The Father’s Heart

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8 ESV

As an evangelist, I am a guardian of the Gospel. I protect and proclaim God’s message to humanity. He has entrusted the Gospel message to me, a redeemed sinner who has personally experienced God’s grace and miracle working power in my own life. Now, I freely share it with others.

When I got saved and healed and delivered, I was alone. No one was preaching to me. I wasn’t knowledgeable about what the Bible teaches. I was just a man on the brink of suicide with no hope and more suffering than I could bear on my own. That’s where God revealed Himself to me as Lord and Savior.

God saves us, often in our darkest hour. We are prideful creatures by nature, rebellious from birth and we rarely seek help outside of ourselves unless truly desperate. Our culture conditions us to suffer in silence. This is not healthy. We should not be ashamed of our problems. We should glory in our weaknesses. That’s what proves it is God who is at work in us and through us when good things happen. It also lets others know how they can help us and pray for us.

The Gospel message is that God loves us and He wants to rescue us from our sinful state and make us new creatures that resemble their Father in Heaven. Like Father, like Son. When we believe in Jesus and what He’s done for us, God becomes our Father. He adopts us into His eternal family of love and grace.

Religious people have a really hard time accepting God’s grace. They think they have to earn their salvation and that it can be taken away anytime they fall short. Nothing could be further from the truth. That’s a lie the devil wants them to believe to keep them trapped in a cycle of pride, shame and guilt. Being religious is not much fun. Having faith is finding freedom from the Law.

Now, God does tell us what to do. Not to judge us if we fail to measure up, but to encourage us to live the best life possible. God knows everything. He knows what’s best for us. He doesn’t lie. The sooner you learn to trust God completely at His Word, the easier it will be to walk by faith.

God wants us to do the right thing. There’s nothing wrong with that is there? God loves justice. We all want justice until we do the wrong thing. Then we want mercy. God loves mercy. He wants us to be merciful, too. God will give you lots of opportunities everyday to display Christ’s character and extend grace and mercy to those who don’t treat you righteously.

God is kind. He wants us to be kind, too. Whatever attributes Jesus exemplified, He wants you to display, too. God is your Father. Just as Jesus was His firstborn Son, you’re a son, too. God loves His Son. If you believe in Jesus, you’re in Christ, too. He has the same love for you. It’s Christ’s righteousness that makes us righteous, not anything we did.

The one area where we struggle the most is in our daily lives. God wants to be God of your life. You no longer are on the throne. This requires humility and obedience. These are not things that come naturally to us. Thankfully, God sends His Holy Spirit to abide in us to transform our hearts and empower us to live victorious lives overcoming sin and disobedience in all its forms.

Religion is disobedience. Religion is not walking humbly with our God. Religion is man’s attempt to please God without the leading of the Holy Spirit. It’s rooted in pride and pride is rooted in rebellion. And rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. And witchcraft is doing whatever you can to get what you want. It’s the opposite of obeying the Lord and dying to your sinful, selfish nature.

The Father loves us. Jesus came to prove that. The Holy Spirit is here to affirm that. Rest in the knowledge that God loves you. He loved you when you didn’t even know He existed. His love will never end. It’s much easier to obey the leading of the Spirit when you know it’s the God of Love that’s leading you to do His will.

We don’t know God’s will on a daily basis without asking Him. God has often told me not to make plans, but instead to trust Him and walk with Him day by day. It’s confounding to the flesh, but peace to the soul that truly trusts and obeys the Lord.

Where are you at with Jesus? Do you believe that He is Lord? If He is Lord, then let Him direct your steps. Humble yourself and seek His face. Get His directions for your day. Pray and expect to hear from God. He won’t be disappointed if you pray for wisdom. He’ll gladly tell you what to do. If only you’ll obey.

Trust, listen and obey. There is no other way to walk humbly with your God.

Father in Heaven, reveal Yourself to my heart today. Fill my spirit with Your Holy Spirit this day. Help me to know You as Everlasting Father. Help me to trust You and obey. Help me to hear Your voice through the Holy Spirit, each and everyday. Give us new hope to make it through the day. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.

“And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the Lord, which I am commanding you today for your good? Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it.”

Deuteronomy 10:12‭-‬14 ESV

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