CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

Had such a wonderful night with old and dear friends, and looked up verses relating to my joy. Here is a wonderful verses about Christian fellowship:

“That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with the Father and with His Som Jesus Christ. But if we walk in the light as He is the light, we have fellowship with ONE ANOTHER, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:3,7

Because of His love, I can have fellowship! This blog is sort of my prayer journal, and am so happy to post this entry! Have a wonderful Lord’s Day!

I’m God’s Friend

When you think of all the gods in Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Aztec, Indian, in fact, any culture there is a very obvious creator-creature distinction. It’s not a positive distinction–it’s a gamble; the story of peevish divinities and their manipulative relationship with mankind.

Can you imagine having God as a friend? A friend?

The Christian God is the only God in any religion who has such a personal relationship. It is honest, straightforward, and perfect. Sometimes it’s daunting thinking that the “God Who made the Seven Stars and Orion,” and, “has named every star,” who “knit me together in my mother’s womb” and “is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end” is not just a burningly righteous God–He is my friend, too.

I’m friends with Jesus, the heavenly God. In John 14, He speaks of those who do not see Him as fully God, but the other person in the Godhead–God the Father–being God. But Christ says:

[ John 14:7-10 (NIV)

7 If you really know Me, you will know My Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him.”

8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

9 Jesus answered: “Do you not know Me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in Me? The words I say to you I do not speak on My own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in Me, Who is doing His work. ]

And then, the verses that really struck me tonight are following verses, in John 15:12-16…

“This in My commandment that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down his life for his FRIENDS. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what His master is doing; but I have called you FRIENDS, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give you.”

There are so many other verses I read along with this one…

Like, 1 Corinthians 1:9: “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” Or Proverbs 18:24, that speaks of closer-than-kin relationship with Christ.

Because Christ is my friend, I must pray to Him often. What a lousy friend I must be to Him most of the time! To think He had no one when the wrath of God was poured out on Him on the cross for my sins. And how He still loves me with an inexhaustible love! How good is His merciful kindness! I am God’s friend, and a filthy creature was never so unworthy as me. Thank you, Jesus.

MY REALITY IS MY ADOPTION

There is always something (thank my Lord) in my Christian walk that feel so “extra” real I could touch it. Right now it’s adoption. That the noun explains my reality right now.
1 John 3:2 – “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as He is.” Always, even though I may fail at so many things, the reality of my adoption burns strong within my spirit. Because He chose and adopted me, I can reverently and lovingly go into His presence, and cry out in the most affectionate of terms, “Daddy.”

DAY 5: GOSSIP

It’s so easy to take part in gossip without having to speak at all. There’s always a limit to what you take in on the web, in news magazines, on T.V., in the movies. Solomon, inspired by the Holy Spirit, said: “The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles
And they go down into the inmost body.”
Gossip, news reports, movies, spark out inmost appetite that lives off curiosity and craves scandal. NOTE TO SELF TO PRAY ABOUT: That I don’t partake in gossip. That I do not gossip, and instead will glorify God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

On a side note, I am so thankful for the prayer calendar. In praying even just a little bit more in prayer, there have been wonderful spiritual fruits from my heavenly Father.

Day 4: Prayers for Joy

“May the God of hope fill you with all j0y and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13

“Though you have not seen Him, you love Him. Though you do not now see Him, you believe in Him and rejoice with j0y that is inexpressible and filled with glory” 1 Peter 1:8

“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and j0y in the Holy Spirit” Romans 14:17

DAY 4: J0y is the result of identity in Christ. Pray for joy in yourself and in those around you.

My Eternal Identity

Trying to write a speech. Everywhere I go the speech books say, “in this sort of speech, you need to be brutally honest. Don’t be someone you’re not.”
Well, who am I? At first, the answer is obvious–i’m me. But who is me? I ask people all the time who they are. I ask people their names, their occupations, their residence. It sounds terribly nosy, but of you think about it, that’s how people introduce themselves. “What’s your name? Ah, do you live here? What’s your job?” Identity is everything. I remember listening to a program on public radio just a few weeks ago. It was on identify and how people cope with how they are identified. It even spoke on the subject of how people identify themselves. Questions on which I have asked myself throughout the course of my life. I remember constantly when graduated, people kept telling me that college is where I would “find my identity.” But it seems from reading various Scripture passages, that I had my identity to begin with: I am not my own, I have been bought at a price. “Therefore, honor God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:20.) My identity is Christ. It sure does take the pressure off introductions when my identity is Someone else. There is no worrying about who to impress or if my identity is a writer or a scientist. Because all those things are only parts of my identity in Christ.
I know that the road ahead isn’t going to be easy–Scripture is clear there’s going to be hardships–there have already been sorrows and joys, and the Scripture doesn’t says those get any easier in this life.
But my identity is in Christ, and through Him i will persevere. I don’t know what my life holds, and maybe I never will, but I humbly ask you, beg you to pray for me as my Shepherd guides me through the narrow path. Pray that through all the temptations and trials and face that I remember my identity, and the final part of 1 Corinthians 6:20, “glorify God.” Because in Him, I can do all things for His glory. My other identities can be stolen, forgotten, devalued. But Christ is my eternal identity, and in Him will never be put to shame.

Day 3: Pray For God’s Favor

NOTE TO SELF: Don’t stop praying for your family, relationships, friendships, and church. While you have prayed for two days now, and have probably already spiritually benefited from these prayers, you may be reaching the point where your sinful self does not want to spend any more time on prayer. Day 3 is a refresh day when on top of the other requests, you make sure you pray for yourself. Here is a prayer straight from Scripture. To check out more prayers from Scripture, look at Christian Post.

1. EXODUS 33:13 – MOSES ASKS FOR GOD’S FAVOR

“Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight.”

CONTEXT OF PRAYER: (From Cristian Post) After God nearly destroyed the Israelites for worshiping the golden calf, Moses talks with God. He seeks to confirm his favor in God’s sight, a treasure for any believer.