Posted tagged ‘Fellowship’

You Will Mess Up, What You Need to Know When You Do

September 27, 2011

The Devil really loves to blind us to simple truths. When he can get us to forget the nature and work of God he can discourage us enough to give up. Don’t let that happen. You should treasure these thoughts in your heart so you never forget them.

  • You are loved by God (Eph 5:1; John 3:16)
  • He showed his love when we deserved it the least (Rom 5:8).
  • There is nothing in this world or the heavens that can separate us from God’s love (Rom 8:38-39).
  • The sacrifice of Jesus blood covers all the sins we confess before God (1 John 1:7-9).
  • You can repent of any sin and God will remove it from you (Acts 3:19).
  • Once a sin is forgiven it is gone for good you’ll never be held accountable for that sin again (Psalm 103:12).
  • It’s not to late to change and follow Jesus (Heb 7:25).

Confession and asking for forgiveness brings back the “joy of God’s salvation” (Psalm 51:23). It restores us to God’s grace and mercy. Sadly, we can easily forget that when we head away from God into sin.

The Devil is a liar (John 8:44), he deceives you into living below the privileges given by Christ. Don’t let him win when you falter and sin. Instead, turn your heart toward God and bask in his forgiving grace. God loves the contrite and penitent (Psalm 51:17; Isaiah 66:2). He is overflowing with love for all of us (Psalm 51:1). He is not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9), including those who have fallen back or fallen away.

Restoration and full fellowship comes to all who seek God’s forgiveness. No matter what your sin is God’s kindness, grace and mercy is greater.
God is calling today, he is pleading with us to come partake of His mercy and love. What are you waiting for? Come home today!

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Enough One Another for Everyone

April 5, 2011

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Christian faith is often thought to be a personal relationship with Jesus. But when you begin that relationship you will discover that you will soon be building relationships and fellowship with other disciples.

A quick read through the New Testament reveals over 50 “one another” or “each other” statements. It is surprising that such a personal faith reaches outside of itself to live (James 2:14-26). A large portion of practical faith depends on what we do “with”, “for”, or “to” other people. Jesus taught about loving enemies and helping needy folks in his sermon on the mount. It’s amazing that the Holy Spirit penned more than 20 letters to teach us how to live as Christians. Those letters contain dozens of commands and teachings on loving each other, carrying each others burdens, sing to each other and encouraging each other.

My Christian faith leads me to a roll of service to others of like precious faith. It also gives me the support of that same family. Paul keeps drawing us a picture of a body. Each part or member of the body supports all the other parts and members.

We are truly part of each other. I love the simile of a multi stranded rope. All the little strings are “involved” with each other. Not a single one of them could do the work alone that all of them do together. What strengths I lack are supplied by other members for the family of God.

I will never be fully equipped without being a part of the family of God, neither will the church be so strong as it is when I am fully giving all God gave me to share.

There is The Way!

February 15, 2010

The WayMy heritage in the Lord has been a blessed one.  I have had many friends, mentors and parents in the Lord.  The great thing about growing up in rural country congregations is the unity that exists within the family of God.  People view each other as family, even closer than family.  Much like the soldier or policeman views his fellow worker, my Christian family was bound by the unified teaching, goals and efforts together.

I remember one dear saint who moved to Texas from Michigan.  Brother Pentecost was his name.  He used to love to lead the church in singing the old gospel song “There is Just One Way to the Pearly Gate.”  His love for that song inspired many of us to sing with more fervor.

That song doesn’t reflect what is reality in the religious world doctrine.  Frankly, I get confused by so many different denominations, divisions and teachings all claiming to be the message of Truth.  How can it be that there is just one way but so many differing doctrines?

I am reminded of Jesus passionate prayer …

And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.
(John 17:19-23)

Jesus wanted a unified group of believers.  He even gave the standard for unity the word of Truth (John 17:17).  We should all be working for unity.  Working toward bringing the message of truth that will unite all men to follow the Lord.  Remember that Jesus said “I am the way the truth and the life, and no one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Unity comes when we all follow Christ the Way, when we abide in him and him in us.  You will find the richest blessings in life when you have that kind of fellowship with the Father, Christ and fellow saints.