Wed 4.25.12 - Fellowship with Him - Pastor Harry Lilly
- Genesis 1:26 (NLT)
- Luke 10:37 (NLT)
- John 3:1 (NLT)
- John 4:23 (NLT)
- Romans 3:21 (NLT)
- 1 Corinthians 1:9 (NLT)
- 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)
- 2 Corinthians 6:14 (NLT)
- 1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NLT)
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1 Corinthians 1:9
The word "called" simply means to be brought out of normality to be something exceptional. We've got the relationship part already, but we're called out to fellowship with Him. Fellowship is the strength of a relationship. You can tie two people that hate each other together and have a union, but with no communion.
We're made to have fellowship with things of like-kind. You can have a relationship with an animal, but you can never really have fellowship. You can't "commune" with an animal.
We were made 'like' God, so that we may fellowship with Him. Something in us wants fellowship with Him, just as He desires fellowship with us.
You must be born of the Spirit of God. This is because you have to be given the same spirit that is in God so that you may commune with Him.
God is a spirit. When you're born again, you are as well.
1 Thessalonians 5:23
You are a spirit that possesses a soul and lives in a body. Once you are born of the spirit you can fellowship with God because you are of the same kind.
If church is the only fellowship you have with God, you don't have a very deep relationship. God is there with you at all times.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
God was in Christ to put us back together with Him. Jesus never committed any sin, but instead took our sin to the cross with him. If you are Christian, you are not who you used to be, but instead you are righteous before God through Jesus.
God, through Christ, has made us righteous, giving us full legal right to fellowship with Him.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18
Righteousness and unrighteousness can have no fellowship because they are not like each other. They cannot commune at all. When you force the two together, you get a very rough and unnatural fit that never truly works. We are the temple of the living God. You are what you hang around. God, by His spirit, has opened the door to hang out with Him. If you spend your time with Him, you'll be amazed at how much easier it is to live for Him.
Mary learned how to sit at Jesus' feet and fellowship with Him.
The church of today has focused on getting people excited, and in busting themselves with all the things they're trying to pull off to excite people, they have forgotten how to slow down and sit at His feet and fellowship with Him.
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