God our Father

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God our Father

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Matt. 6:9 KJV

God is our Father. There is grace and joy in the revelation of this truth. This is a whole truth and nothing but the truth; nonetheless like many other truths relating to God, the enemy obscures, belies the ingenuity of God to deprive Man. But when truth is known, freedom is secured.

The Word translated Father (in English) means root or generator; the source or spring. It also means nourisher, upholder and protector. We all originate from God and this is a very important truth. It is for this important reason that Man cannot be sustained, nourished or protected outside the provisions and nourishment of God.

About God being our Father, the Bible says, “Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live” (Heb. 12:9 KJV). The Bible identified and recognized God as the Father, source, root or spring of our spirit. This is a very important disclosure. It is about this revelation that Jesus came to connect us that we (Man) may regain wholeness as we are made complete in Him. Our spirit is derived from God. This is an important truth.

The notion of God being our Father was foreign and far-fetched to Man that our Lord Jesus Christ in His bid to introduce and reinstate the truth about this was considered blasphemous and offensive. The Bible says, “Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore, the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.” (John 5:18 KJV).

Notice, the carnality of Man (the nature of Man without the knowledge of God) could not admit or tolerate paternal relationship with God; Man persecuted the truth about himself, but the truth and sincerity of God is to have Man know that God is indeed our Father. The Lord Jesus was eventually killed; the Bible says, “The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.” (John 19:7 KJV).

Beloved, there must be something awesome in the notice and revelation of God being our Father for which Christ was both beaten and killed and when he arose by the power of God, He said to Mary, “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” (John 20:17 KJV). The notice and knowledge of this truth must be disturbing and debilitating to the devil but comforting and enriching to us the people of God; we cannot afford to walk outside of it and its provisions. God is our Father…Praise the Lord. Let us invest and walk in the comfort of this truth and be strengthened. Amen.

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Jesus Our Friend

 And behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. Matthew 8:2 KJV

Man must be aware of being at war. There is a contest over every Man’s life. This truth must be known and understood. It is about this war or contest that God at the start (in Eden) gave Man that de facto mandate; have Dominion. We must understand that Man was created for a defined and intentional purpose. Man was created to solve a problem; to manage God’s estate (the Earth) and counteract the works of a wicked being whose target was to decimate the works of God.

After God had created all things; He needed a Manager; someone to direct and govern the earth and so He said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Gen. 1:26 KJV). Notice, Man was created to have dominion…over all the earth.

The notion “to have dominion” itself informs of contest and tussle to hold and maintain control by the exercise of Power. It takes power to wield dominion. This important notice is the basis of Man’s existence. Man was designed and “developed” to exercise power, authority and governance on the earth; to represent God as god of this earth directing and controlling all things under the rule and instruction of God; to enforce and administrate order and perpetuate peace on earth. This was God’s charge to Man.

Man could not wield this dominion for long; the challenger upstaged Man and Man lost dominion. The Bible would later identify and describe satan as the god of the world who blinds people’s mind. (2 Cor. 4:4) The activities of satan destroyed the order and peace on the earth and according to the Bible, the whole world (now) lieth in wickedness (1 John 5:19 KJV).

Wickedness is everything that is not the nature of God. Wicked is the art and act of the devil; the devil is the wicked one (Matt. 13:19 KJV). Wickedness is opposed to the nature and candor of God. It refutes and rebuffs all goodness and wellness. Wickedness is the trade of the devil and he perpetuates it. Wickedness is against God and Man and so seeks to destroy everything that is of God or related to Man.

But God is good (Psalm 106:1). It is about this wicked and his wickedness on the earth that God by His Mercy and Infinite Wisdom sent Jesus our Savior to reinstate and restore Man to Glory and Dominion. The Bible says, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8 KJV). This is the important need for everyone to allow and receive Jesus into his/her life so the wicked one will not wound or hurt him/her. Beloved, give Jesus a chance in your life…to help you. He came to help, save and restore you. Peace!

