How Precious We Are!

How Precious We Are!

When you stop in front of a mirror, what do you do? Who do you see?

A girl with long brown hair (approximately 5’5 in stature) walks up to a mirror and looks at herself front on. She turns to the left – breathes in – before turning to the right. She glances at her average looking legs, proceeding to stand on her tiptoes to create that stunning indent in her calf. She walks closer to the mirror and strokes her neck to see if there is a double chin forming.  Then she picks at the uneven eyeliner on her left eye. When she does, she notices the tiniest pimple next to her lip. With a deep sigh, she exhales and walks away.

What did that girl do? What did she see?

The girl looked at what she thought were imperfections, flaws on her outward self. In the mirror, she saw an average looking girl but beyond her reflection, did she see her inner beauty? You know, all girls do it (even you boys). Certainly, I have glanced at myself in the mirror because I am the girl described above. So, what makes us unsatisfied when we look at that mirror? What inner voice tells us that we need to have perfectly shaped legs? Or, that we are too pale and have too many red blotches on our face? Has the world blinded us to what real beauty looks like? Why don’t we have any good thoughts towards ourselves?

Imagine you looked in the mirror but it was not a mirror at all. What if instead you were looking into the face of God?  Here you are, standing in front of a mirror humming and hawing about your looks. Not a single word is spoken. Nor are you able to see anything about your looks that you especially like. I wonder what God is thinking. After all, GOD MADE YOU. He formed you in your mother’s womb. He knew you even before you were born. Plus, everything that God makes is good. “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10)

In this context, while we might not have any words to describe ourselves, God has countless.

 “How precious also are your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If  I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand.” (Psalm 139:17-18)

Whoa! Hold up! Did y’all just miss that? He thinks about you and I more than the SAND. MORE THAN ALL THE SAND ON THIS EARTH!!

If you still didn’t get that, try this. MATH TIME! Using the volume of 1.3 * 10^-9 cubic feet – you would need 7692307.69 grains of sand to fill one cup.

Now, do you get it? To fill one single cup (let’s say, it’s your average dinner cup) it would take close to 7692307.69 grains. That explosion you just heard was your brain trying to comprehend just how much sand exists on this earth.

You see, God loves us more than we know. And since He formed us, you are indeed beautiful. You were made by God. You were made by the very same God who in the beginning created the mountains and the sunset. He created the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, and the MILKY WAY. These tourist sights and many more in the world are breathtaking.

God designed us in the same way. God designed us to be breathtaking with our hearts and souls radiating from His love. There is nothing more beautiful than when one’s beauty from within illuminates outward.

We have simply lost sight of God’s ultimate purpose. But it doesn’t have to be this way. I want you know that there is a loving Father who thinks soooooo much of you and He does so in a caring and loving way — far more than we as humans can even begin to comprehend. He wants to take away that heaviness and continual sorrow that whispers words of imperfection.

Why? Because the mirror, media, or any one person cannot tell you what is beautiful, imperfect or perfect. Only God in His infinite wisdom can. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!

 

The Fruit of Asking

The Fruit of Asking

This past week, I had the privilege of helping at our church conference. Although I did not really get to participate in everything that was going on, I was blessed by the people who approached me. One of these was a girl around the same age as me. She had some insights to share.

She visualized a picture of a tree that was dropping fruit. Every time we walked past this tree, its fruit would drop. This idea took root. So much so, that it compelled me to write about the fruits of asking. You see, this whole week I have been challenged on the topic of asking God for what I need. How do I ask the Lord for help?

