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FELLOWSHIP WITH THE FATHER--FROM GOD'S SIDE
...and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1 John 1:3
There are always two sides to fellowship. We will now look at fellowship from God's side. Paul said in writing to the Philippians, "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure" (2:13). That is the way to have fellowship with God. You are aware of the surging of those holy desires, and you say to yourself, "It is God speaking to me; it is God saying something and calling forth a response in me." "We love him, because he first loved us," says John later on in 1 John [4:19], and God has fellowship with us in that way.
Not only that, He reveals His will to us. He shows us what He would have us to do. He leads us. He opens doors and shuts them; sometimes He puts up barriers and obstacles. You know what I am speaking about. It means that you are aware of the fact that you are in the hands of God, and that He is dealing with you, and that
as you go forward in this journey called life, God is there. Sometimes the door is shut, and you cannot understand it. You say, "I wanted to go there, but I cannot," and then you say, "But God is with me, and He has shut the door." Then suddenly you find the door opened, and you know it is the One who is walking with you who has suddenly opened it. That is having fellowship with God--knowing that He is there in these various ways in which He manipulates our lives and speaks to us and gives us wisdom and understanding. Every one of these things contains a danger; they all need to be carefully qualified, and yet they are essential to fellowship and communion.
Then He supplies us with strength according to our need and according to our situation.
A Thought to Ponder
Having fellowship with God means knowing that He is there.
From Fellowship with God, pp. 85-86.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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