Maintaining Fellowship

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
(1
John 1:3) God is faithful, by whom you
were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord
(1
Corinthians 1:9).
Fellowship is the mother of faith. Faith grows in the
climate of rich, deep fellowship with the Father. Faith shrivels when
fellowship is compromised.
 
Relationship is a result of birth or covenant, but
fellowship is only by choice.
Fellowship is a sharing together, a communion. It’s two
people coming together with a mutual interest and a part to play in that
interest.
 
Fellowship must be fostered on purpose. I’ve found that many
believers lack the rich fellowship with the Father that produces strong faith.
Out upbringing and home life in our younger years has a lot to do with how we
process our relationship and fellowship with the Lord. If in our home life, we
were not welcomed to bear our hearts, but felt forces to keep our opinions to
ourselves, then fellowship from the heart will be a challenge to overcome even
in our relationship with the Father.
 
When we sin, our fellowship is broken. The joy that
strengthens us leaves. Peace is replaced by a troubled uneasiness. For fellowship
to be renewed, sin must be confessed. If
we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness
(1 John 1:9). To confess means to same
the same thing. It means to agree with. When I confess my sin, I agree with God
that the thing I did that broke fellowship was wrong. I change my mind or
repent of the activity and make a choice not to do it again.
   
The weakness of my flesh may take me there again, but a righteous man fall seven times, and rises
again
(Proverbs 24:16). Confess the sin the moment you commit it, and then
renounce it before the Father, and tell Him that you believe you receive the
inner strength to overcome this thing. Thank Him in faith for removing this
thing from your life. Confess sin the moment it occurs is the key to remaining
in constant fellowship with the Father.
 
Notice that if you do one thing; confess your sin, that the
Father does four things in return! He will be faithful to you, just or fair to
you, He will forgive your sin, and will cleanse you from unrighteousness.
Cleansing from unrighteousness means that if you’ll confess what you know you
did wrong, there is an automatic cleansing from those sins committed in
ignorance, or because you didn’t know that particular thing was wrong. This is
important for the new believer who may not understand the will of God in all of
life’s causes. James 4:17 reads:Therefore,
to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
 
Once sin is confessed, joy and peace return, and fellowship
is fully restored. Be careful today to remain in constant fellowship with the
Father. Don’t let a moment go by without deep, rich fellowship with Him.
Tomorrow, I’ll discuss how to begin a close fellowship with the Father if your
personal predisposition is to hold back.

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