Fellowship with the Father - Sunday, January 19th 2014
"Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God."
When it comes to God, it's important to understand the difference between our relationship and our fellowship with Him. Relationship is built upon grace. When we first come to God and ask Him to forgive us and trust in Jesus for salvation, we become His children. This is something that cannot be changed from that moment on. On the other hand, fellowship is grown through actions and time. In family relationships, you can hurt the fellowship you have with them, but they are still your family member. The prodigal son was allowed back home not to become a son again, but because he was a son. In order to be fully blessed with the fatherhood of God, we have to walk as His children and treat Him like our father.
1 John 1:8-9 "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." NKJV
Don't try and hide your sin from God. He knows you have done wrong. Instead, confess it to Him and then ask afresh for forgiveness. This moment of honesty and brokenness with God leads to abundant fellowship with your Heavenly Father. Be encouraged by your relationship with the Father so that your fellowship with God will be life-changing.
Life Lesson: God wants to manifest or reveal His holiness and love in and through our lives.
I know that I have done wrong things and so I come to You today asking for Your forgiveness. I desire to fellowship with You without anything in the way. Fill me with Your Spirit and help keep my eyes focused on You, my King. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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