- “And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” – 2 Corinthians 6:18 (KJV)
- “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” – Ephesians 1:4-6 (KJV)
Greetings CLMNWA Family, I am sorry that it’s taken me so long to get back to writing this series and the Thanksgiving series. If we’re to get these done by the time we sit down with our families it’s going to require me to work well into the night…and there was a time when I probably would stay up all night to get these messages all written. I think, however, if I can get these written by the end of the weekend…that should set us up to get into something to countdown to Christmas.
For now, however…let’s get back into talking about “Believing God Is Good No Matter What”.
What a timely message for us to be getting into, tonight. Amen!?! It seems like so many things are going wrong in the world today. It’s easy to get discouraged and even fearful wondering if there’s a God where in the world is He, and why isn’t He doing something. While I can’t pretend to even have a clue as to how to answer those two questions…perhaps what I can offer is some encouragement by saying that God is in control and aware of what’s going. He has always been in control and aware of what is going on. He hasn’t changed and never will. So, while I know things seem and look hopeless…the truth is those of us who are in Christ have the blessed hope that this isn’t the best life has to offer. One thing that also hasn’t changed is the fact that God isn’t good because He does good…God is good because He IS Good.
So, let’s see where this message takes us today.
God’s favor flows as naturally into our lives as a father’s favor flows into the lives of his children. (And He is the greatest picture of a father you could ever dream of or imagine.) God loves you. He considers you his kid, and that makes you a generational recipient of his blessing.
One of the greatest revelations that has come to me thanks to my daughter is how we can relate to God as being our Father. I can also see the differences in perspectives between a biological parent versus a step-parent, but in reality I also understand that the best of dads don’t make the difference notable. I think of my dad, for example, and his parents being my grandparents…and what I want to convey tonight through this message is there wasn’t ever a moment when I didn’t feel like I was my dad’s child…even when I knew he was my step dad. Children don’t know any differently unless you treat them differently. If you treat them and love them like they’re your own…they won’t even notice until they’re old enough to be told otherwise.
You see. I think one of the problems embedded in the Body of Christ is that we equate our Heavenly Father with the way our earthly dads treat or treated us. The point being I think one of the things that hampers our relationship with God and being able to relate to the Fatherhood of God is the way we were fathered by our earthly dads. I don’t have any real proof or statistics to bear that out…it’s just an opinion of mine. I mean, in the beginning of my relationship with God I didn’t realize it, but I kind of related to Him the way I related to my dad.
It wasn’t until I became a parent myself that I began to understand the little nuances of being a dad that I can now relate to when it comes to our Heavenly Father. For example, I now understand why God says (through Paul) that there isn’t anything that we can do as His children to separate us from His love.
One of the things I began telling Elisabeth from the time I was able to hold her and rock her is that I would always love her no matter what, that I would always be for her, and there wasn’t anything that she could do or not do to change that. My love for her began since before she was even born, and there wasn’t anything she did that caused me to love her. So, I want her to believe, trust, and know that no matter what is happening or going on in her life…the one constant she can always count on is her daddy’s love.
That’s exactly what God wants each and every one of us to understand through Paul’s writing of Romans 8:38-39 (KJV). There isn’t anything we did to earn His love other than be created, and therefore there isn’t anything we can ever do to lose it. He wants us to believe, trust, and know that no matter what is happening or going on in our lives…the one constant that we can always count on is that our Abba Father loves us.
Almost any parent will tell you that there isn’t a thing their children can do that would cause them not to love them, and that’s one of the simple truths that God really wants us to grasp. He doesn’t love us because of anything we do. He loves us because He IS Love, and because we are His children. His love isn’t just unconditional…it’s perfect.
Don’t feel like you need to apologize to people, or legitimize God’s goodness to those that may not understand or agree. There are always people waiting to criticize your victory or ignore your timely blessing, because they felt someone else was more deserving. In fact, if you’ve ever felt that someone doesn’t deserve a blessing they’ve received (hey, we’ve all been there . . .), you’re probably right! But here’s a sobering moment of truth for all of us: we cannot resent undeserved favor in someone else’s life if we’re going to welcome it in our own.
We can’t ever be jealous, envious, or covetous of where someone else is in their walk with God. The simple truth is that there are people who look at where I’m at today, and some of them don’t feel that I deserve to be where I am today based upon who they remember me as. There are some who are perhaps even a little envious of where I am at today, but an even deeper truth is something I posted earlier in the week…and I think it applies here so I’m going to see if I can find it and add it to this message.
Have you ever noticed that there are people who want what you have?
So many times people will covet what we have worked so hard for, but they aren’t willing to go through the hard work and trials that we went through to get where we’re at.
Believe me. You don’t want to travel the road I had to travel to get to where I am today. I am blessed and totally sold out for Jesus because I wouldn’t be where and who I am today without Him…
But the path I took to get where I am today…I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemies…because a lot of it was extremely PAINFUL.
Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV) says: ”Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Like Paul. I have learned to be content. That doesn’t mean I don’t strive and work to be better…it means I’ve learned to appreciate where I am and be thankful God walked with me on the journey of how I got to be here.
You’ll probably read many times me say this one thing and I’ll close (and suggest you ask the Holy Ghost to teach you the meaning of what I’m about to say) with it.
Bloom where you are planted.
Here’s the thing about wanting to be where someone else is at. You don’t know the path they had to take to get there. You don’t know the struggles, the trials, but what you see is the end result of where they are thinking they had it easier than you. What you don’t know about the journey they took to get to where they are is that they had to travel through their fair share of valleys of the shadow of death as well. They may have found the greener pastures, but don’t forget that before you get to the Promised Land God has for you…the first thing you have to do is get through the land of the giants.
Learning to be content with where I’m at is one of those things that didn’t come easy, but now that I understand what Paul meant I have also learned what my former pastor meant by bloom where your planted. It’s just another way of saying…that while we’re always striving to be and have better you also have to be grateful for where you are…and where God has taken you from to where you are now.
Whether it’s God’s grace or God’s favor the truth is none of us deserve it…but that’s what is so good about the word undeserved. It’s not ours to give so we don’t determine whether or not we deserve it. We also don’t get to determine whether or not someone else gets it.
When we start to understand that favor is an expression of God’s grace, we are able to comprehend that the favor that we receive—exactly like grace—is disproportionate to what we deserve.
God, thank You for being a Father to us. No matter what our earthly dads have been like, You are a generous Father and have ongoing favor in store for our futures. Teach us today to accept the family favor that You have put on us as Your children. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Final Word From Pastor B:
I believe I just wrote myself happy. God is our Father, and no matter how our earthly father’s have been like there is no Father like God. He always has nothing but good gifts, good thoughts, and good plans for us. He can take all of the things we’ve been through in our lives, and turn them around for good. There isn’t anything that He brings to our lives that is bad for us because He IS Good…He is always good because He IS Good.
Here is a quick final thought for this message. Take some time to really think and meditate upon this, and talk to your Father. I know I will.
Think about it: What are some examples in your life where you’ve received unexpected or undeserved favor?
Thank you all for joining me for this message. If you like these and the other messages you’ve been able to read won’t you please help keep us online? If you would like to know more about how to help us, if you need prayer, or anything else please fill out the form at the bottom of this message. It’s a joy and a privilege to bring you the Word of the Living God. I don’t take this lightly, and hope above all that you are being ministered to not by me…but by the Lord Himself. It’s more important that you receive from Him than me, Amen!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!
Blessings & Grace;
Bryan Kizer – Pastor
Christlike Ministries NWA
“My love be with you ALL in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Corinthians 16:24 (NASB)