Scripture Reading:
Rom. 2:15

“If we say that we do not have sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”(1 John 1:8-9)
how can we have fellowship with god?

We are stressing the importance of having fellowship with God, but what does it actually mean to have fellowship? Fellowship is speaking to God and listening to Him attentively and sincerely.

Many of us have the habit of seeking the Lord's presence in the morning and at night. We say, "Thank You, Lord, for another day. Forgive my sins; keep me from evil. Have mercy on me and protect me." And we claim that we have fellowship with God. In a time of genuine fellowship the Lord is sure to ask us: "What sins do you want Me to forgive?" We may answer, "Well…what have I done wrong today? I don't remember…" Our God is always ready to forgive whenever we confess our sins. In contrast, there is the story of the naughty boy who broke a flower vase in the morning and, as punishment, he was forbidden to eat dessert at suppertime. He did not worry about it and continued doing mischievous things all day. When it was time for supper he said to his mother, "Mom, forgive me." "Why should I forgive you?," the mother asked. He answered, "I won't hit my little sister anymore. Can I have my ice cream now?"

Once, a brother came to speak to me and said, "Brother, it seems so difficult to ask forgiveness for my sins. How can I know if what I did offended God?" Then I suggested to him, "Let's do the following: tell me all that you did today and be really detailed." After the brother finished I asked him if he had hidden anything. He said that he had. I said to him, "Then don't hide from God what you didn't tell me." Whenever we tell people things, there are always some things we don't mention because we are ashamed to expose them and we don't want anyone to know. We can hide things from people, but we can't hide anything from God. Our problem is that because we are ashamed and afraid, we don't even tell God what we did and this causes us to withdraw from Him even more.

When we have fellowship with God, His light shines on us and shows us our situation. Then, our conscience either accuses or excuses us (Rom. 2:15). In the light of God's presence our conscience will be enlightened and it will justify us, that is, it will defend us, if we have done what is right; however, it will accuse and condemn our unrighteous actions. The more fellowship we have with God, the more sensitive our conscience will be, and the less fellowship we have, the less sensitive it will be. If we do not have fellowship with God, our conscience will be hard and have no feeling. When this is the case, it is common to hear people say, "I know I am wrong, but I had peace when I did it." This kind of peace comes from a seared conscience.

We need to have more fellowship with God so that our conscience will be strengthened. Why do we insist so much on the matter of exercising our spirit by calling on the Lord? It is precisely so that we will have fellowship with God. Since our fellowship and our conscience are parts of our spirit, the more fellowship we have with the Lord, the stronger our conscience will be. In this way, through fellowship, God's light exposes us, our conscience is enlightened and made sensitive, and we are enabled to confess our sins and be cleaned of our wrongdoings.

Key Point:
Try to give a clear concise answer to the question, “How can we have fellowship with God?”