Fellowshipping With God

God rejoices over us with singing (Zephaniah 3:17). He delights in us when we make a joyful noise to Him. He does not require skilled voices or instruments. He just wants us to spend time with Him. He enjoys us coming into His presence with singing. He is our God and He made us to fellowship with Him.

Fortunately for us, our salvation does not depend on our human effort. God just wants us to serve Him with gladness, and not grudgingly. We are His sheep and He is our Shepherd. He watches out for us and protects us from satanic interference. He provides us with healthy Biblical teaching and His living water sustains us throughout our lifetime.

Our prayer life includes more than petitions. First, we enter His gates with thanksgiving and then into His courts with praise. The Lord is good. His mercies are eternal and His truth continues throughout every generation. We are thankful to Him for His bountiful provision in our life and we bless His holy name (Psalm 100:1-5).
In fellowship with us, God’s love burns deeply into our soul – our mind, choices and emotions. He permanently changes our thoughts and the way we feel about life, which affect the choices we make. We emerge from our sessions of fellowship with God exhibiting the mind of Christ and able to make intercession for those whom God’s Spirit places on our heart (1 Corinthians 2:16).

Prayer:

Father God, help us to relinquish the control of our life to Your Holy Spirit. He prays for us and through us, and guides us and empowers us to do Your will (Romans 8:26; John 14:26, 16:13). Remind us that in our peak of health, or even in our most debilitating sickness, in riches and poverty, and in our youth and old age, we can still function as a prayer warrior in fellowship with You.

Thought for the Day:

God is looking for people to come and fellowship with Him. Will you join Him?

Trials are not Punitive

Some people think that if someone is going through a prolonged illness, time out of work, heart-wrenching grief or a trial of some sort, that God is trying to teach them something; and that once they learn it, they will be freed from the trial. Those in the trial beat themselves up by thinking they need to pray more, read their Bible more or make some attempt to appease God’s wrath.

This causes people to doubt their connection to the Lord and gives them hours of unrest and soul searching. Trials are not only times of correction and repentance, but also of renewal and sweet fellowship with our Father God. God is jealous and enjoys having us all to Himself. We find our self lost in the presence of God. We surrender all control to Him.

During times of trial, we have an abundance of time to spend with God. When we think back on those days of horrid illness, stress or persecution, we smile; not because we are masochists and love pain, but because our normal schedule is totally interrupted and we have free time. We are isolated from the world and able to spend that sweet time of oneness with the Lord.

Often, the Lord will give us a “holiday” through a trial, during which we can spend focused time worshipping the Beloved of our soul. During trials, do not trust in your own efforts or expect generosity from family, church and friends. Instead, wait with your whole soul – your mind, will and emotions – and put complete hope in the Lord and His Word.

Prayer:
Father God, You hear our voice in the morning, as we lay our requests before you and wait expectantly on You (Psalm 5:3). You love to spend all of Your time with each one of us. The next time we are without work, isolated by sickness or find our self alone through the death of a loved one or the devastation of divorce, we will take this time to spend entirely with You. When we do, we always find our self irrevocably changed in spirit, soul and body.

Thought for the Day:
We walk in the ways of the Lord and wait for Him, because His name and fame are the desires of our heart. – Isaiah 26:8