So many believers spend their time not really sure if they are “saved.” Because they find themselves stumbling at times, they become unsure of their position in Christ. You will sometimes hear these people say, after going to the altar, “I got saved again.” This need for reassurance comes from a lack of understanding of how The Spirit of God works. The Bible tells us that God has given us His Spirit. It dwells within us. But it is only through Love and our understanding of God’s Love that His Spirit is able to affect change in us. When His Spirit begins to influence our hearts, that is the clearest evidence we can have that we “remain in Him, and He in us.” God’s Spirit bears witness in our lives to what God has done in our hearts.
And we pray:
Lord, thank You for Your Spirit. You abide in my heart and teach me Your ways. Your love changes my heart and my mind and I am indeed made new. I pray that all men may see You working through me and the evidence of Your presence in my life shows in my actions. Amen.
We have a human desire to get even. When we are wronged, we want revenge. We want to take “the law into our own hands.” But this scripture tells us that we are not to do that. We are not to “repay evil with evil.” We are to wait upon The Lord. He will fight our battles. After all, didn’t He say “Vengeance is mine. I will repay”? How is it that at times we do not trust Him to avenge the wrongs done to us. God will not fight any battle that we have chosen to fight ourselves. It is not our place; it is God’s.
God is the only One we can turn to, Who will not let us down. It is through Jesus Christ, The Son of God, that we are saved, redeemed, and freed from all bondage and captivity. We can safely cry out to God, and be vulnerable in His Presence, because He will never take advantage of it. He will only seek to help us, heal us, and guide us.
And we pray:
Dear God, I am grateful that I can turn to You in every situation. Lord, it is very hard to find a person I can be totally open with; but I don’t have such trouble when I am open with Your Essence. Thank You, Lord, for being the solid Rock in my life. I don’t know where I would be without Your Essence, Father. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
And we read: Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:6-10
What are the fruits of righteousness? But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22, 23
Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:11
What fruit do you bear in excellence, by God’s grace? What do you need to work on, in and by His Spirit?
I would typically say “Let us pray.” But, we will start a new trend; think, meditate and come to know what your strengths are and where (if there is) might lack. Love looks to fill your Spirit till it outpours. Get praying! We will share again. Be well and blessed.
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.
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.
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 14:12-14, Mark 1:35-39, Mark 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.