Characteristics of Father God Part 2

October 10th, 2012

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  1. Characteristics of Father God Part 1
  2. Characteristics of Father God Part 2

We are covering today 6 more Fatherly Characteristics of God.  Understanding more clearly how God is your perfect Father will forever change how you relate to Him on a daily basis!

(This is Part 2 of this post.  If you missed Part 1, please use the above link.)

 Our knowledge of God’s Fatherly Characteristics removes harmful perceptions that we may have carried over from childhood experiences with our own parents and greatly enhances our ability to interact and receive good from Father God.

Perfect for Us and to Us

God says,

As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. Ps. 18:30

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Mt 5:48

God is a perfect Father. He is not capable of the failings of earthly fathers. The Greek word for perfect, teleios, means, complete in mental and moral character (Strong’s Dictionary of NT Words). Not only are His thoughts and character perfect, but as Ps. 18 says, His ways are also perfect. In other words, God says that His interactions with us are unflawed. This is vital for us to keep in mind. People blame God for so many bad things that happen to them. Does a good parent purposely harm his child? Of course not. Any parent that does is considered to be mentally and morally corrupt. God informs us that He is perfect; there is no flaw in His character or dealings with us.

Giving

God says,

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father, Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Characteristics of Father God Part 1

October 7th, 2012

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  1. Characteristics of Father God Part 1
  2. Characteristics of Father God Part 2

Understanding the characteristics of God as your perfect Father is so awe-inspiring that it can forever change how you relate to God on a daily basis! 

This post today is in answer to readers’ questions regarding the characteristics or fatherly traits of God. Some of God’s fatherly traits are like those of a good earthly father; others, though similar, go far beyond an earthly father’s abilities. This lengthy list of God’s fatherly attributes as He describes Himself is in no way complete, for the list would probably be endless. Whether you have had mainly negative experiences with your earthly father, which in turn made it difficult for you to interact with God as your Father, or if you had positive paternal experiences as a child, these traits of Father God will be very healing and fulfilling to your mind and spirit.

We are going to explore 10 Fatherly Characteristics of God, 4 in this post (Part 1) and 6 in Part 2.  I trust they will be enlightening and bring healing to your interactions with your Father.

Loving Continually, Abundantly

God says,

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 Jn. 3:1

I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. Jer. 31:3.

Just as a good earthly father, God delights in lavishing His love on us, pouring His love into our lives in generous, plentiful, and even extravagant ways.

As your Heavenly Father, God’s love goes far beyond the capabilities of a human father in that His love is everlasting, never-ending.

Compassionate, Comforting, and Loyal

God says,

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Spiritual Goal Setting Part 2

July 14th, 2012

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  2. Spiritual Goal Setting Part 2

This is Part 2 of a two-part post.  In Part 1, we discussed overcoming spiritual humdrum and disappointment from a lack of spiritual goal setting by answering the question Jesus asked a blind man (Lk.18:41), “What do you want Me to do for you?”  If you missed Part 1 of this post, please use the series link above to read it.

Make use of the list I made for my life to spur your spiritual imagination as to how you can answer Jesus’ question and begin moving past spiritual disappoint in your own life.

I took the list of scriptures below as a basis for my answers to, “What do you want Me to do for you?” ,  since each of these verses are promises given by God to us.  Using such scriptures to sculpt your answers to Jesus’ question should build your confidence in prayer, as God is going to respond when you ask for what He has already said is His desire to give to you.

Now, as you read each underlined verse, hear the question, “What do you want Me to do for you, ____?”  Now create an answer based on that promise, “Lord, I want….”  I have put in italics some promptings to assist you.