But the imagery described by this new friend illustrated how God is able to provide us with the fruit we need even before we ask. Still, how to ask God was my focus? Please note that we are not talking about God handing out grapes and bananas (or some other type of fruit) on a whim here. Rather, I’m talking about when there is something I need in my life, how should I ask my Saviour for it? What did I discover from reading His Word? The answer is simple. We just need to ask in the name of Jesus. (John 14:14)

Moreover, Matthew chapter seven states: “Ask, and it shall be given you. Seek, and ye shall find. Knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks, it shall be opened. What man is there of you, whom if his son asks for bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Therefore, all things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:7-12)

The Lord God desires that we who believe in Him by faith – as sons and daughters of the Most High King — ask Him to supply our needs. In families, for example, a child has no problem asking their parents for something they need. By the same token, when Jesus said: “Henceforth, I call you not servants, for the servant knows not what his lord doeth, but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father, I have made known unto you,” we should be jumping for joy. (John 15:15)

Therefore, do any of you need wisdom or knowledge? The Bible states: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all [men] liberally, and upbraids not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5) Why?Because “the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be in treated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” (James 3:17)

 So, if you have a need, ask for it. Know that Jesus will provide your every need. He readily gives us His wisdom and knowledge that teaches us in all things.

So when it comes down to not knowing where the finances are coming from and they are needed desperately, ASK. Or, if you don’t know where to go next, ASK. If you are facing depression or an illness, ASK for His joy and hope and peace. If the burden is just too much to handle, ASK for the weight to be lifted off your shoulders, knowing that His love for us is absolute and yet immeasurable.

In my own life, I find that it’s stepping stones that He gives me. Others may experience His love differently. Nevertheless, Jesus told us to have faith in God … “for verily I say unto you – that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, “Be thou removed, and be cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he says shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he said.” Therefore, I say unto you, “What things so ever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:22-25)

Lastly, know that we do not need to work for His love. In fact, we can’t. The price of our sin was paid for once and for all when Jesus shed His precious blood on the cross. Therefore, let’s get to know Him in the same way that He desires to know us. Ask Jesus into your heart today, and love Him for who He is. He never fails. Indeed, He gives us what we need out of love because HE IS love. You can’t ask for anything better.

 “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16)

In the Last Days – Dreams

In the Last Days — Dreams

Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream and no one can explain it for me. I heard that you can explain dreams when someone tells you about them.” (Genesis 41:15)

“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions …” (Joel 2:28) “And it shall come to pass in the last days,” saith God, “I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” (Acts 2:17)

 Dreams really excite me. One of the reasons for this is that my Lord God and Saviour has revealed Himself to me through dreams. This might explain why I enjoy reading about Joseph in the Bible. Not only did he receive a pretty colorful coat — I love the multiplicity of colors — but Joseph was also given the gift to interpret dreams.

It is in this latter context that I consider the complexity of dreams to be fascinating. For me, I find that God is speaking either to those I know or to me personally in my dreams. I know this because I have personally experienced confirmation about going to China, my friend getting married, and my current residency status – I live in Toronto.

As I thought about these experiences further, a friend of mine provided a perfect analogy. She said, “Imagine God was to put a letter on your desk from Him. Would you just leave it lying there, unopened? Hopefully, your response was — of course not. You would probably open it immediately so that He can reveal Himself to you.”

In a similar sense, I look at my dreams as an unopened letter from the Most High. I feel like the Lord is speaking to me in my dreams so I open the letter to see what He has planned for my life. If I don’t understand the dream, I ask the Lord for clarity. This includes studying His Word for instruction and guidance because God is not the author of confusion. My dreams will not give me counsel that ventures outside of His Word. “For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was anything kept secret, but that it should come abroad.” (Mark 4:22)

But please note that I am not suggesting that our dreams are always accurate either.  The Bible warns us of this misconception. “For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because [there was] no shepherd.” (Zechariah 10:2)

 So how are we to discern between dreams from the Lord and those that are false?

