The Heavenly Way

Dear Ones:

Just before Moses went to be with the Lord, the Lord instructed him to go up into Mount Nebo, and this, in order to “behold the land of Canaan.” (Deut. 32:49).  In spite of the fact that Moses was not permitted to cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan, the land of promise, God would give him the opportunity to behold the land, “…which I give unto the children of Israel for a possession.”  Now, why would God do this when shortly Moses would die on the same mountain, and “be gathered to his people?” It is very simple…God rewarded his servant with a heavenly perspective of all that He had promised, accomplished, and would achieve for the people of Israel.  It was a testimony of the faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God.  What then is our perspective?  And are we not called to enter fully into this “land of promise” in Christ, experiencing again today that which He has promised, accomplished, and actively working to achieve in this earth, in us and others?

Perhaps the most essential element to this “perspective” that we need, is that vision of heaven, what (Who) is in heaven, and our relationship with heaven.  Paul tells the Colossians, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which ARE ABOVE, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.  Set your affection (mind) on THINGS ABOVE, not on things on the earth.”  Now why does he say this?  Again, the answer seems to be simple, and yet, it is beyond our full understanding, “…for ye are dead, and YOUR LIFE IS HID WITH CHRIST IN GOD.” (3:1-3) Not only are we to climb “Mt. Nebo” to gaze into heaven, but we are called to live from there, derive all from there.

The Lord Jesus tells us to pray to, “…Our Father WHICH ART IN HEAVEN.” (Matt. 6:9)  So, we are to look heavenward to our Father who is there.  Note that in the same chapter, the Father (from heaven) seeth in secret…and rewards openly…again, from HEAVEN.  And yet, we are to meet the God of heaven in the quiet place, the place of aloneness,  where He hears, and answers, “…for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask of Him.” (Matt. 6:8) To emphasize the necessity of having a heavenly perspective, the Lord Jesus instructs us to pray, “…Thy will be done in earth (in us), AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.”  And how shall we know the blessed will of God, if we do not look at the Risen Christ in heaven, at the right hand of God?

The Psalmist wrote: “…Thou shalt guide me with Thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.  Whom have I IN HEAVEN but Thee?  And there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee.” (Ps. 73:24-25)  Does the Psalmist have a vision of heaven?  Is he looking heavenward?  Yes, and the result is that he is sure of guidance from heaven.  He goes on to declare, “…God IS the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” (v. 26)  It is because he is looking into heaven at the One who is his all, that the great truths of his relationship with God dominate him and his prayer.  He is a man living by faith, according to truth, according to what he is learning by gazing upon the One who IS truth.

So, today, may God give us grace to look upward…not to just a place, but primarily to a Person, “in whom we live and have our being.”  And let us remember that we are called to come boldly unto the “throne of grace,” that throne in heaven, to receive mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 4:16)  We are called upon TODAY to know fellowship with the God of Heaven.  And how amazing it is that this God of Heaven will meet us in the place of aloneness and quietness, seeing us, answering us, revealing to us the things that are of Him, in Christ.  “Praise my soul the King of Heaven.”

Love, Dad

Praying for the Wind

Dear Ones:

I’m sure that we have  all seen how quickly a rising wind can change a tranquil body of water into raging waves, a powerful sea.  What would be the effect if the wind of God blew strongly on our little sea, our lives and those around us?

In speaking of the new birth, Jesus spoke of the Spirit’s role.  “…that which is born of the Spirit…The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is EVERYONE that is born of the Spirit.” (Jn. 3:6,8)  Man, Adam, became a living soul by virtue of the fact that “God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life: and man became a living soul.” (Gen. 2:7)  That “breath of life” was/is the Spirit of God.  So,  the Spirit is essential, not only for creation, but for regeneration, …and for REVIVAL.  What about prayer?  Does God want us to pray for the moving of the Spirit today?  Just because Joel’s prophecy concerning the outpouring of the Spirit “upon all flesh” is so clearly declared, and realized the day of Pentecost, does this mean that we are not to pray for the WIND to blow again, and powerfully, having a demonstrative effect upon our lives, and in those around us?

