Through the New Birth, we come to know Jesus personally as Savior and the Holy Spirit as the indwelling presence of God who makes His abode in our hearts.
But we must also get to know God the Father in a deeper, and more intimate way. And the best way to do so is through His Word!
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man loves me, he will keep my words: and MY FATHER will love him, and we will come unto Him, and make our abode with him. John 14:23
As I closed last week’s portion of this series, I was sharing what I learned from a great Apostle of faith, Smith Wigglesworth, on the subject of how we can get to know our Heavenly Father better.
He said, “I can’t understand God by feelings. I understand God by what the Word says about Him. He’s everything the Word says He is.” Wigglesworth went on to say, “Get acquainted with the Father through the Word.”
You see, many people try to get acquainted with God the Father through experiences. It’s true that you can learn some things about God through experiences, but you become better acquainted with Him through the Word. It’s in the Word that you find out about His love, His nature, and how much He cares for you as your Heavenly Father.
Matthew 4:4 says, “… Man shall not live by bread alone but by every WORD that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
By saying, “Man will not live by natural food alone,” Jesus was using the natural human term to convey a spiritual thought. You see, bread is just a symbol for food. In other words, Jesus said, “What bread or food is to our bodies, the Word of God is to our spirits.” Our spirits can ‘t really grow and develop apart from the WORD any more than our bodies can grow and develop apart from natural food.
…if we’re really going to grow and develop spiritually, we have to get acquainted
with the Father.
So let’s look further in the Word to see what Jesus and the writers of the Gospels have to say concerning God’s nature as a Father.
Because I know that my Heavenly Father loves me as He loves Jesus, I am not
afraid to face life problems.
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?
The people to whom Jesus was preaching never really grasped what He was actually saying here. It was new to them. (It’s almost new to some Christians today, because most people have been taught about God in terms of religion, not relationship). God is not waiting for you to do something wrong to swat you and say “that’s the end of that.” No, my Friend, you need to know my Heavenly Father like I know Him; He is very good and plenteous in mercy.
Word for Today: "Passion for His Cause"
As you examine the life of Jesus Christ, you’re sure to be struck by one thing… He always exhibited great Passion for His Cause. A leader who is not passionately committed will draw little commitment from others. On one occasion, Jesus told a group of people to be either hot or cold. He warned that being lukewarm made them useless. Whether He was defying religious leaders, or driving crooks out of the temple, Jesus’ passion was personified. He had a fire that spread to those around Him