Have you ever been with a friend who’s been gossiping and before you know it, you’ve joined in?Our environment is crucial to our recovery because it’s very difficult to receive a healing from God when you surround yourself with the wrong friends.

Each day we receive messages from the unseen realm, the world of the unconscious. These messages build us up for our destiny or they can tear us down. Having people in your world who won’t believe for the miracle you need are not the kind of friends who’ll benefit you. Are your friends full of negativity and full of doubt? This is an unhealthy environment.

When in a valley of sickness, surrounding yourself with people who are negative or who only look at the situation in the natural are not the faith filled types of friends who’ll see you through to your breakthrough. They may be faithful to you, loyal, kind and supportive, but are they filled with faith?

Do they believe in the amazing future God has for you? Are their thoughts in line with God’s thoughts?

One thing I’ve realised, is that when you’re climbing a mountain, God purposefully places people in your life who will climb with you. These friends know God and have faith in his goodness. They’re not there by accident. God has placed them with you. “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life…” 2 Peter 1:3 This includes our friends! Whoop! Whoop! God knows the friends that you need to see you through your season of suffering so he puts those friends deliberately in your pathway. Sometimes those friendships don’t make sense in the natural. Maybe these friends are of a different age, background and personality. But these are spiritual friends. God has called and ordained friends to journey this with you. They’re going where you’re going and you won’t get to your destination without them.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the healing of the man by the pool of Bethesda? John 5:1-15 My question is, where were his friends? This guy had been lying by the pool for many years, waiting for someone to help him get to the pool to be healed. Why didn’t his friends help him? I can’t help but think, that he just didn’t have the right friends. He was helpless.

We all know that when a flower doesn’t bloom, it is not the flower causing the problem, but it’s environment. In the same way, if you want to fulfill the call God has on your life (and we know he wants you well), then planting yourself with Godly friends around you, creates the right condition for you to receive.

If you’re serious about a healing, then check out your friendship groups and consider making changes if necessary.

I hope this is helpful. Do take part in the discussion in the facebook group and you can make comments below.

Lorna x

Hey Everyone!

In this week’s teaching Ps Paul Garner challenges us to think about our friends. Are they carrying us to Jesus, or away from him?

You may have incredible support friends who listen to you, who are loyal and who really love you, but are they carrying you towards the one who can deliver you from your situation? It’s in the trying times we learn who are real friends are. In my experience, when you live with chronic suffering, its common for people to move on without you. It’s a true friend who sticks by you through those tough times. I’m sure many of you relate to feeling abandoned by people we think are close to us. This teaching is about 4 incredible loyal friends. (Mark 2:1-11) We don’t know how long they were carrying their friend to Jesus. We do know they had faith, they knew Jesus was a good God. They knew he was the only person who could deliver their friend from his plight. (more…)

Would the paralyzed man get to Jesus on his own? Not a chance! He relied upon his friends.

Are you paralyzed right now? I don’t mean necessarily physically, but do you feel like you’re stuck or standing still, like you can’t move forward? Great friends encourage you to keep on trusting. Amazing friends point you to the Word of God. Are your friends helping or hindering you? Do they speak words of life and faith over you?

Maybe you need to make changes.

Who are you carrying? Even when we’re unwell, we can still carry others to Jesus. Often we pray for a miracle without realising that we are the miracle!! Have you encouraged anyone today?

If you’re needing breakthrough in your situation, like the man in our story, then look at those around you. “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future”.

So what is a good friend? Someone with empathy and compassion. Someone who honours you and listens to you. A good friend will speak truth and not be afraid of challenging you or holding you accountable.

“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” Pro 18:24

               
Next step: Evaluate your friends. Do you need to make any changes? Who have you encouraged recently? Why don’t you send someone a message or scripture today?