 We are to fully trust in our Shepherd. Jesus said: “But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26)

 Thus, as fascinated as I am about dreams and possibly receiving the gift to interpret them, I will [first] bless the LORD [with all my heart, soul, strength and mind], who has given me [good] counsel” in everything that I do — in both word and deed. (Psalms 16:7)   “But now in Christ Jesus, ye who sometimes were far off made nigh by the blood of Christ … for He is our peace.” (Ephesians 2:13-22)

Trusting the Lord for His Goodness

Trusting the Lord for His Goodness

“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. Fret not thyself because of him who prospers in his way – because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath. Fret not thyself in any wise to do evil, for evil doers shall be cut off. But those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.” (Psalms 39:7-39)

Timing is something I really struggle with. This is especially true when I compare my timing to God’s timing.  In searching the scriptures, I have found it comes down to this. Our timing doesn’t always look like God’s timing. We tend to look at the linear of things even though we know God’s vantage point is completely different. He knows all things.  We do not.

For example, I can’t say that I will meet the man I am going to marry this August at exactly 3:30 p.m. and I will be outside frolicking in the grass when this chance occurrence happens. So the question then is this. How do I make plans for my life?  From the scriptures, I have learned that it is alright to stand in obedience to your timing as long as we believe by faith that our Lord God will shine through in the decisions that we make. In this context, I believe that God does lead us to do His will but in His perfect timing.

Here is an analogy I shared with my roommate (shout out to my roommate Word up!)  about when we can think we are ready, and likewise, when is the right time? I hope it has merit for you too.

Picture the Lord has given you the entire ingredients for baking a cake.  When you’ve received ingredients, it can be interpreted as knowing you are ready to take the next step, by faith. In so doing, we don’t put eggs in a bowl one day, flour in the bowl the next week and butter the next month. In this were the case, how would anyone know we can bake the cake?  In order to bake a cake, we must put all the ingredients together in a bowl, usually in the specified order cited in the recipe. Place it in the pre heated oven and by putting it in the oven our cake will be cooked and ready for us to enjoy.

 In this short analogy, I see God as a type of oven.  We can sit and wait in front of the oven asking God when I will be able to enjoy the cake. O,r we can wait for the bell to go off indicating that the cake is done.  Either way, something has to happen in order for us to enjoy the cake. Life is like this too. It could be a bell that rings and you say in your heart, “THIS IS IT!”

And in that moment, I could thank the Lord for satisfying my inward desire even though I don’t deserve it. The Bible states, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Or, maybe I was in the right place and ‘ding’ – the finances that you needed come through. Or. simply you woke up and there was peace in your heart that  indicates that something had changed.

Even though I don’t know what that is or when it will happen. I do know if we put our trust in our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ, and allow His timing to become our timing we will become victorious. He never fails us nor does He set us up for failure.

 “Be strong and be brave. Don’t be afraid of those people because the Lord your God is with you. He will not fail you or leave you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

So, today, I will let you think about this teaching. Maybe the only point you got from this was that maybe, I just want cake. Or maybe, your perspective about time is different from what God really has in His mind. In that case, I hope this simple little message came to you at the right time. Be blessed, always.

No Servant can Serve Two Masters

No Servant Can Serve Two Masters

One of the coolest things about being in my hometown is there are lots of parks nearby, Since it is spring time, my fellow Maritimer’s come out of their habitat. Some of them are the local high school teens. While I was at the park there was a car of high school boys entering the park. As they were driving through, they began to comment on the appearance of others around the area. Some enjoyed the comments while others negatively affected those listening. You could tell that their mood had changed after one was given a rather mean comment. Which raises the question…

Where do we find our approval? Do we find our self-worth through others or do we find our self-worth through the truth of God?

At one point or another, we have lived our day-to-day lives based on what others think, do, and act. It is true that at some point, we seek the approval of others to determine our self-worth. We “people please” — and we do so, because we are human. I can 100% tell you that I have been a “people pleaser” more than I care to admit. But I had to come to grips with this. If I am a lover and follower of Jesus Christ and He is my King and my God, He has a love for me that is beyond measure. Everything He has made is good. It is He that has put dreams, desires and plans in our heart and all we have to do to receive His joy, is to seek Jesus and His righteousness. Nothing compares to HIS love and nothing man can say or do can change this. As I am sharing this with you, Paul was trying to deliver the same message to the Galatians.

