God, Your Heavenly Father

heavenly father

Did you know that you have a father who is in every way the perfect parent? He loves you more than you can ever imagine, will never get angry with you (Is 54:9), and delights in giving you good things!

Regardless of your family situation, whether wonderful or not as you wish it was, I’m not talking about your earthly father. After all, even the best of earthly parents make mistakes. I’m talking about your Father in heaven!

God isn’t a stern judge, waiting to condemn you every time you fail. He isn’t just out there somewhere, totally unconcerned about and uninvolved in your everyday life. If you believe in Jesus, then God is your Heavenly Father!

As your Heavenly Father, God cares about you far more than you know, and desires what’s best for you. He wants to take care of you, if you will let Him, and use His wisdom to lead and guide you down the right path. And just like parents give good things to their children, God has many good gifts that He will give you, if you will ask (Mtt 7:11).

You don’t have to be afraid to come to God, thinking that He is going to turn you away because of the mistakes you have made. Because  Jesus gave His life for you at the cross, God has forgiven you for all the things you have done wrong, and made you able to stand before Him. As His child, you have the right to come to Him freely at any time. He actually WANTS to spend time with you! And He also deeply desires for you to get to know Him better.

Know that God is your caring Heavenly Father, who wants you to enter into a close relationship with Him. Ask Him to show you just how much He loves you. Spend time enjoying His presence!

What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?

Christian Q

Have you ever wondered what it really means to be a Christian? Have you ever had someone ask you that question, and found it difficult to explain to them clearly what being a Christian is all about?

Simply put, a Christian is someone who has received God’s gift of salvation. A Christian understands that . . .

  • They have done things that are wrong, and the wrong things they have done separated from God. (Ephesians 2:12)
  • No matter how hard they try, they can’t save themselves. We can never be good enough to earn a relationship with God, because He is perfect, and no matter how hard we try, we just can’t be perfect. (Romans 3:10)
  • Jesus took their place. The payment for doing things that are wrong is death. Jesus took our place, and died for us. Because He did that, we can have eternal life – a relationship with God that begins now, and will last forever! (Romans 6:23,
    John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21)
  • God offers us salvation as a free gift. When someone gives you a gift, you reach out and take it! God offers the gift of salvation to each of us. We simply need to receive it! (Ephesians 2:8-9)

If you’ve already accepted Jesus as your Savior, this is what that decision meant. If you haven’t received God’s gift of salvation yet, accept it today!

Aren’t sure where to begin? Simply tell God that you know you’re an sinner, and can’t save yourself. Tell Him you want Jesus to be your Savior, and that you receive His gift of forgiveness and salvation. It’s as simple as that!

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The Giver of Every Good and Perfect Gift

The Giver of Every Good and Perfect GiftWeek 41 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was Hebrews 11-13, and James 1-3.

James 1:17 says that every good and perfect gift comes from God, who doesn’t change like the shifting shadows.

“Every good thing in your life is from your Heavenly Father. He isn’t the giver of that which causes sadness, heartache, and pain, but rather of every good and perfect gift. As our Father in Heaven, He delights in blessing us, and seeing us enjoy His blessings. That is the kind of Daddy He is!

Our God is unchangeable. In a world that’s constantly shifting and turning, He remains constant. The One who loves to provide for us, and desires for us to accept His good gifts, will continue to be our source of blessing. For your provision, look to the One who is the giver of all things good and perfect!” – Excerpt from previous post “Every Good and Perfect Gift

Every Good and Perfect Gift

Every Good and Perfect GiftThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is James 1:17. This verse states that every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who doesn’t change like the shadows, which are constantly shifting.

Every good thing in your life is from your Heavenly Father. He isn’t the giver of that which causes sadness, heartache, and pain, but rather of every good and perfect gift. As our Father in Heaven, He delights in blessing us, and seeing us enjoy His blessings. That is the kind of Daddy He is!

Our God is unchangeable. In a world that’s constantly shifting and turning, He remains constant. The One who loves to provide for us, and desires for us to accept His good gifts, will continue to be our source of blessing. For your provision, look to the One who is the giver of all things good and perfect!

Religion Says . . . God Says . . .

Religion Says . . . God Says . . .

Religion says that you must be perfect. God says that you have been perfected once and for all (Hebrews 10:14).

Religion says that you must earn God’s acceptance. God says that you are accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1:6).

Religion says that you must keep a long list of rules to be made right with God. God says that you are made right with Him through faith in His Son (Philippians 3:9).

Religion says that when you sin, God is displeased with you. God says that He remembers your sins no more (Hebrews 8:12).

Religion says that you must do everything right to experience God’s blessings. God says that they are free gifts of His unmerited favor.

Religion says that your sins will find you out. God says that your sins received their full punishment at the cross.

Religion says when you sin, to expect God’s judgement. God says that where there’s sin, there’s an even greater abundance of grace (Romans 5:20).

Religion says that you a servant who must earn the approval of their master. God says that you are His dearly loved child (1 John 3:1).

The fundamental difference between religion and a relationship with God is this – religion tells you what you must do. God tells you what His Son has already done.

You Don’t Have To . . .

You Don't Have To . . .You don’t have to . . .

  • try to avoid speaking of Jesus, and what He has done for you. Modern culture would tell us to keep our faith in Christ to ourselves, in order to avoid offending nonbelievers. However, as believers, we are called to share the good news. Let’s make use of the opportunities to share the gospel that God presents us with!
  • have a schedule that’s filled to the brim, causing you to run yourself ragged. Take time to slow down, relax, and simply be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10)!
  • approach your Heavenly Father with fear or timidity. Jesus took your sins upon Himself, and paid the price for them in full. Your wrongdoings no longer stand between you and God. You can approach His throne of grace boldly (Hebrews 4:16), confident in the knowledge of what Christ has done for you!
  • struggle and strive on your own to always be perfect. No matter how hard you try, you’ll never achieve perfection through your own efforts. Instead, draw closer to your Heavenly Father, and allow His grace to transform you from the inside out!
  • do things the way everyone around you is doing them. Don’t worry about what others are doing, just focus on doing things God’s way!

Which of these common patterns do you need to break away from? How can you begin to do so today?

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