and every day fellowship is really just establishing, maintaining and
developing positive relationships. The word "fellowship" simply
denotes being with and spending quality time with someone. We discuss
this in more detail in the Relationship vs. Fellowship chapter of my
book "Good Faith and Biblical Contracts." When God and I fellowship,
we just talk, because Father God is my Daddy and Jesus is my big
brother. But Father God is also my God and Jesus is additionally my
King and High Priest, therefore I honor and respect their offices as
The word "worship" refers primarily to this showing of respect and
giving honor and credit to whom honor and credit is due. When I say
credit, I'm using it in a broad sense. But the fact is that Jesus
wants you to give Him more credit.
In a dream, I got to witness what happened out on the Sea of Gallilee during that storm referred to in Mark 4:37-41.
What I saw in that dream, was a sleep depribed Jesus in deep
rem sleep being awakened by a kick to the ribs, trying to stand up,
half awake, in a tossing ship and straining to hear Peter over the
howling wind with water spray stinging his face, finally hearing,
"Don't you even CARE?" Jesus sure didn't look very happy about this at
all and responded by jabbing his pointing finger into the air and
yelling "SHUT-UP!" There was a huge boom and like a big rock thrown
into the water, what i assume was a high pressure wave rolled back
every cloud in the sky in every direction in less than three seconds.
The wind and the rain instantly ceased, but the waves still caused
jesus to stumble to the side of the ship. In response, Jesus jabbed his
pointing finger at the water and yelled, as if yelling at a dog, "Be
STILL!" And with a loud wooshing sound, the surface of the lake
instantaneously froze, outward, away from the ship, in every
direction! With Jesus' end of the ship, frozen in position,
higher than the rest, Jesus now jabbed that same pointing finger
right at Peter. The rest of His staff moved to protect themselves
by covered their cowering heads with their arms and legs but Peter just
stood there, like a deer in the head-lights wide-eyed and mouth hanging
open, and giving out a little groan as Jesus yelled at all of them,
"WHY ARE YOU SO INCREDULOUS?!"
Let's break this word "Incredulous" down. "In" means no or not; "ous" denotes the act of something; and
"cred" refers to, yes you guessed it, credit. Jesus, yelled, "HEY! How
about a little CREDIT here?" "How about giving Me at least enough
CREDIT to keep you from drowning?" Jesus wanted them to give Him some credit.
Jesus wants you to start giving Him more credit too. How would you feel if you wanted
to purchase a home and the lender told you, "We normally ask for the
borrower to pay 20% up front. But since we don't trust you to keep
your word, we are going to require you to pay 80% before we give you
credit for the other 20%. Not only would that make it difficult to
purchase the home, but its also insulting! The lender just questioned
your integrity. Not only that, but he is also casting doubt on your
ability to keep your word or actually do anything you say.
Well, this is exactly what most of mankind does to God (Father God,
Jesus and or the Holy Spirit). We refuse to give Him any credit. We
require Him to pay up front - not 20%, not 30%, not 50, 75 or even 80%,
but most of mankind requires Him to put up 100% in advance before we
will give Him any credit. But then that's not giving Him any credit at
For example, The Bible plainly says, "By HIS (Jesus') stripes (bruises,
welts and torn flesh), YOU are healed. This is a promise and a legally
binding, good faith offer made by God to you. One that becomes a
legally binding, good faith contract, covenant or agreement upon you
becoming party to it by signing the contract. One which forms a new
good faith relationship between God and you, which needs to be
developed and maintained.
Now, if you simply take God, (Father God, Jesus and or the Holy
Spirit), at His word, that based upon this contract healing already
belongs to you, then you have given Him and His Word full credit. But
if you have disbelief or even doubts concerning this offer, and require
Jesus to completely heal you, up front, before you will trust His Word,
then you are not giving Him or His Word any credit.
The relationship that God seeks with man is one in which both parties
can freely give each other and each other's word full credit.