Good Good Father

1 Corinthians 11:32 KJV

But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

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My Father Is…..

John 8:42-47
Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

COMMENTARY 

In verses 31-32 Jesus says, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jesus is addressing Jews who have believed Him, yet knowing their hearts He clarifies that they need to be set free. His audience is having a difficult time understanding why they need to be set free. Jesus responds that everyone who sins is a slave to sin. He confront them more by saying, “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires.” Satan is in the business of twisting truth into lies and these folks are unable to see Jesus as the truth: the only way to God the Father. Holy Spirit, protect us from being unable to hear the truth. Reveal to us any corrupt allegiance that we have to evil, and let the light of Christ illuminate our hearts.

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Help is Here!

Oh how I thank you Lord!   You are always with us but sometimes we are so caught up in the battle we don’t take the time to seek You.  I mean REALLY  seek You.  Sitting down in a quiet place and simply calling upon Your name is often what we need in order to get some perspective back.

Psalm 54:4
Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.

COMMENTARY 

We serve a God who has chosen to be vested in our lives. He sought to be with us, and succeeded in doing so through His Son Jesus Christ, and the gift of the Holy Spirit. Today’s promise that God sustains us is not only for us individually, but for each other through one another. God is not only with you, He chooses to be with those who stand firm with you. Whether it be helping to carry your burdens, helping to see you through times of temptation or crisis, or just being a strong brother or sister in Christ; Jesus wants His body (the church) to serve and “uphold” one another in love.

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Dear Father in Heaven 

Dear Lord God, I pray that You will continue to mold me and shape me. Even though pruning is not fun it is necessary in order that we become more fruitful.   I long to be fruitful and I long to live in a way that brings joy to You.   Help me Lord,  because left to myself I am doomed to fail.

John 15:1-2
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.

Commentary 

In Christ Jesus, we are connected to the lifeline that allows us to bear good fruit. If we are led by the Holy Spirit, we will work to offer our gifts, talents, and to be led into opportunities designed by God for our lives. There is a desire to do good, created out of our salvation and love relationship with Christ Jesus, and that desire is blessed. This is just part of the process of “working out our salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). A healthy fear of the Lord keeps our hearts open, willing to be led in worship to God.

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I Need You Father

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Psalm 140:7
Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer, you shield my head in the day of battle.

Commentary
If you are a Christian, battles are coming your way. You will experience trials that tempt you to sin and renounce your faith in God. The spiritual realm is at war for your soul, and this impacts the decisions you make every day. All of these battles belong to the Lord and it is our job recognize this truth and live accordingly. Live like God will deliver you. Live like He works to protect you from harm. Cry out to him and put your hardships on display before the Lord. Crisis does not come to your life only to steal and cause pain, it is also a birthplace of the miraculous.

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You are Wise

Dear Father in Heaven

Lord, I thank you for taking care of me.  I thank you for giving me direction.  Even with direction I still seem to mess it all up. I need you.  I need you every single day to guide me, walk with me and teach me.  Explain to me why something is not good for me even when I cannot understand it just yet.  I am going back to the basics.  I want to look at the commandments that you gave to your people. A time before Jesus came.  A time that was very important. We cannot keep the law and be perfect and without Jesus Christ we are doomed.  I thank you for the law.  For guidance of what is right and wrong in your eyes.  For guidance in keeping your children safe and healthy.  Help me to change the things within my here and now body.  I thank you that you have chosen me and loved me.  I love you and long to be in your glorious presence and be forever changed.

Deuteronomy 5:4-21

I am the Lord your God who brought you out of bondage and slavery.  You shall have no other gods before me.

You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands  of those who love me and keep my commandments

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.

Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

You shall not murder

And you shall not commit adultery

And you shall not steal

And you shall not bear false witness against your neighbor

And you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. And you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, or his male servant, or his female servant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s

Matthew 22:36-39

Jesus was asked a question and this was His response.

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Help me Lord to focus on these important words from You.  Give me understanding at a deeper level than I have ever had.  Change me deep within my soul.  Give me such desire to serve You and to live my life as You want.  My life is not my own.  Help me as only You can to walk humbly with You everyday.

In the mighty name of Jesus Christ I ask all these things and I give thanks and praise and honor and glory to You my King!

Amen.

Son or Daughter?

Galatians 4:3-7
So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world.  But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,  to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.  Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”  So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.
COMMENTARY
Luke 15:21-23 describes the return of the lost son in Jesus’ parable: “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.’” The robe and the ring signify a restoration to sonship. Likewise, we are called heavenward as sons and daughters of the Most High, and the gift of the Holy Spirit is our seal of that truth in Christ. Romans 8:17 says, “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
If you are not in the family of God yet, what are you waiting on?  Now is the time!
THANK YOU JESUS!

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