Relating to God as Father.

God The Father

Daily Spirit & Word, 491: Relationship Redefined.

Relating to God as Father and Jesus as your Brother.

Good morning my friends, what an awesome weekend, you know that even when things go bad, God is ALWAYS GOOD. He’s not lost control as some imagine, He’s always in control, God’s always got a plan and every event or situation is known to Him even before it happens, nothing can take the LORD by surprise. It’s just one of His Divine attributes, KNOWING EVERYTHING. That revelation gives the follower of Jesus great confidence as you go about your daily routines and even when something unexpected happens in your life. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is beyond God’s sphere of influence or knowledge. Today, we discover something about God Almighty that’s crucial for every true believer in the Lord Jesus to grasp hold of and keep holding onto.

Mary Magdalene Touches The Risen Lord Jesus.

John 20:17-18 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ ” 18  Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

 

Mary had obviously grabbed hold of her Lord when she recognised that the person she thought was a gardener was actually Jesus. I can’t really imagine how much she would have been relieved and overjoyed to see Jesus alive again can you? But we can try and put ourselves right there in the garden, by Jesus tomb, with Angels in the background and the risen Lord in front of us. Jesus is Alive after dying in front of her eyes, He’s back, He’s risen from the dead. Oh WOWzer or WOWzers. 🙂 Jumping for JOY. She grabs hold of Jesus and is obviously clinging to Him in such a way that says, “I’m never letting go of you, ever again”… Jesus didn’t rebuke her harshly, as some Bible commentators would have you imagine. He’s gently telling her to let go, because He must ascend into Heaven to be with His Father. So if it’s not a rebuke what is Jesus doing? He’s informing Mary that what He promised before He died is about to happen; those who’ve believed and trusted in Him would now relate with Him in a very different way; not physically as they had done before, but ‘Spiritually’. From now on, as soon as Jesus ascends into Heaven, we’ll be relating to God as our FATHER and Jesus as our Brother. God becomes our Father the moment we trust in Jesus Christ. We cannot hold onto Him in a physical way, no matter how much we’d long to touch Jesus, but the new reality, the new way of Knowing God, even though it’s spiritual, is even more tangible than a mere touch or hold or any other physical sensory experience. For the spiritual experience of knowing God enables us to connect in an even more powerful way that our five senses; sight, touch, taste, smell or sound.

Because we are still physical beings, we long for these senses to be satisfied, but once we’ve been born of God’s Spirit, as was about to happen to Mary Magdalene and all the other followers, we’d know God differently: As our Father and Jesus would then become our Heavenly Brother. Of course Jesus is still our Lord, God, Saviour, Master, Friend, but He’s become our brother too. We’re going to be relating to God on a completely different level than any other human being has ever done before. That’s the message that Jesus gave Mary Magdalene to give to the Disciples. It’s also the message that we’ve been tasked to deliver to every Human Being on earth today; it’s part of the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that in Believing His message, that He came into the world to deliver sinners from God’s wrath and anger against their sins, to the glorious freedom of becoming a saint with a promise of everlasting life, we also come into a NEW relationship with God: He becomes our Father when we repent of our sins and trust in Jesus death upon the cross. Oh WOWzer of WOWzers… It’s totally awesome!

Once you KNOW this most awesome truth, you’re going to want to tell others about it. This truth and inner knowing is much, much better than anything else that can ever happen in your life.

Think about it for a moment, we all go through things in life that produce a massive YIPPIEEE inside. Things that flood our hearts with immense joy and gladness: A baby being born, falling in love for the first time, meeting that dream person, winning something we’ve longed for in life, getting promoted to a dream position in work, but THIS: KNOWING GOD AS FATHER far, far exceeds ANYTHING else in life. Even if we were to win the whole world, it’s NOTHING in comparison to a fraction of a second with the GLORY of God. Being in God’s presence for even one second is much better than a MOUNTAIN of Gold, Silver, Diamonds and Rubies. Why? Because they can’t RELATE, they’re incapable of knowing, they’re dead things, but being with Father God, the Ultimate REALITY EXPERIENCE: What a total WOWzer! I can’t really find the words to communicate what it’s like: it’s beyond the human capacity to describe what it’s like knowing God as Father: but JOY beyond our happiest wish for JOY is something like it.

Now, through simply coming in faith and trust to Jesus: God IS your Heavenly Father.

Explaining WOWzer!

What does WOWzer mean? You know that Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media sights has a button you can press when you really like something: In Instagram it’s a heart, in Twitter it’s a star and on Facebook it’s the famous LIKE button. Well imagine if they had a way of ranking your likes, hearts and stars? It might go like this;

  • For Facebook: Like, Like a lot, Like a whole lot, really really really like and then comes WOWzer! 🙂
  • For Twitter: one Star, two, three, four, five and then WOWzer!
  • For Instagram: One Heart, two, three, four, five and then WOWzer!

