“Let’s Get God Right” by Gary Ellis

Many people are under the mistaken assumption that the Old Testament God is an angry God.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Listen to Moses:

“And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, {7} maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin...”  Exodus 34:6-7

The Father reality of God is in need of great repair and restoration in the hearts and minds of many. 

Jesus told us, “If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father.” – John 14:9

A favorite quote of mine is this: 

“You can come home now.  Daddy’s not mad.”

In God’s design, it is the FATHER that establishes the sense of protection, provision, and personal identity in his children.  It has also been my experience that my own spiritual journey has become increasingly richer as my Heavenly Father relationship is ever deepening.

The roles of Jesus and Holy Spirit are equally important to the revelation, but a misunderstanding and therefore neglect of embracing our true Heavenly Father will bring us up short of a healthy and abundant Christian experience. 

In Hebrew thought, the word for father is like the center pole of the tent.  Everything else about the dwelling is built and supported around that.

We are encouraged to look unto Jesus.  He is the author and finisher of our faith.  Let’s also remember that it was Jesus Who said, “If you ask the Father in my name…”  

It was also the Apostle Paul who said, “I bow my knees before the Father…”

“Holy Spirit…we would see our true Heavenly Father.  Open the eyes of our hearts that we might know Him better.”

May I suggest that a good step in this direction is to also let your heart and mind release forgiveness for everything your earthly father may not have been.

Gary

 

 

 

  • Hi,
    Gary! I’m not from around these parts. 😉 I got your blog address from the
    members’ list at TheHighCalling.org. I am taking part in a new activity called
    There and Back Again. Basically, what we do is find a THC member that we aren’t
    familiar with and read a blog post they’ve written. Then we write something
    about it ourselves. We let the original author know about it and we link up
    together so others can explore the network. You are the author I found for my
    post, and you can read it here: http://whoivealwaysbeen.blogspot.com/2011/11/there-and-back-again-father.html

    • Hi Carolyn,
      Don’t ya hate it when you respond to someone’s blog and they leave your response hanging like an orphan in cyber space? You even took it a step further and let me know that you’d taken my post, “Let’s Get God Right” and written your own blog response. I actually intended to respond and got “swamped” IRL. I just wanted to take a minute now, though, and thank you. You are an excellent writer and I wanted to acknowledge that at this time. Your thoughts are very practical and express a more common theme than most realize. Your phrase, (I think it was) “be gentle with me” struck me as similar to a feeling about God that I began working through awhile back. It’s the “hard man” definition of God that religion teaches. “I knew you were a hard man to serve.” Since I began facing that, I’ve discovered that God isn’t a hard exacting man to serve, but an extremely generous benefactor that does what he does totally from His own nature of love instead of a response, in kind, to our lacks. Thanks again, Carolyn. I’m sorry it took so long to respond to you. Gary