Not, Though The World Forsake You,
“Lo I’m With You Always.’

When The Cares Of Life Are Heavy,
And Beneath My Cross I Bend;
Then I Go Alone With Jesus,
For He Is My Dearest Friend.

When The Tempter Would Assail Me,
Jesus Bids Me To Him Flee;
He’s My Refuge, Friend And Saviour,
He Is All In All To Me.
Amen!

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

Thank You Jesus!

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Jesus Is All The World To Me

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Jesus Is All The World To Me
My Life, My Joy, My All
He Is My Strength From Day To Day
Without Him I Will Fall
When I Am Sad To Him I Go
No Other One Can Cheer Me So
When I Am Sad He Makes Me
Glad
He’s My Friend.

Jesus Is All The World To Me
My Friend In Trials Sore
I Go To Him For Blessings And
He Gives Them Over And Over
He Sends The Sunshine And The Rain
He Sends The Harvests Golden Grain
Sunshine And Rain, Harvest And Grain
He’s My Friend.

Jesus Is All The World To Me
And True To Him I’ll Be
O How Could I This Friend Deny
When He’s So True To Me
Following Him, I Know I’m Right
He Watches Over Me Day And Night
Following Him, By Day And Night
He’s My Friend.

Jesus Is All The World To Me
I Want No Better Friend
I Trust Him Now I’ll Trust Him
When
Life’s Fleating Days Shall End
Beautiful Life With Such A Friend
Beautiful Life That Has No End
Eternal Life, Eternal Joy
He’s My Friend.
Amen!

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

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There’s One Above All Earthly Friends

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

There’s One Above All Earthly Friends
Whose Love All Earthly Love Transcends,
It Is My Lord And Christ Divine,
My Lord Because, I Know He’s Mine.

I Know He’s Mine, This Friend So Dear,
He Lives With Me, He’s Ever Near,
Ten Thousand Charms Around Him Shine,
And, Best Of All, I Know He’s Mine.

He’s Mine Because He Died For Me
He Saved My Soul, He Set Me Free,
With Joy I Worship At His Shrine,
And Cry, “Praise God,” I Know He’s Mine.

He’s Mine Because He’s In My Heart,
And Never, Never Will We Part,
Just As The Branch Is To The Vine,
I’m Joined To Christ, I Know He’s Mine.

Some Day Upon The Streets Of Gold
Mine Eyes His Glory Shall Behold
Then While His Arms Around Me Twine,
I’ll Cry For Joy, “I Know He’s Mine.”
Amen!

Thank You Jesus!

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

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If you are lucky enough to find all these characteristics in just one friend, you have found yourself a best friend for life

If you are lucky enough to find all these characteristics in just one friend, you have found yourself a best friend for life

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

Making the important choice of friends certainly reflects who you are and what you love. Due to this, a lot of people make sure they make the right decision since, often times, you make friends for life

Ephesians_5-2-2: And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour

Ephesians_5-2-2: And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour

Here are the kind of friends everybody should have as they would give you the feeling of having a wholesome life.

  1. The fun friend: Now this is a must-have. The fun friend is the fun-loving buddy that can spot a good time and make sure you are always smiling. They are all about enjoying life and they remind you to find the joy in everything.
  2. The optimistic friend: This kind of friend makes sure you do not wallow in negativity. They remind you of the bright side of things and they always encourage you to see the silver lining in any bad situation.

  3. The successful friend: We all want to be successful in life and since our friends have a big role in making us who we are, it is important that we make friends with successful people. They are full of advice and inspiration. You feel you can achieve more simply because you acquaint yourself with success.

4. The supportive friend: We would find it difficult to get very far in life if we do not have someone in our life who supports and believe in us. The supportive friend gets behind your dreams and ambitions without question. They believe in you.

  1. The brutally honest friend: If you are surrounded by a bunch of people who only tell you what you want you hear, this would lead to problems. The honest friend tells it like it is, no matter how hurtful the truth is. Be it your fashion choices or addiction issues, this friend does not sugarcoat what he/she thinks as they know that their advice is mainly because they want to make you better.

If you are lucky enough to find all these characteristics in just one friend, then you have found yourself a best friend for life.

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Friends Come And Friends Go, But A True Friend Sticks By You Like Family

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

“… that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you …John 17:21a, (NIV)

 

Have you ever wondered why we need each other? Why we crave relationships yet find it hard to build the kind we long for?

 

My craving for closer friendships surfaced as I sat across the table listening to the sounds of laughter and admiring the bond between two women I’d met at a lunch. What they had was uncommon.

 

The way they loved each other, how well they knew each other and how much they enjoyed each other reminded me of a Hallmark commercial. But I wasn’t watching television. This was real life.

 

And when I asked how long they’d known each other, they replied, “More than 60 years.”

 

More than 60 years? Now I was more interested in listening than eating lunch. So I put down my fork and picked up a pen like a journalist and tried to think of as many questions as I could. How had they met? What had they done to build a lifelong friendship? What moments and memories filled all those years and kept their hearts so closely knit together? What’s their secret?

