I John 1:7 (NLT) But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.
Fellowship with God is not an abstract theological concept, but a personal living relationship. Making every effort to live in continuous agreement with God is to walk in the light (Trust me this is not cake walk but we can do it family). Satan can’t accuse me if I live in the light, but walking in the light is not moral perfection (1 John 1:8). We are not sinless, but the confession mentioned in (1 John 1:9) brings us into agreement with God about our present moral condition before the Lord. Please make certain you understand what I just said in this segment, your relationship and life in God depends on you getting the proper understanding!
What makes it possible to be this open with God about our condition is the fact that we are already His children. Our eternal state is not at stake, only our daily victory. We don’t have to pretend with God in the hope that the Lord will accept us. As God’s children we are already accepted, so we are free to be honest with the Lord! We have no relationship to lose, only fellowship to gain. Knowing that we are secure in Christ, we can express ourselves honestly to God. Trust me today the Lord already knows the thoughts and intentions of our hearts (Hebrews 4:12).
Knowing that we are forgiven, let’s come before His presence with thanksgiving. God is our Father, and like any parent the Lord doesn’t appreciate continual grumbling, complaining children, especially since this Father sacrificed His only begotten Son for us. The Lord will probably not be very interested in our list of demands if we haven’t been obedient and in aligned relationship with Him. And on a personal note: I don’t think the Lord is going to be very interested in helping us develop our own kingdoms when we are to work at establishing the only one that will last—His Kingdom! (Yes I said and I am here to represent it family)
Point to Ponder- To sit in the presence of my Father who loves me, who has made an incredible sacrifice so I can be there, doesn’t have to be a dismal, failing experience. He invites us into His presence just as we are, because in Christ our weakness and sin have been covered: “Let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience” (Hebrews 10:22). In our personal relationship with God it’s not about performance it’s, because we are already accepted by the Lord!
All my Life I just wanted to be accepted and today’s message provides the assurance that I am accepted by the King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16)!!!
Pastor James Baker, Jr.