Called to Fellowship

God is faithful, by
whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord

(1 Corinthians 1:9).
 
We have relationship by birth and fellowship by will.  Being birthed into your family does not mean
that the family members fellowship together. Fellowship is on purpose. We are
called to fellowship with the Lord Jesus. Too many have the relationship with
the Lord, but lack the sweet, intimate fellowship that He so longs to have with
all of His children.
  
Fellowship is a heart sharing. It’s two people with commons
goals and interests connecting at the heart level. Fellowship is the mother of
faith. Strong faith comes from deep, intimate fellowship. Weak faith comes from
a lack of personal intimacy with the Lord.
  
Intimate fellowship with the Lord is possible because
through the New Birth, He has made us righteous! Righteousness is the ability
to stand before God as though sin, fear, condemnation, or inferiority had ever
been a part of your life! Righteousness produces boldness (Proverbs 28:1). The work of righteousness will be peace, and
the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever
(Isaiah
32:17). Once you renew your mind and know that your Father loves you even when
you fail, you’ll be able to enter into fellowship with Him.
 
Fellowship produces light in your life. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light
(Psalm 36:9). It gives you the ability to see clearly the issues in your life
and around you. The will of God becomes clear and focused.
 
Fellowship produces joy. For
the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but
righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit
(Romans 14:17). These things I have spoken to you, that My
joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full
(John 15:11). You will show me the path of life; in your
presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand pleasures forevermore

(Psalm 16:11). Joy makes Christianity attractive. It brings with it evangelism.
E.W. Kenyon says that fellowship
in its fullness is the joy life with the throttle wide open on a downgrade.
(1)
 
Fellowship produces freedom from deception. Truth becomes
clear and error apparent when fellowship is strong (see 1 John 2:20, 27). Rich
fellowship will keep you clear of the false doctrine spoken by the clever with
wrong motives.
 
Fellowship produces strong faith. As we enter the dangerous
time period before us that precedes the rapture of the church, fellowship will
be our anchor in the storm. We’ll know how to act in every circumstance. The
Father will guide us through the turbulent waters and protect us as we dwell in the shadow of the Almighty!
If you lack fervent joy, if the Word seems dry and lifeless,
if you seem gullible to every new wind of doctrine blowing by, if it seems that
your faith is weak, check up on your fellowship with the Father.  He longs for you to share your heart life
with Him. In tomorrow’s post, I’ll talk about how to find rich, deep fellowship
with the Father.
  
(1)
In His Presence by E.W.Kenyon (1969,Kenyon Gospel Publishing Society, Inc),
p.89.

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