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For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.
Philippians 4:13-15

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.
Philippians 4:13-15

How to Overcome a Distorted View of God as a Father.

Father with his son

None of us have a perfect understanding of God as our Father. Our perspective on the father-child relationship can be the very cause of the problem. Often our thinking is distorted by the relationship with our earthly fathers, particularly if that relationship has been painful, damaging, or difficult. When we’ve been hurt, abused, or neglected we can think God is out to do the same. 

As Christians, we want to have a fuller comprehension of our perfect heavenly Father and our relationship with Him as His children. We also need our thinking about God, and ourselves, to be true and accurate. When we’re on the right track with our understanding, then our emotional responses to God our Father will be more positive. We will know we are beloved children, and overall we will be spiritually healthier.

So, how do we get past negative thinking about our heavenly Father and overcome the inaccurate way we think God feels about us? Let’s step through the Bible to help correct our mindset.

God The Father in the Old Testament

References to God as a father are not totally devoid in the Old Testament, but they are few and far between. When God is referred to as Father, it is to the nation of Israel and then in the context of Creator, as in Deuteronomy 32:6“Is this the way you repay the Lord, you foolish and unwise people? Is he not your Father, your Creator, who made you and formed you?” Israel is also called God’s firstborn son, as in Jeremiah 31:9: “I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble, because I am Israel’s father, and Ephraim is my firstborn son.”

Then, if God speaks about Himself as Father to individuals, it is specific people: “‘Solomon your son is the one who will build my house and my courts,” God said to David, “for I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father” (1 Chronicles 28:6).

Moving from the Old Testament into the New Testament, we discover the introduction of God the Father is significantly more apparent, especially in the gospels.

God the Father in the Gospels

Father is the predominant way Jesus refers to God. This is not surprising bearing in mind that Jesus is the Son of God. What is unique, says Robert Stein in the Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, is that God as Father was not just a way Jesus taught his disciples to address God; it was the way. What’s more, Jesus called God “Abba” which implies intimacy in the relationship with God.

We should pause here a moment to think about what this instruction meant to the disciples and followers of Jesus, because it is likely they had never addressed God in this way before.

N.T Wright in his book Simply Christian says by the time of Jesus, and perhaps for some centuries before, the people of Israel had known God by the special name YHWH, which we pronounce Yahweh, but did not speak it out loud. Wright goes on to say that the name YHWH — I am who I am — suggests God cannot be defined in terms of anything or anyone else.

If we struggle in our understanding of God as our Father, then we can take comfort that this way of referring to God was just as foreign and radical to Jesus’ disciples and the people of that time.

Nevertheless, God the Father is taken up by Paul in his letters.

God the Father in the Letters of Paul

It is not surprising that the Apostle Paul continued Jesus’ teaching of addressing God as our Father. “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” is common throughout Paul’s letters. (Romans 1:71 Corinthians 1:3Galatians 1:3Ephesians 1:2Philippians 1:2Colossians 1:22 Thessalonians 1:11 Timothy 1:2Titus 1:4Philemon 1:3 for example.)null

Now, however, the relationship with God the Father is not as Creator, as in Deuteronomy 32:6, but through a connection with Jesus. This is how the early Christians understood their relationship with God the Father, just like we do today.

Dad and daughter in yellow field looking forward visioning future

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God the Father in Our Lives Today

Through belief in Jesus Christ and receiving the Holy Spirit, we have been adopted into God’s family as His sons and daughters. Romans 8:15 tell us “the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’”

As we think about this special relationship with God, we should remember our heavenly Father is not human (Numbers 23:19). “God is spirit” says John 4:24. Yet because God is Spirit, this can make Him difficult to relate to. It is a natural tendency to turn to examples of human fathers for our comprehension. This, we know, can trip us up. There is, however, one human we can look to — one who is fully man and fully God.

Jesus gives us a true picture of our perfect heavenly Father.

Jesus said “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). and “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). In His unity with God, Jesus reveals the Father to us.

If we focus on Jesus, we will know the love, compassion, and safekeeping of God our Father.

Jesus has made known the character of God the Father through His life on earth and particularly His words and actions towards people.

So, what can we learn from Jesus that helps us correct a distorted view of God our Father?null

What Jesus Shows Us about God Our Father

Jesus gave dignity to people deprived of their worth. He healed lepers so they could re-enter society (Matthew 17:11-14). He healed a woman hemorrhaging blood so she was no longer ritually unclean and could return to a normal life (Luke 8:43-47). Jesus restored a demon-possessed man to his right mind (Mark 5:1-15), and acquitted a woman caught in adultery (John 8 :3-11).

When your dignity has been taken away through verbal, emotional, or sexual abuse, then remember God your Father spends time with those humiliated and disgraced by their conditions and restores their self-respect.

Jesus showed overwhelming compassion to individuals He encountered and crowds who followed Him. He felt pity not only for their spiritual state but their physical conditions too. Even when wanting solitude, Jesus continued to preach, heal, and drive out demons as the people clamored for Him (Matthew 14:12-14Mark 1:35-39Mark 6:30-34).

When all you’ve known is an absent father – whether due to death, work, or divorce – and you question your heavenly Father’s care for you, then be reminded that God never turns you away when you need Him.

Jesus responded intimately to those who needed Him. He led a blind man by the hand away from the villagers before putting His spit on the man’s eyes and healing him (Mark 8:22-25). He shooed out the crowd to be alone with a girl and her family before taking her hand and bringing her back to life (Matthew 9:23-25).

When your father has shown you little or no affection or attention, remember your heavenly Father does not keep you at arm’s length.