 

Here’s what I discovered:

 

They were intentional about making their friendship last because it mattered to them.

They became friends in grade school, but their friendship grew and continued long after they both married their high school sweethearts, who played football together.

 

Things had to be planned and time together had to be priority.

Their families vacationed together for years. And when they were young and had little money, they’d all get together for a meal while the kids played in the yard. But as their kids got older it became more challenging, so they’d get together and play cards once a week — a tradition that was still going strong.

 

They determined early on they would be there for each other no matter what.

These two lifelong friends were now widowed and counted on each other for companionship and laughter, weekly shopping adventures and everything in between. And they had an understanding between them. If one of them starts feeling down she’ll call the other and say, “Hey, I need to get out of the house.” And then they go do something together.

 

I thought about how different our generation is, how busy we are. How much more we rely on screen time more than face-to-face time. And a twinge of sadness came over me. Would there be anyone in my life I would have known for 40 or 50 years, much less 60 years, when I’m 70 or 80 years old?

 

Besides my nuclear family, which friend will be able to finish my sentences? Who will know me better than I know myself?

 

From the beginning of time, God created us to be in relationship — with Him and each other.

 

Designed in His image, our need for connection comes from God, who has always been in community: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

Jesus’ final prayer for His friends in today’s key verse challenges me. In it, He prays they will know the Father the way He does, and that the world would know His love because of their love for one another. And in Jesus’ prayer we find His heart’s desire for us to be closely connected with each other:

 

“… that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you” (John 17:21a).

 

How can we do this better? Maybe we can be creative and get together for lunch during a busy workday, or meet to plan menus for our families each week, do laundry at one of our houses, or take turns cleaning out each other’s closets or running errands together. 

 

That was their secret. They wanted to be together and so they made sure they were.

 

Dear Lord, the longer I live, the harder it seems to build close friendships. With family and work, and all I have on my plate, intimate friendships drop to the bottom of my priorities. And yet I know deep friendships are part of what You want for me. Show me how to get creative, find a new starting point and be intentional by reaching out to a friend this week. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

TRUTH FOR TODAY:

Proverbs 18:24, “Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family.” (MSG)

 

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May God Bless Nigeria, America And Israel And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!

 

 

 

May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your Destiny Is Often Determined By Those Closest To You. Choose Wisely! You Are Whom You Choose To HANG OUT WITH The Most

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

When most people think of how to choose their friends they have more of a worldly, casual concept rather than a biblical one. In John 15:15 Jesus told his disciples He called them friends and not servants. Since the Kingdom of God is based upon relationship and not ministry, it is important we know how to choose our friends wisely.

 

Many churches and even Christians attempt to engender friendships merely to have nice fellowship together. However, true kingdom fellowship should be with the ultimate goal of getting closer to someone to advance kingdom purposes. Most folks are too quick to call someone a friend and/or choose friends just because they have a few things in common. Choosing friends should be a lot more important than just picking as a friend someone you merely work with or enjoy watching a football game with. Merely liking someone should not be the only criteria.

 

There are many people I would like to consistently hang out with. But when it comes to the kingdom there is more to it than that. I have to ask myself if I am called to build with someone before I make a long-term commitment to him or her. The reason is obvious: a person’s destiny is often determined by those closest to them in regards to quality time spent, mutual goals and common purpose. You are whom you choose to “hang with” the most.

 

The following are some of the criteria Jesus had before He chose who would be His friends:

 

  1. He prayed about it

 

In Luke 6:12-13 Jesus prayed all night before He chose the twelve closest people to Him. This shows His choice of a friend was not haphazard; neither should ours be.

 

  1. His friends lived lives of obedience to God

 

In John 15:14 Jesus said “I call you friends if you do what I command you.” It would be foolish for a believer to make their closest friends and confidantes people who live purposeless lives before the Lord. This is not to say that we cannot have friends who do not follow Christ. Jesus at times spent time with sinners (Luke 7:34). However, He did not hang out with them merely to have a good time but to win them to His Father so they would eventually live a life of obedience. Also, these “sinners” were not the ones He invested the most time with unless they became His disciples. Paul encouraged Timothy to pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart (2 Timothy 2:22).

 

Consequently, we should not be close friends with someone unless they are serious about pursuing the things of God.

 

  1. Jesus chose His friends to be with Him in order to send them out

 

Mark 3:14 teaches that the primary expectation Jesus had at first with those He chose as friends was to spend time together. They had to learn to “do life” together, not just Bible studies and attend synagogue. However, the ultimate result of their proximity to Him was to be sent out to preach. After all, how could they proclaim a Jesus they did not know and how could they know Him unless they spent quality time with Him? No one should be quick to call someone a friend before they have spent much quality time with them and know them personally.

