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Fellowship with Jesus

1 Corinthians 1:9 (AMPC) says 'God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to His promise, and He can be depended on); by Him you were called into companionship and participation with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.' Fellowship means friendly relationship; friendliness, companionship; communion which means participation. We are called to participate with Jesus. Jesus said in John 15:15 '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.' Jesus now calls us friends and tells us all things that the Father has made known to Him. We are to walk in total union with Jesus. We are to participate with Jesus in the work that He began, and we are to continue this work until He returns. Jesus said in John 14:12 'Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.' This is why He gave us the Holy Spirit, because we need the Holy Spirit to be able to continue on with the work that Jesus began. Remember that Jesus instructed the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father, and were to be baptized with the Holy Spirit. They were to wait until they had received power after the Holy Spirit had come upon them (Acts 1:4-5; 8). The Holy Spirit is called our comforter, helper, standby, intercessor, power, protector, teacher, guide and will teach us all things and show us things to come. The body of Christ needs the help of the Holy Spirit. He has been sent by the Lord to help us with our assignments. He doesn't do he work for us, but helps us get it done. The Greek word for comforter is parakletos or Paraclete which means 'called to one's aid, or one who comes along side.' The Holy Spirit will direct every area of your life, but will only do so if you allow Him to. If I may say it this way, the Holy Spirit is the gentleman's gentleman. Jesus gave us our relationship with the Father and with Himself, so that we could fellowship with Him and the Father. The Lord desires to spend time with us. Do you desire to spend time with Him? He loves you more than words will ever be able to express. Learn to fellowship with the Lord and with the Father. You do this by spending time in His Word and prayer. Draw close to Him, and He will draw close to you.

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