“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people?If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”  (Galatians 1 :10)

If this message speaks to you, or you know someone who might be going through this too, I encourage you to make a mental shift in our thinking today. To renew our minds with His Word.

Father, my prayer is for myself and others who have sought the approval of others versus what you have spoken over us with your Word. I ask that today we make search your Word for guidance and direction, and so that we can know that we have a Father and King who loves us beyond measure. May we know your precious love for us. And for those who do not know Your love, may their eyes be opened unto you.

Amen

An Act of Love

An Act of Love

As a little girl I LOVED tea parties. It always had to be “pretend” tea parties because anything regarding one’s imagination is the best! I was the youngest in my family including my cousins who, other than one, were in fact all boys. But sure enough they always attended my tea parties. Each one included the silly hats, lots of stuffed animals and of course “pretend” tea. At one point, my grandfather would sit out on his front lawn and join in.  Watching my family members (all of which were 15 years and older) sit down in my little Fisher Price chairs and sip away invisible tea, while eating cookies (that were probably pieces of Lego) was a sight to see.

My question is this. Why did they take part?

We can all rule out that I was pretty cute, but I think there was an even deeper meaning to it all.

I saw it as an act of love. Major quality time spent with four year old Michelle. Note that my number one “Love Language” is quality time, even though touching, acts of service, spiritual gifts and words of affirmation are similar components. We receive and reciprocate through our love languages. Just spending time chatting or being around someone for 10 minutes or more fills my love tank.

But where do you think all this love comes from? The Word states that “We love Him [Jesus] because He first loved us.” (1John 4:19)

Right from the beginning, Jesus breathed love into His creation. His breath into man. His Word inot all that was made. In fact, everything Jesus did and gave (including Himself on the cross) was out of love — because HE IS LOVE.

But let’s not stop there. The rest of 1 John brings life inspiring Word too. As I read the Word below, the message simply takes my breath away as I realize the truth is all there. His truth. His message to one and all clothed in His righteousness.

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God and everyone that loves is of God and everyone that loves is born of God, and knows God. He that loves not does knows not God, for God is love.  In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Herein, is love — not that we loved God but that He loved us, and sent His Son — the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us. Hereby know, we that we dwell in Him and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son [to be] the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in Him and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us, God is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God and God in him. Herein, is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgement because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; because fear hath torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.” (I John 4:7-19)

This is why we try to act, speak and live lives of love because we know personally that His love can change one’s life for the better. “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments … for this is the love of God that we keep His commandments.” (I John 5:2-3) Thankfully, His commandments are not grievous. So, no matter who you are or what you do, you are loved by the Most High King. In fact, He wants you to become His sons and daughters. His friends. Therefore, let it be known that you are loved, your neighbours are loved, your co- workers, and even the guy on the street are loved by our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ — so much so, that He willingly shed His precious blood on the cross for you and I.

Power of Forgiveness

Power of Forgiveness

Contributed by a regular writer Michelle

Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16)

Last night, I had a dream. In it, I was teaching my mother how to forgive. I was right by her side asking her if she saw a picture of people in her life where she might have been angry and not forgiven them. For example, it could be her father or mother, the kids from school, co-workers; the whole nine yards including herself. As she was having this sweet moment with Jesus in my dream, I watched as her breathing became weightless, exhaling all the burdens. At the same time, the enemy was trying to stop the whole experience by wanting to physically attack her. That is when the cool part came.  I turned into this “sword throwing, fearless machine” that I am sure mimicked a scene straight out of LOTR or Kill Bill Plus. I was able to prevent any hindering spirit from coming against my mother while casting all of her burdens upon the Lord. At one point, I became so powerful because I knew the power of forgiveness. Seriously though, it was a good thing it was a dream because me by myself does not have any power, except through faith in Jesus, who clothes me continually in His righteousness.

Still, it may have been this dream that compels me to write about “forgiveness” today.