In the Song of Solomon, we read a prayer:  “Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out.” (4:16)  Here is a prayer for the wind to blow in order for there to be a beneficial consequence, the fulfilment of the purpose of the garden, the honoring of its creator, and the blessing of the One who has redeemed it, and the blessing of all in proximity to it.  Essential to the blessing of the world is the Wind of the Spirit, and it blowing consistently, and powerfully.

We have mentioned in times past that God ordered Ezekiel to pray (prophesy) concerning the wind.  “Then said He to me, ‘Prophesy unto the wind, …thus saith the Lord, …Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.'” (Ez. 37:9)  Here is a prophesy and a prayer intermingled.  The subject is the “dead” state of Israel.  The solution for bringing Israel back to faith, and thus to life, is the Breath of God, the Wind of the Spirit. When the Spirit moved in answer to the prophetical prayer, “…the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceeding great army.” (v. 10)  There was a tremendous, notable effect.

Jesus prayed for the Spirit.  “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever….even the Spirit of truth.” (Jn. 14:16)  Please note that the disciples had already a certain experience of the Spirit, but that which Christ was speaking of could not be grasped by the disciples, with regard to the magnitude of the blessing.  This Wind for which He prayed would change the world.

Paul would pray for the Spirit.  “…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.” (Eph. 1:17)  Here we have the Ephesians who have been born of the Spirit, thus having the Spirit of God.  But that which is potentially true of His ministry in them is so small.  They need the Spirit in a greater way, a more specific way…and the effects of that Wind will be enormous.  Paul prays again for the Spirit in chapter 3, “…that He (the Father) would grant you to be strengthened with might by His Spirit  in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith.” (3:16-17)  The believer has Christ in the heart…but how much of His life fills the heart?  We have “ALL” in Christ, but how much of Christ do we have where we live, and that, today?

When the Spirit was poured out at Pentecost, the effect of the “Wind” was considerable upon all who were there at the time, both believers and non-believers.  Will we pray today for the Wind to blow again upon us, and do the “exceeding abundantly above all that we could ask or think?”  Remember that the precedent has been established, we need to pray for the moving, the working of the Spirit, and this in no small measure…TODAY….for the glory of God, and the blessing of others.

Love, Dad

The Pilgrim’s Practice

Dear Ones:

When Abraham “…was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, (he) obeyed; and went out, NOT KNOWING WHITHER HE WENT.” (Heb. 11:8) We know that Abraham went as far as Haran, where he stayed until his father died.  And then, either by remembering the substance of his calling by God, or a renewed revelation from God (God speaking to him…), he pulls up stakes, and moves with this promise in his heart:  “…Get thee…unto a land that I WILL SHEW THEE.” (Gen. 12:1) What is the key to Abraham’s life, for he certainly is not walking by sight, but by faith? As a further example,  we know that in the progression of things he is even able to believe God to lead his most trusted servant to find a wife for his son…IN A VERY DISTANT LAND, among his own people.  What is the key to this man’s, this pilgrim’s, life?

Perhaps it is best in answering this question about the key by speaking first of the reward of his obedient faith. Then we shall go to the practice of his faith, which puts him in a position to receive the reward.  After “… (he) departed, as the Lord had spoken to him….,” (Gen. 12;4) we find that, “…the Lord appeared unto Abram, and spoke to him.” (v.7)  The great reward of obedient faith is always the revelation of God to the heart, when communion with Christ becomes so precious, the most important thing of all.  In John’s gospel, the Lord Jesus said, “…He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and WILL MANIFEST MYSELF TO HIM.” (Jn. 14:21)  It was a godly missionary to China, whose name was Burns, who said that the only thing that distinguished one place from another was the MANIFEST presence of God.  And so it was for Abraham, and through the centuries for all believers to this present time…our great reward is Christ, to know Him, to commune with Him.

