A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, April 24, 2014
“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” – Matthew 7:11
Do you believe that God is a good father who desires the best for His children? Or do you believe something else? It grieves the very heart of our Most Giving Father to think of Him any less than Who He is—an unconditional giver of love, and all the provision associated with the Father’s heart of love.
God did not send Himself in the form of His Son to die for an entire race of people to then be fickle. The Creator’s Word testifies of this truth in that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17).
The testimony of Heaven does not declare that God gave with certain conditions, that the Creator gave but with the right to take it back, or that the Father gave some but not all and depending on what was given in return. God forbid! The final Word reverberates throughout the universe a resounding, unrestricted, and unconditional “God gave.” And the Father of all fathers gave the most intimate, lovely, selfless, priceless gift of all—He gave Himself.
The gift of Himself was done, and could not be taken back or undone. The loving Savior left the comfort of Heaven, and died a barbaric death on a Cross even though He knew many would not accept Him; and worse yet, would reject and mock Him. In spite of the outcome, God still gave.
Does this sound like a Father who doesn’t love you, my brother? Does this read like the tale of the other men that have come and gone out of your life, my sister? Matthew 7:7 extends the Loving Father’s hand of more-than-enough, as it beckons “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” The Great ‘I AM’ is neither a ‘gotcha’ God nor a ‘hide-and-seek’ God. God’s Promises are so sure that when He assured us that in Him every promise is “Yes!” and “Amen!” He had to swear by His own Name because there was no other Name to back up, with the greatest of truth, the Word of the One who never changes; and Who is the same yesterday, today, and forever (2 Corinthians 1:20, Hebrews 6:13, Hebrews 13:8).
“Therefore I [Jesus] tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24). Let us not define or limit God based on the character or actions of those in our lives who have let us down, have not been, or could not be who we needed them to be. Our amazing Dad will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
No human being’s death could have accomplished what God’s death was able to accomplish; therefore, no other person can be relied upon to give us what only the Father can give us. Now start unwrapping those good gifts!
Father, thank You for giving us Yourself in the person of Your Son. Thank You that you are a giving God, Who gave the greatest, most precious, priceless, and selfless gift ever given. Most Giving God, help us to not put the restrictions of our worldly experiences upon You. Take the limits off of our thinking, so that we can experience You to the fullest! In Jesus Name, we thank You for giving us the greatest gift ever given to anyone: the gift of Yourself. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to see your Father as the unconditional Giver that He is. Choose to thank Him for His promises every day, and to walk in the fullness of His provision. Make a habit of walking in expectancy of God’s overflow each and every day; and look for the ways He gives Himself to you. And continue to fight the good fight of receiving your Father’s unconditional best; for God, your Unconditional Gift, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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