Jesus said, “And when you stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any; that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” (Mark 11:25) 

An example from my own life comes to mind, reminding me of an episode of 90210, or Days of our Lives. I had been best friends with my neighbor for about 13 years at the time. We did everything together; we were sisters. Some might even suggest partners in crime. We laughed, cried, took photo shoots in the park with an orange. The whole kit-an-caboodle. At the same time, I had a very close friend who was a guy and we had been friends for the same amount of time. We would hide from our parents, eat sugar from the tea dish, play house together, and fall in the lake and the brook with our clothes on. We were crazy kids. Although up until this point, both of my dearest friends had never met, when they finally did meet at my 20th birthday, they started to fancy one another.  It wasn’t until they started seeing each other and began to date that I realized I had become the third wheel between my closest friends.  At the time of finding this out, I was devastated! I thought I would lose two of my closest friends. I remember being so filled with anger and hurt for being put in such a position.  I approached the whole thing terribly; crying to my other friends. In fact, I became the Drama Queen. I did not want any contact whatsoever from either of them.

Months passed before my dear guy friend appeared at the door with flowers.  He knew how valuable our friendship was and really didn’t want me to be upset. So I tucked the anger deep down into my heart where no one could see that I was still filled with bitterness and resentment — not wanting to forgive. I ignored the situation until…

Six months had past and I found myself at the School of Ministry in Toronto, where the speaker was sharing scripture about the power of forgiveness.   The presenter said that when we latch onto bitterness and anger, we are giving the enemy an inroad into our life. Conversely, when we seek Jesus and His righteousness with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, our life begins to change.  We begin to understand what it means to “be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God has forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

In this, I learned that God loves me so much and if He — who knows firsthand that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” — does not hold onto anger, then we need to reassess our ability to forgive too.  In the example cited above, I was blinded by my hurt. I had forgotten that previously,  I had loved my best friends so much that nothing could stand in the way. Jesus said, “for if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” (Matthew 6:14) This scripture rang a bell.

I forgave them; but more importantly, I asked the Lord to forgive me.   Later that day, I sent a text message to my dear friend apologizing for not being there for them. I told them how much I cared about our friendship.  Later, she told me that she was in tears when she read the message. She physically could not work because she was so overwhelmed by what had happened. You see, forgiveness changes hearts.  Needless to say, in the following months, our friendship grew even stronger. And now, she is a sister to me that I will always love.

What did I learn? First, bitterness and anger has no authority over God’s infinite love.  Second, it is impossible to forgive someone else when you yourself are blinded by hurt, anger and bitterness.  Remember what Jesus said when Peter asked Him, “Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times?” What did Jesus say? “I say not unto thee, until seven times BUT until seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:21-22)

There is a valued message here. So much good character comes from turning the other cheek. This might explain why Jesus tells us “to forgive those who trespass against us, even as He forgives us our trespasses.” (Matthew 6:14-15) So that we can be stretched to understand that in forgiving, as Jesus has forgiven us, we learn that we have a much higher calling to pursue — that includes, serving one another. (Galatians 5:13)

Jesus Takes Good Care of Those Who Love Him

Jesus Takes Good Care of Those Who Love Him

Written by a regular writer Michelle

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you” saith the Lord, “thoughts of peace and not of evil to give you an expected end, then shall ye call upon Me and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you, and ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.” ( Jeremiah 29:11-13)

This week I witnessed how incredible God is. I love when this happens. It blows you right out of the water. It all started a week ago when I had a complete melt down on my bed. In despair, crying out to my heavenly Father, I prayed — I have no job, and  in ten days I will have no house. What is the next step? I trust you!”

I call it a Hannah moment. If you don’t know what I am talking about, check out the first chapter of Samuel. I desperately needed something to happen but I was in a state of misery. If the sheep don’t know what to do, it calls out to the Shepherd. So I did.

In less than 24 hours, I receive an email from a recruitment agency, (One that has placed people with jobs all over the country) looking to set up an interview the following day. I called friends to pray for my situation. What happens? I end up landing a job and a placement.  HALLELUJAH

But wait there’s more…

Two days after my job interview, I was at my small fellowship group. It is led by a couple who recently started a church in my town with the people I worked for in Toronto. I mentioned to some girls I had just met that I needed a place to stay. Little did I know those girls were looking for a roommate. Wait…? What? Yep! This of course was right around the corner from my work.