Central to Abraham being able to obey, and know God, is the fact that he lived by two principles…the tent, and the altar.  The tent speaks of mobility, and even as Jesus had “nowhere to lay his head,” so Abraham “…looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”  He, like so many others to follow, would confess that he was a stranger and pilgrim on the earth.” (Heb. 11:10,13)  The altar speaks of worship.  Basic to all else is the remembrance, and the refinement, of his vision of God, resulting in giving to Him His place, position, and the highest praise and adoration of His person.  Such a vision would keep Abraham in his place of being the Lord’s servant, dependent upon Him for all, and obedient to His highest authority.  As he lived by the tent and the altar, his heart was kept free and full…a very fertile soil for faith.

So, today, let us embrace the concept of the tent, for we ARE pilgrims whether we believe it or not.  And let us use well the altar, that approach to God which He has provided in Christ, that we should worship Him in truth, by the Spirit.  Then, He will reveal Himself to the heart, and we shall know Him…and commune with Him.  What a wonderful and high calling for us all!!

Love, Dad

Anticipatory Faith

Dear Ones:

The psalmist, in Psalm 42, writes concerning his thirst for God, and this in the context of his tears and just simply being overwhelmed by life, “…all thy billows are gone over me.” (v.7)  It sounds a bit like the experience of Jonah when he declared from the belly of the fish, “… and the floods compassed me about: all Thy billows and Thy waves passed over me.” (Jonah 2:3)  One thing that the Word of God does for us, among many others, is to unveil to us the true experiences of the heart and mind, in the good and difficult times.  But with that revelation,  the God of Hope, comes to our aid, and reveals to us His way in the storm…and how He will meet us, and does meet us.

The faith of the psalmist, though being tried, is provided with “…the way of escape,” and that begins with REMEMBERING.  He remembers what it was to know the fellowship with God and with other believers.  He remembers that God is always, regardless of our circumstances, worthy of praise, “…yet I will praise Him.” (42:5)  He then remembers that God is his help, “…a very present help in time of trouble.” (Ps. 46:1)  Indeed, the Psalmist will declare, “I WILL REMEMBER THEE.” (v.6)  Because of the remembrance of God, and what He is, there is the taking of his stand upon the rock of His faithfulness, and he will declare, “…Yet the Lord WILL command His loving kindness in the daytime, and in the night HIS song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the GOD OF MY LIFE.”  What a declaration!  What an anticipating faith, based on the nature and character of God!  In the storm, overwhelmed by the waves, there rises the singular voice of faith in an unfailing God, “I REMEMBER THEE…HE WILL COMMAND HIS LOVINGKINDNESS .”

Here is a man who is living in anticipation of God’s intervention in his heart and life, and this by faith in His faithfulness, and His unchanging character of mercy, and loving kindness.  God has not changed…He is the same “…yesterday, today, and forever.”  So, let us believe Him, remember Him, and take our stand believing that He will again, today, in our lives,  command HIS loving kindness in the daytime, and in the night HIS song shall be with me.

Love, Dad

 

He Gave Gifts Unto Men

Dear Ones:

The importance of the Ascension of Christ cannot be underestimated.  However, even though the early church put more emphasis on the Ascension than the birth of Christ, I’m afraid that we have missed, even lost, the life-changing significance of this singular event.

In Daniel 7:13-14, we find that, “…there was given to Him (the Son of Man…Christ) dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, and that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him…”   Jesus would relate this “giving of power” to the Son of Man by declaring to the disciples, “…all authority in heaven, and on the earth was given to Me.” (Matt. 28:18)  Now we  know that ALL authority was given to Christ from before the world was, but there was a moment when He received it specifically in the matter of redemption, and in the creation and growth of the church, His body.  The power of God is revealed in the resurrection…however, for the effect of that resurrection to be felt and known in the hearts of men, it was imperative that He ascend to His Father.  For Pentecost to come, and the consequent outpouring of the Spirit upon All men, Christ had to ascend to the Father.  “…But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceeds from the Father, He shall testify of Me.” (Jn. 15:26) And with that outpouring, Paul writes, “…When He ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.” (Eph. 4:8)  Not only was the kingdom His, and all power, authority, and dominion, but He receives from the Father also the Gift of the Holy Spirit, and specific gifts of the Spirit to be given unto men.  What does this mean for us who believe?

