In this service, Apostle Edmonds taught about the importance and creation of fellowship with the Father and the Son. Everyone of us face challenges whether we are spiritual or not, but when we fellowship with God, He help us. The World is full of hurting people and they reproduce hurts. The beginning of the stable strength is maintained through fellowship with Yahweh. The strength of our faith is generated and maintained by fellowship. So, fellowship is mandatory.
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When you get saved the refreshing water of your faith, the strength of your faith, is generated and maintained in fellowship. The truth of the Word of God that you know is maintained by the multi-facet reality that you experience in fellowship.
In our faith we do not practice island fellowship. We fellowship with one another. Our fellowship is very clear in 1John 1v3, where the Bible says,” That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ”. In this scripture, we may think where the Holy Spirit is? Because it only mentions about fellowship with the Father and the Son. But in Ephesians 2v18 the Bible says, “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father”. So, it is the Holy Spirit that creates a platform for fellowship with the Father and the Son. It is the Holy Spirit that catapults us from the present world that is full of anguish and anxiety, worries, depressions etc. We have a transporter and a transformer, strengthener in Christ Jesus and that is the Holy Ghost.
Many people go through many things in life. But some of them don’t realize that it the Holy Spirit that strengthens them to go through that pain and they are still standing. And the Bible says in Isaiah 43v2; “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze”. And in Zechariah 4v6, the Bible says; “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty”.
Our fellowship is with the Father and with the Son. Access is the Holy Spirit. Those who don’t value this fellowship, when you look at their Christian life, it will look like share market. Nothing is consistent in their lives. For every one of us face challenges whether we are spiritual or not but the beautiful thing is when we fellowship with the Lord, challenges are just nuggets of our testimony. Apostle Edmonds said he respects people who fellowship with the Lord because what a pastor or a teacher cannot teach or correct, God will, in the place of fellowship. Men who fear the Lord, when the Lord tells them, they immediately navigate to that direction because that is the best place to be on the earth.
Our fellowship is designed in a way that strengthens us and services our spiritual engine to give us new strength and emboldening us to face challenges every day. The world is full of hurting people and they reproduce hurting moments. We get strength in fellowship. In early days, they used to arrest Apostle Paul and they are still doing today. We can see in the news that pastors in China are ready to die for their faith. How is that possible that they confronted the government to die for what they believe? It is because of the fellowship with the Father and the Son. While growing up in Christ Jesus, this is where the strength is. Many ministries have gone to the media so that their sheep do not miss the fellowship. How are you using it?
When Apostle Edmonds was saved, the thirst he had was so clear, real and pushing. Mathew 5v6(KJV); “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled”. In the kingdom of God there is no scarcity. In the kingdom of God there is invitation for demand. God says demand and He will supply. Whoever is thirsty, God will fill them. God has picked people from strange denominations and had used them. There is a place where you read the word of God, there is a place where you study the word of God, and there is a level where you meditate on the word of God etc. There is a level where you eat it. John the Apostle was told in the book of revelation to take the book and eat it. So, are you in the reading place of fellowship or are you in the studying place of fellowship? Where ever you are, the destiny God wants all of us to be is to eat the word of God. The word of God is sweeter than honey. Protect your thirst and hunger for the word of God otherwise the things of the world will overshadow your thirst and hunger for the Lord.
In 1 Corinthians 1v9, the Bible describes our fellowship again; “God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. You are called in to share His love, His authority, His knowledge etc. We are first invited, then transformed and then converted. In Mathew 11v28-30, the Bible says; “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light”. We are invited in the family of God. We are not illegitimate children. We are honored by Christ’s invitation and then He transformed us from just an invited guest to adopted sons. His love adopted us as sons of God. We need to always give thank Him for His presence. It is cheap to always navigate to the word of God for answers. In the book of John 5v39, the Bible tells us; “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” Make a decision to use your Bible every day. The things we get blessed are the things, we fellowship in Him. When you fellowship with God, poison will come out of your body, sickness evaporates etc.
When you fellowship you are not on the earth. In the book of John 17v11, Jesus said; “And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee”. Fellowship transports you. Those who are longing for visions and to hear the voice of God in an authoritative manner, fellowship is the access.
There are three types of Christians:
1. Those who go to the word for God only for answers.
2. There are legal Christians. They are holding the Bible only because they are Christians. They never read it. They just carry it. Some people in this category worship the Bible. They kiss it and keep it like a show glass. The Bible says when you know the truth, the truth shall set you free. It is not the relationship with your book, or your respect to the book. It is the knowledge in the book that makes you free.
3. There are those who are real with the Bible. The characteristics of these people are that they are true to the Bible. When they read the Bible, they allow the Bible to read them as well. It is a two-way communication. They see in the word and the word affects their daily lives. For them the Bible is not a historic book. For them the Bible is life as Jesus said in the book of John 6v63.
From the above three categories, we get various mentalities. This is where all the denominations pop out from. But the third category of Christians has the real solutions for the hurting world. They serve a real God who solves the real problems through real people.
So, understanding the fellowship we have with the Father and the Son, be sensitized to the benefits of the fellowship. You should have a way of life opening your Bible every day. Get a physical bible and start to fellowship with the Word. Many transformations happen there. The beginning of a stable strength is your fellowship that is maintained with God.
(Message by Apostle Edmonds Owhorode, extracted by PR)
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