I have been reading Paul’s letter to the Romans. Talk about a long-winded man who once spoke at great length until way past midnight! You can read about this account in Acts 20:
‘a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.’ Paul stopped preaching long enough to go down to pray for him and the young man revived. He continued preaching until daybreak then departed by ship to Macedonia.
An exciting word of comfort and exhortation to the Romans (and us, too) can be found in Romans 8 where the apostle Paul talks about:
‘glory which shall be revealed in us’ (vs 18)
‘glorious liberty of the children of God’ (vs 21)
‘groaning within ourselves. . .for the redemption of our body’ (vs 23)
He speaks about what we, the children of God, hope for and how the Holy Spirit is with us to help us in ‘the sufferings of this present time’ (vs 18). Not only the Holy Spirit, but Jesus also, who is ‘at the right hand of God makes intercession for us ‘ (vs 34), and how ‘we are more than conquerors through him that loved us’ (vs 37) and how nothing ‘shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord’ (vs 39).
Here are more wonderful scriptures to meditate on:
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it (vs 24-25).
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (vs 28).
If God be for us, who can be against us? (Vs 31)
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Vs 38-39)
MARANATHA, THE LORD COMETH!
(Originally posted June 16, 2012)
While many of us will remember our fathers this Father’s Day, we need to honor another father, the Father of all fathers- our Father God in heaven. It is God, our Father, who loves us with an Enduring Love. Unlike our earthly fathers, God knew us and loved us from before we were born (Jeremiah 1:5). And when our fathers leave this earth and they can no longer care for us, our Father in heaven will continue to love and care for us. Some children have not had good earthly fathers. Some have had absentee fathers or fathers that they have not had a very good relationship with.
This is not the case with our Father God in heaven. It says in 1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you“. Isaiah 59:1 tells us, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened at all, that it cannot save, nor His ear dull with deafness, that it cannot hear.” And He said, “… I will never leave you, nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). God has plans for each of us, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).
In the New Testament, Jesus taught us about our Father in heaven when He said to pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name” (Mt 6:9). Jesus spoke about God many times as ‘your Father which is in heaven’ or ‘your heavenly Father’, using the personal pronoun ‘your’ meaning ‘our‘ Father!
In the Bible, God, our Father is revealed as a loving and merciful God.
- Psalm 46:1 states, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
- John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
God is our Heavenly Father– if we believe in and accept Jesus as our Saviour. There is a popular song among the youth called ‘One Way’ which emphasizes this fact. There is only one way to have eternal life with God in heaven. It is through Jesus. Jesus said ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me’ (John14:6). He said “For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God” (John16:27).
The Bible says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Rom 10:9-10). If you believe in your heart that Jesus was sent from heaven by God to save you from your sins, and to show you the way to heaven, then God is your Father, and you are His child. He is your Father God! So on Father’s Day and EVERY day, let us honor God, our Father in Heaven!
Listen to Don Moen ‘Our Father Who Art in Heaven’