Wednesday, June 12, 2013
James 1:17 WEB
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights,
with whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow.
Promise #163: Every good gift that you receive comes directly from My hand.
Just think of this promise for a moment. God is saying that anything good that you receive in your life comes directly from Him. That beautiful sunrise, the twinkle in a loved one's eye, even that raise at work. All good gifts come from the one true Father.
The Bible says that the sun shines on the just and the unjust. So that means His gifts are not just reserved for those who have received the free gift of eternal life. Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of Lights. In James 1:17, it also says that God does not change like shifting shadows. He is the same yesterday, today and forever! Hallelujah for such a gracious, loving heavenly Father who is a giver at the very center of His heart!
In Matthew 7:7-11, Jesus encourages us to keep on asking, seeking and knocking because God is a good Father and delights to give good gifts to His children. Like any healthy father/child relationship, it breaks the Father's heart if we only seek Him for the things He gives us. The gifts He gives are really only the icing on the cake.
The most amazing thing that we can ever receive from God is the gift of Himself! It humbles me to think of this promise. To think how kind and loving, and generous our heavenly Father is. It just makes me want to run to Him again and again and thank Him for being so good to me!
Saturday, June 08, 2013
Hebrews 10:10 WEB
by which will we have been sanctified
through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Promise #159: I made you holy by the once for all sacrifice of My Son, Jesus Christ.
I love the finality of this promise. We are made holy by the once and for all sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross. The price He paid two thousand years ago covers our past sins, our present sins and our future sins. There is nothing else that needs to be paid or could be paid. As Jesus cried out on the cross, "It is finished!"
Hallelujah for such a promise! Our sanctification is secure for all eternity because of the finished work of our elder brother, Jesus Christ! As Paul says in Romans 8:1, there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus! What a glorious promise.
Sometimes it is easy for us to vacillate between living in the forgiveness that God has already given us and feeling guilt and shame. The blood of Jesus has settled this issue once and for all! All we need to do is simply accept this free gift and walk in the assuredness that we could never add anything to the amazing, extravagant gift that God the Father has already given us.
When I think of the permanence of Jesus' sacrifice, and how my redemption and sanctification has been secured for eternity, it brings me into a reassuring peace and rest knowing that when God looks at me, He doesn't see all my sin and my shortcomings. ...He sees me through the once and for all finished sacrifice of the spotless Lamb of God. What good news!
Friday, June 07, 2013
Psalm 63:3 WEB
Because your loving kindness is better than life,
my lips shall praise you.
Promise #158: My lovingkindness is more precious than life.
In this promise, the psalmist is making a declaration of God's amazing lovingkindness and how His love is better than life itself. The writer goes on to say that the only appropriate response to such a wonderful love is to live a life of loving God back in the form of presenting our bodies as living sacrifices.
I really believe that every person on the planet was created to respond to love. In 1 John 4:19, it says that we love because He first loved us. God is the ultimate initiator and we are His ultimate responders. When we truly begin to receive His lovingkindness in every area of our lives, the only appropriate response is to love Him back with every fiber of our being and praise His wonderful name!
Our God and Father's desire is that we live in His love all the days of our lives, and be a vessel in which His love can flow to us and then through us. The more that I experience Papa's amazing, unconditional love for me, the more that I join with this verse and declare that God's lovingkindness is better than life!
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.
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