Today is a day when we celebrate fathers for who they are and the positive influence they have been in our lives.
My own father departed this world long ago but even when he was alive I did not have a great father-daughter relationship with him. So when a man of God once gave me a prophetic word in a church meeting about how God wanted to develop a loving father relationship with me, I was of course thrilled but I did not know what that would look like.
Now, many years later I can say that my relationship with God is one of the most poignant and precious aspects of my life.
As purpose-driven believers and achievers, our relationship with Father-God should be the “be all, and end all” of our day-to-day lives.
The following is a post I’ve written for my Women of Warfare blog, in celebration of Fathers’ Day.
There have been many times when I’ve told you how I feel about you. I’ve told you during my private devotional times, during public praise and worship sessions at church meetings, during my day when my thoughts run across you.
I love, love, love you—with all my heart, mind and soul.
If I am honest, I don’t think I’m at the point where I can say that I love you more than life itself but I do desire, hope and trust that the measure and quality of my love for you will increase more and more, will deepen and widen as time goes by.
Because dear Father God, you deserve all the love in the world, all the love in the universe…
This post is an invitation to paradise – a place where there are no troubles, trials or tears. The invitation is open to everyone and yet it is often ignored. If you’ve already accepted – congratulations! If you have not – what will you do? Be wise. Choose life. Choose paradise!
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Yes you! The one who believes you are the master of your fate and the captain of your own soul. The one who feels you have no need of God. The one who makes every single possible excuse for not acknowledging His existence, who perhaps even denies the reality of a living, loving God.
Did you know that every human being on this earth has the breath of God within them? Do you accept that we are spirit beings? Yep – that’s absolutely so. We are spirit beings housed in a physical body. So what has that got to do with me (you may be thinking)? Why should I care?
Well, my dear precious reader, whether God/truth-seeker, agnostic, atheist, fence-sitter, or however else you may categorise yourself, when your body dies, your spirit being (the REAL you) remains alive. And your spirit being is destined to spend eternity either with God, or with Satan!
Who gets to decide where you spend that eternity? You do!
Does the idea that you are deciding your own fate, determining your eternal destiny make you feel afraid, confused, uncomfortable? You need not be – the truth and solution to your spiritual predicament is simple.
Even though neither I, nor you, nor anyone else for that matter, had done anything to deserve this supreme act of love and kindness, God planned a way of escape for us (and Jesus executed this plan), so that we can enjoy eternity with Him. Just listen to what He has to say about this:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:16-18 (New King James Version)
All you need to do is realise and accept you are in need of rescuing from the fate of eternal damnation, through the only person (Jesus) who can deliver you. Simple isn’t it? There’s no test you have to pass, no high-level board you have to sit before and impress, no astronomical entrance fee. Just:- Admit. Accept. Ask.
Admit you have sinned and fallen short of God’s standards
Accept you cannot save yourself through good works, good morals, or some other “enlightened” pathway
Ask Jesus to save you (i.e. rescue you from an eternity in Hell)
Now if you are experiencing an increasing sense of discomfort at these words, please do not worry, ignore, dismiss, or try to suppress. Do you remember I mentioned at the beginning that we are all spirit beings? The uncomfortable feeling is just your spirit, reacting to the conviction of this gospel truth. Believe me, if you press on, that uncomfortable feeling will soon go away and you’ll be glad you persisted.
If you are willing, and if you believe, you can change your fate and ensure your destiny with God. Today. Right now!
If you’re ready to take that step and wish to cut to the chase before you change your mind then please see prayer below. If however, you are able to bear with me a little longer whilst I elaborate, I’d appreciate you lending me your ears for a bit longer.
Adam and Eve committed sin (I do hope you know the story about the snake, the forbidden fruit and the Garden of Eden*), causing the entire human race to become tainted and doomed to death. Further, Adam’s treachery had the effect of legally transferring ownership of our souls to the control of Satan.
However, God who created you, who loved (and still loves you), devised a plan, which enabled Him to redeem (or pay the ransom price) and rescue you from the evil clutches of his arch enemy, Satan. God sent His Son Jesus to this earth and Jesus willingly died the cruel death of crucifixion, so you and I can have a choice about where we spend eternity.
All you are required to do is:
Believe you are in need of salvation (i.e. rescuing from the death penalty)
Believe Jesus died for you
Accept God’s incredibly generous and FREE gift of salvation.
Now for the decision bit. TODAY you have a choice – life or death, eternity with God or eternity without Him (i.e. eternal punishment).
If you would like to choose LIFE and ensure your destiny in paradise (where there will be no troubles, trials, or tears – Revelation 21:4) then please say the following prayer:
I come to you today in the name of your Son, Jesus. I want to thank you for making it possible for me to spend eternity with you. I recognise I am in need of rescuing from the penalty of sin. I believe Jesus died for me and I accept He is the only way through which I can escape eternal punishment. I repent of my sins and ask your forgiveness. Jesus, I invite you into my life as my Saviour and my Lord. Amen.
If you prayed the above in all sincerity, congratulations! There is a party going on in heaven right now because you’ve made this life-changing decision. You now belong to the family of God. Whoo hoo! Congratulations and welcome!
To help you, so you are not left floundering and wondering what to do next, the following links will give you a good start and provide the guidance you need. I’d also suggest that you talk to a Christian friend and/or find a church to attend and receive support.
If you didn’t – why not? Don’t delay for another day, for you do not know what tomorrow will bring.
If you did pray and make the above commitment, please let me know in the comment box below. Telling others cements your decision and reinforces within your heart the new step you’ve taken, plus I’m sure there’ll be others who will want to congratulate and welcome you too.
To all who made it this far, thank you for giving me your precious time. Thank you for reading/listening.
I believe you will be blessed by it. And, if you do enjoy this gesture of appreciation, please feel free to pop over to my other blog (Women of Warfare!) where there is another seasonal greeting and link. I’m sure it will equally bless you.
Wishing you a wonderful festive season with your family and friends.