Archive for the ‘Fatherhood’ Category


Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Day 280

“All things have been handed
over to me by my Father . . .”
Matthew 11:27

People trust their own wisdom and strength. They trust what they know, and what they do not know, they do not trust. It is human nature. We rely on our own knowledge and experiences. This form of trust often leads to a narrow ability to choose the right course because of the relying on one self.

Jesus said that unless we “become as little children” we could never get into the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 18:3). Being a child means knowing our need to be utterly dependent on Him. True salvation comes to one who knows their need for a Savior.

The Eternal Father has handed all things over to His Son. He has authority over Satan and demons; over human sickness, handicaps; over life and death; over all physical things; over the present and future; over the church; and over our body and soul. He is the way, the life and the truth and can save us. He is our peace, light, life, love, and joy. All things are in Him and from Him flows the fountain of life.

He knows what you need now. He knows how to reveal Himself and His Father to you. The treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Christ. Turn to Him now for He knows you.

“And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any
thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God”
2 Corinthians 3:4-5


Monday, December 20th, 2010

Day 278

“Do not consider his appearance or height,
for I have rejected him. The Lord does
not look at the things man looks at.
Man looks at the outward appearance,
but the Lord looks at the heart”
1 Samuel 16:7

Self-esteem is the occupation of our culture. In fact, the word itself has taken on a new life and culture. You cannot number the books, media shows and other forms of expression that center on self-esteem. Eliab, Abinadab, Shammah and their other brothers probably would have run right out to get some self-help books, go on talk shows, and ultimately get into a self-help group over their rejection by the Lord. Why is there this occupation with the self?

Being accepted and rejected are real. Identity crisis hits young people early. Many enter and live in adulthood the same way. Natural man wrestles with his identity because of our sin nature. As a child of God we take on a new nature in Christ. Unfortunately, many Christians do not walk in this and start thinking God is rejecting them. Not true.

The entire bible is the story of God pursuing us. He tells us, that if even a mother forgets a baby at her breast, He will not forget us; “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands: your walls are ever before Me” (Isaiah 49:15-16). He made atonement for us, for the past, the present, and the future. He has given us life and then sealed (guaranteed) our salvation by imparting the Holy Spirit to live in us. He has prepared a place for us to dwell with Him in eternity.

“The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me;
Your love, O Lord, endures forever”
Psalm 138:8


Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Day 274

“This is how you should pray: ‘Our Father . . .'”
Matthew 6:5-15

You are very privileged to address God as “Our Father.” Christ instructed us to pray using this introduction, as we are His children. Pray is the highest call of our walk with the Lord. To pray is to have communion with our Father. It is the time when we set ourselves apart from all else and come face to face with God.

There are many who pray, but cannot call God “Our Father.” Believing in a universal Fatherhood, they mistakenly confuse God the Creator of humanity for God the Father who has chosen us as His. Jesus specifically cited this in His high priestly prayer when He said, “I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those You have given Me, for they are Yours” (John 17:9).

God’s Fatherhood is a precious relationship. He covers us under His wings. We live in His grace, mercy and compassion. There is a total security in Him giving us a surety of eternal life. Earthly fatherhood pales in comparison to the depth of our Father’s. His love for us is so immense it is difficult to verbalize. It magnifies His glory that He took a people like us and made us His to be a praise of Him.

“God did this so that . . . we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged”
Hebrews 6:18


Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Day 267

“Have we not all one Father?”
Malachi 2:10a

All people are God’s offspring, even the wicked and unjust. His Fatherhood applies to everyone because we are created in His image. He is the Father of spirits and each person’s spirit will return to Him in the end. Matthew tells us that God makes the sunshine on both the evil and good and He sends the rain on the just and unjust. Our Father is a true Father and in love exercises His Fatherhood over all.

This leads to an interesting revelation: our Father has planted eternity in every person’s heart and mind. There is a divinely implanted sense of eternity that brings a longing for God. We long for the eternal in the universe. However, everyone is born separated from God. Fulfilling that longing with the world and other things will not bring satisfaction. Your purpose is only found in Christ; He is the way, the truth and the life.

Now that you know Christ, you can introduce Him to others as your friend, a friend who can fill that longing in their spirit.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time; He also has planted eternity in men’s heart and mind [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun, but only God, can satisfy], yet so man cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end”
Ecclesiastes 3:11, Amplified


Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Day 261

“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me,
O God! How great is the sum of them!”
Psalm 139:17

You are continually in the thoughts of our heavenly Father. There is not one moment He does not consider you; so much so that those thoughts are many. That God should think about us is our treasure. He knew us before the foundations of the earth, knows us now and unto eternity with Him.

Proverbs gives us another glimpse of our Father when it reveals He is “delighting in mankind.” He takes pleasure in His people. We are His vineyard and He is interested in everything we do. As a parent delights in His children, so our Father delights in us.

How great is the sum of Your thoughts towards us, O Lord.
“Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!” (Psalm 31:19). Yes, it seems impossible that God would continually hold us before Him, but He is our Father. This is our inheritance in Christ.

“How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I cannot even count how many times
a day your thoughts turn toward me. And when I waken
in the morning, you are still thinking of me!”
Psalm 139:17-18


Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Day 234

“In love having predestined us to adoption
as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself”
Ephesians 1:5

We have become God’s children and now call Him Father. “I will receive you, and I will be to you a Father, and you will be to me sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” [2 Corinthians 6:17-18]. We have a new family relationship with a new nature, new name, and new legal standing.