Jesus began his ministry announcing the Good News and the time of God’s favor (Luke 4:16-19). If your own father has been authoritarian or stern with you and you fear reprisals for disobedience, then remember you are living in the time of God’s favor when, through faith in Jesus, you are given freedom.

Ultimately, Jesus showed God’s love for us through His death. If you’ve never felt truly loved by your earthly father, remember how God sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to die for you because He loves you. As Romans 8:39b says “nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us.”

Our understanding of God our Father may be flawed, but when we look to Jesus, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can more fully know God as our good Father.

Rachel Britton| Author202119 Jun

Father’s Day in the Bible

Hello this share is another for fathers the world over 😃

Too often, the sacrifices fathers make go unseen and unappreciated. Their value is sometimes not acknowledged, which is why fathers have been called the world’s most unsung heroes. Happy Father’s Day to the wonderful fathers 😘May the good lord richly bless you 🙏

Can we say it enough?

Happy Father’s day y’all!

Remember this…

Are you a sperm donor or sperm “carer”. Remain blessed “Dad’s” Amen.

25 Inspiring Father’s Day Bible Verses to Bless All Dads

Whether written in a card or spoken during a family meal, these Father’s Day Bible verses offer a beautiful tribute to dads. On this Father’s Day, take time to show true appreciation to the men in your life – whether it’s your biological dad or a father figure who has been there for you. Let’s take time to thank God for the men who have loved us and nurtured us.

Scripture is filled with examples of Biblical men who show us by example how to live faithful, godly lives. If you are hurting today and feeling emptiness from the loss of your father or a distant father, know that God is with you. You can celebrate your heavenly Father and experience His peace and strength in your brokenness. The Bible reminds us of God’s power and that he’s holding us in his arms. You can find comfort from the Comforter and experience joy because you belong to Him.

May these Bible verses for Father’s Day provide inspiration and encouragement as you remind your dad how loved he is. 

Bible Verses About Fathers

The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him. – Proverbs 23:24

Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court. – Psalm 127:3-5

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. – Deuteronomy 6:6-7

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. – Luke 15:20

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. – Ephesians 6:4

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. – Proverbs 22:6

Whoever fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge. – Proverbs 14:26

The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them. – Proverbs 20:7

And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? – Hebrews 12:5-7

As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. – Joshua 24:15

It is the greatest joy of my life to hear that my children are consistently living their lives in the ways of truth. – 3 John 1:4

My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. – Proverbs 3:11-12

Encouraging Bible Verses for Men of Faith

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. – 1 Corinthians 16:13

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. – 1 Timothy 6:11-12

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. – 1 Corinthians 15:58

In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” – 1 Peter 5:5

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. – 1 Timothy 4:8

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,  but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. – Psalm 1:1-2

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. – Proverbs 3:3-4

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? – Micah 6:8

Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity – Titus 2:7

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes! – Psalm 119:9-12

But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. – 1 Timothy 6:11

A Father’s Day Prayer

Dear God, We thank you for the gift of Dads in this life. We thank you that you are the greatest Dad ever, Abba Father, and we know that you cover us in your great love.

We pray for your blessing, favor, and strength over every Dad in this world, for those who are seeking to walk closely with you in a dark world, and for those who just need to be reminded that you are real. We ask for your renewed courage, for your boldness, for your Spirit to fill them. Make them always aware and alert of the schemes of the enemy. We ask that you would keep their footsteps firm, and guard their way. We ask that you would help them to always stand strong, to be men of faith, to say “no” to what is wrong and to say “yes” to what is right. We ask that you would fill their hearts with love, compassion, joy, faithfulness, and cover their lives with great peace.null

Lord, we pray that you would raise up mighty men, godly men, in this generation, those who would know and honor you with their entire lives. We pray that they would stand firm in the faith, walk wisely, and follow hard after you. May they grow in their love and passion for you, for their families, and in the calling to follow you above all else. Thank you for dads who fight for their families, who do battle in prayer over those they love.

Thank you God that your Word is true. We hold fast to you today, we choose to immerse our lives in your Truth. We know that you are with us always and cover us in your power and strength.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Your day!

And we pray in The name of Jesus.

The name above EVERY name, The Word of The Essence of ALL made Man. Jesus was tempted as we are and stood in and on The Word.

We pray this prayer from our heart LORD Heavenly Father:

May I never turn my back against You, OH Lord.
May I never reject Your plans for my life
May I never refuse to obey Your voice, oh Lord.
May I never raise my Head against Your Warnings.
May I never forget Your love for me, OH Lord.
May I never forget that I was nothing when You pulled me up.
May I never forget all Your goodness over my life, OH Lord.
May I always remember that You are coming back again.
May I never be carried away by the Wind of Compromise, OH Lord.
May I never lose my sense of divine direction.
May I make it to the End.
May I make it to the Finishing LINE.
May I get to Heaven at last.
May I see Your face in Glory.
Amen.

No to absentee fathers

“But He was in the stern, asleep on the cushion….” Mark 4:38-39

The absence of some fathers from their families is one of the major causes of the total breakdown and destruction of some families today. You can imagine what would have happened to the disciples if Christ was not in that boat with them. But because He was right there with them, they called out to Him and He “woke up and rebuked the wind” Mark 4:39.

Great storms of wind and waves are raging against families today, and many families are collapsing faster than ever because many fathers are absent from their families.

Fathers, please be available to your families. Don’t be an absentee father.

Mothers, please make the home front a paradise, a place like no other for your husbands. Give them reasons to be happy around you and the children.

👨‍👧‍👦Fathers, HAPPY FATHERS’ DAY.

‘Christ is all. Christ in all.’

Remain blessed, Amen.

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