Posts Tagged ‘Heavenly Father


What We Know

Toward the end of 1 John 5, the Apostle John talks about some of the things that Christians know. In verse 20, this is what he says we know:

We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. – 1 John 5:20 (NIV)

Jesus came into the world so that we could know God, the One who is true. Not only do we know Him, but we are in Him through faith in Christ. Jesus is not only the Son of God, but He IS God and the source of eternal life. We can trust our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ for they are true and always have our best in mind and at heart. God wants what is best for us and though it may not seem like it at the time, God knows better than we know. Our desire should be to know the Father and the Son through the Holy Spirit and to trust them to do what is loving and best in our lives.

According To His Will

Do you believe that God hears your prayers and will answer them? Do you trust that your Heavenly Father is listening when you call out to Him? John writes:

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. – 1 John 5:14-15 (NIV)

The key to seeing God answer our prayers is to pray according to His will. Sometimes we wonder why God isn’t answering our prayers. He IS answering them. Sometimes the answer is, “No” or “Wait.” When we pray selfish prayers, the answer may be, “No.” When we pray according to our will, the answer is, “No” if our will is not aligned with the will of God. “No” does not mean that God does not love you. It means that you need to shift your priorities and your expectations. Pray that God will answer your prayers according to His will and know that the God who loves you and who will always do what is best will answer your prayers.

Your Heart Is Lying To You

We’re told to listen to and to follow our hearts. Sometimes our hearts lie to us. John said that we should lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters and love in action, not just in word. We don’t always feel like we’re doing a good job of that, though. Our hearts tell us we cannot come before God because we have failed. So John wrote these words:

This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. – 1 John 3:19-20 (NIV)

God is the ultimate Judge, not our hearts. God knows everything about us and He loves us the same in spite of what our hearts may be telling us. Jeremiah 17 says that the heart is deceitful. If your heart is telling you that God wants nothing to do with you because of your past sins and failures, then stop listening to your heart. Listen instead to what God says. God says that He loves you and will never refuse you because He is your perfect Heavenly Father.

Fathers And Children

Good Thursday morning to you! The Apostle Paul addressed the relationship between parents and children in Colossians 3. He said:

​Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. – Colossians 3:20 (NIV)

This hearkens back to the 5th commandment in Exodus 20 when God told His people to honor their parents. He promised that it would go well with them in the future if they did. Next, Paul turns his attention to fathers. He writes:

Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged. – Colossians 3:21 (NIV)

T​his relationship between fathers and children is so vitally important. ​Dads have the power to embitter and discourage or to inspire their children to great heights. Fathers, don’t be overbearing and harsh with your children. Love them like your Heavenly Father loves you. Be patient with them and show them the grace God has shown you. May our Heavenly Father help you to be more like Him today.

Good And Best

NOTE: I wrote this post about 6 years ago.  My son is 10 now and he still likes cookies for breakfast.

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! — Matthew 7:11 (NIV)

I’ll admit it.  I did it.  I absolutely, positively did it.  I walked into the kitchen this morning and gave my 4 year-old son a chocolate chip cookie for breakfast.

I said, “What do I have here?” pointing at the Ziploc bag of last night’s freshly made delights.

He said, “A cookie?”

I said, “Uh huh.  Do you want one?”

He reached out his hand and I put a cookie in it, albeit a small one.

Nonetheless, it was a cookie and they are good!

Why would I do such a thing?  Have I taken leave of my senses?  Chocolate chip cookies aren’t for breakfast!  Breakfast is for other such sugar-filled treats such as frosted cereals and pancakes, right?!?  I did it because of the look.  That look of sheer delight that he gets when I give him a gift.  Especially an unexpected gift!  Even if it is not the best thing for him.

Jesus tells us that the Father in Heaven desires to give good gifts to His children.  But God doesn’t bless us with chocolate chip cookies at 7:00 in the morning.  No, He does something much better.  In fact, God does what is best.  He knows our deepest needs and desires and He wants to give us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4).  The key is that He will always act according to His will and His purpose and His plan.  God knows what we truly need and what we need most is Him.  He sent Jesus to earth and gave us the gift of Himself.  That’s what Christmas is all about.  As we move into this time of year, I pray that God will reveal a little bit of His plan to you and that you will delight yourself in Him.  I pray that He will give you what is both good and best.

PRAYER: Thank You, Father God, for sending Your best for my good – Your Son, Jesus. Thank You knowing what I need and for always providing it. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Father Knows Best

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. — John 14:1 (NIV)

It can be so hard to let go of that which we hold so dear.  Jesus told His disciples that He was going to die and they just didn’t want to let go.  He could sense their troubled hearts and said those comforting words of John 14:1.  The word that is translated “trust” is the same word for faith or belief.  Faith and trust are hard.  Especially when we are called to believe that which we cannot see.  The disciples could not see that what Jesus was talking about was not only for their own good, but it was for their own best.  What Jesus was going to endure on the cross was the best thing that could ever happen to them.  Jesus’ sacrifice brought about forgiveness from sins.  His death paved the way for His resurrection.  His resurrection makes our own resurrection possible.

I believe that there are three keys to trusting in God and Christ:

1) God knows what is best — God can see the big picture.  He knows how this whole thing works out.  In the grand scheme of things, God’s sight is infinite and we can barely see past the reach of our arms.

2) God will always provide what we need — God will not always give us what we want, but He will always provide what we need.  This goes along with God knowing what is best.  What we want is not always the best thing for us.  God, who knows what is best, will always provide what we need.

3) God will always do what is loving — God is love according to 1 John.  Day after day God pours out His love on us.  Over and over He demonstrates His incomprehensible love for His children.  It only makes sense that this God of love would only act compassionately and lovingly towards His children.  We can trust Him because He loves us and will always do what is loving.

In what ways do you struggle with trusting God?  Is it finances?  Family?  Faith?  How has God proved Himself faithful in the past?  How does that comfort you and help you trust in the present and into the future?

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, help me to remember that You truly know what is best for me today. I want to trust You with my life and my future. Thank You for loving me with Your unconditional love. Amen.


Wearing Daddy’s Shoes

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. — Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV)

My nearly 4 year old son likes to wear my shoes.  He will go to the closet where we keep them and will emerge with a pair of my dress shoes on his feet and parade around the house.  He’s mimicking me.  He wants to be like his daddy.  This is a scary thought because I know myself all too well.  The last thing I want is for the little guy to be like the big guy.  I want him to be like God.  For that to happen though, I have to be like God.

Paul’s admonition to “be imitators of God” requires one thing.  That we “live a life of love.”  This should tell us something about our Heavenly Father.  We are dearly loved by the One who is, by very definition, love (1 John 4:16).  He pours out His love and compassion on us day after day, month after month and year after year.  He lavishes His love on us, as the Scriptures say.  It is in the ultimate expression of His love that we find salvation: the death and resurrection of His only Son.

The call from Ephesians today is to live our lives in love.  To love God with everything that we have and to love those around us as we want to be loved.  We become more like God the more that we love.  May we learn how to love more and love better today.  May we imitate our Father, not by wearing His shoes, but by having His heart.

What do you typically think of when you think about imitating God?  Thinking about the day and week ahead, who needs to be loved by you?

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