#5108 – Father and Son

Good morning dearly loved children of God.

John 14:1 NIV “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.

Jesus came from His Father and Jesus returned to His Father. The bond between Jesus and His Father is immeasurable. So too is their unity and their oneness.

In this verse, Jesus is talking to His disciples; His followers who were called to walk with Him and learn from Him. He was their rabbi and their teacher.

But it wasn’t about them learning some information. It was and still is about people encountering God and entering into a deepening relationship with Him. This is why Jesus came.

Jesus knew that many people – including many religious scholars – believed in God. They knew the stories of how God moved miraculously as they read the Torah. The reality is, most knew about God, but fewer knew God.

In this verse, I see Jesus taking His disciples from the impersonal into the personal; from a God that they had heard about and who they were religiously trying to please, into a living and wonderful relationship with God.

And He did this by identifying that He is the door to the Father. Jesus is the entry way into eternal life; into knowing God the Father and Jesus His Son. Jesus connected His Father and Himself into one indivisible belief.

And this truth spoken by Jesus is still the truth today. We can’t know God the Father without knowing God the Son. All religions do not lead to the same God. Only Jesus is the Saviour of the world and the King most high.

May we believe in God the Father and believe in Jesus His Son.

#5107 – God is Good

Good morning people who delight yourself in the goodness of God today.

God is good!

Simple, yet life-giving and life-changing!

God is good!

Everything God created is good, just like He is good. Everything God speaks into existence comes from the substance of His goodness.

God’s goodness is based in His rightness. I don’t just mean that what He says is right – although it absolutely, completely, totally is right. I mean He is right. Everything about God is right – there’s nothing wrong with God – therefore, everything about God is good.

And the goodness of God is available to you today – yes, you! Because God is good, He wants to, yearns to, desires to release His goodness on you. And not just a trickle, but in an overflowing abundance!

So, come to Him. Acknowledge His goodness. Turn your face and your heart towards Him. Repent. Receive. Abide. Remain. Delight in Him as He delights in you.

Psalms 27:13-14 NIV I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Psalms 23:6 NIV Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Praise the Lord for His goodness!

#5106 – Praise the Lord

Good morning people who were created to praise and glorify God.

Sometimes our daily approach to God is purely needs based. Sometimes we come to Him just to ask Him to do something for us. Sometimes we come just to complain at what He hasn’t done.

And so today, I want to keep this very simple. Let’s make our focus today on praising God. That’s it – praise the Lord.

We have so much to be grateful for! Yes, we have challenges – some of them seem insurmountable – it is true for you and it is true for me.

And it will always be true, therefore, our praise must not be circumstantial.

Why?

Because, like the apostle Paul testified over and over again, God is worthy of our praise and our rejoicing in Him regardless of the prison we find ourselves in or the problems that we are walking through. God is still present with us, and this should be reason enough to get our praise on!

Psalms 150:1-6 NIV Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.

#5105 – Worthy of it All

Good morning people who live fully alive in the glory and majesty of God.

I want to declare boldly and loudly today that our God is worthy of it all!

He is wonderful and beautiful and magnificent! He is glorious and delightful beyond words!

The heavens display the wonders of God and His limitless creation. The earth shows off His handiwork.

People created in His image are masterpieces of His design, will and intention. No accidents exist – just masterpieces – and that includes you!

And so today, I declare that giving thanks is a great thing for us to do. Praise looks good on us and it pleases our Father. It is not dependent on how things are going, but rather, it is dependent upon who is sitting on the throne in heaven and in our hearts!

God is worthy of it all!

Psalms 92:1-5 NIV It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done. How great are your works, Lord, how profound your thoughts!

God is worthy of it all!

#5104 – As Father Loves

Good morning people who follow the example of our Father in heaven.

I said yesterday that with the Holy Spirit and through the Holy Spirit, we can love people as the Father loves people.

Now I want to make something clear.

Loving people does not mean agreeing with people or even giving into their demands to love them by accepting their current choices. This is not tolerance – it is compromise. The Father didn’t do this and nor should we.

Think about this with me. The Father didn’t love us while we were sinners by saying, “It’s OK. Grace. Grace. Grace. Your choice is your choice. It’s all good.” Not at all.

So, what did He do?

He sent His one and only Son to live a sinless life and die a criminal’s death so that we could be set free from the tyranny of sin and death! The Father loved us so much that He sacrificed His best. This was how our Father loved us, and this is our example for loving others, including those who will persecute us through their demands, and the consequences.

Here’s the words of Jesus to all who want to follow Him:

Matthew 16:24-25 NIV Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”

May we be strengthened by the Holy Spirit in these days and know the heart and mind of God in every situation. May He give us the words to speak and the strength to stand strong in the faith. May it all be for the Father’s glory.