After you read this, who or what came to your mind. Was it your earthly dad, foster dad, stepdad, etc. Most times, when a question of this type is asked of us, we think about our present position in life concerning the question, or where we're at in the progression of life regarding this question.
If you yet have a father on earth, and he has been, and yet is the most awesome person in your life, your first reaction would probably be - my wonderful daddy - no one can surpass him especially in the way he has shown his love for me...I've experienced the love of my dad and have seen him literally give up much of his life to make sure I was properly provided for...he showed by example, how the love of a dad should look like, so I would know to look for those same qualities in the man that I would one day choose to spend my life."
Now, from the prospective of men, it would probably be said..."how dad taught me ways to become the head of my household...how to love and to make sure I give special times to them...how he demonstrated his love for me while sharing his failures, uncertainties, illusion, and most of all truth with me...taught me to be tough, and act like I'm the man, those times were and are, precious to me."
Or, tilting to the opposite side of the spectrum...did the thought of reading about that name brought dread, pain, overcoming fear, hate or very pronounced dislike - just remembering? As your mind began bringing back pictures you thought were long buried, the subject matter made you shudder in fear, caused you to go to a place you never wanted to go - which causes you to shut down, At that moment, you felt your whole world change. Times before, you had learned to control the thoughts and feelings of your childhood. You mastered them - put them in a closet and shut the door...or so you thought.
I'm so sorry you had to experience that in your life, or if you are still going through the hurt, the pain and trauma, I speak peace, comfort, and healing to you, in Jesus. If you have accepted Jesus in your heart, I know by His Spirit He is leading you step by step to wholeness and deliverance in many ways, and enabling you to walk in the right direction, so you can be whole in your mind, soul, and spirit. Just keep following the lamb.
God has a plan for your life, and because of His love for you by taking you by the hand through the process, you can and without a doubt, be delivered and set free. But if you have not received the Holy Spirit and would like to receive the Spirit of God inside your heart - so you will be able to experience the love of a Good Heavenly Father, please email me so I can communicate with resources, and prayer.
The driving force in asking the question led me thinking about the Goodness of God, and how and what he has been to me over the years. I have had to walk through many things, and without the help of God, I would not have made it. I had to know and believe, that He is my Father and that He takes responsibility for my growing in Him. I had to learn that He is a multifaceted God (a God who is many-sided, who is trustful, and so much more). I needed to learn His attributes, His character. I had to learn He could be a Good Father, by me accepting Him in my heart, offering my life to Him so He could use me for His kingdom agenda. His desires would become my desires, and my service to Him would be what He wanted it to be.
I had to know and believe that even though I felt weak, He wanted to show Himself strong in my life, so I could have strength to say, "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Philippians 4:13. I had to know and believe that when I needed Him, He was always there for me. I had to know and believe, that no matter what came up in my life, I could trust His perfect will for me. I had to believe He knew my ending from the beginning, and that I could trust Him completely.
Let me express a few of His Names/Characteristics, so you can rejoice with me as you think about yourself in the scheme of things, and who He is/ or can be to you.
My Hiding Place - when I don't know what to do, or where to go. I can always hide in Him and feel His comfort. Psalm 32:7.
My Battering Ram - when the enemy put stubborn obstacles in my path that don't want to move, God in His timing moves them, or helps me to go through them - with Him leading the way in front of me. Ezekiel 26:9.
My Protector - from the arrows, darts, that are shot toward me to cause my demise. Psalm 25, Psalm 91.
My Provider - When I need a miracle in different areas of my life, even when the enemy thought I would fall on my face. Philippians 4:19.
My Comforter - When the trials and tribulations of this world bring sadness, grief, or anything that is a detriment to me, or mine, I find comfort in knowing I have a God who loves me, and my tears touches His heart, and He feels my pain. John 14:16.
My Father - keeps loving me in spite of different things that may cause me to stumble, He never gives up on me no matter what, He keeps chasing me, never leaving or forsaking me, and calls me His daughter through it all. Matthew 6:9 - 13.
