That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:3)
Experiencing fellowship with Jesus Christ is absolutely necessary if we want to overcome our fleshly struggles with sin. Because we are imperfect human beings, we will never be able to deal with our shortcomings on our own, hence our need for spending time with Jesus so we can become more like Him.
I want us to look at three problems we deal with as humans. Please understand that ardent fellowship with the Lord will help us in the midst of these problems:
1. We have an academic problem – We don’t want to know the truth.
You know in your knower that there is a God. Everything inside of you that would cry out that there is no God says the reason you don’t have fellowship with God is simply this: You have an academic problem. You don’t want the truth. You would rather choose to believe a lie that it has no foundation whatsoever; if you believe the truth about God, you will live differently.
2. We have a will problem – We resist the truth.
Do you realize that many people resist the truth? It can be right in front of them. They could have all of the academic and historical data in front of them, but they are choosing not to believe the truth about Christ. Truth is truth! The reason why many people don’t have fellowship with God is that they literally resist the truth. They can’t have fellowship with other people like God desires because they resist the truth.
3. We have a sin problem – We rebel against the truth.
All of us do not meet the expectations and requirements of what God wants. We are all sinners. If you took your good works and your bad works and weighed them, your bad works would out-weigh your good works. Our natural instinct is to rebel against the truth. That is why we need fellowship with Christ, so that we can overcome our flesh.