GOD WANTS TO BE OUR FATHER IN EVERY WAY
It is important for us to understand God’s principles of giving our thoughts, praise, and our thanks to God. We spend a lot of time thinking about things that we need, want, or things that we need to do. God simply wants us to focus on Him and allow Him to be our Father and provide our needs as well as our desires. He loves us and wants to be a Father to us, and to lead, guide and take care of us in every area of our lives.
God says several things about how He wants us to think and place our focus on Him through Paul at Philippians 4 (NKJV):
Verse 4. Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
Our minds and hearts should always be rejoicing in the things of God and giving Him praise and thanks. Just think about the fact that we know God and He knows us by name and every hair on our heads. We are His baby girls, and He loves us and knows our hearts and our hearts desires. He is our shepherd and looks after us and, He takes care of us. He has given us the greatest possible gift in His Son, our Lord and Savior. Ladies, we can’t lose with our God and Father. Satan is the enemy that comes against us. Well, he came against Jesus and was defeated, so when he comes against us, we invoke the name of Jesus and know that satan has already lost.
Verse 5. Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
Others should see our spirit of gentleness in the likeness of the fruit of the spirit, and not angst, worry or agitation. You all know exactly how we can act sometimes when we are worried or aggravated. We can reflect downright ugliness. Others ought to always see how God flourishes in and through us, through our love, joy and happiness. They ought to see the very character and Spirit of God’s gentleness in us because we are free in God and we don’t have to worry or forcefully make things happen for ourselves, He makes things happen for us.
Verse 6-7. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
When we trust and believe our Father and all of His promises – healing for our family; prosperity in our minds, physical bodies, finances, emotions, and in our relationships – we don’t have anything to worry or be anxious about. This boils down to our trust, faith and confidence in God as our Father. We have got to remember that it was the Most High God who gave His Son for us. Jesus is our Lord. He is with us in everything we do and undertake and every truck we drive. He lives in us. Jesus is our Peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding. So when crazy stuff happens in our lives, we just have to remember who we are, children of God, and look to and rely on our Father God.
Verse 8. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Bottom line, rather than thinking about what we don’t have; what we need; or what others have that we don’t have, we need to memorize Philippians 4:8 and just think and meditate on these things. There is so much in our lives that is praise worthy – so many good things and life situations that we can’t even count them – all of these things we can meditate on and thank God for, and just like a Father, He wants to do and give us even more.
One way that we need to thank and praise God is through our giving. We don’t talk about this a lot, but we should. God gives us a livelihood whether it is exactly what we want right now or not. The one thing that I have learned over the years is that if I love and honor God with my giving, He honors me. Like the old song says, I cannot out give God.
Both the Old and New Testaments instruct us in giving tithes (a tenth) of our income to the Kingdom of God. I practiced tithing even when I wasn’t doing things that I thought would be pleasing in the sight of God. Yet God continued to love me, honor my giving, and He never forgot me or allowed me to do without. He drew me more and more towards Him through His Holy Spirit.
Let me be honest, I did not always tithe from my gross income. I use to tithe from my net. However, God still honored my tithing from where I was at that time. He continued to bless me and teach me until I reached the point where I give my tithes from my gross and my offerings of love. Now, along with my spouse, I also give my seed into building funds, and my seeds in ministries that we support. In giving, I have never lost, but only gained. Whenever I have a need or a desire, God fulfills it – down to and including a polka-dot dress (smile)… We cannot look at sowing a 10th of our income into the Kingdom of God as something leaving us. We have to see it as something being returned to us. Think in terms of Luke 6:38 (NKJV) –
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
God our Father takes care of us and we will never lack. In the largest and smallest ways, our Father God is the one who takes care of us!!!