First of all, to be Christ’s, is to bear His name…and that Name declares that He has spoiled all “…principalities and powers, and made an open show of them, triumphing over them…” (Col. 2:16)  That victory is ours IN Him.  His authority is supreme, and absolute, and this is why nothing can separate us from the love of God.  We are forever one with Him.  Secondly, when Pentecost came, and the prophecy of Joel was realized, Christ poured out the Spirit of truth, the Spirit of the Father, into the hearts of men and women…there to testify by His Life and power of the greatness and goodness of God, to the intent that all men should be saved.  And lastly, but certainly not conclusively, from heaven He deliberately, and decisively chose to give gifts of the Spirit to men and women.  These are those God-given capacities to fulfill certain callings in the body of Christ.  They are unique and personal, and correspond to the specific calling of the believer.  And, they are irrevocable…”…for the gifts and the calling of God are without repentance.” (Rom. 11:28)

On this Memorial Day, we remember those who have sacrificed for our nation, for us, that we might know the freedom of conscience and conduct. The Ascension is a Memorial Day, as it declares the certain effect of the sacrifice of Christ, the realized promise of His resurrection, but also, the promise of His Spirit, His indwelling, His calling and gifts, …all couched in the absolute authority of God.

So, we ask the question:  What should I be if I am IN Him, raised with Him, seated with Him in heavenly places, having been given a specific calling, and corresponding gifts, realizing that Christ is in the heart by the Spirit?  May we ever pray in the spirit of the hymn-writer’s words:

“…Less than thyself, O do not give.  In might, Thyself, within us live; Come ALL Thou hast and art.”

Love, Dad

Hope Without Shame

Dear Ones:

Hope is very powerful thing.  A blessed, anticipated result at a future time can carry one over some very rocky and dangerous roads.  I heard of a brother in Christ who was very close to death, but just the cleaar picture he had in his mind of him walking out of the hospital, accompanied by his wife, enabled him to persevere when medical “hope” was slim.

What is hope?  And why is it so powerful?  Biblical hope is more than just a “possible” expectation.  It is a resolved and settled attitude concerning the blessing of God at a future time, whether it be near or far away.  In a different context than that of hope, Habakkuk writes clearly of similarities concerning the dynamics of true hope:  “The vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”  (Hab. 2:3)  Though Habakkuk is speaking of an event of judgement, there are similar principles revealed as they apply to true hope.

First of all, there is a vision.  There is the revealed will of God as it pertains to true blessing.  Secondly, there is a time frame…a present declaration, but a future realization promised.  Then there is the command to “wait for it.”  This is the attitude of expectation.  There remains the promise of its realization, as to its coming, but also with regard to the certainty of its coming….”… it will SURELY come; it will NOT tarry.”

When the Apostle Paul penned the phrase, “…And hope maketh not ashamed,”…he tied it to the love of God…”Because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us.” (Romans 5:5)  This love of God is the expression of a covenant, the seal of God upon the life, the presence of the Holy Spirit.  Indeed, all that pertains to the issue of “hope,” that certain expectation based on the purpose and will of God, is confirmed by the presence of the Holy Spirit in the life, and the expression of His presence, the love of God.  He goes on to speak of God commending to all men everywhere that He loves us. He speaks of justification, reconciliation, the atonement…the free gift of God in Christ.  And if that were not enough, he declares, “…MUCH MORE,” they which receive abundance of grace, and of the gift of righteousness, SHALL REIGN in life by one, Jesus Christ.” (v. 17)

Hope clings to Christ, and His work so complete and sufficient.  It is a hope that lives in the expectation of the blessing of God TODAY, as well as that which shall appear at His coming, or at the moment when we shall go to be with Him.  This HOPE, certain expectation, lives upon the Living Word, and looks beyond the present time to His intervention in all things future.  The “blessed hope” is the resolved expectation in a Person, the Lord Jesus,  to meet us today, and in every day to come.  There is absolutely NO shame in that.  The prayer of the Psalmist was:  “O Lord…let none that wait on Thee be ashamed…let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in Thee.” (Ps. 25:1,3,20)

So, today, let us live in the expectancy of His blessing, guidance, provision, keeping…and much more.  And let us look down the corridor of time to future blessing beyond our capacity to grasp it fully, because, “…the love of God IS shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given to us.”