1. In Christ…all things have become new. (2 Cor.5:17)  [What in your life or healthy do you want to be completely made new? Lord, I want…]

2.  The LORD will keep you free from every disease. (Deut.7:15)   [What healing do you need?  Lord, I want…]

3.  You will lack nothing. (Deut.8:9)  [What areas of your life are lacking—financially, relationally, in fulfillment, etc.? Lord, I want…]

4. …Praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. (Acts 2:47)  [As you live a life enjoying a spiritual relationship with God, receive favor with all people with whom you interact each day, interpersonal relationships, business transactions, etc.  Lord, I want…]

5.  Meditate on My Word day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.  (Josh.1:8)  [You can receive wisdom and ability from God to be successful in all facets of life. Lord, I want…]

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6.  Let us boldly draw near to the throne of God’s unmerited favor…that we may receive mercy for our failures and help in good time for every need…coming just when we need it. (H.5:16)   [Receive His mercy to overcome your failures and timely, supernatural help whenever you need it. Lord, I want…]

7.  You build fine houses and settle down. (Det.8:12)   [If your family is in need of a home, profess to God that your family receives the good house he has promised His people. Lord, I want…]

8.  Learn of Me…and you will find rest, relief, ease, refreshment, recreation and blessed quiet…For My yoke is wholesome, useful, good — not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant. (Mt.11:28-30)  [If your life is stressful and exhausting, tell God you will learn from Him how to live a wiser, more restful life. Lord, I want…]

9. Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD.  (Det.28:10)  [Tell God that you want people to actually be able to see that He has been good to you, His child. Lord, I want…]

10.  You treat us with kindness and with honor, never denying any good thing to those who live right. (Ps.84:11CEV) [Thank God for not denying you any of the good things He has promised you in His Word.]

Make this form of spiritual goal setting a daily habit.

Do not quit if you do not see instant results in all areas.  You may see some instant results; other situations may take more time, as we, and the people we involved in our lives, often unknowingly hinder the very things we desire.  When discussing prayer, Jesus said, “Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, the door will be opened.” (Mt.7:7,8AMP)  In other words, be as determined daily in your spiritual goal seeking as you would in your career goals.

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Spiritual Goal Setting Part 1

July 12th, 2012

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  2. Spiritual Goal Setting Part 2

If you are disappointed with the progress in the spiritual side of your life, could it be that you are short-changing yourself in the area of goal setting?

A few months ago, I re-read the following verse and it has become very meaningful to me.  It is from the story of a blind man who heard that Jesus was walking through the road of his town.  He began calling out repeatedly to Jesus for mercy.  Jesus came to him and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?”  The blind man said, Lord, I want to see! (Lk.18:41) The man was instantly healed of blindness.

We have previously discussed that Jesus is the visual representation to us of the heart of Father God.  In simpler terms, a main purpose of Jesus’ life was to reveal to us God’s character, heart, and nature.  I want to challenge you today to use the question that Jesus’ asked the blind man as a spring board for you to set new spiritual goals for your life.  Scripture does say that we need to ask to receive.  However, in this instance, Jesus asked the question.  Now visualize yourself with Jesus asking you this question about your life today, and put your name in the blank, “What do you want Me to do for you, _____?”  It is a great challenge!

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Build your level of confidence in prayer  by using promises of God from Scripture to spur your imagination as to how to answer Jesus’ question to you about your own life.

In Part 2 of this post, I have made a list of several Scriptures that I used to answer that question in my own life.  I challenge you to leave behind any spiritual humdrum and disappointment from a lack of spiritual goal setting and make use of this list to sculpt your own set of answers to Jesus’ question.

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Spiritual Goal Setting

August 22nd, 2010

If you are disappointed with the progress in the spiritual side of your life, could it be that you are short-changing yourself in setting/receiving goals in that area?

I came across a tweet of the following verse on Twitter a few months back and it has become very meaningful to me.  It is from the story of a blind man who heard that Jesus was walking through the road of his town.  He began calling out repeatedly to Jesus for mercy.  Jesus came to him and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?”  The blind man said, Lord, I want to see! (Lk.18:41) The man was instantly healed of blindness.

We have discussed before that Jesus is the visual representation to us of the heart of Father God.  A main purpose of Jesus’ life was to reveal to us God’s character, heart, nature.  I want to challenge you today to use the question that Jesus’ asked the blind man as a spring board for you to set new spiritual goals for your life.  Scripture does say that we need to ask to receive.  However, in this instance, Jesus asked the question.  Now visualize yourself with Jesus asking you this question about your life today, and put your name in the blank, “What do you want Me to do for you, _____?”  It is a great challenge!

