Know Your Heavenly Father Part 3

Through the New Birth, we come to know Jesus personally as Savior and the Holy Spirit as the indwelling presence of God who makes His abode in our hearts

But we must also get to know God the Father in a deeper, and more intimate way.  And the best way to do so is through His Word! 

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man loves me, he will keep my words: and MY

FATHER will love him, and we will come and make our abode with him. -          John 14:23 

I would like to pick up where I left off two weeks ago on this wonderful and important subject.  As I closed last time, we were discussing a marvelous truth; let’s go ahead and look at it again. 

Because I know that my Heavenly Father loves me as he loves Jesus, I am not afraid to face life problems.” 

MATTHEW 6:26

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your Heavenly Father feedeth them.  Are ye not much better than they?

 The people to whom Jesus was preaching never really grasped what He was actually saying here.  It was new to them.  (It’s almost new to some Christians today, because most people have been taught about God in terms of religion, not relationship). God is not waiting for you to do something wrong to swat you and say “that’s the end of that.”  No, my Friend, you need to know my Heavenly Father like I know Him; He is very good and plenteous in mercy.

Let’s go head and continue reading in Matthew chapter 6 to discover more about God’s loving nature as a caring Father. 

MATTHEW 6:30-33

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass in the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

 31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat?  Or, What shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

  32 For after all these things do the gentiles seek for your HEAVENLY FATHER knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

 33 But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 

Notice in particular verse 31:  “Therefore take no thought …” Now the King James Version can be a little bit vague to us here in America.  The British just speak a little different than we do.  After all, we have to take thought about some things. 

For instance, if you have a written examination or a term paper coming up at school, you’d better take some thought about that exam.  So there are some things you naturally have to be concerned with because you need to make provisions ahead of time.  But that’s not the point in this verse. 

Jesus was not saying, “Take no thought whatsoever about these things.”  He is saying, “Be not anxious about them.”  In other words, “Don’t worry about what you need.  Don’t be filled with anxiety about those things.”  God doesn’t want His children to be fretful and full of worry, because He loves us.  I am out of time today, but I will continue this point next week. God Bless.

 

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Word for Today:  "Honoring Authority"

You can’t expect those you lead to be responsive to your authority if you consistently show a rebellious and independent spirit toward those in authority over you. The Bible has much to say about the importance of submission and honoring authority.  If you want to reap greater responsiveness to your leadership, why not try sowing a little more responsiveness to those you serve?