Ryan Miller highlights the importance of wisely choosing one’s friends according to the Bible. He stated, “Show me your five closest friends, I will show you your future.”
“You want to know why the Bible is so clear that you’re supposed not to hang out with everybody but to keep your circle tight?” Ryan said. “And to keep your circle of trustworthy, spirit-filled people that are going to usher you into the kingdom of God.”
He then referenced a story in the Bible where four friends assisted their paralyzed friend.
In Mark 2, four friends aided their paralyzed companion in receiving healing from Jesus. Unable to reach Jesus due to the large crowd, they carried their friend to the roof of the house where Jesus was teaching. They then made an opening in the roof to lower the paralyzed man down to Jesus.
Ryan pointed out, “When Jesus saw this, get this, their faith, not the paralytic’s faith, but their faith. Jesus told the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven.”
The friends’ faith led Jesus to forgive the paralytic’s sins and heal him.
“You show me your five closest influences, I will show you your future because you will become who you behold,” Ryan said.
“And when you’re watching people around you who are walking with Jesus, your life is going to be filled with Jesus. If you’re watching people around you who are filled with darkness, your life will be filled with darkness. Some of you need to audit your friendships.”
Furthermore, he distinguished between ministering and allowing yourself to be influenced. He said, “This is a super important distinction. We should be pursuing the same people Jesus pursued but cautious of the influences in our life and ensuring our closest circle is pointing us to Jesus.”
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