Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Let Me Tell You About My Father

My Father doesn't give me stones;
     He uses them to strengthen my feeble arms and weak knees.
My Father doesn't give me snakes;
     He uses their venom to cure me.
He uses the roar of a lion to turn me back;
     and flaming arrows to enlighten me.
He uses wolves in disguise to make me discerning;
     and swine and dog to reflect my pride.
He uses my blindness to show me His glory.
He uses the sword to shed my thoughts and intentions from my heart.
He uses fire to purge my dross;
     and pruners to grow my knowledge of Him fuller.
He uses war to strengthen His armor upon me.

He used my disease to drive me to the Physician;
     my debt to drive me to the Forgiver of debt;
     and my trespasses to drive me to the One who justifies.
He used my heavy burden to seek out His relief;
     and my thirst to seek out His righteousness.
He used my darkness to discover His Light.

He will use my poverty to enrich me;
     and my hunger to satisfy me;
He will use my tears so that I can enjoy Him;
     and my insults so that I can exult Him.

Endure it as discipline: God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there whom a father does not discipline?But if you are without discipline—which all receive—then you are illegitimate children and not sons.Furthermore, we had natural fathers discipline us, and we respected them. Shouldn't we submit even more to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time based on what seemed good to them, but He does it for our benefit, so that we can share His holiness. No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it.~Hebrew 12:7-11

Do you know who your father is? --Then Jesus replied, " I assure you: The Son is not able to do anything on His own, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son also does these things in the same way.~John 5:19

They answered him, "Abraham is our father." Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works Abraham did, but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. You are doing the works your father did." They said to him, "We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father—even God." Jesus said to them, "If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires.~~Johhn Chapter 8