Wednesday, 2 December 2020

God - Our Father, Our Confidence

We Have a Father
"Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." ― Romans 5:1-2 (NKJV)
Prayer Mindset:

When we come to God, we come based on GRACE; we come based on His LOVE. We come as a son or daughter who comes to his or her father. This is what we learn from Jesus. He taught us to start praying with recognition of the ground of our prayers. And what is that ground? It is the fact that prayers are about talking to “OUR FATHER.” Hallelujah! 

I don’t know if you understand the import of that acknowledgment or how it hits you, but it is a huge deal. It makes all the difference in a world, as it relates to prayers. No wonder Jesus asked that we start with this mindset - state and inclination of our mind. When we come into the place of prayers, we do not contend with our Father. 

Not Strangers:

God and we are not in opposite (opposing) camps. We come in partnership with one who is for us. We come to one who is and wants to fight our cause (our battles). We do not come to a stranger. We do not come as strangers. We do not come to a tyrant. We do not come as intruders. We come as people who have a RIGHT to be there. We come as people who have "ACCESS." 

We come as people who are used to being there. We come to a place and do a thing that is common with and for us. We come to our Father, God. And what is more, He means well for us. Our father is not a wicked judge. He is not a hireling. He is a good God. He is the very definition of the word good. He is the very definition of the word love. 

Our God is Perfect:

He is a perfect God, and the very definition of the word, perfect. He wants to do us good. He wants to give to us of His grace (abundant riches, empowerment, enrichment, etc.) and His mercy (mark us out as different (redeemed) - His special, favored ones, the apple of His eyes, etc.). I don’t know where we get our religious picture of God from, but it sure is far from the whole truth conveyed in the word. 

Out of ignorance, a lack of trust, and sheer laziness, many people get stuck in the old covenant's shadows and types. They refuse to receive the fullness and fulfillment that is in Christ Jesus. They try to understand spiritual things with their carnal mindset. They fail to key in into the progressive revelation of the word. It’s time we get back to the word of God and “get off our high horses.” 

Walking with God is not about what we think things ought to be. It is ALWAYS and ALWAYS WILL BE what His word says. Even the prodigal son knew a whole lot better than a whole many of us. He was confident in the person of His father. How confident are we in the person of our Father, God? Therein is the power and strength of prayer; and the foundation of our trust.

WOW! WHAT A FATHER? WOW! WHAT A GOD? WOW! WHAT A FRIEND? WOW! WHAT A SHIELD? WOW! WHAT A COVER? WE TRULY ARE BLESSED. HALLELUJAH!

SCRIPTURES: Luke 11:2; Numbers 14:8, 9; 2 Chronicles 20:15; Romans 5:1-2; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6; Isaiah 56:7; Hebrews 4:14-16; Luke 18:6-8; John 10:10; James 1:17; Deuteronomy 32:4; 2 Samuel 22:31, 33; Psalm 18:30, 32; Zechariah 2:8; Romans 8:32; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Luke 12:32; Ephesians 1:3-6; John 1:12-13; Matthew 6:24-34; John 16:24; Isaiah 65:24; Luke 15:11-31.

© 2015 Akin Akinbodunse

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