Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Bible Word Study - Fellowship With God
WHAT DOES THE HOLY WORD SAY?
The more you fellowship with the Father, the more you'll realize how reliable His Word is. God's Word becoming fruitful in and through you is directly linked to the maintaining of a living, rich, continuing fellowship with God. It is the Holy Spirit who quickens the Word to you.
It's God Himself, the Person and Power behind the Word, Who makes it come alive in your life.
What are some practical ways you can practice the presence of God?
How do we abide in Him, day after day?
What is the Holy Spirit's role in fellowshipping with the Father?
Fellowshipping With The Father:
CONNECTING WITH THE HEART OF GOD
"That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full" 1 John 1:3-4
Created For Pleasure
We are called into fellowship with the Father. Why do you suppose God made man in the first place? He created man for fellowship. We were created for His pleasure. In return, fellowship, the intimacy of everyday closeness, is what gives us joy. Fellowship with the Father and the Word of God lifts us up so we can rejoice all the day long, knowing that we win in this life regardless of what is going on around us.
We've been invited to fellowship with the Most High God, His Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. That's the highest honor that could ever be conferred on us! We're called to fellowship with Him, to walk with Him, to talk with Him and to discuss the things of life with Him. In fact, 2 Peter 1:4 says we're called to "participate in the divine nature".
God desires for us to spend time with Him, talk to Him, and think about Him and His Word. As we walk with God, we can have continual fellowship with Him. We can talk to Him as a loving Father and listen to our hearts as He talks to us.
We must maintain the life of God within us. God is calling us to cultivate a relationship with Him where we fellowship with Him constantly, all day long. He not only wants us to bring our needs and desires and petitions before Him, but to live daily in union and communion with Him.
Enjoy His Friendship
We fellowship with the Father because we desire His company; because of our love for God and His love for us. We'll never truly know God's will and way for our lives or know Him for Who He really is until we learn to fellowship with Him and develop a good friendship with Him. We bless God when we give Him our friendship. We need to make our friendship with Him the most important thing in our lives.
Cultivate Your Hunger For God
When a person is hungry, the deepest part of his spirit begins to call out to God for something to fill that hunger. He might not even know what it is he is calling for, but God knows, and this cry touches the depths of His heart and causes Him to respond. The more of God we get, the more of Him we want. We can never live on past experiences. We're always needing fresh manna from heaven.
Guard Your Time
Those who do begin to discover the wonders of daily communion with God inevitably run into other difficulties; the devil, for instance. He is so frightened of the Christian who abides in God that he will go to great lengths to interfere with those times of fellowship. He will see to it that interruptions, distractions, schedule conflicts arise until it seems almost impossible to find a quiet time and place for fellowship. We must lay aside the natural things that scream for our attention and do what it takes to make our time with Him our first priority.
Thoughts To Ponder On
We have been united with God but this union alone is not the end of God's plan. God longs for fellowship, and fellowship becomes communion. Our pursuit for fellowship with God is what makes our union with Him vibrant and alive. We need to do whatever we have to do to spend time with God every day. If we have to get up earlier, we must do it! If we have to go to bed later, we must do it! All the answers we need are in His presence and in His Word.
Since God created us for fellowship with Him, He has planned for our lives to be full and complete when we walk closely with Him. The closer we get to Him, the more He reveals to us His plan for our lives. If we stay in fellowship with the Father and abide in His Word, and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, we too can know how the adversities in our lives will turn out. We can face every circumstance with joy, and endure it through to victory.
Fellowshipping With The Father: Scriptures:
1 John 1:6
1 Corinthians 1:9
1 John 2:24, 3:24
Further Scripture Reading:
1 John 1:9
2 John 1:9