Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Psalm 103:13 WEB
Like a father has compassion on his children,
so Yahweh has compassion on those who fear him.
Promise #156: I love you as deeply as a father loves his children.
The point of this promise is that God the Father loves us just like a loving father would love and have mercy on his own children. I am continually amazed to see the ongoing analogies throughout the Bible where God wants us to know that He is really a Father to us! Not just a 'father figure', but a real Dad!
Some of you might be reading this promise and thinking about negative past experiences that you have had with your own father and shudder to think that God would treat you in the same way. I think that is one of the most common roadblocks that many of us experience in our journey to know God as Father.
It is very natural for us to project onto God many of the same life experiences that we have had with our earthly fathers. Over the years, we have even heard some comments where people have said to us... "I have had one father and I don't want another one!"
The truth is that God is the perfect Father and He loves us completely and infinitely better than even the best earthly dad. Jesus came to show us what His Father was really like and to bring us into a real, authentic relationship with God as Father. If you don't feel safe relating to God as Father, ask Jesus to show you what He is really like and He will be glad to do it.
A few years ago, I produced a short boasting on the goodness of my heavenly Dad. It is called... My Dad is the Best Dad in the Universe. If you would like to watch it now, go to TheBestDad.net. You can even download the script listing all of the verses that I used to produce this video.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
Psalm 145:16 WEB
You open your hand, and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
Promise #155: When I open My hand, I provide for all that I have created.
Just think of this promise. When God simply opens His hand, He provides for all that He created! Sometimes when I ask for daily provision, it is like I am doing so expecting some big miracle. But the truth of the matter is that fathers provide for their children. Since God is the perfect Father, He has made a commitment to provide for all that He has created.
Sadly, we still see unfathomable suffering around the world. From what I understand, God has provided enough food to feed every person on the planet. The issue is not with Him, but with those charged to steward the resources of the earth. If we would only be willing to share the wealth of our resources that God has given to us, there would be no starvation. It isn't God who isn't providing, rather it is a world full of orphans that aren't willing to share what they have received.
When it comes to our daily provision, we need not look to our own resources for the answer, but to the unlimited resources that come from heaven. May we all echo the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray to our Father in the Lord's prayer and say... "Give us this day our daily bread".
If Jesus said that we should ask our Father daily for provision, then we need to link our faith with expectancy that He hears our prayers and He will be faithful to provide... Just by opening up His hand!
Peace be with you!
Monday, June 03, 2013
Isaiah 55:10-11 WEB
10 For as the rain comes down and the snow from the sky, and doesn’t return there, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, and gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater; 11 so shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing I sent it to do.
Promise #154: My Word will not return to me until it accomplishes what I intended.
In today's promise, God says that His Word is poured out onto the earth just like the rain and snow fall in their appointed seasons. God's intent is to water every manner of seed so that it will blossom to its full potential. His Word is like that for us. We can drink in everything that He says and eat every word that He speaks. Jesus told us... 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.'
It is my prayer today that we would all be aware of how God is speaking to us right now. I believe we can tune our hearts to the voice of God in a similar way that we would adjust the frequency of our radio to tune into our favorite radio station. If we aren't tuned into our Father's frequency, we might miss out on what He is saying. As Jesus said to the churches in Revelation 2 and 3... "To him who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying".
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of our lives today, may each one of us quiet our hearts for a moment and listen to hear what God wants to say to us. Be comforted in knowing that every word that our Father speaks will not return to Him empty, but will accomplish what it sets out to do!
May God bless you!
Monday, May 27, 2013
Revelation 2:7 WEB
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.
To him who overcomes I will give to eat of the tree of life,
which is in the Paradise of my God.
Promise #147: Those who overcome will eat from the tree of life in paradise.
In chapters 2 and 3 in the book of Revelation, we read how Jesus has a specific message for seven of the churches that were around in that day. The words that Jesus spoke to these churches was very sobering indeed, but I think it is important to remember that each one of His messages ended with a promise.
In today's Scripture passage, Jesus finishes off His exhortation to the church at Ephesus with the promise that those who overcome will eat of the tree of life in the garden of God. This is an incredible promise of complete restoration for all those who are in Christ. Everything in humanity's history began in a garden and it was from those lofty heights that Adam and Eve fell. It has always been God's heart to restore to His people to all that was lost the day Adam and Eve left the garden.
In today's promise, Jesus reminds us that those who overcome will be restored to even more glory than what Adam and Eve enjoyed before they fell. No matter how difficult life can get here on earth, may we all be reminded that our destiny is to live forever, completely restored to all that our Father originally intended for us. Because of the finished work of our elder brother Jesus, you and I will one day taste of the choicest fruit from the tree of life itself. Hallelujah!
God Bless You!
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Matthew 13:11 WEB
He answered them, “To you it is given to know
the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven,
but it is not given to them.
Promise #146: I will show you the mysteries of My kingdom.
In today's passage of Scripture, Jesus tells His disciples that it was His Father's plan for them to know the mysteries of the kingdom. Jesus had just finished telling the crowds the parable of the sower and the seed and then He took the time to explain to His beloved friends the meaning of this story.
Jesus did this because it wasn't His intention to keep His disciples in the dark. His desire (and His Father's desire) is always to deepen our level of revelation of the vastness of the kingdom in which we are called to live in. He doesn't want us to be left in the dark because we are called to be children of light!
It gives our Father great pleasure to give us His kingdom. (Luke 12:32) In John 5:19-20, Jesus made this statement... 19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. (NIV)
Our God and Father loves to show us what He is up to by the Spirit which He has given us. May each one of us see an increase of revelation into the mysteries of the wonderful kingdom of God in the coming days and with childlike awe and wonder be totally blown away by our Dad's goodness.
May God bless you all!
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