The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you. 2Corinthians 13:14 (The Message).
God created us for fellowship and longs to spend time with us. We see Adam enjoy this intimacy in the garden of Eden (Genesis 2) before the temptation and fall of man. Man’s sin affected this fellowship but God did not quit on him. God’s work from then on has been to reconcile man back to Himself and to restore that fellowship with Him through Jesus Christ. What a love!
Friends, we were never made to be alone or live independently. God designed us for relationships with each other and more than that, fellowship with Him.
The challenges and struggles of this life cause us to think we are all on our own, that everyone does and should mind their own business. That’s not right.
God loves you too much to see you suffer. He is not the source of grief or pain, neither does He delight in sorrow. Even when we do wrong, He does not punish us as our sins deserve. Grace, amazing grace!
Part of why we suffer is the result of the fallen nature of man. The devil, whose mission is to steal, kill and destroy is still at work, BUT has no hold of you, child of God. He has only as much power and authority as you give to him. We give him power through the words we speak and the choices we make outside God’s Will for our lives. Don’t give him a chance. Life and death are in the power of your tongue.
Satan knows how powerful and immovable you can be should you stick with God. He will do anything to get you disconnected. We are not ignorant of his schemes. We know how he pulled a stunt on Job’s life, but God…
He will try to steal your peace and joy, frustrate you, get you worried and depressed, prayerless, kill your love for what is good until he gets you to a place where you doubt God’s existence in your situation. Don’t give in.
I have good news for you. Jesus said in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Dear friend, keep in fellowship. Note also that fellowship with God does not mean living in seclusion. Jesus Himself withdrew regularly to spend time with the Father, but still served with people.
Whenever you find yourself depressed, discouraged, anxious about anything, examine your position because surely God has not left you. He said He will never leave you nor forsake you.
In His presence is fullness of joy and at His right hand are pleasures evermore. His joy is our strength, our very present help in time of need. He will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him because he trusts in Him (Isaiah 26:3).
Be reminded always that you have the amazing grace of Jesus- supernatural enablement and favor working in and for you, the everlasting and unfailing love of God with you, and the sweet intimate presence of the Holy Spirit, the guarantee of our inheritance, leading you. Amen!