“Truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.”     1 John 1:3 NKJV


If we have experienced new life in Christ, then the Father cares lovingly for every aspect of our lives. He has given us all that we need for life and godliness through the promises of His Word. He encourages us to cast all our cares on Him, knowing that He cares for us. He sympathizes with our weaknesses and invites us to come to His throne of grace to receive mercy and grace to help us in our time of need. So, we can share every burden, every struggle, and every thought openly with Him and know that He welcomes us! Such fellowship with God through Christ is not automatic or without effort. Relationships take time and effort. There is no such thing as a good marriage that just happens spontaneously. If we see a good marriage, it’s because the couple makes it a priority to spend time together and to work at their relationship. They are committed to working through any difficulties or hurt feelings. They work hard at communication and they avoid temptations that would create distance or divide them. Fellowship with our Lord is no different. We have got to work at it, make time for it, and turn away from things that would create distance between us and our Lord. Of course, sin hinders fellowship, but so do other things. The enemy will try to get us to do anything except spend time alone with the Lord. It may be TV, the newspaper, work, hobbies or time with our friends. These things can crowd out consistent time in God’s Word and time in prayer thereby hindering us from growing close to our Lord and enjoying genuine fellowship with Him and His purposes and desires for us.



Heavenly Father, thank You for the precious fellowship we have with You.



Dear Heavenly Father, we know the enemy will try to get us to do anything except spend time alone with You. With Your help, Holy Spirit, help us eliminate those things that crowd out consistent time spent in Your Word and in prayer, thereby hindering us from growing close to You. AMEN


I.B.R.A. Readings

Matthew 18:23-35



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