Thank You, Father, for waking me this morning and for revealing more of who You are to me, yet again. Especially after the service at church last night where Your presence and Your love was so evident. My thoughts as I woke this morning and turned to You in prayer went something like this:
Would we be happy if our children only came to us whenever they needed something or when they had “messed up,” again? If the only time our children spoke to us it was to give them something that they wanted or needed? Or whenever they had done something wrong and needed for us to fix it for them or clean up their mess? God is our Father. God is not just our judge or taskmaster. Whenever we become saved through His Son, Jesus, we are called His children. We are brought into His kingdom of light, out of the darkness, and into sonship and daughtership with Him. The only words the Lord wants to hear from me are not begging for forgiveness for more mistakes that I have made or begging for those things for which I have a need. God is more than willing to forgive and provide and we don’t have to beg or plead for anything. Also, God already knows that we need Him and that we are not perfect and He knew that we were going to need forgiveness. That is exactly why Jesus came and paid the price for all of our sins once and for all on the cross. We don’t have to miserably beg for forgiveness. We just need to talk to Him like He is our Father and spend time with Him, abide in Christ, and walk with Him. If we did this maybe we wouldn’t fall so much, so often. How many times have we longed for a loving earthly father to talk to but he is miles away at the time, or gone on past this life, or maybe we never had one? God is always right here with us wanting to talk to us, to hear about our day, to talk about our dreams and our hopes, to lead us, and to guide us. Jesus walks with us every step when we know Him. The Holy Spirit is sealed within us, willing to comfort, remind us of scriptures and promises from the Word, to lead us, and to encourage us. Instead of being stuck thinking that God wouldn’t want to hear from us because we’re too bad or too messed up – we need to get ahold of the fact that He loves us. He sent Jesus to pay the price for our sins. He raised Jesus from the dead on that third day with His mighty power and Jesus is alive today at the Father’s right hand and He loves us and He is on our side. He is praying and interceding for us every day. Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit and we are so richly blessed. Thank You Lord, for showing me more of who You are today. I pray that I will spend more time talking to You today and thanking You and loving You – each and every day – and that I will walk and talk with You as Your daughter. I pray that I will encourage others and that I will walk as a daughter of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
by Angela Dingler on November 7, 2013