Get to Know The Father

Gilson LacerdaJanuary 2024 WOF, WOF Current IssueLeave a Comment

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AS THIS NEW year begins, many people are worrying about what the future holds. Perhaps bills from holiday spending have started piling up, and many wonder how they will make ends meet. But the good news is, God knows all of our needs, and He is willing and able to supply them as we look to Him in faith.

Are you looking to God in faith? Or are you struggling with worry and fear? Current world events have many people fearful and worried. They worry about the economy, their health, and the safety of their family. But as Christians we can live free from worry and fear. We do so by walking daily with our Heavenly Father—by believing His Word is true and that He will take care of us if we seek Him first.

Read carefully the following passage on the subject.

MATTHEW 6:25–33

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added
unto you.

There are two verses in particular I want you to notice. Verse 32 says, “Your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.” And verse 26 says, “Your heavenly Father
feedeth them.”

This passage isn’t talking about unbelievers, because God isn’t the “Heavenly Father” of non-Christians. Some people think everyone is a child of God. But that isn’t true. God is the Creator of us all, but He is not the Father of us all. The devil is the father of some people. Jesus said to some of the most religious people of His day, “You are of your father the devil” (John 8:44).

To live in the fullness of what God intended for us, it isn’t enough to be born again. We must grow up in the things of God until we are walking after our Father and following His ways. Many people have been born again and become children of God but have never really gotten acquainted with Him as Father. They haven’t grown spiritually—therefore they don’t know Him in a personal way.

"GOD DOESN’T WANT HIS CHILDREN TO WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW OR WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS. WHY? BECAUSE HE LOVES US!"

Kenneth E. Hagin

How to Know God as Your Father

Thank God, we can get to know our Father better. How? I like something Smith Wigglesworth said: “I can’t understand God by feelings. I understand God the Father by what the Word says about Him. He is everything the Word says He is.”

We get to know the Father through His Word. It is in the Word that we find out about our Father’s love, His nature, and how much He cares for us and loves us. And because we know He loves us, we aren’t supposed to worry or fret about anything.

Some may say, “What are we supposed to do?” Matthew 6:33 says we are to seek first the Kingdom of God! When we do that, everything we need is added unto us. This proves that the Father cares for His own.

Then verse 34 tells us to “take no thought for tomorrow.” This verse is saying that GOD DOESN’T WANT HIS CHILDREN TO WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW OR WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS. WHY? BECAUSE HE LOVES US!

Our Heavenly Father knows your needs, so you don’t have to worry or have anxiety. If God is your Father, you can be assured He will take a father’s place and perform a father’s part. You can be certain that He loves you and will care for you.

John 17:23 says that God loves us just as He loved Jesus. Since God loves you just as much as He loved Jesus, you don’t have to be afraid to face life’s problems, for God is always with you as He was with Jesus.

God Wants to Walk With You!

The Father is just as real to us as He was to Jesus—if we let Him be. He wants to walk with us just as He walked with Jesus when Jesus was on the earth. The Father’s love compels Him to care for you. When you come to know His love and begin to walk daily in that love, all doubts and fears will be destroyed.

God the Father is your Helper. He will never leave you or forsake you (Heb. 13:5–6). He wants you, His child, to know that He will surely supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19). These are living truths to you from the heart of our loving Father God.

It is so blessed and wonderful to be able to walk with God. I encourage you this new year to determine in your heart that you will walk closer to Him than you ever have before. Commit to spend time in His Word, get to know Him better, and grow as a result.

Remember, if Jesus is your Savior, God is your very own Father. There is no need to worry about the future. God Himself loves you and cares for you. And as you seek His Kingdom first, everything you need in life will be added to you.


[Editor’s Note: This article was adapted from the article “Walking With Your Father” which appeared in the January 2003 issue of The Word
of Faith.
]

To live in the fullness of what God intended for us, it isn’t enough to be born again. We must grow up in the things of God until we are walking after our Father and following His ways.

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