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Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.”
Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him.
The men seized Jesus and arrested him.
Jesus was given the gift of discernment to see and know who his betrayer was long before Judas publicly proved himself to be a backstabber. He sold out Jesus for money. The love of money is the root of all evil. Greed, selfishness, envy, and jealousy will eat you up and spit you out to rot for all eternity.
Look around you and count your true friends. Do you know who they are?
Your true friends, your loyal-to-the-end friends are those you can count on when times get tough, when you are at your lowest, when there doesn’t seem to be a solution in sight- yet they stand beside you, pick you up and tell you that you’re not a quitter you’re a child of God and as His perfect reflection you can and you will walk and run again straight to the mountaintop.
Your true friends are there to encourage you- not for selfish gains because they need ‘dirt’ and drama about you in order to feel good about themselves; no they selflessly listen and offer to help serve as a possible solution to your problem and not merely try to one-up you with their own, downplay your situation, or change the subject altogether.
Your true friends find ways to not add to your stress and frustration. True friends don’t manipulate you into doing for them; they don’t take from you, rather they give whatever resources that they have at their disposal.
Who can you call on when the ‘walls’ start closing in on you? Who can you call on when no one sees and believes in your vision? Who can you call on to bounce around ideas with and know that they will objectively assist you, and not ‘shoot down’ your ideas?
Who can you call on late at night or early in the morning without question because you need to vent and work out some things, or share ideas? Who can you loan or borrow $1,000 from and never question or worry about repayment? Who can you trust around your spouse or significant other to not ‘run you down’ or attempt to break you up?
Your associate/acquaintance has a short ‘leash’ to walk on because although they are friendly they have not invested enough into a relationship with you to be as vulnerable and exposed as a friend would.
Your associate/acquaintance will sever ties or pull away the moment they hear a negative rumor about you, that you desperately need help, or when their needs aren’t being met consistently.
Your associate/acquaintance may be all about the “me” and “I” and not about the “we” and how they can grow to become a friend and find ways to help you sometimes.
The associate/acquaintance may contact you when they need something and to discuss situations and circumstances that fall into the ‘box’ or category in which they met you such as business, hobby, social event, etc. For the most part, you never truly know your associate/acquaintance and they never truly get to know you.
Pray for the wisdom and discernment to recognize your enemies, and distinguish your friends from your associates/acquaintances. Pray for the wisdom and humility to comfortably keep separate your enemies from your friends and associates/acquaintances, so that they never co-mingle to the point where your enemies taint the ‘pot’ and begin to unravel your mission from God.
Father I thank You for the wisdom and discernment that I have today. I pray that I am always closely connected with You that I might see those who are true friends versus those who would betray me at a whim; that I might see the intent of others and know whether they surround me to help support Your mission or whether they are around for selfish gains.
Father allow me to see the human leaches and hangers-on so that I can distinguish them from true ambassadors of Christ who are self-sufficient from Your blessings.
Father I pray for the discernment to see the honest from the liars, the givers from the takers, and the self-servers from the self-sacrificers. I thank You now Lord for these blessings. Amen.
Please Note: This message was originally written and published on May 13, 2011. It has been modified to reflect current standards and formatting to include an audio message.
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