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A True Friend

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Solomon had no doubt heard from his father David about Jonathan. As a result, Solomon wrote: “There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother” (Prov. 18:24). How true this is when we apply it to Jesus, the Friend of sinners.

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 19

Key Verse: 1 Samuel 19:4

Thus Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father, and said to him, “Let not the king sin against his servant, against David, because he has not sinned against you, and because his works have been very good toward you.”

Solomon had no doubt heard from his father David about Jonathan. As a result, Solomon wrote: “There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother” (Prov. 18:24). David needed a true friend. Historian, philosopher Henry Adams wrote, “One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible.” Jesus has been called, “the Friend of sinners.” Matthew and Zacchaeus come to mind (Luke 19:1-10; Mark 2:13-17). We could also consider the woman at the well and the woman taken in adultery. All of these people would likely name Jesus as their friend. A short time after they met Jesus, they experienced what He promised in Matthew 28:20: “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” The phenomenon of people prophesying, as in our reading, is an experience we read about throughout religious history.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I give my whole life to You for this new day. I’m in Your Word daily. I’m in prayer daily. Please protect me by Your Word, Your Spirit, and by the solid Bible-based teaching of my local church. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

In the New Testament, Philip, a deacon of the first Church, had four daughters who were “prophetesses” (Acts 21:9). Revelation 19:10 tells us that, “The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” I believe that these young girls were winning souls to Jesus on the streets of Samaria (Acts 8). The “Testimony of Jesus” took place on the streets of Jerusalem (Acts 2). Peter, quoting the prophet Joel, said, “Your sons and daughters shall prophesy.” These girls were not foretelling the future. They were telling people about Jesus. Witnessing for and about Jesus is the continuing evidence of keeping filled with the Holy Spirit.

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