We often base our relation with God as we do our earthly father.
If the relationship is good then it becomes easy for us to establish a good relationship with our heavenly Father. This was evident in the life of the woman of God Kathryn Khulman. She talked about God being her Father with great intensity. It came from the consummate love she had for Him. It was evident that she tapped into a realm of relationship with Him that very few of us have attained. Why? Author Roberts Liardon, in her autobiography, attributes it to her relationship with her earthly father. She called him “Pappa”. She would always talk to Pappa. Every day, as soon as he came home from work, would rush to tell him everything that happened. She would grab a hold of his arm and swing on it for the rest of the evening or day. ‘Pappa’ was everything to her.
Her Father was everything to her. The ministry was marked by the intensity of this relationship. It was evident that her Heavenly Father was everything to her. She was committed to do everything to showcase this love. She wanted to please him in all she did. Everything was done to give Him the best. The result of her devotion and love for Him was manifested in the meetings by a strong presence of the Holy Spirit. Millions benefited from that relationship.
For some of us who did not have a good relationship with our natural father it is hard to conceive of God as our Father. If we have been rejected, abandoned, abused, neglected, hurt by our father it is hard to relate to Him as Father. We may faithfully serve Him but we struggle to establish a strong bond with Him. He is always reaching out to us but we are too busy running scared.
We think that we will only receive strong rebukes and punishment for every wrong action; nothing we do will please Him. Our perception is made even worse if our initial exposure comes from:
- A Shepherd, a leader, that is abusive, controlling and manipulative.
- Teachings that seek to make you afraid of God. The aim is to get you to change your actions to comply with what God desires of you but it only causes an unhealthy fear of God as He is presented as one who acts rashly. A ‘smite them God’. When a mistake is made He immediately executes judgement against you. Just as he did to the children of Israel in the wilderness. The teaching is not balanced to show the patience of God. His love and mercy is never expressed. Normally, it is evident in the relationships of the church members.
We must teach the reverence of God. A healthy fear of Him that makes us fall in love with Him. That makes us desire to do everything that pleases Him privately and publicly. Then we will not have a public and private face. We will not be a ‘one day Christian’. In everything we do we will acknowledge Him. This is the reverential fear of God that we must have.
The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD Are riches, honor and life.
This is fear born out of love. When we love someone we want to do everything to make that person happy.
I want you to fall in love with Him afresh. I want you to remember the joy you had in the Lord. I want you to remember your first love.
I want to show you that in every way He is a loving father. As a matter of fact, He is the best father you can have. Here are eight reasons why He is the perfect father.
- He is a provider. He understand what you need and provides for them before you even ask. Jesus told us in Matthew 6:25-27, ‘Therefore I tell you, stop being worried or anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted) about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, as to what you will wear. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow [seed] nor reap [the harvest] nor gather [the crops] into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?‘
- He is a protector of his children. As children when we are hurt by someone we often rush to tell our father. If it’s a bully we expect that he will handle it. We can expect the same from our Heavenly Father. He will always be there to protect us from our enemies. He will even do far more. He will show us the danger before it happens. He will give us the strategy and the exist plan (John 16:13). David said in Psalm 18:2 ‘The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold’. Proverbs 18:10 ‘The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe’.
- He is a restorer. Jesus tells us a story of God redemption in Luke 15:11-32. The son of a wealthy man asks his father for his inheritance. The then goes and squanders it with friends. Living the high life. Things reaches so low that he starts eating with the pigs. Now this is an abomination for the Jews. Swines are unclean. At this point he has no option. Anything must be done to survive. While he is eating with them he realises who he is, he remembers that he does not have to live like this. His father is wealthy. So he decides to ask him to take him as a servant. When he is going to the father he sees his son coming and runs out to meet him. He kisses him, takes him in and restores him. The dirty clothes is removed. A magnificent robe is placed on him. He gives him the ring with the seal of the father. The one that conveys his authority. The father then holds a feast for his son. It did not matter what the son had done. He was rejoicing that he was back home. Now this robe represents the power and anointing of God. The ring is authority. And the feast is blessings of God. The wealthy man is our heavenly Father, he says in Isaiah 1:18 ‘Come now, and let us reason together, ”Says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson,They shall be like wool’. And Joel 2:25-27 “So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, And praise the name of the Lord your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame.Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God And there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame”.
- He is faithful to his word. He will not change his mind about what he has said. When he speaks it will happen. ‘My word shall not come to me void. So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). When He makes a vow it will last for a thousand generations. Deuteronomy 7:9 ‘Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;’ You can be sure that he will fulfill his word. He is the God of truth. There is no changing of ways with him. Numbers 23:19 ‘God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken and will He not make it good and fulfill it?” We must keep working the promise. We must remain obedient to Him. We must also teach our children to be obedient to Him so that they will also receive the promise.
