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WALKING IN FELLOWSHIP

Amos 3:3- "CAN TWO WALK TOGETHER, EXCEPT THEY BE AGREED"?


This message is about being in tune with the will of God as we journey through this life. We all know that in order to have a compatible relationship with another person, we must present ourselves in a fashion that appeals to the other person. When each of us met the person we wanted to marry, we put on our best charm and regulated our vocabulary to influence the one we wanted to share our lives with. We put on our best clothing and table manners were superb while in his or her company but after some time together as husband or wife things began to change a bit. The real you emerged like a turtle crawling out of it's shell.

It is only after you know all of each other's secrets and some adjustments have been made, are you able to walk side by side through life in companionship as God intended. Walking in fellowship with God is much the same!



A WORD STUDY FROM AMOS 3:3 HELPS US KNOW MORE ABOUT UNITY:


(1)- The word WALK is YAW-LAK' - to proceed. Amos 3:3

(2)- The word TOGETHER is YAK'-AD - in union. Amos 3:3

(3)- Literally; Can two PROCEED IN UNION except they be agreed.

At least three things are required in order to Walk in Fellowship with God.


1- EXAMINE YOUR SALVATION EXPERIENCE.
You can't walk with God
until you are Born again. A self examination is in order here!


2-Corinthians 13:5- "EXAMINE YOURSELVES IN THE FAITH, PROVE YOUR OWN SELVES, WHETHER YE BE IN THE FAITH, HOW THAT JESUS CHRIST IS IN YOU, EXCEPT YE BE REPROBATES."

Each of us  should be able in our minds to go back to the time it happened. You might not have the exact day of the month or the time of the day in memory but you will remember when you repented of sin and you ask God  to forgive you and to come into your heart to live forever. I am persuaded that there are many church members whose names are on the Church roster but absent from God's book of life. I like that old song that says, There is a new name written down in glory and it's mine, O' yes it's mine. Friend; unless your name is with blood stained ink, written down in heaven you will hear Jesus say, I never knew you and for all eternity in hell you will spend the hours and days and months and years wringing your hands in despair.

2- CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS WISELY.
You can't maintain Christian unity while living in fellowship with the world!

(1)- Born again people should change their companionship.
2-Cor. 6:14-
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness, with
unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?"

(2)- Born again people should change their fellowship.
Eph. 5:11-
"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them."


When you become a Child of God, your association with the people you once ran with has a change of venue. You no longer enjoy their company and they no longer want you  around because the Spirit of God living in you makes them nervous and when you begin to reprove them for their evil ways like Eph. 5:11 states; you most likely will part ways.
 
There is nothing that grieves me more than the ungodly rap music coming from a devil impressed individual with a demon riding upon every note. Commercials are now geared to this awful sound and vendors had better be served notice that Christians don't cater to it nor are they interested in their merchandise.

Another thing I want to mention is; all the sexual perversion used in advertisements. Christians aren't impressed with the sexually implicit advertizing nor do they want the merchandise they advertise. We are in this world but  we are not of it for sure.


(3)- Born again people should change their personal and mental habits.
 
(a)- They don't go to the beach to view bikini clad bodies of the opposite sex!
(b)- They don't sit in front of a TV with a six pack of beer to watch a ball game!
(c)- They don't use four letter words when they speak!
(d)- They don't flirt with members of the opposite sex!

Titus 2:12-
"Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lust, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this
present world."

(4)- Born again people should change their desires.
2- Tim. 2:22-
"Flee youthful lust: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart."



3- CHART YOUR COURSE DESCRIPTIVELY.

(1)- Make a positive decision to follow Christ.
The course Christians need to seek is found in God's Word.
1-John 1:7- "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin".

(2)- Make a commitment to take or send the gospel around the world.
When this happens; the great commission is obeyed. My family and I were members of  Dr. Harold Sightler's Tabernacle Baptist Church at Greenville, South Carolina during Bible College days and we saw what a church in unison could do with world missions. The Pastor hardly ever mentioned money unlike many brow beaters but the Church took part in the support of over 300 missionaries with the entire Wednesday night offering going to missions. Another thing I am persuaded that God ordained in that ministry, was that Missionaries didn't have to come and put on a show in order to get the Church to support them. All that was required was for a missionary to drop by the Pastors office and
say a few words along with placing a prayer card in his hand; providing the missionary met all the biblical criteria; most likely support was on the way.
This verse definitely deals with the Christian WALK AND FELLOWSHIP with definitive proof coming from congregations of believers who worship in unison as well as conduct their daily lives in unison. If sin enters into a believers life; it can be confessed and placed under the blood of Christ in order for the Child of God to move on in fellowship. Sin breaks fellowship; confession and prayer restores it.


CONCLUSION:

If you have examined your heart and know that your sins are under the blood of Christ, your next step is to choose your friends wisely. Link up with a body of believers who mean business for God. Your old friends are on the way out anyway unless they like yourself, choose Christ as their Saviour and Lord. the next step is to chart your course to get a burden for those old friends and pray much concerning their eternal destiny and by God's grace you just might see them become born again children of God.

By James T. Tyson Sr.