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The Love of God for You and I

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 KJV)

The dominant intent of God for Man is to honor Man with His Life type – Eternal Life. This notion must both interest and delight everyman.  The gift of Eternal Life is the furthermost and surpassing proof of God’s love for you and I. No one, asides God has it neither could anyone offer it.

It is this surpassing gesture of love and interest that elevates God’s concern for Man and it ranks high above what is obtainable from any idol or object of worship which Man may unadvisedly craft for himself. Nothing anywhere compares with the intent of God’s love for Man.

About God’s love and its demonstration to Man, the Bible says, “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why?  Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him. (John 3:16-18 MSG)

Notice how sweet a “song” that goes, God proved His love, concern and interest for Man by offering what is most personal and dearest to Him;  “his one and only Son”  about whom He voiced “This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life.” (Matt. 3:17 MSG) but His love for you and me constrained Him to prove the ingenuity of His care and readiness to do what it takes to share this Life type.

God is not foolish, irrational or thoughtless about the offering of His Son for our ransom, He did it with the noblest motive that; “In the same way that Moses lifted the serpent in the desert so people could have something to see and then believe, it is necessary for the Son of Man to be lifted up—and everyone who looks up to him, trusting and expectant, will gain a real life, eternal life.” (John 3:15 MSG) –  It is for (my) Eternal life that God gave His Son and the Son gave His Life. We must gain the value of God in the Salvation plan He packaged and delivered to us so graciously lest anyone should fail of this Grace.

Eternal Life is the Life type of the Eternal God; it is this Life type that made God self-sustaining and ever existing. This Life type has only one nature: LIFE. It cannot be alloyed, corroded or polluted. It is pure LIFE. Anything it touches adopts its nature instantly and anything that touches it is torched by it – Life.

Beloved, this is what God offers you and me in Christ Jesus, Life. Eternal Life is God’s motivation for interaction with us through the Lord Jesus Christ.  See how Jesus puts it, “…I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of” (John 10:10 MSG). No one could be more well-meaning, better motivated than God toward us. There is no greater insignia of care or concern than the atrium to Eternal Life offered by God through the Lord Jesus Christ – Come in!

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The Land

And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. (Num. 13:30)

Life is a journey. As it is unique to every journey, there is always a destination in view and the paths from our initial or start point to that destination is marked and understood. So as one journeys, notice is taken of landmarks and areas that one passes that assures one of being on the right way and the progress made towards the planned destination.

As one progresses, if there are no delays, detours or distractions, a sense fulfilment and achievement is attained not because the destination is reached but progress is attained as the journey continues. As the journey progresses, one goes through various and divers land terrain, vegetation, forestation, hills and valleys. One may even encounter massive river courses that must be crossed if one must get to the planned destination. As it is also commonly experienced, one may even pull over at designated rest/service areas to rest, refresh, renew and recover from the stress of the journey. These and other related events and experiences are the constituents of our natural journey to move or travel from one point to another.

The most important feature of the journey to reaching our planned destination is that we did not abandon or quit on the journey. The critical caution is never to abandon the journey. We may stop to rest, move fast or slow but must never abandon the journey if we must get to our destination.

It is also important to note and gain cognizance of every experience along the journey including at rest stops. Every part of the journey constitutes our experiences during the journey including sleeping in the vehicle about those being chauffeured; recall Jesus also “was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow:” (Mark 4:38). Just as every inch of the distant must be covered to reach destination, so the experiences along the journey must be gained – that’s the composition of the whole journey.

As we journey through life therefore, there are designated but different paths we must each take, different paths because of varied destination and consequently different experiences. We each must however value our unique experiences as a necessary influence/outcome of our unique destination. These experiences are necessary to equip and prepare us for the destination in view including the uncheckered sense of achievement that we survived all the treacherous and perfidious occasions as encountered by Joseph, one must encounter during the journey.

All spots, sports along and through the journey are uniquely designed for each one to make the journey both complete and total. It is important to note that not all experiences are necessarily unpleasant rather there are occasions that make the journey so fascinating and fun filled that one may be tempted to exchange that spot for destination. This must be carefully understood and avoided.  

“If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not. (Numbers 14:8-9 KJV)

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