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BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.  No. 242

Getting to know
God together.
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GOD IS YOUR FATHER.
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One of the wonderful Names of God is “Father.”
When Jesus Christ came to the earth He showed us, more than any one else ever did, that God is the Father.
And WHAT a “Father” God is!
The best that any of us could ever imagine. Think of the best kind of father you could ever imagine, the kindest and the strongest. Then heap together all the best kinds of fathers you have heard of or thought of, and then multi-ply all of them together. That is only a little way towards being the Father in Heaven that God is to you and me. Now add all the most wonderful mothers to all that - for our God is both mother and father to us.

Jesus showed us truly what the Father God is like. He could do that because Jesus knows the Father the best of all. He is the eternal Son of God.  This is one of the things He said:
“No man knoweth...who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.” (Luke 10:22).

Sometimes, because fathers of this earth are human, men can be not so good as fathers. They can be unkind, selfish or even cruel. Some kids are really blessed by having good human fathers. But God is always Good. He cannot be anything else or He would not be God. To us, His children, God is not a stern Judge or a King far away on a grand throne - Who cannot be approach-ed. He is the Father King, the Father on the Throne of Heaven who is on your side against the whole universe. He is on your side because you have taken Jesus as your Saviour.

Jesus taught us to pray like this:
“Our Father which art in heaven...” (Matthew 6:9).
God is our ever-lasting Father. He can never die or go away from us. Because Father God is holy and perfectly Good He always does what is best for His children. A Good Father can never forget, neglect, or be unfair to His children - ever!
God has other names than Father. But because we are saved people, who are now the saved “children” of God, all God’s other names should have “Father” in front of them. Is God called “Judge?’ Yes, but He is Father Judge to us His children. Is God called “King?” Yes, but He is Father King to us who are in Jesus Christ. We should never fear our Heavenly Father. He is filled with pity for us when we fear Him:

“Like as a father pitieth [ feels sorry for ] his children, so the Lord pitieth [ feels sorry for ] them that fear Him. For he knoweth our frame [ what we are like ]; he remembereth that we are dust” (Psalm 103:13-14).

Jesus told us this about the care of the Loving Heavenly Father:
“Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings [ small coins ], and not one of them is for-gotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all number-ed. Fear not there-fore: ye [ you ] are of more value than many sparrows.” ( Luke 12:6,7).

Our Father God knows what we have need of. You and I must depend on Him for everything. I am a mum, and I know  how keen I am to give the very best to my sons and daughter. God is far more loving than any earthly mother or father, and He longs for us to come to Him in prayer for our needs. Jesus said this:

“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”
(Matthew 7:11).

A PRAYER:
“Dear Heavenly Father, I want to know  more and more about You as my own Father. I want to learn to trust You with all that I need. Help me know more about Your great love for me, Your child.  Amen.”

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