 

  1. Jesus chose friends He could share His heart with

 

John 15:15 teaches us that Jesus shared His heart with His friends who understood Him. In Matthew 13:11 Jesus told His friends “To you it has been given to understand the secrets of the kingdom of heaven but to them (non-friends) it has not been given.” If someone cannot understand your heart or believe in your vision it will be difficult for them to be a true kingdom friend.

 

  1. Jesus proactively chose His friends

 

John 15:16 teaches us (in the context of His choosing friends) that people did not choose Him but vice versa. Although this passage is also referring to salvation, it also shows that His methodology for choosing friends was proactive (not reactive) based on their calling to build with Him. Consequently, we should determine in our hearts who we should pursue in a friendship. Don’t merely pick those who desire to be close to you; proactively choose people based on a leading of the Lord. Not everyone who wanted to be close to Jesus were given that access; out of the multitudes He only had an inner circle of three, then 12, and then 70.

 

The others only had access to Him during brief moments of their lives. If you are going to be fruitful in the kingdom you cannot spend a lot of time with every person you meet. For example I do not feel guilty for not answering every Facebook message or email sent to me; if I did I would either suffer burnout, leave important work undone, or lose my primary focus and miss my calling.

 

  1. Jesus’s friends received His hard sayings

 

In John 6:66-68 many of His disciples left Him because they could not receive the meat of the word! His true friends were thus separated from those who were merely temporary acquaintances. Your true friends will stand by you even when God gives you a hard saying and/or call to do something that is not understood by many other people.

 

  1. Jesus’s friends were those who stood by Him during His trials

 

Luke 22:28-29 shows that His closest friends were those who stuck it out with Him during His earthly trials. God will often allow you to go through a severe personal or ministerial trial to test those around you to demonstrate who your real friends are. You can only build with those who are faithful to you during difficult times and not only when things are going well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May God Bless Nigeria, America And Israel And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!

 

 

 

May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!

 

 

How do you know if you are in a good relationship?

2-Corinthians_5-17-1: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new

1 Corinthians 15:33, “Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits.”

Show me your friends and I will show you your future! The people you are associating with are the same people you are giving permission to influence and navigate your destiny. The casualties are endless. From the businessperson who selected the wrong partner and went bankrupt, to the troubled, soon to be in divorce court newlywed, who asked their thrice-divorced friend for marriage advice. Who doesn’t know teenagers who started running with the party crowd and found themselves imprisoned by addiction? The proof is undeniable.

John_15-13-1: Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

Shady relationships always suffocate wise decisions.

However, the opposite is also true. Befriending honest people, dating people who are chasing God or marrying someone with character and integrity will always bring lifelong benefits. A fulfilled marriage, a God honoring dating life, a successful career or friendships that heal (instead of hurt) are as simple as who you choose to let in the door of your life. Although a mob of different characters will ring your doorbell only you can decide who is allowed to come in.

Proverbs_13-20: He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed

Proverbs_13-20: He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed

TWO KINDS OF RELATIONSHIPS
Once you sort through the currency of relationships there are only two kinds:
COUNTERFEIT
And AUTHENTIC.
One crowd loves things and uses people
and the other loves people and uses things. One group tempts, flatters and tantalizes. They whisper compromise. They encourage immediate gratification. They deceive.
The other crowd encourages and edifies. They promote integrity. They seek what’s best for you instead of their self. They pray.

1-Corinthians_15-58: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord

1-Corinthians_15-58: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord

Wrong relationships pursue life like no one is watching, while the right ones are living like God sees everything, because they know He does!

Are the people in your inner circle honest, faithful, worthy of trust, seeking to follow Christ? Are you becoming a better person and more dedicated believer through their influence? Do they cultivate your strength? If they are not, its time to reconsider the relationship.

Ephesians_4-29: Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers

Ephesians_4-29: Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers

The verse in 1 Corinthians warns against being tricked or deceived. This alarm bell must be sounding because people have tendencies toward the belief that wrong relationships will not influence their good habits. I used to tell my mother not to worry about my troubled friends because my positive influence would change them instead of them changing me. I couldn’t have been more wrong! I was not only swayed by their habits but they swept me under.

Ask God to bring people into your life that will help you and that you can help to become stronger and more Christ like.

Your relationships are pictures of your future.
May God Bless Nigeria, America And Israel And Take Care Of Us; May God Make His Face Shine Upon Us, And Be Gracious To Us; May The Lord Lift Up His Countenance Upon Us, And Give Us Peace, In Jesus Christ Name, We Pray! Amen!

May The Grace The Lord Jesus Christ, And The Love Of God, And The Fellowship Of The Holy Spirit Be With You All. Amen!

Whoever Walks With The Wise Becomes Wise, But The Companion Of Fools Will Suffer Harm. A Wise Man Chooses Godly Friends

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Whoever Walks With The Wise Becomes Wise, But The Companion Of Fools Will Suffer Harm Proverbs 13:20 You could state the verse above using a plain Texas proverb: If you lay down with dogs, you’re gonna come up with fleas! … Continue reading