Sunday, November 19, 2006

Our Father who is in Heaven

Toothache, heavy work load & much more are my lousy excuses for not blogging. I have been wondering about issues I cannot solve & reminding myself to let go let God. I am just confuse & trying to rob myself of great joy by going back to the bitter past. Some called it spiritual warfare, others might define it as habits...anyway manage to draft up a post before church service today for sharing as I miss all of you!

"Our father who is in heaven." God is. Not God was. Not God will be. Not God could be or should be, but God is. He is the God of the present tense. When we come to Christ, God not only forgives us, He also adopts us. Through a dramatic series of events, we go from condemned orphans with no hope to adopted children with no fear. Here is how it happens. We come before the judgment seat of God full of rebellion & mistakes. Because of His justice He cannot dismiss our sin, but because of His love he cannot dismiss us. So, in an act which stunned the heavens, He punished Himself on the cross for our sins. God's justice & love are equally honored. And we, God's creation, are forgiven. But the story doesn't end with God's forgiveness...

For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out "Abba! Father!" The Spirit Himself bears witness with our Spirit that we are children of God. Rom. 8:15-16 [NASB]

It would be enough if God just cleansed our name, but He does more. He gives us His name. It would be enough if God just set us free, but He does more. He takes us home. He takes us home to the Great House of God. God has adopted us. God sought us, found us, signed the papers & took us home...believe it or not, He did...

Our achievements, however noble they may be, are not important. Our credentials, as starry as they may be, are of no concern. God is the foundation of our life. The key question in life is not "How strong am I?" but rather "How strong is God?" Focus on His strength, not ours. Occupy ourselves with the nature of God...

And we though God adopted us because we were good looking. We thought He needed our money or our wisdom. Sorry. God adopted us simply because He wanted to. We were in His good will and pleasure. Knowing full well the trouble we would be & the price He would pay, He signed His name next to ours and changed our name to His and took us home. Our Abba adopted us & became our Father...

To some, the thought of trusting a Heavenly Father is doubly difficult because our earthly father might have disappointed us or mistreated us. If such is the case, I urge you: Don't confuse your Heavenly Father with the fathers you've seen on earth. Your Father in Heaven isn't prone to headaches & temper tantrums. He doesn't hold us one day & hit us the next. The man who fathered us may play such games, but the God who loves us never will...

May I remind you, this adoption is something we receive, not something we earn...

Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor ruling spirits, nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers, nothing above us, nothing below us, nor anything else in the World will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom. 8:38-39

Our Father will never turn us away. When the words of others hurt you or your own failure distress you, step in the house of God. Gaze at this painting & be reminded of our God: It is right to call Him Holy; we speak truth when we call Him King. But if we want to touch His heart, use the name He loves to hear. Call Him Father...Daddy

Inspired by:

Max Lucado

20 comments:

jel said...

Well done there!

It is great to see you posting again, Brother!
Thanks for the visit,
take care
God bless
Huggs

Anonymous said...

Awesome post! Keep shining for Jesus...

Yeah... Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor ruling spirits, nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers, nothing above us, nothing below us, nor anything else in the World will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom. 8:38-39

Go to Abba Father, He is our source and strength!

Huggs
PW

Anonymous said...

This was a good post! I am sorry to hear about your tooth ache and your heavy work load. I'll be praying for you. Maybe you can slow down over the holiday.

Kitty Cheng said...

Good to see you posting again! I have been to busy to blog regularly too, but do it when I can.

This is such a wonderful and inspiring post. Thanks brother for the insights.

It's so true that Our Heavenly Daddy will never turn us away. He loves you and me very much :) Hallelujah!

audrey` said...

YES!
Our Heavenly Father will never abandon us.
Take care =)

Godwyn Lim said...

Sister Janice *Hugs*,

You are always the 1st to visit my blog! Let's give all the Praise to our Lord Christ Jesus Amen?!

I love your blog! When I have time, surely I will surf your blog as it's full of visual stimulation of Great creation of our Good God!

Have a bless week ahead!

Godwyn Lim said...

Sister PW,

How's your trip? Recharge for the challenges of a new coming year! How is Japan?

I love Romans 8:38-39 When I'm down, I will read this verse & pray in spirit declaring nothing will separate us from Christ especially when I am weak...be it emotionally, physically or mentally!

May the Lord Bless you & Keep you!

Godwyn Lim said...

Hey Sister Lori,

Thank you for your kind concern, I think the dentist will have to remove the tooth later in the day:-) It's going to hurt, but Jesus will heal!

The holiday will be helpful to recover from work! I have left my comments on your blog, check it out when you have the time.

Meantime, enjoy Father's love for us:-)

Godwyn Lim said...

Kitty!

You make good effort postings! I'm the lazy one...prodigal son:p

Love to read your entries, always full of revelations!

Amen?! Our Daddy loves all! Creator of tender kindnes & gentle mercy!

Never...ever will be be forsaken!

God is love...

Godwyn Lim said...

Sister Audrey!

Any other telecommunication issues? You need any information, just let me know, I will get it done.

We can do ALL things through Christ Amen?!

Is your dotter having exams now? I pray that all is well:-)

jel said...

Hope the dentist will take care of your tooth, and you have no more pain!


God's love!

jel said...

hey Brother,

it's working now!


take care

Prayer Warrior said...

Hi Bro Godwyn

I had a blessed trip and Japan is awesome. Great innovation and creative people around. Glory to God! I will definitely be back for more...

Sad to inform you that I decided to stop blogging. Thank you for yr support and encouragements over the years. Kindly remove my link "The Spirit of Life" on yours ya!

Be strong and courageous always and remember Daddy God loves you very much.

All the best and God bless!

Many Huggs
PW

Julie said...

"Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name." Psalm 86:11

Here's my sincere comment to you. May you continue to get better in health and His Blessing flow daily to ya.

Anonymous said...

hey, bro! how's the tooth? hope you'll post again. miss yah!

jel said...

Are you Well ?



huggs

Godwyn Lim said...

Sister Janice!

Sorry for the late reply, I was too much in pain & busy to blog.

The blog also suffered from technical problem where I cannot access it, thanks to your email, then I just realize the issue:-)

I pray for it & the next day, the site is fully funtional! Praise in the name of Jesus!

Godwyn Lim said...

Sister PW,

I would miss you heaps! Why do you want to shut down your blog? Sorry for the late reply as I had alot of issues to handle for this month.

I haven't been to Japan & will visit it once of these days!

I will remove the link, this is one of the saddest thing I could think about.

I will Be strong and courageous always remember Daddy God loves me very much.

I pray that NO weapons can prosper against you but everything you touched, you will prosper, in the name above all, Christ Jesus!

Please keep in touch, email me or drop your comments whenever you have the time to do so:-)

Surely will miss you...God speed!

Godwyn Lim said...

Sister Julie,

I Recieved the blessing you shared, all in all in the name of Christ Jesus, our Saviour, Our Lord!

Thank you for your kind comments, taking precious time to read as such encourage me to go on! We can do ALL things through Jesus!

Have a good week ahead & know that you are always bless!

Godwyn Lim said...

PIA,

I'm back! Tooth recovering! Miss sharing with you:-)

Have a good week ahead! Child of Most High God!