- He is your Comforter. There is no problem that he does not understand and can solve. He understands our sorrows, our pains, our anxieties, our fears, our struggles and gives us the strength to overcome. Isaiah 61:3 ‘To grant to those who mourn in Zion the following: To give them a turban instead of dust [on their heads, a sign of mourning], The oil of joy instead of mourning, The garment [expressive] of praise instead of a disheartened spirit. So they will be called the trees of righteousness [strong and magnificent, distinguished for integrity, justice, and right standing with God], The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.‘ He does not leave us alone to face our difficulties. He walks beside us through it. Psalm 23:1-4 ‘The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me‘. That is comfort! Glory to God!
- He knows your potential and declares it early. Parents will often look at their child’s interest in an area, based on the intensity of their passion, will say my child will do this or that when they grow up. Lots of time there will be reservation to declare that their child will be the best at their craft. So they just hope for the best. God does not do that. He knows who you will be and boldly declares it before it makes any sense to anyone. That is why he will send a prophetic word. That is why he will send a messenger, an angel. to declare your destiny. In Luke 1:15 the angel declared to Elizabeth that her unborn son ‘…he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb’. Not only does he declare it, you will be given the instructions to let you do what is necessary for the child to strive. Look at what God did when Jesus was baptised, in Matthew 7:13 ‘and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased and delighted!”’ He has done nothing great. Absolutely nothing. Nada! All he’s done is help his father, Joseph, in the carpentry business. He had no experience in ministry. He had no long line of overseers or spiritual fathers in the faith. He had no special alignments but God, the Father, makes a bold statement about him. God is doing the same about you. He has declared that you are great!
- He is your defender. When people talk bad about you do not say anything. Do not defend your reputation. Just take it to Him. Let him speak and act on your behalf. Do not respond to the gossip. Keep silent. Let God speak for you. You may have to wait a little while. Be patient. Continue waiting. God will speak on your behalf. He will vindicate you. Psalm 43:1 ‘Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.’ 1 Samuel 24:15 ‘The LORD therefore be judge and decide between you and me; and may He see and plead my cause and deliver me from your hand.”’.
- He is the best company you can have. We were made to relate to other people. One of my favorite songs is ‘No man is an island’. It heralds the fact that we belong to a community. For our own well-being we must develop and sustain healthy relationships. God declared in Genesis 2:18 “It is not good (beneficial) for the man to be alone”, so he created woman as a companion. He also created other people for us. It begins with our parents, siblings, relatives, neighbors, church members, co-workers, mentors, Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Evangelists, Deacons, Teachers, nurses and a host of people to help us. For our own mental well-being and prosperity it is important that we build healthy relationship with these individuals. We must also understand that ‘A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother’ (Proverbs 18:24). We can tell our Father our fears, our secrets. Do not be afraid to share them. He already knows. People will see your actions and judge you but God knows your heart. It is the heart that he is interest in. He knows our thoughts before we express them to Him. Psalm 139:2 ‘You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.’ What do we receive from time in His presence? Joy, solutions to our problems, restoration, healing’. Psalm 16:11 ‘You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.’ Colossians 2:3 ‘in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge [regarding the word and purposes of God]’ Isaiah 45:3 ‘I will give you the treasures of darkness [the hoarded treasures] and the hidden riches of secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you (Cyrus the Great) by your name.’ He will give you these so that His will be accomplished in this earth and his kingdom may be established among men.
What does He ask of us?
- We develop and maintain our relationship with Him, by spending time in His presence. Time in His presence comes through prayer and meditating on the scripture. If you add fasting to the mix you will definitely take it to another level. You will provoke a visitation.
- That we conduct our lives according to His word, so that we may prosper. So that we can live a victorious life. So that we can be a blessing to others. How do we learn to do that? We must meditate on his word, every day. Joshua 1:6-8 ‘Be strong and confident and courageous, for you will give this people as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers (ancestors) to give them. Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do [everything] in accordance with the entire law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may prosper and be successful wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall read [and meditate on] it day and night, so that you may be careful to do [everything] in accordance with all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will be successful.’
- That we fulfill the destiny and purpose that is on our lives. He created you to be great. He has placed his anointing on you. He has placed within you wealth. He has given you everything necessary for you to prosper. He delights in you. Psalm 149:4 ‘For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation’. Job 36:11 ‘If they hear and serve Him, They will end their days in prosperity And their years in pleasures.’ Psalm 147:11 ‘The LORD favors those who fear Him, Those who wait for His loving-kindness.’