27 thoughts on “Heavenly Father

  1. Our Heavenly Father gives us reason to trust Him. He clothes the lilies and the grass of the field and He feeds the birds. We are told in Matthew 6 to look at and consider these things He does for His creation and His creatures. We can trust Him to take care of these things for us if we seek His kngdom and His righteousness ahead of all other things that we do.

  2. “Heavenly Father gives us reason to?” Be thankful, for His love!

    “Our Father who is in heaven;” LOVES us! (Ephesians 3: 18) “And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is”

    Read with me the footnotes for verse 17-19, of Ephesian 3. “God’s love is total, says Paul. It reaches every corner of our experience. It is wide–it covers the breadth of our own experience, and it reaches out to the whole world. God’s love is long–it continues the length of our lives. It is high–it rises to the heights of our celebration and elation. His love is deep–it reaches to the depths of discouragement, despair, and even death. When you feel shut out or isolated, remember that you can never be lost to God’s love. For another prayer about God’s immeasurable and inexhaustible love, see Paul’s words in Romans 8: 38, 39.”

  3. “Heavenly Father gives us reason to be Joyful and sing:

    “… God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing”
    (Zephaniah 3:17, NIV)

  4. “heavenly Father gives us reason to?” Be thankful for his loyal love or mercy as mentioned in Lamentations 3: 22-23 NIV
    22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
    23 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
    24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
    therefore I will wait for him.”

  5. Heavenly Father gives us reason to…… worship Him. “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being. He is altogether worthy, to receive our complete and total praise and allegiance and submission to His will for He is totally worthy.

  6. “Heavenly Father gives us reason to”…be “worry-free”.

    “Our Father who is in heaven;” will provide for us.

    (Matthew 6: 25-34) “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life–whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

  7. Needles verse says, “Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.”

    I have spent a lot of time this summer looking at lilies, different types of lilies and how and where they grow best. When I read this; pause and meditate on how beautiful the lilies are; I am astounded at how God wanted me to take time and look at ‘the lilies.’ My Heavenly Father gave me a reason to enjoy the beauty of the lilies.

    thedailylily.org is surely a lily stop for all to look at, study, ponder and become ‘worry free!’ What a glorious field to sit and sip my morning coffee and gain my mojo (energy, vitality, spirit), for my day. Thank you Heavenly Father for a worry free day. “Give us this day our daily bread.”

    Needles, you thrill me with how you got my thought connections on how I wanted Father God to be seen and communicated with. (He gives us reason to say His prayer daily)

  8. Good one, Needles. You have given us pause to heed Father’s command to look at the Lilies of the Field, for inspiration.
    Father also gives us reason to look at other fields, “the ones that white unto harvest” . And though the Lilies of the field don’t have to sew or spin their gorgeous garbs, still, Father cries out for sowers and Spinners to go into the fields and sow the Word and harvest the souls that are ready to be brought into the Kingdom.

  9. “Heavenly Father gives us reason to”…be wise, and not jealous.

    “Our Father who is in heaven”….is wisdom!

    (James 3: 13-16) “If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.”

  10. I remember my grandmother used to say, “jealousy is as cruel as the grave.” I don’t recall her elaborating on the meaning, but I knew jealousy was nothing good. I believe she was quoting some scripture? Does anyone know if it is a quote and where it is?

  11. Song of Solomon 8:6
    Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.”

  12. Interesting how wisdom cures jealousy! This is what I got from Needles’ comment…Our Father who is in heaven; lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

  13. Sara your word ‘cure’ really puts things in perspective. No wonder we are told in so many scriptures to seek wisdom, get wisdom, find wisdom. I was reading on in James 3 after reading Needles comments and vs 17 describes the attributes of the medicine, wisdom.
    “However, the wisdom that comes from above is first of all pure. Then it is peaceful, gentle, obedient, filled with mercy and good deeds, impartial, and sincere.”

  14. Our Father who is in heaven; _______________….We appreciate YOU! We love YOU, Adore YOU, and BOW down before YOU. Heavenly Father, our thanks of unity for sending YOUR only Son to give us eternal life is a wonder beyond my imagination.

    Thank YOU Heavenly Father, for the multi-teaching tools YOU have given to us for knowing you! “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” Romans 1:20 NASB

    And, NLT writes it like this: “From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God.”

    Heavenly Father, you give me reason to thank you and know you for You are with us in wonder wherever we are!

  15. Needles, how about Grandmother thinking like this; My Husband, named Jealous is very jealous over me. ”

    “When that day comes,” says the LORD, “you will call me ‘my husband’ instead of ‘my master.’ (Hosea 2:16NLT)

    “The Lord Whose Name Is Jealous” (Exodus 34:10-16)

  16. Sara, Paul Copan writes, “God’s (Father God) jealousy is a divine jealousy to protect and benefit humans.”
    What you wrote above ….”you will call Me my Husband instead of ‘my Master’ is most exciting.
    God is the ‘marriage covenant-keeping Husband of those who love and serve Him. He only has ‘eyes for His bride’.

  17. MG,
    Thanks for the location of the above scripture. (Song of Solomon 8:6)

    “When that day comes, says the Lord, you will call me my husband instead of my master.” Look at the footnotes for this verse: “Not until Judah’s exile would the entire nation begin to come to its senses, give up its idols, and turn back to God’ and not until that day when God rules through Jesus the Messiah will the relationship between God and his people be restored. In that day, God will no longer be like a master to them; he will be like a husband (Isaiah 54: 4-8). The relationship will be deep and personal, the kind of relationship we can know, though imperfectly,, in marriage.”

