Far too many times, sincere followers of Christ are seeing their heavenly Father in a terrible and twisted way. This is especially true with those who have been physically or sexually abused as a child by a father or step-father. Satan has many believing that their abuse was God’s will so that they can become a better person.
Yet when you look at the fruit of abuse; years of therapy, unhealthy relationships as adults, and possibly becoming an abuser themselves, why on earth would it be the will of a loving and caring Father to allow a young child to experience abuse just to make them a better person? Do you see the terrible picture that is painted of God when we think this way?

This type of thinking is all due to lack of knowledge on our behalf.The truth is that there are a lot of things which take place on this earth which are not the will of God. Just because something happens here on earth, does not mean that it was God’s will that it happened that way. If it were, then it means that every time a woman is raped, or a child is molested, a father is murdered, or someone dies of cancer, then it would have to be the will of God! That kind of thinking is absolutely absurd! If God willed such things, it would make Him out to be a terrible God who has no love in His heart!

The Bible tells us to pray for God’s will to take place here on earth, just as it does in heaven:
“This, then, is how you should pray:” ’Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.’ (Matthew 6:9-10)
What happens in heaven? Is there sickness, abuse, and poverty in heaven? Then what makes us think that those things are God’s will here on earth then?

One of the biggest keys to Christian faith is to get it down into your spirit that God truly loves and cares for you. I believe that God’s Word makes it clear that unless we know the height and depth of the love of God, we cannot be filled with His fullness: “…so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17-19)

Did you know that God thinks about you a lot? The Bible teaches us how God really feels about us – how He sees us. The Holy Scriptures give us some great clues into the thoughts, desires, and concerns of God towards us. The Bible tells us that His thoughts towards us are not only precious, but numerous as the sands of the seashore. God thinks about you and I all the time! (See Psalms 139:13-18 and Jeremiah 29:11) God’s Word also tells us He loved us not because of anything we’ve done, but because of who we are! Jesus was not sent to die for the righteous, but the filthy sinner! (This includes all of us) “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

God doesn’t just want to recruit servants who accept tragedy and sickness as His will, but to treat us as sons and daughters! And therefore heirs with Messiah! God wants us to be a part of His own family! This in itself is a big clue as to God’s great love for us! “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.” (1 John 3:1)

God desires to have a loving and genuine father and child relationship with us. Not the father and child relationship that many today have come to know, but a loving, caring, and wonderful relationship. Many times, when a person has an abusive relationship with their earthly father, they tend to perceive their relationship with their heavenly Father the same way. That causes a lot of people to have an unhealthy fear of God, which either drives them away from God instead of closer to Him, or they become obsessed with trying to be “good enough” for God’s love—Which leads to legalism. This is exactly what the devil wants us to do, and it grieves the heart of God. Because our heavenly Father is the most loving and caring Father that anybody could ever ask for!

Jesus tells us that if our earthly father (referring to a good and loving earthly father) desires to give his children good gifts, how much more does our heavenly Father desire to give good things to them that ask? (See Matthew 7:9-11) Jesus actually tells us to ask our heavenly Father for anything, so that we may receive from Him, and that we might be filled with joy. A heavenly Father that wasn’t interested in giving us good things, or interested in seeing us filled with joy, would never say such a thing! These are only the words from a loving and caring heavenly Father. (See John 16:24)

Talk about giving us all things, look at how God’s Word tells us that we’re heirs of God through Messiah. Do you know what an heir is? When a rich parent dies, an inheritance is usually left to the children. And we are heirs of God through Messiah! That means that we share everything that Messiah was given by God! (Let that sink in for a moment!)

“So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” (Galatians 4:7)
How can anybody read verses like these and still think that God is all about giving us poverty and sickness and is not eager to give us good things? (Health, finances, wisdom and deliverance – you name it!) All of these things are provided for us in the Word of God and through the work of Messiah on the cross!But God wants us to seek FIRST His kingdom (which most Christians today fail to do), and THEN He promises to meet all of our needs. God is good and takes pleasure in blessing! The Bible is clear in passage after passage that God takes pleasure in blessing and being good to His people who love Him. And God’s Word promises that if we put Him first in our lives, He will give us the desires of our hearts.

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