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Relationship with Father God


Darell Nelson, pastor

As you consider your relationship with God, what comes to mind quickest?  Do you think about your salvation, a healing, an answer to prayer; perhaps there are multiple things you may ponder in considering your God-relationship.

Scripture reveals God’s involvement in the history of man; we learn of His desire to connect with us, to teach us, to draw us to Him, to make Himself known, even to reveal His intentions or plans.  We are made aware of many instances of God manifesting His plans or actions to men and women of faith; what He was planning to do or would do if His people continued in rebellion and sin.  God certainly warned Israel again and again before He allowed calamity to come their way due to their own sinful choices.  Peter writes in his second letter 3:9 ‘The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.’ [NASB] This one thing we know for sure, God is not vindictive; nor is He just waiting for opportunity to ‘rub’ someone out.

God wants to bring every person into a salvation experience and relationship with Himself through an expressed faith in Jesus Christ who is the resurrected Son of God. Jesus gave His own life as the perfect and complete sacrifice for the sin of all mankind and as the means for fellowship with God the Father.

Interestingly, God not only wants you to be saved from the penalty of your sin, He also wants you to walk in relationship with Him that you might know Him and gain knowledge of His plans for your life. In John, chapter 15, Jesus gives us insight [at least in part] as to what our life; our relationship with Him would look like.  He uses the word ‘fruitful.’  We have the privilege and responsibility of actually bearing fruit [an evidence of: the indwelling Spirit of God, a changed life and the presence of the fruit of the Spirit] for the sake of God’s kingdom.  That happens as a result of our relationship with Him through faith in Jesus Christ.  Jesus says, “Abide in Me, and I in you.

As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.  I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit for apart from Me you can do nothing.” [John 15:4-5]  Jesus’ communication to us reveals He wants relationship with us and that relationship will be beneficial for the sake of His kingdom and for us.  Sons and daughters of faith will be added to His family and our life can/will be fruitful.  Actually, Jesus challenges us with a powerful truth; unless we abide in Him and our lives are fruitful for His sake, He will remove us.

Father God’s plan is that we bring Him glory by bearing fruit in/by our living for/with Him.  God is not calling us to an association with a religious institution or a denomination, but into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ.  In the midst of that relationship we realize and connect with the truth and understanding of who God really is and what it truly means to live for Him and be a part of the body of Christ.

Darrell Nelson is pastor of Faith Assembly God Church in Ennis.

 

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1 Comment for “Relationship with Father God”

  1. 80sOgre

    we have already been saved from the penalty of sin ! it’s the denial of the lordship of Jesus christ that will send to hell now. if one is conducting their walk in God with a mindset toward sin that if if only i could get cleaner than this, God would really accept me. this is where most Christians fall down and many never get past this point. Getting past it is not about getting cleaner but by revelation through meditating on the truths of Gods word. in doing this it is revealed that nobody in the history of humanity ever got clean except Jesus ( who was never unclean ) and God set us up to fail to draw our attention to the nature of grace and the truth of salvation is a gift and unattainable by works. at this point one begins to realize the stupidity of one’s beliefs in regard to salvation and falls to ones knees in desperation with pleeding for Gods help. and its not a help thats meant to come along side you, pick you up so you can once again try it on your own. NO, ultimately God desires that we require him for everything 24 / 7. we are always to live in him, with him and through him cause his desire is to live through us. salvation is not about learning how to stand on your own two feet as some may believe. we were never meant to do life alone as so many of us do. we were born into relationships ( family ) and our whole lives revolve around relastionship so it could be said that anybody who thinks they can make it on their own with or without God are just fooling themselves.

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