It’s the month of June. June is often synonymous with the end of the school year, graduations, summer vacations, weddings and Father’s Day. Depending on our background and our current situations Father’s Day can be challenging. Whether it is the best of days or the worst of days, we have a perfect Father who is longing for us to turn our hearts towards Him. His is an everlasting love and He draws us to Himself loving kindness. For Him, everyday is Father’s Day.
When I was growing up, I loved to ask my father questions and, Vxtytygyggygreaaafor the most part he loved to answer me. I say for the most part because when he told me to do something and I asked why, he would tell me, “yours is not to question why, yours is but to do or die”.
As a child, my relationship with God was very similar to my relationship with my earthly father. I had no problem asking God questions and I also feared not doing what He said to do. Being raised as a Jewish person, I knew God was all powerful. He was seated on a throne. I always believed He spoke to Abraham. I believed He appeared to Moses and the children of Israel at Mt. Sinai - He appeared with fire, with thunder, and earth shaking power!
After I met Jesus, my understanding and relationship with God, the Father, began to change. But, asking Him questions, did not.
A few weeks ago, I asked Him to explain to me why power came before love in 2 Tim. 1:7
God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. I asked Him why power was first and not love.
Holy Spirit took me back to when I was 19 years old when - at the suggestion of my friends, who told me Jesus was God’s son and He walked the earth today – as I laid my head down to sleep, I asked God if He had a Son, a Son named Jesus. I knew God would answer my prayer as He had done so more than once in the past. And He did. I woke up just knowing Jesus was His Son… this was the starting point. I wanted more.
And I asked God to “prove it”. Not just once, not twice, but 3 times. And then it happened… I saw knights in black armor, riding black stallions, with black shields and jousting sticks approaching from my left. On my right were white beings. They too were advancing until they were right before my eyes both forces clashed. I realized, they were fighting and I was frightened. I asked God, “what do I do?” And I heard the word, “pray”. I opened my mouth and one word came out, “Jesus”. With that word, the knights disintegrated and fell like ashes to the floor. In amazement, my next words were, “there is power in the name of Jesus”. I knew He was the “head honcho” and asked Him to hold my hand and never let it go.
Having Jesus in my life, totally changed my relationship with God. Jesus was my brother and I did not fear telling Him everything on my heart. I was brutally real with Him. And slowly, I became acquainted with His love. It was the revelation of His love that removed the veil and opened my eyes to see God not as a distant king, but as Father who is approachable, nurturing and above all, loves unconditionally. And I continue to ask the Lord to open the eyes of my heart to see Him as He really is.
It was a power encounter that teaches the heart to fear, that starts us on the path of wisdom and knowledge but it is a love encounter that teaches us we don’t have to perform for God’s approval.
“And you did not receive the “spirit of religious duty,” leading you back into the fear of never being good enough. But you have received the “Spirit of full acceptance,” enfolding you into the family of God. And you will never feel orphaned, for as he rises up within us, our spirits join him in saying the words of tender affection, ‘Beloved Father!’”
Romans 8:15 TPT
With the power of God and the love of God, given to us by the grace of God, we do the work of teaching our minds to align with the truth. We have identity, purpose, and a new family. We receive a huge inheritance. We are given the same power and authority to walk in the victory Jesus has won for us. We may fail, but love never fails us.
Ps. 23 TPT – I’ll never be lonely for you are near. The Lord is my best friend & Shepherd, I always have more than I need. The comfort of Your love takes away my fear.
We are bombarded with fear messages. But our Father has another message for us. “Fear Not for I am with you. I have called you by name.”
I want to encourage you to open your heart to the perfect Father. Let’s walk together – with the one who never leaves nor forsakes us… in the power of the truth, the love of our Father and with a sound mind. He is a good Father and He is worthy of our trust and faith.