The Good Father

 

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!” (Romans 8:14-15)

Religion has taught people that God the Father is an angry God who is just looking for a chance to slap you down. Today’s culture of violence and neglect against children by their earthly fathers keeps them from seeing God as a Father at all. This hurts the heart of the Father because He so much wants to be our Father. He longs for that fellowship He created us to have with Him!

What does a really great father look like? What are the characteristics of a great father?

A good father provides for his children. He makes sure they have food, clothes, a roof over their head. Our heavenly Father is Jehovah Jireh: Our Provider. He has made provisions for us from the foundation of the world. In everything, He has already provided.

A good father makes sure his children get medical care when they need it. He sees to their healing. Our heavenly Father is Jehovah Rapha: Our Healer. By the stripes of Jesus Christ, He purchased our healing from every disease, every wound, every scrape known to man.

A good father listens to his children’s stories and problems. He listens to their dreams. Our heavenly Father is the Wonderful Counselor. He is just waiting to listen, I mean really listen to our stories, our problems, our dreams and wipe away our tears when necessary.

A good father loves his children enough to set boundaries and consequences when they disobey. He’s not afraid to discipline them.
Our heavenly Father is the Judge of the Universe. He disciplines us when we need it, but like a good father, He tempers it with mercy and grace. When we simply turn and repent. He casts it all behind His back..and then He blesses us.

A good father goes out of his way to give his children the things they really, really want just so he can watch the joy on their face when they get it. Our heavenly Father gives us the desires of our heart. It is His good pleasure to give us the kingdom. He loves to give us the dreams that we didn’t ask Him for. Why? So He can see the joy in our face! So He can enjoy our gratitude and thankfulness!

A good father confronts his children when they are wrong. A good father will go after his children when they are in trouble, no matter what he may face when he gets there. Our heavenly Father is not afraid to tell us when we are wrong. The conviction of His Spirit comes when our attitude or our words are wrong. When our decisions are crossways with His will for our lives. He will come after us when we fall into trouble. He will do everything He possibly can to save us and bring us back to Him.

A good father stores up an inheritance for his children so they will be more secure in life after he is gone. Our heavenly Father has prepared a place for us with Him in heaven. He has reserved for us many, many rewards, gifts and crowns. He has deposited bountifully into our heavenly bank account with each prayer we pray, each kind word we speak and each kind deed we do for others. We have a goodly inheritance!

A good father is involved day by day in his children’s lives…their whole lives as long as he lives. Our heavenly Father is ALWAYS there in our everyday lives. Whether we realize it or not, He is there. Watching over us, helping us in unseen ways. Eternity will show us how much He has been there for us!

If you have never experienced the love of a GOOD father, you do have a really GREAT Father who loves you so much! I encourage you to ponder on the characteristics of a good father and let your heavenly Father change your entire life! He really does want that special relationship with YOU.

Blessings everyone…

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1 Response to The Good Father

  1. mickitodd58 says:

    Reblogged this on The Enoch Dimension: The Journey.

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