I am sat at my computer in my office, looking out over the South Wales valleys, the trees are bare so you can see the mountains and they are very beautiful, the occasional flurries of snow keep falling but nothing much is settling on the ground.
At the moment I am trying to write a session for the Supernatural School of Ministry on who the father really is, being fully aware that I have been struggling with grasping hold of this myself.
We all can probably recite the scriptures on who the father is, but are we living in a deep relationship with him?
While our natural fathers may, or may not have been great, we cannot use this as a template for seeing who He really is.
We need to learn who our heavenly father truly is, so I've been asking myself how we even go about this, the easiest way we can do this is to read as many scriptures on who the father is.
Loving - For God so loved the world, he gave his only son. (John 3:16)
Caring - Look at the birds of the air, they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. (Matt 6:26)
Forgiving - As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12)
I could go on for quite a long time describing who He is, I'm sat with my little dog Dylan, he has been with me for nearly 12 years and is a very spoilt member of our family, he is the most loving dog I've ever known, he is now trying to climb on my keyboard and help me type, whilst giving me a big sloppy kiss.
He loves me unconditionally, but even with Dylan there are requirements that we both need to remain in that relationship, he needs to be feed, watered, walked and kept warm other wise the relationship would be strained and the love that was there may turn into frustration, when he chews my settee and wee’s on my floor.
God also requires something of us, He requires that we read his word, pray to strengthen that relationship, this is not law, we do not have to do it, but when I met Jonathan I drove over 60 miles a day just to see him.
You see I wanted to have a relationship with him, I wanted to spend time with him, or trust me I wouldn't have drove all those miles in rush hour traffic every day as well as working a full time job and having two small children to look after. (Not forgetting Dylan) :)
If we are truly in a relationship we should want to put time into it, sharing life together, the ups and the downs of life.
Pray and ask Him to reveal who He truly is to you, you see its easy to live on someone else's revelation. Im married to Jonathan who is very knowledgeable on all things biblical, so it easy for me to just ask him.
Now head knowledge will only get you so far, now I've come to realise that i need to rely on the Holy Spirit in everything I do, even if some of these things are out of my comfort zone.
God wants to make everything plain for us to see, just like the mountains and valleys I'm looking out on right now, He has made them plain and clear for me to see and enjoy, He also wants us to see and enjoy a deep relationship with Him.
Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. (Romans1:19)
You see the more I read, the more I want to find out, the more I want that love, and that relationship to grow deeper and deeper.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1)