(James 1:17-18 NIV- Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from THE FATHER of the heavenly lights, WHO does not change like shifting shadows. HE chose to give us birth through THE WORD of TRUTH, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all HE created.)
Most of us know and believe in THE LORD as CREATOR, which HE is and there is none other. This morning, however, I want to talk to you guys about knowing HIM intimately as our loving, good FATHER, WHO has chosen us as HIS own. (Jeremiah 1:5 AMP- Before I formed you in the womb I knew you and approved of you as MY chosen instrument. And before you were born I consecrated you to MYSELF as MY own…)
One of my favorite songs is “Good, Good FATHER” and every morning as I enter THE LORD’S PRESENCE, it’s one of the songs that I sing to HIM because I want HIM to know from the depths of my being what a good FATHER HE has been to me.
The beginning of the songs says, “Oh, I’ve heard a thousand stories of what they think YOU’RE like. But, I’ve heard the tender whisper of love in the dead of night. And YOU tell me that YOU’RE pleased and that I’m never alone. … YOU’RE a good, good FATHER. It’s WHO YOU are. And I’m loved by YOU. It’s who I am.”.
As I was mediating on today’s focal passage, I was reminded of those precious lyrics from that song. … Every good and perfect gift comes from THE LORD because it’s HIS nature to be a good FATHER to us. HE, HIMSELF, is LOVE. So, to know that we’re loved by HIM is so much more than just a description of how HE feels about us. Truly knowing in our hearts that we’re loved by HIM, is to know that being loved by THE FATHER is in fact HIM offering us an extension of HIMSELF— HIS very LIFE, in which there is no greater gift.
Beloved, accept and embrace THE LIFE that THE FATHER offers. HE is the endless supply of everything good and perfect; the very source in which you draw your next life-giving breath.
Before I pray for you guys today, I just want you to know and truly take to heart that you don’t have to just listen to the stories of what others think our HEAVENLY FATHER is like. You can know HIM— like truly and intimately know HIM for yourself. You can experience HIM, hear HIS voice, see as HE sees. HE will show you the great and unsearchable things. HE’LL make HIS PRESENCE known to you in ways that you’ve never even dreamed of.
If I could leave you guys with one thing that will change your life for the very best, it would simply be— seek HIM. I can promise you that as you draw near to HIM, HE will draw near to you. There is nothing in this entire world that compares to knowing HIM.
ABBA, I come before YOU this morning asking that YOU would continually draw our hearts unto YOURS. FATHER, I pray that the deep in YOU would unceasingly call out to the deep in us that we may know, encounter, and experience YOU in ways we never imagined possible. I pray that YOUR HOLY SPIRIT would flood us; heart and soul to overflow that even the ones we love may be engulfed by all that is YOU. My deepest cry for every heart reading this is that they would come to know YOU as the loving, good FATHER that YOU are. LORD, let nothing hinder us as we seek to know YOU more. YOU’RE a good, good FATHER. We love YOU and we long for more and more of THE LIFE that is YOUR PRESENCE. In the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.
“When I was a little child, my parents taught me by example to pray. I began with a picture in my mind of HEAVENLY FATHER being far away. As I have matured, my experience with prayer has changed. The picture in my mind has become one of a HEAVENLY FATHER WHO is close by, WHO is bathed in a bright light, and WHO knows me perfectly.” ~ Henry B. Eyring
Dear Hearts, welcome to week 7 of the “Fridays Are For Faith ‘n Friends” blog hop! I’m so happy to have you guys join me this morning and I pray that you were truly blessed by today’s message. Also, know that I am available to pray with or for you all throughout the day and you can contact me for prayer anytime by clicking here.
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