Make use of the list I made for my own life to spur your spiritual imagination as to how you can answer Jesus’ question.

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The Compassion of God

October 2nd, 2008

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Many people struggle with viewing God as compassionate towards them personally.

Much like those who struggle with accepting God’s love, the fear of people that God is not compassionate toward them can stem from an abusive authority figure during childhood or misinformation in religious upbringing. This post is going to have a few brief comments and numerous quotes about God’s compassion, including what God says of Himself on this subject.

God’s Describes Himself as Compassionate

During one of Moses’ extended times seeking God, he asked to see God. God’s response was that a human could not survive seeing God in all His power, but He would allow His glory to pass in front of Moses. As Moses went through this experience, God said of Himself,

And He passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Ex. 34:6

God Describes His Compassion as Unfailing

Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! Is. 49:15
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you. Is. 54:10
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In God’s Mercy or At His Mercy?

June 27th, 2008

Reading Level: Very Impassioned

While in a time of prayer and meditation this morning, some thoughts came to mind about God’s mercy. Are we in His mercy or at His mercy?

Many of us have been raised to feel that we are “at” God’s mercy, that God is an uncompassionate authority figure who rules over our lives at a distance, yet He is unmoved by the severity of our situations and we are forced to feel grateful if He acts in our behalf. Such feelings may be due to inadequate religious teaching from childhood or a parent or other authority figure that misused their authority. Feelings of being “at” God’s mercy may even stem from being raised in poverty, which often causes one to feel that you are always at the mercy of others’ whims and unable to help yourself.

As I began to study the topic of God’s mercy this evening, I discovered that God’s mercy is clearly governed by His overwhelming love and concern for us.

The first passages I came across were of people in crises who were writing about God’s response to their cries for help. Take a look at these people’s view of God’s merciful responses: Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Characteristics of Father God

June 25th, 2008

Reading Level: Very Impassioned

The characteristics of Father God are deeply moving once one begins to peruse them in their full scope.

This post today is in answer to readers’ questions regarding the characteristics or fatherly traits of God. Some of God’s fatherly traits are like those of a good earthly father; others, though similar, go far beyond an earthly father’s abilities. This lengthy list of God’s fatherly attributes is in no way complete as He describes Himself, for the list would probably be endless. Whether you have had mainly negative experiences with your earthly father, which in turn made it difficult for you to interact with God as your Father, or if you had positive paternal experiences as a child, these traits of Father God will be very healing, emotional, and fulfilling to your mind and spirit.

Loving Continually, Abundantly

God says,
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 Jn. 3:1
I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. Jer. 31:3.

Just as a good earthly father, God delights in lavishing His love on us, pouring His love into our lives in generous, plentiful, and even extravagant ways.
As your Heavenly Father, God’s love goes far beyond the capabilities of a human father in that His love is everlasting, never-ending.

Compassionate, Comforting, and Loyal Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Relinquish Your Fears

February 22nd, 2008

Various Fears affect our Emotional and Physical Well-being. Strengthen Yourself with some Healing Thoughts to Relinquish your Fears in this video blog.Click to Open This Receive Healing Video

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Healing by an Understanding of God’s Love

February 20th, 2008

Reading Level: Impassioned

Growing in one’s understanding of God’s love–the way it actually is, not the incompassionate or unforgiving myth that many of us were raised to believe–opens the door to many types of healing.

As you read through various of my posts, you will become aware that this one of the recurring themes. For example, growing in the understanding of God’s love for you removes fears of His rejection or punishment, opening the door to receiving His love, comfort, and forgiveness, i.e. emotional healing. This in turn allows us to forgive ourselves–more emotional healing. The process sets off a chain reaction because the removal of our fears and forgiveness of ourselves with the unnecessary guilt that carries then allows a release of negative emotions and energies which both created illnesses and aggravated existing ones, i.e. physical healing.

The quote that got me started on this personal search for new revelations of God’s love was this one:
That you may have power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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