Love, Dad

Not By Sight

Dear Ones:

If ever there was a reality that we must come to grips with, it is our limitations.  How much of the spectrum of light do we see?  A very small portion.  Can we SEE a thought or an intention of the heart.   Without the use of modern technology, can we see into the inside of the human body, to see a problem?  When we analyze the matter, our limitations concerning our knowledge of what is around us, and in us, is limited to an extraordinary degree.  Now comes the question of capability.  How limited are we in terms of being able to meet the needs of others, and to respond to the great demands and needs of our generation?  Again, the mountain of limitations rises up to cast a very long and dark shadow over us.  We are SO limited.

This is one reason for which we are instructed in Scripture to “…not lean unto our own understanding.” (Prov. 3:5)  Only God sees and knows all.  It is the wise and meek man who is willing to understand his limitations, and the limitless knowledge and possibilities of God.  God would tell Samuel, when it was a question of choosing a king among the sons of Jesse, “…for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7)  What foolishness it is not to inquire of God concerning that which cannot be seen with the eye.  Even Isaiah writes of the Lord Jesus, and the imperative of the work of the Holy Spirit:   “…And (the Holy Spirit) shall make Him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: AND SHALL NOT JUDGE AFTER THE SIGHT OF HIS EYES, NEITHER REPROVE AFTER THE HEARING OF HIS EARS…” (Is. 11:3)

The great point in all of this is that, if we are to walk by faith, we must give Christ access to every circumstance and consideration.   We are called to abide in Him, “…for without Him we can do nothing.”  Relating all to Him is a choice and a process.  It is never perfectly done this side of heaven, but there are great possibilities by the power of the Spirit.

So, today, let us give access to the King of Glory…let us let Him come into all the aspects of our lives, and lead  us by His Spirit, confirming to us the knowledge of His will by the peace that passes understanding.  He (the Spirit) witnesses to our hearts, in accordance with the Scriptures, of the will of God.  Let us not lean unto our own understanding, but believe Him who sees all, loves us all, and is faithful to us all.

Love, Dad

The Quest Above All Others

Dear Ones:

Yesterday we began with the question, “Who is God?”  There is in that question another one embedded:  “Can we truly KNOW God?”  Or, do we just know facts, and some truths about Him?  I venture to say, from the testimony of those who have gone before, that our greatest quest is not to just know about God, but to experience Him, and in essence to truly KNOW Him.

Moses had quite a history with God, being saved as a child in Egypt, elevated to sonship to the Pharoah’s daughter, and then exiled.  He had seen the burning bush, and responded to the call of God.  He was instrumental in the salvation of Israel, by the parting of the Red Sea.  And then, he had seen God’s direction and provision for Israel in the desert.  But, then we discover a remarkable thing…Moses clearly declares what is most upon his heart, that which he desires more than all else in the world:  “…show me NOW Thy way, that I may know Thee.” (Ex. 33:13)  It is one thing to see the works of God.  It is quite another to know Him personally and experimentally.

David would declare in Psalm 27:4:  “…One thing I have desired of the Lord, and this will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to enquire in His temple.”  Why would He want this “one thing?”  It is simply for the same reason that Moses carefully, and thoughtfully, uttered his prayer.  It is one thing to know about God, another thing to KNOW Him experientially.

