How to Have Fellowship with God
This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1: 5-7)
When we read the words of the apostle John, we read the words of a loving, caring pastor who wants his people to experience the richest, deepest relationship possible with their Savior. He writes as a shepherd directing his sheep into green pastures where the fullness of life can be experienced. He wants His people to know sweet fellowship with the Lord and with one another.
The Christian life is fellowship with God. If we want a clear and practical definition of what a Christian is, it would simply be a person who is in fellowship with God. This point is made very clear in verse three when John writes, If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. Here John is describing a contradiction in terms. One cannot walk in light and darkness at the same time. He must walk in one or the other.
Fellowship with God is not true just because we say it is true. Fellowship with God has a litmus test. If you say one thing and do another then you have failed the test.
John uses the word fellowship four times in this passage. Each time he uses the word it means “to have things in common with God.” In order to have fellowship with God we must have something in common with Him.
Light speaks of the glory of God and the holiness of God. When we walk in the light, we walk in the holiness of God to the glory of God.
In some African countries a common greeting among Christians is, “Are you walking in the light, my brother? Are you walking in the light, my sister?” May I ask you, my friend, are you walking in the light? Dr. Roger D. Willmore is a dear friend of America’s Keswick and one of our popular conference speakers. Check out his messages from this summer on our website: http://www.americaskeswick.org
Keswick, America’s (2012-12-13). Real Victory for Real Life Volume 2 (Kindle Locations 7847-7874). . Kindle Edition.
Think About This: Spiritual lust makes me demand an answer from God, instead of seeking God Who gives the answer. Oswald Chambers
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow about His promises, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:8-9