Pastor Lester Holland

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We are talking about staying connected and being in close fellowship with your most important relationship. With the LORD.

If that relationship is in order, then all your other relationships will also be in order. 

Did you know that your first calling is to have fellowship with the Lord?

1 Corinthians 1:9 NKJV

God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

We have been invited to fellowship with the Most-High God, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. That’s the highest honour that could ever be conferred on us. That’s your calling. To fellowship with Him, walk with Him, talk with Him and discuss the things of life with Him.

For most people, they get nervous at the very suggestion that a mere human being could actually fellowship with God. In the O.T people couldn’t do that. But now, by the Blood of Jesus, we can enter into the very presence of God and fellowship with Him.

Hebrews 10:19 AMPC

Therefore, brethren, since we have full freedom and confidence to enter into the [Holy of] Holies [by the power and virtue] in the blood of Jesus,

Thank God for the blood of Jesus that has given us access into the Most-High Place, the Most Holy Place. 

Some people think that you are trying to raise yourself up and trying to make yourself equal with God, but I didn’t put myself there, He put me there.

Ephesians 2:6 NKJV

and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

Glory be to God. That’s the gospel. I never lifted myself up. He lifted me up and put me alongside Him.

Look at how High God is but He came down to lift us up and seat us with Him.

Psalm 113:1-8 NKJV

Praise the Lord!

Praise, O servants of the Lord,

Praise the name of the Lord!

2 Blessed be the name of the Lord

From this time forth and forevermore!

3 From the rising of the sun to its going down

The Lord’s name is to be praised.

4 The Lord is high above all nations,

His glory above the heavens.

5 Who is like the Lord our God,

Who dwells on high,

6 Who humbles Himself to behold

The things that are in the heavens and in the earth?

7 He raises the poor out of the dust,

And lifts the needy out of the ash heap,

8 That He may seat him with princes—

With the princes of His people.

The Most High raised you up. He lifted you up. You not needy and poor anymore, so stop acting like that. 

1 Samuel 2:8 NKJV

He raises the poor from the dust
And lifts the beggar from the ash heap,
To set them among princes
And make them inherit the throne of glory.

“For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
And He has set the world upon them.

You are not a beggar anymore.

Luke 16:19-21 NKJV

19 “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen andfared sumptuously every day. 20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

The Rich man. The beggar. – The difference was in their thinking. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. He desired crumbs. He got crumbs. Ask God to heal you of your sores so that you will stop attracting pain.

You are now seated with Him in heavenly places. I DARE YOU TO TAKE YOUR PLACE. 

And start giving Him praise from the rising of the sun to the going down of how grateful you are that He has raised you up with Him. You need to maintain living contact with God. That simply means talking to Him and listening to Him. It’s setting aside the distractions and demands of life and taking time to commune with Him in His Word and in prayer. 

Luke 10:38-42 NKJV

38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” 41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Martha chose to serve. Mary chose to sit at His feet.

Maintaining living contact means having fellowship with the Lord daily when things are going well so that when trouble comes, you will be spiritually strong enough to overcome. You see, in this life we will face some tests and trials. It doesn’t matter who we are, or how rich or well-educated, or even how much faith we have, Jesus said we will encounter tribulation in this world. 

John 16:33 NKJV

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

You are in the world. But you are in Him, in the world. You can have peace in the midst of trouble. But that can only happen when you stay in fellowship and keep your mind stayed on Him. 

Now, you can’t fellowship with God and fellowship with darkness at the same time. You can’t be both sides. You must make a choice. 

Revelation 3:15-16 NKJV

I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.

2 Corinthians 6:11-18 NLT

Oh, dear Corinthian friends! We have spoken honestly with you, and our hearts are open to you. 12 There is no lack of love on our part, but you have withheld your love from us. 13I am asking you to respond as if you were my own children. Open your hearts to us!

God is not withholding love on His part. He is open. But are you open to receiving His love? The prodigal son’s older brother refused to receive his father’s love.

14Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? 15What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? 16And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said:

“I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

17Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.

18And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.

Ephesians 5:8-14 NKJV

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 12For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. 14Therefore He says:

“Awake, you who sleep,

Arise from the dead,

And Christ will give you light.”

It’s time to awake. It’s time to arise. It’s time to walk in the light.

It’s time to come out from among them and start fellowshipping with Your Heavenly Father. He wants to walk with you and talk with you. He wants to show you how to walk in the light of all His goodness. 

Ps. Lester Holland