Our earthly form of adoption does not give us an adequate understanding of what God has accomplished in this adoption. God’s adoption of us as children brings His glorious work to the forefront. It is a demonstration before all of heaven and earth, principalities and powers, of His love, wisdom and greatness. He delivered us from the greatest evil and crowned us with the greatest blessings. His act goes beyond earthly adoption by imparting His Spirit to us and making us acceptable in the Beloved.

Think of it! Because we are His children, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts. He dwells with us. We are in Christ and He is seated at the right hand of His Father where we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places. Our adoption is the highest expression of God’s love.

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified”
Romans 8:29-30


Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Day 225

“What he sees the Father do; for whatever He does,
the Son also does in like manner”
John 5:19-23

Jesus shows us the patterns of God’s character as a Father. During His 33 years, He continued revealing His Father as an example for us to follow. His own life of obedience to the Father also shows us how to be pleasing to the Father and glorify Him.

The Father demonstrates love for the Son, unity in the Trinity, and shows Him all things. These ‘things’ become of the work of Jesus, His love, healings, miracles, mentoring disciples, appointing apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. It is the Divine plan for reconciling man to God. The Father demonstrates what it means to make an investment in others and through Jesus teaches us to do the same.

We then see He will show Him greater works than those He was presently doing. Like here, He desires to show us how to excel in all that we do. He delegates (vs 22) responsibility to the Son. Likewise, as we prove trustworthy with small things in our lives, Jesus said we will be trusted with greater things.

The Father sees that the Son is honored (vs 23). There is great honor in the Godhead and the body of Christ is to reflect that. We are to love the brethren, laying down our lives for each other. In fact, we are to honor one another above ourselves. In this, we love God and the Father is glorified. His Fatherhood is replicated through His son and every member of His body. This is the glory of the Lord.

“O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay,
You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand”
Isaiah 64:8


Friday, October 1st, 2010

Day 209

“I have called you by your name; you are Mine”
Isaiah 43:1

When considering that God is the Creator of all things and that the expansive universe is His, it is hard to believe and understand that He knows you personally. We have nothing in our experience to understand how this is possible. Should the leader of our nation decide to visit you to discover how common people live, someone would check you out and give him your name. He’ll remember it for the brief visit and that’ll be it.

Our Father does know you by your name. He knows you personally and He doesn’t forget who you are. No, it is stronger than that—He knows you intimately because you were known by Him before you were ever formed in your mother’s womb. There is no person on the face of this earth that knows you more intimately than your heavenly Father. And because He has redeemed us, He says, “…you are Mine.” We are a “peculiar treasure” above all people.

What great freedom this gives us to build our relationship with our Father. Because He knows us so intimately, we have no need to be on guard or defensive. We are able to truthfully talk with our Father about our concerns. But, even more than that, knowing we are accepted in Him in Christ, we are able to build an intimate relationship in knowing Him as our Father. His desire is for us to know Him more and more each day.

“In love, He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will—to the praise of His glorious grace,which He has freely given us in the One He loves” Ephesians 1:5-6


Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Day 203

“He does as He pleases with the powers of heaven
and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold
back his hand or say to Him:
‘What have you done?'”
Daniel 4:35

Our concepts of free will and freedom clash with the reality of God’s sovereignty. When Adam usurped God’s place, he brought humanity into bondage. Separated from the fellowship of God, our human nature became an independent self-sufficient spirit. We pride ourselves on these character traits. Yet, it is these very traits that cloud our ability to see God clearly. When Proverbs warns us to “not lean on your own understanding,” it is clearly stating that if we do we will be misled in life.

Recognizing our separation from God comes when we see our foolishness and sinfulness. When we acknowledge this we acknowledge the sovereignty of God. “He does as He pleases…” God sets the nations, determines our place, and chose us for Himself. We may plan our way, but the Lord directs our steps (Proverbs 16:9).

God’s divine sovereignty is His Fatherhood and love for us. It is the love that caused Him to send His only Son to become one of us. He permitted the lowering of Himself, a deep humbleness that subjected Him to the frailties of humanity. He did this to show us the way and give us eternal life. He literally presented Himself to His creation that rejected Him!

Now we can live by the grace and mercy of God our Father. “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven” [John 3:27]. Our true freedom rests in the sovereignty of God and by leaning on His sufficiency. With John we can say, we know and rely on the love of God.

“Great and marvelous are Thy works, O Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and true are Thy ways, Thou King of the nations. Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? For Thou alone are holy; For all the nations will come and worship before Thee, for Thy righteous acts have been revealed” Revelation 15:3-4


Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Day 196

“We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes,
and we looked the same to them”
Numbers 13:33

What has changed?

God not only set His people free, He gave them provision for every step of the way. And the proof of His promise was in their hands; “…they cut off a branch bearing a single cluster of grapes. Two of them carried it on a pole between them, along with some pomegranates and figs.”

Yet, when problems mount, crises comes, and there seemingly is a mountain before us, we suddenly see ourselves as weak, powerless, and defeated. And all these are suddenly giants in our life! What has changed? It certainly isn’t God who has changed. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Our heart fails us! What a contradiction! We suddenly are a defeated people that are led to accusing God of not keeping us. We’re holding the fruit of the land in our hand, His provision and treasures for us while declaring, it’s all over and we’re finished.

How foolish we are! Even if God permits circumstances in our life that are troubling, His promise is that He will take us through them and we will emerge untouched. Nothing happens in our lives except what He has permitted. And He declares for those who love Him that it is to our good. Stand up and be courageous, you are a son of God and all is well. He is your God and is with you to the end.

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
When you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;
The flames will not set you ablaze.”
Isaiah 43:1b-2