In our world, there are many gods. If you visit any multi-ethnic community, you will see temples filled with gods. Most of them are statues depicting a deity. And if you spend some time observing devotees when they come to worship, there are many ways they approach their god. Some come with reverent fear, bowing even before they enter the premises. Some come out of a sense of duty and obligation. There are other things they would rather be doing than to be in the temple worshiping. Then there are also those who treat their god like a teller machine, dispensing favor and blessings when it suits their fancy. For these people, they move from god to god, according to how much they receive from that deity at that point in time.

Have you ever wondered why that is? What is ‘god’? Do you really understand the concept of ‘god’?

If we are truly honest with ourselves, we don’t; because we do not see god. There is no such physical thing as god in our natural world. The closest things we have to god are statues and figurines which don’t move, don’t talk and, honestly, don’t even know who you are; because they are inanimate objects. So that is why our Father does not relate to us as ‘God to man’; because we don’t understand what that means and how we are to respond. Instead, this is how He relates to us.

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13

That is why, before Jesus ascended, He said,

“Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” John 20:17

Our Father relates to us, ‘Father to son’, not ‘God to man’; and that is why Jesus says,

“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26

So “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-11

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

We all have fathers. He engineered it that way. So He knows that we understand what it means to relate ‘Father to son’. He knows we understand what the role of the son is and we know what responsibilities a father carries. But just so we are clear, what are the responsibilities of a father?

A father provides, protects, cares for, guides, instructs and most importantly, gives a forgiving environment in which the son can always feel that he is loved, he is important, that nothing can ever separate him from his father’s love; and because of that, he has no more care in the world, because Daddy is around. Right?

So too is it with our Father.

That is why, Jesus used the imagery of ‘father and son’ in the parable of the prodigal; because we know that loving fathers respond this way, even in the natural.

“When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’
But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants, ‘Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time.” Luke 15:20-24 [MSG]

Now, notice I said earlier that our Father relates to us Father to son, and not merely ‘wants to’ relate to us Father to son. He already treats us who believe as His children. This is independent of how you see Him. Just like whether the son believed it or not, the father to the prodigal still loved him, and was looking out for him every single day; so too does out Father love us who believe in Him, and is looking out for our best interests every single day, whether we believe it or not.

But as we have seen in the message Why Do We Sin, if we do not believe that God is our loving Father, if we do not relate to Him like we are His beloved children, then we would be like the prodigal before he went home; still out in the pen with the swine, eating the pods meant for the swine, depriving ourselves of the blessings that our Father has in store for us. We would have estranged ourselves from our Father’s love.

We need to be in our Father’s presence to enjoy His goodness and His love. That is why Jesus said,

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

But isn’t our Father omnipotent? Isn’t there nothing He can’t do? So can’t He zap warm fuzzy feelings of His love into our hearts even when we are far away? Actually, He does. That is why we all had a turning point in our lives. We all had that longing, once in our past, to want to come back into His presence and seek His kingdom. But of what good are mere warm fuzzy feelings if it is not backed up by real blessings? So remember the man who went about giving gifts in the message Jesus Would Like To Know What You Would Do? Our Father has lined your life with gift boxes. But if you don’t open them, how will you experience them? And how will you open them if you don’t go near them?

But you are thinking that yours is an imperfect life. So bad that everyone around you has left you. You feel you are worthless, incorrigible. Well, beloved, what would the ideal father of such a child do? Take him in, clean him, feed him, listen to why he became like that, instruct him in areas where he has misunderstood and then watch over him to make sure that he is always able to stay out of trouble right? I mean come on, if your child has a propensity to mix with bad company, would you not try your best to pick him up right after school day after day, just so he will never have a chance to get influenced again? Or would you leave him out to rot in the sewers of life? So,

“If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him!” Matthew 7:11 [AMPC]

You can replace gifts with blessings, care, protection, provision, instruction and any other good thing you would give your children; because not only is that how good our Father is, He is more; He is God.

Beloved child of God, for you who believe, God is not ‘god’ but Father. He knows we don’t understand ‘god’. He knows we do not know how to relate to ‘god’ so He relates to us as His children. Change all that you ever thought about ‘god’ into Father and you will see why you not only have nothing to fear; you have every reason to expect good from our Father.

And my friend, if you have never believed in Jesus or in our Father, but have felt His leading to come back to Him; know that God does not treat you like his subject, He sees you as His child; for

“The Lord knows those who are His” 2 Timothy 2:19

And if you feel His calling, then you are right, He is calling out to you right now, saying,

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

And if you will let Him in, if you will relate to God as your Father, and you His child, then tell Him this,

“Father, thank You for making me Your child. Thank You for loving me so much that You would send Your Son, Your only Son, The Son whom You loved, Jesus, to die on the cross for me, so that now, I who believe in Him can have the right to be your beloved child. Father I know that I have sinned and I am imperfect. Yet I also know that because Jesus shed His blood for me, I now receive full and complete remission of sins, past, present and future, and I am now loved and prized by You. Father I no longer relate to you as God, but as Father, for I now know that You see me as Your child. So Father, with You around me always, I have every confidence that I have nothing to fear for You are there with me, working for my benefit, because you are for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Beloved child of God, our Father has promised,

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
And Jesus has said,

“I am with you all the days (perpetually, uniformly, and on every occasion), to the [very] close and consummation of the age.” Matthew 28:20 [AMPC]

‘I am’ beloved. Not even ‘I will be’ but ‘I am’. Stop relating to God as ‘god’ for He is and always will be, your Father.

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