But this is when it gets CRAZY….

While I am driving to the location of where the house is, I realize I have been on this street before. Wait a minute — I’ve been in this house before. It just happens that I have known the landlords who own the place since I was a kid. It was my mother who hired them as camp directors years ago. The couple I am replacing are related to people I worked with and the other new roommate who is moving in I went to camp with as a child.

This story had God written ALL over it. Why? Because Jesus told us to “behold the fowls of the air; for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are ye not much better than they?” (Matthew 6:26)

Indeed, there is power in prayer. Therefore, if you find yourself in a similar situation, trust Jesus with all your heart, your soul, your mind and strength. Read His Word for your wisdom. Learn about His goodness and grace that is beyond measure. Be blessed.

❤ Michelle

My Heavenly Father’s Embrace

My Heavenly Father’s Embrace
By Regular Contributor Michelle

While I was on my way to the farmer’s market this past weekend, I witnessed such an incredible thing. A young girl around five had her arms wrapped around her father’s neck. She was in complete contentment. It was so beautiful to witness. Why? Because the image of the father and daughter reminded me of my heavenly Father and His heavenly arms wrapped around me. In His embrace, I am secure and loved.”For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lust, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world, looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ — who gave Himself for us that He might redeem us from all iniquity for us, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of works.” (Titus 2:11-15)

This same weekend, I also had the privilege of seeing friends from Toronto come to my home town in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A group came down for a conference to which one of them spoke specifically about our heavenly Father’s love. So many testimonies were shared from people who struggled with the fact that God in heaven is our actual Father. Stories of abandonment, abuse, neglect, and alcoholism were all shared. For many, it is hard to see God as our Father because we tend to reflect our own view of our mothers and fathers on to God.

But if we looked at the Godhead differently — such as your Father is God, rather than God is the Father,  we might see our relationship with Him differently. We also need to search the scriptures (as a workman) so that we learn who God is. What is His name in this current dispensation of grace?

When we study His Word, we learn that the word Godhead is used three times.  “Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone graven by art and man`s device.” (Acts 17:29) Further, ”for the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20) And finally,  “for in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” (Colossians 2:9)

So, who are we referring to when we talk about the Father? “For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell, and having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself, by Him, whether the be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind, by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled in the body of His flesh through death to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight; if you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel.” (Colossians 1:19) His name is Jesus.

This is why Jesus (when He taught us to pray) told us not to use vain repetitions as the heathen do, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. (Matthew 6:7-8) Rather, Jesus gave us an example of how we should pray so that we would understand that God is not a far away being that we can never know but rather our heavenly Father who cared enough about His creation to shed His own holy blood on the cross for you and I.  Indeed, Jesus said, “I and my Father are one” so that we would understand that He is God Himself clothed in a sin-prone body. (John 10:30-33; John 1:1-18)

This is why Jesus said, “After this manner therefore pray ye: “‘Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, for ever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:9)

Luke writes of the same event, stating that one of Jesus disciples said,  “Lord, teach us to pray” as John (the Baptist) taught his disciples. Therein Jesus said, “ When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread and forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” (Luke 11:1-4)

We begin to understand His love when we realize that even in the old covenant (or old testament as we call it today)  the Lord was already making a way of salvation whereby as far as the east is from the west, so also will He remove our transgressions from us.  “He made known His ways unto Moses, His acts unto the children of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide, nor will He keep His anger forever … like as a father pities children, the Lord pities them that fear Him.” (Psalm 103:7-13)

This is my heart to share and my prayer is that you may see the Father the way I do. I see Him as one who is with you at any stage of your life, and always there with open arms. So join with me then in “looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing or the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ who gave Himself for us that He might redeem us from all iniquity” — so that you too may be secure in His embrace. (Titus 2:13)