Jesus has declared the Father. He has declared his heart, his words, and his love for us.
‘And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.’ – John 1:16-18
‘Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.’ – John 14:9-11
If there is anything that we believe about God – any bit of doctrine whatsoever – that does not line up with the life of Jesus – then why do we believe it?
What do you believe about yourself and your identity, the nature of God, sickness, healing, the church, and loving others? Examine your beliefs in light of the life of Jesus. And let the life of Jesus be your example, and pray the Holy Spirit would guide you in truth.
Let the Holy Spirit be your one and only mentor.
Do you have an old testament definition of God – which is a view of relationship with God through the law? Or a new testament understanding of Christ – and the grace and truth that has come?
We have a new covenant with Christ. And God has revealed himself through his Son.
‘God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, ‘ – Hebrews 1:1-2
‘Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? ‘ – Romans 2:4
There is one – Satan – who temporarily has dominion over this world of unbelievers – who has come to steal, kill, and destroy.
‘I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. ‘ – John 14:30
‘whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, ‘ – II Corinthians 4:3-4
‘in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, ‘ – Ephesians 2:2
‘And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. ‘ – Luke 4:5-6
And there is one – Jesus – who has come to give us life, and life more abundantly.
‘The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.’ – John 10:10
He is our STRENGTH in time of need.
He is the good shepherd. He gave his life for us.
‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. ‘ – John 10:11
Our FAITH brings us through all circumstances, all trials, all problems that are inherent to this world. Jesus is our answer in this world of trouble.
Please don’t blame God for anything in this world that burdens you.
His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.
‘Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.’ – Matthew 11:29-30
Rest in Jesus. He stands with us in the fire.
He’s a good father, and His love is wild for us.