Fellowship with God
by Julie Ngwabi
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What occupies your mind? Do you ever pause to ask yourself "what's consuming my time, what is it that really matters in my life?" For whatever you do with your time, and whatever thoughts you entertain really does matter. God above everything else created and saved you so that you can have fellowship with Him.
Adam enjoyed fellowship with God, he used to stroll in the garden talking to God. They had a strong bond and a close relationship. Adam didn't worry about anything, he trusted God to meet his needs. He enjoyed the beauty of the garden, his basic needs were met. Before he sinned, we don't hear that he was ever stressed, anxious or sick. He just enjoyed fellowship with God.
God wants to be a priority in our lives. He wants to occupy your first thought in the morning and to be the last on your mind before you go to bed. Isaiah 26 verse 9 says " my soul yearns for you in the night;in the morning my spirit longs for you..." After all He is the Alpha and the Omega. This order helps to set the tone of what happens in between, it ought to give us peace of mind that He is in control of whatever we have to face and deal with.
If you do spend time with God, what's your agenda? God is looking for people who worship Him in Spirit and in truth( John 4 verses 23-24). Don't get me wrong, you can enter His presence for anything, in any situation and circumstance, but true worship is all about Him. You fellowship with Him because you love Him and He is a priority in your life. He knows your needs and troubles even before you pray about them. Moreover, He answers prayer according to His will and timing. If we come to Him solely for our needs to be met,what happens then when His timing is out of sync with our timing and urgency? My guess is discouragement and frustration sets in. True fellowship trusts God's timing and believes that when a need is not answered the way we want and when we want; God has His reasons. If you are a parent, you understand what I mean. God does not intentionally deny us what we pray for, He a good and loving father.
In His presence, we get transformed. No one spends time in His presence and remains the same. We become more and more like Him, that is what He is mostly interested in. He says when we draw near to Him He draws near to us. In His presence He reveals another facet of Himself and the more we know Him, the more we are transformed. The transformation begins in the spirit before it can be evident on the outside. That is why people will ask "what happened to you? Think about how Paul, Peter,Jeremiah and Joshua were transformed. God is no respecter of persons, the same principles apply to everyone. The changes that occur don't just benefit us only, but they overflow to touch others as well.
How would you feel if people only wanted to spend time with you just for the purposes of asking you to do something for them? You would feel used and unappreciated! No one wants to be in a one sided relationship. God promised that He will take care of us and meet our needs. He says we can cast our cares and burdens unto Him, and He assures us that whilst we are waiting for Him to answer, He will give us a peace which surpasses all understanding. What I am saying is we should resist the temptation to base our relationship and fellowship with God as a means of getting our needs met only. To help keep our focus on God, we need that peace that is beyond human reasoning, peace that can sustain us in any situation. Sometimes that's all that we need. Our needs keep on changing, they are like a mirage; once one is met, another one surfaces from somewhere. People change, things change, our seasons change but God remains the same. That is why He has to be the main focus of our lives. He is our solid foundation and He helps us make sense of a forever changing unstable world. Wise Solomon made this observation in the book of Ecclesiastes,
"Everything else in this world is meaningless, it passes away. It's like chasing the wind."
God bless you. My book "Realize the Power of Your Christian Identity" is coming soon, remember to read it!
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