Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
Mt 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Mt 7:9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
Mt 7:10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
Mt 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
From time to time I run into Christians that have an image of God as an angry Judge ready to meet out judgement at the slightest provocation. But that is not how the Bible describes Him. He will send judgement but He would rather extend mercy.
Every time Israel fell into judgement it was because they rejected or refused to trust in God's instructions.
Verse 11 of our text declares God is not a harsh Judge but a loving Father. He knows how to and wants to give good things to His children.
Romans 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Let's back up in this chapter for a minute.
Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Ro 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Ro 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
Ro 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
Knowing God as your loving heavenly Father is essential if you want to enjoy your walk with Him and fulfill all the plans He has for your life; Plans for good and not evil (Jeremiah 29:11).
Seeing God as your father lets you know that He is for you. Even when He sends correction it is because He is for you and not against you. A good Father’s motive is always love. Even when you think He is spoiling your fun, He is actually protecting you from something that will harm you. We are looking at the natural. He is looking at the eternal.
Your Father picks you up if you fail and fall. He binds your wounds and sets you on your feet again.
Your Father wants the absolute best for you in all that you do. It is clear that the Spirit of adoption is a spirit of liberty, and a spirit of confidence. As a child is sure that his/her father will love him, feed him, clothe him, teach him, and do all that is good for him, so are we sure that "No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.” But He will make all things to “work together for good to them that love God.”
The spirit of bondage made us fear, but the Spirit of adoption gives us full assurance.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
Mt 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
Let's look at 1 John 3:1-2 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
“Behold,what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be
called the sons of God!”(1 John 3:1)
I am trying to cause us this day to see God as a Father who is more willing to show us mercy than judgement. A Father that will ease the pain of broken hearts, and shattered dreams, and give us the peace that we need for our souls. As a Father who will give us confidence that we are of value, that we matter, and that we are accepted by the One that matters most. I want to encourage you to develop your relationship with God as your Father.
An unusual survey was done a few years ago. Participants in the survey were asked this question: What 3 word sentence would you most like to hear or have said to you? The top three answers pretty much sum up the needs of all of mankind.
1. I love you
2. I forgive you
3. Supper is ready
God says : I love you, and spared not his Son as a ransom for you to prove it.
God said : I forgive you, and took you into His family a joint heir with Jesus.
And I'll tell you what supper time is just about ready.
Maybe you're here today and you didn't have a godly father. Maybe you didn't have a loving father. Or maybe there was no father in your home, so you don't know about a father's love. God is calling out to you today saying, "Come unto Me and I will take you in." You can know a father's love from this day forward.
Debbie & I used to sing a song that said,
"I'll be your Father, I'll be your mother,
I'll be your sister, I'll be your brother
He said if I be lifted up And I'll bring joy, joy, joy to your soul.
You can have God for your Father. He already chose you. He is waiting for you to choose Him.