WHERE IS GOD’S HEART?

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WHERE IS GOD’S HEART?

Christians have always been told.

“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:2

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 [KJV]

And many of us have begun to see this as a demand; that if we don’t put God first, He will not bless us. It almost seems as if God was ‘a mean kid sitting on an anthill with a magnifying glass, and we are the ants. He could fix our lives in five minutes if He wanted to, but he'd rather burn off our feelers and watch us squirm’ and we have to appease Him in order to avoid Him smiting us.

Thoughts like these are what drive people away from our Father and away from His love, provision and protection. But thoughts like these could not be further from the truth. So let us pause today and see just where our Father’s heart really is.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:2-5

What is God doing? He is making you right with Himself, He is healing your diseases and ailments, He is saving you from yourself and the harm others want to do to you, He is laying on you all his kindness and mercies, He is giving you more provision than you will ever need and He is maintaining your aesthetic appearance. Where is His attention focused on? Yes, you. Our Father’s heart is on you. The myth of ‘do good, get good’ has been debunked right from the get go. Our Father is not sitting in His ivory tower waiting for us to bring Him tribute; He is actively working in our lives, healing us, saving us, providing for us and making sure that we look good, in every way. And He never makes any demands of us.

Beloved, when Jesus said,

“I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.” John 20:17

He was not kidding. We are God’s children and God is our Father and that is why we are always on His mind, we are always in His heart. We don’t even have to do good to get good from our Father, because He makes us right with Him already, for as is it written,

“Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities” Psalm 103:3 [AMPC]

We don’t have to be good; we who believe in Jesus’ redeeming work have already been made good. And that is why all the other blessing can follow.

And our Father plays no favorites and has no biases, for this gift to right standing is for everyone who would believe in Jesus’ redeeming work, as Jesus has said,

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Yes, beloved, don’t miss out on the word ‘whoever’.

And once you have been made right with our Father, you who believe can enjoy all the blessings that He wants for your life, starting with this.

“Who heals [each one of] all your diseases,” Psalm 103:3 [AMPC]

Are you facing a condition in your body? Do you need relief from pain? Do you need to be set free from stress? Well beloved, you can. All you need to do is turn to Jesus, for remember that when Jesus was here,

“At evening, when the sun had set, they brought to Him all who were sick and those who were demon-possessed. And the whole city was gathered together at the door. Then He healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He did not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him.” Mark 1:32-34

And because “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever;” Hebrews 13:8

All you ever need to do to overcome the needs in your life is ask,

“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

Beloved, remember, on the cross,

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:4-5 [AMPC]

Our Father wants you healed, whole and well. Ask and believe.

And if it is not healing that you need but deliverance from your situation and provision for today, our Father’s heart wants to provide for you, for it is said,

“Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy;
Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s [strong, overcoming, soaring]!” Psalm 103:4-5 [AMPC]

Do you find yourself in a tight situation? Even if you were the one who got yourself into that pit in the first place, our Father is working to redeem you from that pit, pull you out, clean you up and give you not only what is necessary, but what is your heart’s desire, according to your personal age and situation. Not only is our Father always ready and willing to give, He is not some old, dusty relative, who gives you wooden block toys, pulled out from His century old toy cabinet. He gives what you want, up to date and relevant for your time. So if you have a need, ask and believe.

Beloved, if we are honest with ourselves, we have messed up at some point in our life. And our Father has every right to smite us, really. Yet,

“The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.” Psalm 103:8

“He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.” Psalm 103:10
“For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103:11-14

Our Father is not selfish, nor self-centered; seeing only how much we have hurt Him. Instead, He puts His personal anguish aside, pins our iniquities on Jesus, and punishes our guilt on Jesus, so that He can rightfully tend to our needs. Our Father is not demanding that we put Him first in our hearts. He just tells us to remember Him because He is always thinking of us and for us.

Beloved, always remember,

“Jesus wept.” John 11:35

He wept at the tomb of Lazarus, He wept over Jerusalem when He knew that the people would eventually be conquered because they rejected Him and His gift of protection. So if you are going through a rough time in your life right now, there is no doubt that Jesus is weeping with you right now; and because, he who has seen Jesus has seen the Father (John 14:9), so too does our Father feel every pain that you are suffering right now.

But take heart beloved, our Father’s heart is for you and He is with you right now. He has always been, and forevermore shall be. So commit your cares to Him in prayer right now because all He ever wants is for you to prosper and have a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

And if you have just come to know the love of our Father and would like to come under His protection and receive His provision, you can. You are never too late; for Jesus says,

“And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.” John 10:16

So if you have heard His voice in your life and want to respond then say this to Him.

“Jesus, thank You for saving me. Thank You for bearing my sin, my guilt and my shame on the cross so that I can be right with our Father and have the right to receive the blessings that our Father wants to give. Thank You that by Your death, sin no longer has a hold of me. I can say ‘no’ to sin because of the strength that You have put in me. Yet, even when I fall again, I know that our Father has said that even though the righteous fall seven times, yet will they rise again. And because Your blood shed has made me righteous, I am also risen with You into a new life. Father, thank You for always thinking of me and for me. I rest in Your assurance and look to You for all that I ever need, want and more. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Our Father’s heart is always on you and for you. That is why it makes absolute sense for us to always look to Him and remember His love for us.

“As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103:13-14

So rest in His love and His assurance that in Him, we shall never want for any good thing.

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