Well that’s what it’s like now knowing God as FATHER… But I would give that experience: WOWzer of WOWzers. You see?

Points to Ponder:

What is your own response to the idea that God is your Father?

When you pray or worship God, how do you see yourself approaching Him? Do you see yourself as an undeserving sinner coming to a reluctant God or, as God see you, as a much loved child, coming to a wonderful Father who loves you very much?

Prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus, I thank you so much for welcoming me into Your Heavenly Family. It’s wonderful that you’ve bridged the chasm that separated me from Father God by giving Your life upon the Cross and dealing with my sin in such a way that’s it’s power has been defeated forever. You’ve brought me freedom and joy and peace because You died in my place. Now I’m in Your family and I know that it’s going to last forever. Because of what You did Lord Jesus, I now Know God as my Father. (John 1:12). I know that I’ve now inherited Heaven with You Lord as my Brother (Romans 8:17). Father Your Word tells me You are perfect (Matthew 5:48). You are therefore, better than my beloved earthly father, You will never disappoint or let me down or let me go. I know and believe your promises that you’ll never leave me alone (Deuteronomy 31:6) You long to lavish Your love upon me as Your beloved child (1 John 3:1). So Father, as Your child I receive Your love afresh today. Thanks You so much for Your faithfulness towards me. Help me Father to be faithful in telling others the Greatest News of the Awesome Joy of Knowing You today and that everyone can come to know you as Father once they’ve trusted in Jesus. Amen!

Have an awesome day with Jesus.

Don.

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Chinwag With Neighbours

Chinwag With The Neighbours.

Chinwag with Neighbours
Chinwag with Neighbours

40 Acts Together. Day 2: Chinwag With Your Neighbours.

What a brilliant idea, people actually chatting with one another.

I know there are times when I don’t even see my neighbours for weeks, sometimes months. We are on good neighbourly terms, but we just don’t seem to make time to have even a little chat. So today, I’m going out of my way to say hello and see if they are prepared to go a bit further.

Helps:

Conversation Starters: Many people are stumped as to what to say to people after an initial greeting.

What great about the UK is that we’ve always got something to talk about every day: THE WEATHER 🙂

I know that seems a bit corny, but people are not ready for the “How are you doing?” question straigh away. Why? Because asking people how they are is very personal, and getting into ‘really’ personal stuff with people you don’t know that well isn’t comfortable, either for you or for them. So start with pleasantries and ask about other things or make a statement that requires no personal information to be communicated. They’ll feel comfortable with you and you’ll feel comfortable with them too: It’s a WIN / WIN idea.

What to Chinwag About?

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Chatting to Neighbours

 Here are a few things you can chat about with neighbours or comparative strangers.

Let’s Have A Chinwag

The Weather: How it makes you feel: You can be positive about the cold, rain, wind, ice, snow, sun, shade… There are great things to say about the weather. “I just love watching those big fluffy clouds”… I said that to one lady and she said, “Thank you so much, I’ve been feeling good today and just realised why, I too love the shapes of the clouds”… Funny 🙂 Smiles all around.

The State of your street or neighbourhood. People always want to chat about where they live. (Tip: Try and be as positive as you can, but be genuine). People don’t really like people who MOAN all the time. So find something positive to say about your area. Don’t get know as a GRUMPY NEIGHBOUR…

The Up-Coming Events Nearby: E.G. We’ve got something called West Norwood Feast… You could say what you think about it and how good it is at getting to know people in the locality, etc… What’s on offer, what events / things you like about the Feast…

The Gardens: How they look or make you feel.

Window Boxes or Planters. “Lovely flowers”…

The News: But try and find some good news. Local news is best for neighbours…

The important thing for this LENT focus is to just try and get CHINWAGING (Chatting). It’s all about being generous with your time, talents and treasures. Stewardship for Life.

Hope you have fun!

Hope you stay Happy!

I’ll let you know how I get on later.

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40 Acts Together Lent Focus 2015.

40 Days, 40 Acts of Generosity.

40 Days of Giving Back, Doing Good and Living Generously for Jesus.

Beginning on Ash Wednesday 18th February 2015: 40 Acts Together Lent Focus for 2015.

Meeting at 7.30pm @ St Luke’s Church, West Norwood.

 

There is a NEW FOCUS each day throughout LENT 2015.

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Day 2: Chinwag With The Neighbours

There’s nothing like a good old Chinwag.

Day 3: Clean. God told us to take care of this world. 

Day 4: Surprise: Who doesn’t like ‘Surprises’?

Day 5: Fair and Square: Helping people to get a fair day’s pay for a day’s work.

Day 6: Saying, “Thank You!” is so important and it brings God’s Blessings into your life.

Day 7: Where’s Your Treasure. Storing up Treasures in Heaven.

Day 8: Tick Tock: Time. “Time Stands Still For No Man”.

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