Tuesday, December 17, 2013

THE FATHERHOOD OF GOD

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (pity and mercy) and the God (Who is the Source) of every comfort (consolation and encouragement).”
(2 Corinthians 1:3)

Faith begins and operates where the will of God is known.  In Matthew 7:9-11 we see where God reveals Himself to us as our Father.

We see here that it is His desire, as our Father, to give us, His children, good gifts.  Jesus here compares Him with our earthly fathers, who being evil, know how to give good gifts to their children. HOW MUCH MORE shall our heavenly Father, who is ALL GOOD know how to give to us, His Children, good gifts.

Glory to God!

In Psalm 103:13 we see it written; “As a father loves and pities his children, so the Lord loves and pities those who fear Him (with reverence, worship and awe).”

The Word of God repeatedly describes the Lord God as a good and nurturing Father.  He is not an angry God who is a separate entity, looking to be appeased. He is not some far out creature who demands unreal tasks from us earthly beings in order to receive some minor blessing.

No! Ephesians 2:13-22 says; “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For He is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us:--For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and the household of God.”  

The shed blood of Jesus Christ has brought us near to the intimate presence of the Father.  

In 2 Corinthians 6:17-18 we see the Father calling us out; “--from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, --And (I) will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”  

This God, who created the entire universe and everything therein, calls us His very own children. Through the blood of Jesus we have been brought near to Him, where He is able to take care, provide for, heal and shield us from the terror of the night. (Psalms 91:1-6).

There are two families in the earth today. You are either part of the family of God, and the household of faith, or you are part of the family of Satan, and the household of death.

The church is the family of God, and He is our Father.  We can learn from Matthew 7:9-11 that anything that is good and true about our natural father, is true and good about our heavenly Father.

2 Corinthians 1:3 says that God is your Father, and that He is the God of ALL MERCIES, and the God of ALL COMFORT! 

As a natural father, who is good, would not punish you with sickness and disease, your Heavenly Father will not punish you with sickness and disease either.

I don’t care what kind of interpretation you put on your sickness, or the sickness of someone you love, the God of ALL MERCY, AND COMFORT would not put that on you, His dearly loved child.

In 2 Corinthians 9:8-9 the Word says; “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you: that ye always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; He hath given to the poor: His righteousness remained for ever.” 

Glory to God! Your Father is able to make all GRACE abound to you, not sickness, or poverty, or death. He told Paul that it was His grace that had the power to withstand and overcome the persecution Paul was experiencing.

Your Father is a Father who is more than able, and has the desire to help you through any situation you may encounter on this earth. He loves you with an everlasting love. His desire is to give you good gifts, such as healing, prosperity, and deliverance. 

In short, total and complete salvation. 

Hebrews 15:5-6 says: “--for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” 

When you feel the pressure of the enemy, or just life trying to push you around, it is not God doing this to you.  Don’t take your eyes off of your Father, and begin looking at what YOU can do.

Give these pressures to the Lord; let your loving Father deal with it. He is big enough, strong enough, and has the power to deal with it.  He will in turn give you the grace, power, comfort, and help, that you need to have your needs met. God will take care of your health, finances, children, marriage, etc., if you let Him.  He is the Lord God, your Father who will never leave you or forsake you.

Experience the freedom of knowing the never-ending, Unchanging Fatherhood of God today!