Love of the Father
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!!
I would like to wish everyone a very excellent new year, and all my wishes are that God bless you tremendously and you grow to have faith in His great love as a father has for his child.
My own father is now deceased, but as I meditated upon the scriptures and my life, I realized that I had a new father. The father I speak of is God who loves me more than anything, and He shows it by the love that I feel from His lovely Holy Spirit.
As I thought about my father, and what he meant me, a part of me started to long for his presence in my life. The Holy Spirit, beautiful as ever, comforted me and reminded me that God wants to be my father.
Mat 6:9 “after this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.”
Jesus knew God was His father from His youth; throughout His walk upon the earth, he loved and respected His father so much, that he could not possibly let him down in any way. He wants that for us also.
Matthew 4: 3-4 “And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
Jesus had two other temptations on this occasion, but he always replied, “(God) his father said.”
Jesus was God, but also He was flesh. We know He held on tightly to the words His father told Him and Jesus triumphed in everything that happened to him, even death on the cross. He prayed that we would do the same so that we may experience the same hope that He had in God as a father.
My truth today is, when I gave my life to God, through Jesus, I gained a new father, and my father God gives me new life, beliefs, and hopes.
I am convinced he loves me in spite of my shortcomings. Not only me, but also everyone reading this, and His love is everlasting.
My father died when I was young, so I missed hearing words of love, faith, and hope from him, but I do remember words from others whom I held in high esteem. They told me things like, “God is going to take away what you have; He is going to give you some horrible disease, or He won’t listen to your prayers. ”
These words are lies, and as my faith in God grows, I realize these words held me back from God. Today I want to tell you to NOT listen to words like these. Regardless of where you ARE, God loves you.
The Lord ’s Prayer and other parts of the bible open my eyes as I study it and God’s words tell me Jesus died for my sins. When I gave my life to God, He became my father. His loves comfort me and I know He is not in heaven planning my destruction. He is waiting for me to come to Him as I would my father, and hold His words dear to my heart.
Matthew 7:7-12 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”
Just as others say that God is here to destroy me because of my wrongs, I believe in the words spoken in Matthew, that I can come to God for His help and He hears me. He comforts me through my trials, and I have lost no habits or ways, I did not freely give up. Now, I try to let God’s words bury themselves deep within my heart, as I did those of others.
Hold your heads up. God can mature a beautiful flower from even the worse seed when you hold Him close and live by His words. His words are words of hope, love, and peace.
I would like to encourage you this year to look to God when things might not be as they should be or you have lost hope. I live through life’s struggles as you do, and I only pray that my words give you peace, and realization you are not alone.