CHRIST LIFE CHURCH
SWORD OF THE SPIRIT MINISTRIES
PERSONAL FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD
Introduction: Having been born again, you have a personal relationship with God since you are now a member of His family. A relationship grows on fellowship. Hence you need to have a good personal fellowship with God if you will ever know Him.
The ability of a Christian to stand firmly and grow in the Lord depends much on his personal fellowship with God. To have a deep knowledge of the Almighty, your personal fellowship with Him must be qualitative. It is therefore imperative you create a special time of communion with everyday.
1. What is Personal Fellowship with God?
Personal fellowship with God can be explained as follows:
(a) Communication with the Father, through Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit – I Cor. 1:9; 1 John 1:1-3
(b) Walking in the Light. Obtaining direction from God and walking accordingly – I John 1:6-7
(c) Looking for the “footprints” of our Lord Jesus Christ and walking in His steps – I Jn. 2-6
(d) Understanding and walking worthy of the vocation wherewith we are called – Eph. 4:1
(e) Giving oneself to prayer and the word of God – Acts 6:4
In personal fellowship with God, you speak to Him and He too speaks to you.
2. What Is The Basis Of Personal Fellowship With God?
(a) The cleaning you obtained through the blood of Jesus – I Jn. 1:6-7
(b) The peace you have with God having been justified by faith – Rom. 5:1-2
(c) Ability to worship God in Spirit and in truth, having experienced a re-creation of your otherwise dead human spirit-Jn.4:22-24
Your new birth in Christ is the basis of your personal fellowship with God.
3. The Quiet Time
You are supposed to be in touch with God at all times. However, it is a good practice to set apart a special time of fellowship with God. It is good you make this the first activity of the day. The time so set apart is commonly called “Quiet Time”. This is the secret of a steady spiritual growth. It is useful you engage in the following activities during your Quiet Time.
(a) Begin with thanksgiving, praises and worship. Cultivate the habit of praising God always. Ps. 100:1-5; 95:6-7; Heb. 13:15
(b) Study the word of God. When you study and meditate in the word of God, He speaks to you. As you obey what He tells you in His word your life becomes more and more radiant with His glory. Josh. 1:8. Ps 1:1-3; 2 Tim. 2:15; Rom. 10:17; Jn. 15:4.
(c) Pray. Pour your heart to God in sincere fervent prayer, thus speaking to God. Do not allow any anxiety to build up in your life. Many times, in the process of praying you hear a voice speaking to your heart. Jam. 5:16; Phil. 4:6; I Thess. 5:17; Matt. 7:7-11.
4. How you can maintain An Unbroken Personal Fellowship with God
(a) Hiding the word of God in your heart to keep you from sin. You must give the word of God a very good attention. Ps.119:9, 11; Luke 10:38-40.
(b) Not fellowshipping with unfruitful works of darkness. Do not by any means be party to any act of sin. Eph. 5:11
(c) Confessing and forsaking any sin you mistakenly fall into immediately. Do not keep an unconfessed sin in your life once your are convicted by the Spirit of God. I Jn. 2:1-2.
(d) Longing after God and things of God at all times Ps. 42:1-2; Matt.5:6
Personal fellowship with God must be taken with all seriousness. Neglect does an incalculable damage to the believers’ spiritual life.
Conclusion: Allow nothing to stand between you and your fellowship with God. Make no day passes without you having your Quiet Time. If by means, you could not make it in the morning, create another time during the day. Many things will compete for your attention – job, social appointments, etc. but make sure you have a personal time in the presence of God everyday. It is then you will have the spiritual strength to overcome temptations, know and do the will of God and live the Christian life victoriously.
Memory Verse: “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch can not bear fruit for itself except it abide in the vine; no more can ye except ye abide in me”