    Sara, I’m thinking the meaning of the word “jealous” is something entirely different, right?

  18. The heavenly father has given us reason to adore his handiwork. In Psalms 19:1 it reads -” The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament
    showeth his handiwork.” Job 35:5 (NKJ) reads “I love to sometimes to gaze into the sky to admire God’s handiwork.”

    What wonders God has created for us.

  19. Amen Rena! I love the sky, the colors, the clouds, the moon, the sun, the stars and art works that landscapes my mind by looking upward!

  20. Needles, Right! Does it kind of remind you of a two edged sword? Something that has or can have both favorable and unfavorable consequences?

  21. Needles, you have quoted above, a Scripture that speaks to me loudly and clearly this very day…Thursday. You quote, “Not until Judah’s exile would the entire nation begin to COME TO Her SENSES, GIVE UP ITS IDOLS and turn back to God and not until that day when God rules through Jesus the Messiah will the relationship between God and his people be restored.”

    I have gone through a situation this very day wherein I have been made to see that fear and fumbling, doubt, unbelief and self-defense have been my IDOLS. I do not want them to be but they are, nonetheless, UNTIL NOW. I have unfortunately spoken words out of my mouth that are of no relevancy and I, more unfortunately for my friend and myself, have closed my mouth in self-preservation when I should have opened my mouth and spoken out the truth in a situation with a friend I dearly THOUGHT I LOVED. But I only loved myself because of not presenting the facts, at least as well as I could speak them, because I was afraid of self incrimination, recrimination, chastisement or retaliation. It made me an accomplice and a liar in enabling something to proceed that was inaccurate and flawed and could be spiritually dangerous if not clarified and corrected.
    So…I see that this self-preservation at all costs, unable to take a step of faith to secure deliverance for someone I love …are my idols. I would rather pledge allegiance to them than to speak out the truth and endure the consequences for myself if I were ever to err. Rather to err on the side of righteousness than id, ego, pride and presumption. All my excuses and assumptions as the old adage goes about the meaning of ASSUME: it only makes an ASS of U & ME. Do I like THAT IDOL better than the LIVING GOD? NO! I am turning away from my idols, giving them up for truth and the consequences that follow Truth wherever it goes.
    Thanks again Needles for the Scrap of Scripture that speaks the Whole Bible to one selfish person…me.

  22. MG this is the way I think of it. It seems to me that the devil knows the weakness in each of us. If I personalize the old push mower with the cord to start it, this is what I see in myself. I have patterns and I mow the same way. Now when I take on the old patterns I continue to do the same thing. Satan knows the patterns I’ll take. FEAR is the cord the devil pulls everytime to get me out of control. I think that I’m doing what is right and then you God chooses someone to point out my thinking was wrong. Just for a minute with the purchase I got a wrong quick start which started mowing the same old pattern. The mirror of your life is held up before you by God’s helping hands in this world if you are lucky and you get doggone mad and you kick the mower of life and tell it you are not going in that pattern again. Your inward self yells, I WILL NOT, I WILL NOT, I WILL NOT. You YOU YELL, GOD HAVE ME A SPIRIT OF self control and I’m not going to mow that pattern again you devil.

    Example from my life – buying may give you a thrill for a moment and you may continue that pattern and continue that pattern. You wallet becomes empty and your spirit life is drained as you face the next object to satisfy your addiction of buying (or whatever addiction you have. Satan appaulds but God weeps. Time to take Satan down. A friend gave me a helpful suggestion. List the object you
    think you need. Analyze whether you really need it. If not let it go. Also when shopping treat your experience as one walking through a museum. It works although as you can see I’m still work on it daily.

  23. Good, Rena. First thing…I think Sara has taught this in several workshops, teaching and books….Admit it, Face it and change it. Therein lies the rub. Changing! That means every time we get on the mower, we have to make a constant decision that I AM NOT MOWING THAT WAY.
    NOW, When it comes to ADMITTING something, fear rises up big-time. We want to protect that act, deed, action that we have taken. We promise God we won’t do it again so we cover it up …like kitty litter. And it LITTERS, all right!! Litter of lies to cover up more lies to cover up the original lies that we can’t even remember which lie was what. These are not BIG lies….no— just little inconsistencies, exaggerations, leaving out a few details or rearranging events to suit our stories. It happens to very many of us and a lot of the time….Christians who love the Lord….but love ourselves more. GUILTY!

  24. The heavenly Father gives us reason to desire and long for Him. “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” (Psalm 42:1-2). Nothing and no one can satisfy our longings like our Heavenly Father.

  25. I am beginning to see Rena and MG why you use the phrase, “twisted minds”or “twisted thinking.” The picture I get from the examples you both have given of your behavioral patterns and lifestyles is having a beautiful gold fine chain necklace and wearing it with pride and joy. Then you come home drop it in a box of large clunky junk jewelry. Then a few days later going somewhere important in a hurry and scurrying to find your beautiful gold necklace only to find it twisted in so many small knots that it is almost, if not, impossible to untwist. Your gold has no value not even show off quality.

    Spiritually lies leave us of no value. The results of a lie brings punishable consequences both short term and eternal. As a believer in God’s Word I believe there is a remendy given to heal and power to give courage to be
    truth dwellers and live among the living feasting at the table of spiritual fruit.

    “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV)

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