Though the calling of the Apostle Paul was wrought with responsibility of an eternal significance, yet his deep passion, and that which dominated all else was this, “…that I might KNOW Him, and the power of His resurrection…” (Phil. 3:10)  The evidence is so clear as we look at these men, and at believers through the centuries, that our highest calling, and most noble and blessed quest, is to KNOW GOD

When I was in college in South Carolina, I went to a weekend conference at a Christian school up in the mountains.  Over one of the buildings was written the whole purpose of the school:   “To KNOW Him, and to make Him known.”  What a tremendous declaration of a most blessed reality!!

And how shall we know Him?  First of all, “…as we follow on to know the Lord.”   It is essential that we not only know that this is our first and highest calling, but that it is to be embarked upon, embraced, pursued.  Eternal Life is to “…KNOW Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.” (Jn. 17:3)

If we ever need to be encouraged that this is possible, we need to remember, and heed the words of the Lord Jesus:  “The Comforter…the Spirit of truth…ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you…I WILL COME TO YOU…ye shall KNOW that I am in my Father, and ye in Me, and I in you.”  (John 14:16,17,18,20) This is true Christianity…Christ dwelling in the heart by faith.  This is the true knowledge of God in Christ.  What a wonderful and blessed objective and calling…that is ours TODAY.  Let us pursue it.

Love, Dad

Who Is God

Dear Ones:

And how shall we know God, His character, His attributes?  How IS He?  How is it that so many have known Him, and this revealed by the mosaic of truths concerning Him, and yet, we have grasped so little?

You would not think that Psalm 51 would reveal to us essential aspects of the character of God, but it does.  The context of the psalm reveals to us the awfulness of the nature of men, all men, except Christ.  That “nature” is demonstrated here by the adultery that David committed, and the killing of the husband of Bathsheba.  It is in the prayer of David that the character of God is revealed in stark contrast to that of David.  “Have mercy upon me, O God…” (v.1)  The only appeal David is not that for the unmerited favor of God (His grace), but for the action of God to look beyond the heart of a rebel, and enemy of righteous, one who has flaunted the glory of God…i.e. deliberately went 100% in the opposite direction of all that was noble and true, and then to respond in His lovingkindess.  David had no merit before God, only his declared sin.  His only appeal was to the benevolent lovingkindness, and tender of mercies of God.  The same attitude was true for the Publican who stood up and beat his breast, crying unto God, “O God, be merciful to me a sinner.”  The only way a guilty, rebellious, unrighteous enemy of God can be forgiven, is first in knowing that there is a benevolent and merciful God who acts for His own name’s sake.  And this He will do when He hears the heart’s cry of the sinner.

Once when David was faced with three choices of punishment from God because of sin, he chose the only one that did not involve “falling into the hands of men.”  Why?  Because He knew the nature of man was unmerciful.  There would be no basis for appealing to any favor whatsoever, if he fell into the hands of sinful men.  Not so with God.  The truth of the knowledge of God, as it pertains to His mercy, is liberating, life-giving, for it gives us hope, and that, not because of anything in and of ourselves, but for His name’s sake.

When all seems lost, and we certainly do not feel as if we can approach God, we must always remember…He is merciful.  Indeed, He meets us as He did those believers who sought Him in the Tent of Meeting, or the Tabernacle.  Also, as He met those who sought Him in the temple.  There was on the top of the ark of the covenant, a “mercy-seat.”  This is where He said, “And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy-seat.” (Ex. 25:22)  The writer of the epistle to the Hebrews wrote, “…Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain MERCY, and find grace to help in time of need.”  The theme is consistent throughout Scripture.  This God we profess to serve is a God of mercy…and He meets us only on this basis.

So, let us use this blessed truth in this mosaic of the knowledge of God, and let us humbly come before Him, knowing that He receives “sinners such as we.”  Jesus said, “…him that cometh to me, I will in NO wise cast out.” (Jn. 6:37)  Why? Because He is merciful.  Let us  not forget this blessed reality, and let us use it well.  God the Father will receive us for Jesus’s sake…every day…and all through the day.  And let us grasp the import of the Psalmist’s wonderful words:  “…The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion: slow to anger, and of GREAT MERCY.”  (Psalm 145:9)

Love, Dad