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My wife and I have had the opportunity to bring four children into the world; two boys and two girls. Based on the fact that they were born into our family, I have a relationship with them. Because I am their father and they were born into our household that gives them the birthright of relationship. The foundation of a solid bond with my four children is a matter of birth.

The same is true with you and God. By virtue of birth you have a relationship with Him. It is your right and privilege to take advantage of that union. However there is another level that we are called to that makes all the difference in the world, a level beyond relationship; and that is fellowship.

The Bible speaks more of fellowship than it does of relationship. There is a big difference between the two. One is a matter of birth. The other is a matter of choice. If we are born-again, we were birthed into a relationship with our Heavenly Father.

On the other hand, there is a higher calling on our lives; it is the inheritance of fellowship. We inherited the right to have fellowship with God the Father.
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
(1 Cor. 1:9 NKJV)
The greatest calling that any of us could answer is the call of fellowshipping with the Father. Before we consider any other calling, we should bear this in mind. Fellowship with the Father is the utmost invitation that anyone can have. It is greater than being called to any of the five-fold ministry gifts (Eph. 4:11; 1 Cor. 12:28).

In actual fact without the proper fellowship with our Heavenly Father, it will be extremely hard to ascertain the reality that you are called to any other form of ministry.

One of the Greek words for fellowship is koinonia which means fellowship, association, communion, joint participation, contact. We have been invited to fellowship, associate, have communion, joint participation and contact with God the Father. That happens during prayer and meditation.
That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.

This is the message that we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

If we say we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, (ungodliness obscurity, immorality) we lie and do not practice the truth.

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin
(1 John 1: 3, 5-7 NKJV)
According to verse six walking in darkness is equivalent to walking in ungodliness, obscurity and immorality. I know that is strong but that is the definition of that word in that verse.

Walking in darkness is simply not knowing where you are going. Jesus said that we don’t have to be that way (John 8:12). Walking in darkness simply means the absence of light; the need of practicing the truth.

Verse seven  exhorts us that as we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have the capacity to have fellowship with one another. Our fellowship with one another is drawn from our friendship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost (John 15:13-15; James 2:23).

Our fellowship with one another speaks volumes about our fellowship with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

It will be extremely hard to have fellowship with one another with out first of all having a fellowship with all three personalities of the Godhead. How can we say we love God whom we can’t see, yet be unloving to our brother or sister who we do see? (1 John 4:20-21)

Anthony N. Wade Ministries
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Anthony N. Wade
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Anthony N. Wade gave his life to The Lord Jesus Christ in 1973 and along with his wife, has been serving in ministry for decades.
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