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Your heavenly Father 1

'They did not understand that he spoke to them of the Father.' John 8:27 NKJV

The people in Jesus' day found it hard to grasp the concept of God as a Father. Lord, king, judge, they understood - but not Father. The Old Testament rarely speaks of God as Father, whereas the New Testament mentions it often. Until Jesus came and revealed the Father, God remained a mystery. 'No one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him' (Matthew 11:27 NIV). And many of us still don't comprehend his fatherhood and the rich blessings we have in him.

'Father', God's all-inclusive name, incorporates everything we could ever need, while disclosing how he feels towards each one of us. It exemplifies every trait of the best father imaginable. Think what a loving, all-powerful father would do for a needy child. Your heavenly Father will do all that for you - and then some! When you recognise God as your Father, your fears dissolve and you start to believe that all your needs will truly be met.

Jesus said, 'Don't be gives your Father great happiness to give you the [benefits of his] Kingdom' (Luke 12:32 NLT). It makes God happy to offer you the resources of his kingdom! Why? Because he loves you as much as he loves his Son Jesus! Jesus prayed you'd know with confidence that your Father 'loved [you] just as much as [he] loved me' (John 17:23 NCV). As his redeemed child, you have all the benefits that come with membership in 'the household of God' (Ephesians 2:19 NKJV).

Soulfood: Heb 11:22 Gen 39:1-23 Gen 45:1-11 Gen 50:15-26,


Let God replant you

'You are like a garden locked up.' Song of Solomon 4:12 NCV

A farmer's fruit tree consistently produced bumper crops and became a real money-maker for him, so he put all his efforts into marketing and never noticed that the tree was dying. Then one day he woke up and realised the root had dried up. He'd been so focused on the fruit that he neglected the root.

How about you? Are you focusing on numbers and outcomes, or are you focusing on the purpose, people, innovation, culture, and root of your success? Nurture the root and you'll always have fruit. Ignore the root - say goodbye to the fruit!

One author writes: 'Like a plant constrained in the same pot, our roots become bound and twisted. Over time we're unable to be fully nourished. We can't grow beyond the limits of our environment. In the words of Scripture, we become "like a garden locked up...a walled-in spring, a closed-up fountain" (Song of Solomon 4:12 NCV). But God sees the person inside...the one with potential to become everything he created you to be. He sees the impending bloom of the locked garden, the refreshment of the inner spring, and the sound of the running fountain. He knows you're inhibited and closed, and he wants to set you free. Some hardships like death and divorce cause a necessary opportunity to establish deeper roots and realise our potential in a new container. Ask God to replant gently remove you, free you from captivity, and find the perfect place for you to grow. Let him nourish your roots so they extend into the rich soil of newfound freedom.'

Soulfood: Ex 19-21 Jn 2:12-25 Ps 110 Pro 26:13-16,


What is your life founded upon

'Why do you call me, "Lord, Lord," and do not do what I say?' Luke 6:46 NIV

Jesus told a story of two men who built a house. The wise one built his house on solid rock; the foolish one built his on sand. When a storm hit both houses, only the wise man's was left standing. Now, Jesus wasn't comparing wisdom with foolishness, because we're all apt to be wise at times and foolish at others. And he didn't say the house that survived was a believer's house while the one that was destroyed belonged to an unbeliever, though that's implied. He was comparing the two foundations (see Matthew 7:24-27).

So, what is your life founded upon? When things get bad; when your back is against the wall; when your survival is on the line; when you've used up your last ounce of strength - what is it that gets you through? Certainly not your wisdom or your church affiliation. Faithful believers sometimes flounder in the midst of life's storms: an abusive relationship, a financial collapse, an unfaithful partner, an irreversible loss, the illness of a child, psychological and physical disability, etc.

Jesus' point was this: when the storms of life come, the only way to get through them is to do what he says! Because God always honours his Word, your obedience aligns you with his Word, his will, and his power to act on your behalf. As you walk in obedience God will enable you to come through this storm, no matter how long and hard it rages.

Soulfood: Ex 16-18 Jn 2:1-11 Ps 23 Pro 26:10-12,

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