Discipleship and Fellowship

With a conviction of how discipleship and fellowship are interrelated, I have come across former posts that speak of this relationship. Sometimes a seed sprouts and reveals what our Father planted years ago, now germinating so as to bear fruit where He has planned. So, I may be sharing some former articles relating to this subject.

From 2014, one post Do You Know Where You Are? speaks to the need of our eyes to be opened to the reality of living in a world condemned, under the curse because of our first parents’ disobedience. We will speak more of this as we ponder the meaning of discipleship — a relationship that leads us through this wilderness into an eternal fellowship with our Heavenly Father, His Son, Jesus Christ, and His Holy Spirit.

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Awareness is a rare gift. Some are born with it. Others receive it at a special time in life. To see beyond our own peripheral vision can be a blessing or a curse. Being aware of others’ faults, mistakes, and weaknesses, judging and condemning them is a curse to others and ourselves. It is the power the enemy of our souls uses to work an oppressive spirit within us and toward others. This curse keeps us in a state of oppression and sin. We see in others a reflection of ourselves and we continue in this state of oppression until we, like the prodigal son “came to himself.”

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He realized where he was. The gift of awareness enabled him to see his condition, and his surroundings. He saw himself in reality of how the spirit of oppression kept him in sin and rebellion.

But beyond himself, he saw the blessing of forgiveness and reconciliation; he saw the means of returning to the father that loved him.

Awareness is a blessing when we are able to see and confess that we live in a fallen world. John said in 1 John 5:19 “the world lies in the power of the evil one.” We are born into it, with a death certificate in our hands. We grow up in it. We are an integral part of it. And we will die in this state of oppression, of sin and misery, except as we are brought to ourselves; to see where we are and our own condition.

Every Good and Perfect Gift
The awareness that is a blessing enables us to see beyond our own, and others’ failures, to see the giver of this gift from heaven, which comes down from the “Father of lights.” (James 1:17)   Not only are our eyes opened to see where we are in this wilderness, but we see Almighty God, our heavenly Father, ruling and reigning over all things; our shepherd, our keeper, our shield; our God “who supplies all our needs according to His riches in glory.”

We are aware of His presence and power in and through, and over all things. In His covenant with us through His Son, Jesus Christ, we are assured that He will always be with us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. These truths lived within us will be a blessing to others.

 “He hath made with me an everlasting covenant,
ordered in all things, and sure:
for this is all my salvation, and all my desire.
2 Samuel 23:5

Dear Father, please open our eyes today, to see where we are; to accept the conditions in which you have placed us.  Let us see Christ as you continue to reveal Him to us, in us, and through us.  Make us aware of your presence and power as we live, love, and rejoice in you.  Be a light, life, and blessings to us all.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

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