My Healer - Heals my body, relationships, and especially my mind. Exodus 15:26, Psalm 147: 2.
My Savior - That I may be secure in knowing He has forgiven my sins, and I am now in the family of God. 1 John 2:2, Mark 10:45.
My Counselor - Because of His Holy Spirit residing in me, I am assured that I can be led and guided into all truth, and not be deceived. Isaiah 9: 6.
My Deliverer - No matter what has attached itself to me generationally, or intentionally sent to me vengefully, or done to me; and because of who He is, I can be delivered from them all, in Jesus name. Psalm 18: 2.
My Friend - When everyone turns their back on me, I can talk to Him about anything, I can laugh with Him, I can cry to Him, and never feel intimidated or ashamed, and I can tell all my secrets and feel safe and secure with Him. John 15: 13.
There are so many more names/attributes of my Heavenly Father I have called on, trusted and depended on in my life such as; Answerer, Bright and Morning Star, Beginning and Ending, Everlasting Father, Covenant Keeper, Fortress, Faithful, Holy One, Unchanging God, Strength, Shield, Shelter, Truth, Way-Maker, Warrior, Righteous, and many more I called upon, and I am so happy I have Him as my Father... for He is never too busy.
I don't know what I would have done in some instances if I didn't know Him as a Father, who could be touched by my petitions, tears, sorrows, and prayers. Because I am filled with His Holy Spirit, this gives me the right and authority to come into His presence face to face. When I submit myself to Him, I always feel I am a part of the family of God...because submission brings me to a place of feeling the pure love He has for me, and that His love is not manipulated. Oh what a loving God. I love the way His presence and love makes me feel. In His Presence, I have fullness of joy. In His Presence, I feel like I have His undivided attention. In His Presence, He makes me feel so special, and I have the full assurance He is in full control over my life, even when I am going through tough trials and tribulations.
I don't fault God for what I may be going through, I hold fast to what David said in Psalm 23: 4 "Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."
Again, how is your father treating you? Can you feel His adoration towards you as being His child, His servant, His warrior, and so much more? Can you count the times the Spirit of God intervened for you at a pivotal time? Do you remember the times you were counted down and out, and God raised you back up before the eyes of the enemy? Do you remember the time you needed finances for your home, food for your family, and you received them without trying to make a way out of no way for yourself? Do you remember when your child/children were ill and you didn't have money for the doctor, and you knew - only God provided the way for you?
Do you remember the time you were going through foreclosure with no foreseeable way of not losing your home, or your car, and the supernatural hand of God came through for you - especially when you had been told it was out of the lender and Judge's hand? Take a moment to think about the many times you thought everything was over for you. Look at you today - you are yet standing, and in your right mind- Hallelujah! Some people will call it luck, but you know without a doubt, it was God. It doesn't matter what others may feel or think, it is what you know and believe in your heart. Praise God!
Our world is changing by the minute, and we need to open our eyes to see what God intends for us to know and believe, so we can be led by His Holy Spirit. Do not be caught up taking sides with the world, or with your sisters and brothers in Christ, unless it is based on scripture, the whole counsel of God. We need to know we have a good father, who will go the last mile and beyond with us. We need to know, understand, and believe God loves us unconditional, and He wants to have a personal relationship with us, so He may tell His angels, "Watch out for that one, because they belong to me, "Amen!
Read what Paul said about the love God has for us when he asked these questions.
Romans 8: 35 - 39 (Amplified Version) "Who shall ever separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? And continues by saying -
Just as it is written and forever remains written, "For Your Sake We Are Put To Death All Day Long; We are Regarded As Sheep For the Slaughter."
Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us].
For I am convinced (and continue to be convinced - beyond any doubt) that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Hallelujah!
What about that for being a Good Father? Do you know anyone else who could wear these shoes, or even able to make good on these powerful words? If you know as I do, No, there is no one I would trust and believe that to be true. Only God because He has the power to say, and perfect what He says, or even just speak it into existence. Amen. Continue to be blessed in the Lord.