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Nearsighted

Nearsighted: A Friend of God: Isaiah 41:8, James 2:23

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But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, descendant of Abraham, my friend.
Isaiah 41:8 (CSB)

…and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness, and he was called God’s friend.
James 2:23 (CSB)

I do not call you servants anymore, because a servant doesn’t know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from my Father.
John 15:15 (CSB)

4 Marks of a Friend of God

1) FAITH

Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
Genesis 15:6 (CSB)

He did not waver in unbelief at God’s promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God.
Romans 4:20 (CSB)

2) FELLOWSHIP

The Lord said to Abraham…
Genesis 12:1 (CSB)

Abram continued, “Look, you have given me no offspring, so a slave born in my house will be my heir.”4 Now the word of the Lord came to him: “This one will not be your heir; instead, one who comes from your own body will be your heir.”
Genesis 15:3-4 (CSB)

The Lord appeared to Abraham at the oaks of Mamre…
Genesis 18:1-8 (CSB)

3) Fear

Then he said, “Do not lay a hand on the boy or do anything to him. For now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your only son from me.”
Genesis 22:12 (CSB)

The Lord is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant.
Psalm 25:14 (NLT)

4) Followship

“As the Father has loved me, I have also loved you. Remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.11 “I have told you these things so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.12 “This is my command: Love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I do not call you servants anymore, because a servant doesn’t know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from my Father.
John 15:12-15 (CSB)

Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot (Haran’s son), and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they set out together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan. But when they came to Haran, they settled there. 32 Terah lived 205 years and died in Haran.
Genesis 11:31-32 (CSB)