“It is the desire of My heart to restore you, personally, to the same relationship with Me that I designed for Adam and Eve when I first placed them in their home, My lush garden (Genesis 2).”
 
“It was I Who initiated the Father-child relationship with them. I poured all of My love into them, for no other reason other than the reality that I had created them and they were My beloved children. It was My desire to counsel and teach them and lead them into the callings and the destinies for which I had created them.”
 
I AM the One Who bent over and breathed life into Adam’s nostrils. One moment he had no life, and the next, he opened his eyes and looked into My eyes — My eyes of pure acceptance and Fatherly love.”
 
“He knew from the moment of his first breath that he was wanted, that he was accepted, that he was loved with pure love, loved for no other reason than because I formed him and he was My child.”
 
“It was I Who initiated the practice of our strolling together through the Garden every evening (Genesis 3:8), communing, sharing the events of the day. Well, the truth is, they would share with Me the discoveries of their every day and ask questions until long after the stars were twinkling overhead.”
 
His eyes sparkled at the memory of the three of them sharing these times together. Adam and Eve weren’t aware that each day He had planned their route so that they would see all the Garden’s newborn animals.
 
God the Father remembered, “You should have seen Adam’s eyes when I asked him to name all the animals. (Genesis 2:19-20) He felt so empowered when I trusted him with such an enormous task as naming them all that he took the job very seriously ― and, once he had names for them all, you cannot imagine how many questions arose from Adam’s curious mind!”
 
“‘Why did You make the water buffalo’s horns so wide?’ ‘Why do baby animals drink milk, but baby birds eat worms?’ ‘Why didn’t You give elephants tails like horses? Wouldn’t horses’ tails be better at keeping off the flies?’”
 
While the Father of Life never grew weary watching babies learning to nurse and yawning contentedly afterwards, there was nothing He enjoyed more than watching baby animals take their first shaky steps.
 
As He watched their knees wobble, as He saw them test new ideas about where their legs should go, in which order, and how soon after the leg before, everyone knew what to expect.
 
God the Father would lean His head far back and laugh, a full, hearty laugh that rolled from His belly like springtime thunder, a laugh that resonated so thoroughly throughout the Garden that billions of water droplets shimmered in response.
 
The eyes of Pure Love continued, “My excited children, Adam and Eve, would skip here and run there, pointing out that day’s new discoveries, all of which I had placed in advance of their arrival, simply for their enjoyment.” (1 Timothy 6:17)
 
“You won’t be surprised to learn that the word ‘why’ started most of Eve and Adam’s sentences.”
 
“They would tilt their heads to the side and ask, “Why did You make the sky blue?” and “Why do tigers have stripes?” and “Why do birds fly?”
 
“I found it especially delightful each time they asked, ‘Why do I have two ears and only one mouth?’”
 
Even as God the I AM enjoyed His memory, I realized that even though Adam and Eve each had only one mouth while He had all wisdom and all knowledge, past, present, and future — He, God the I AM, Who Spoke And All Things Came Into Being — it was Adam and Eve who excitedly talked non-stop, and it was He Who listened.
 
And as He listened, enjoying the pleasant evening breeze with His beloved children, His infinite smile lit up the horizon like a new Sunrise ― causing sleeping animals to wake up much too soon from their slumber, and inspiring baby animals to dance and skip with joy in the excitement of a new dawn.
 


 
[On this website, words in blue are God's Words, Words from the Bible.
Please note that the words above demonstrate creative writing expressing the writer's understanding of God's thoughts. The words in red above are not words from the Bible.]


 
Your Questions About Relationship With God As Your Father
 
Adam and Eve weren’t the only ones with questions. You have questions of your own, and God your Father is just as delighted to answer your questions as He was theirs.
 
If you continue reading, you’ll find answers to these questions:


  • What, and where, are your two true homes?
 
  • What is God really like? What is His nature and character? What are His virtues?
 
  • What were the real sins of Adam and Eve? How did Father God respond?
 
  • How does God your Father want to Father you as He did with Adam and Eve before they sinned? How is relationship with God as Father like a sanctuary from the storm?
 
  • Relationally, what does the world offer you and what does God your Father offer you?
 
  • What are the benefits of recognizing God’s presence with you throughout your days?


 

What, and where, are your two true “homes”?
 
From the foundations of the earth, as He was forming each individual, God wove into each person’s being his and her purpose, calling, and destiny.
 
Isaiah 41:4
    4Who has prepared and done this, calling forth and guiding the destinies of the generations [of the nations] from the beginning? I, the Lord--the first [existing before history began] and with the last [an ever-present, unchanging God]--I AM He.
 
Deuteronomy 7:9
    9Know, recognize, and understand therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, Who keeps covenant and steadfast love and mercy with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations.
 
Deuteronomy 5:10
    10And showing mercy and steadfast love to thousands and to a thousand generations of those who love Me [God] and keep My commandments.
 
Luke 1:50
    50And His [God's] mercy (His compassion and kindness toward the miserable and afflicted) is on those who fear Him with godly reverence, from generation to generation and age to age.
 
Psalm 105:8
    8He [God] is [earnestly] mindful of His covenant and forever it is imprinted on His heart, the word which He commanded and established to a thousand generations,

 
As Father God prepared each individual’s life, He built two homes for each person.
 
First, He created the individual place in His Father’s heart designed for that person alone.
 
Romans 8:38-39
    38For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers,
    39Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 
Second, He destined each child for the Heart-to-heart, Father-child relationship that only He could offer.
 
God the Father calls that relationship “home,” since it is the sanctuary of peace and rest designed for each of His children to enjoy. This Father-child relationship is the earthly home that He designed for Adam and Eve. This is the earthly home that He designed for you.
 
To God your Father, “home” is simply another way of saying relationship with Him, and He desires that you enjoy this relationship on earth long before you reach heaven. Jesus taught us to pray this way:
 
Matthew 6:10
    10Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

 
Home is where God’s Kingdom has come, on earth as it is in heaven.
 

 
What is your individual home in your Father God’s heart like?
 
God your Father made a home for you within His heart, a home reserved only for you. No one else can occupy that home. This is yours from eternity to eternity.
 
If for any reason you reject relationship with Him and die without knowing Him, the home He created for you within His heart will remain empty forever.
 
For the same amount of time ― forever ― He will grieve His loss and yours.
 
Even while you are housed in a physical, earthly body here on earth, and you have a shelter from the rain and storm, your home in His heart is even more true a reality.
 
John 14:2
    2[Jesus said] In My Father's house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I AM going away to prepare a place for you.
 
2 Corinthians 5:6
    6So then, we are always full of good and hopeful and confident courage; we know that while we are at home in the body, we are abroad from the home with the Lord [that is promised us].
 
2 Corinthians 5:7-9
    7 for we walk by faith, not by sight—
    8 we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.
    9 Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.

 

 
What is your home of relationship with your Father God like?
 
Second, God your Father made a place of relationship with Him that He ordained to be your earthly home, your place of rest, the relationship in which He displays His Father’s Heart of love toward you. In this sanctuary of relationship, you can rest and “be.”
 
This relational home is the place of internal rest and peace that God your Father placed within your soul, spirit, heart, will, and emotions as He first created you.
 
Psalm 90:1-2
    1LORD, You have been our dwelling place and our refuge in all generations.
    2Before the mountains were brought forth or ever You had formed and given birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting You are God.
 
Isaiah 32:18
    18My people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, in safe dwellings, and in quiet resting-places.
 
Ezekiel 34:15
    15I will feed My sheep and I will cause them to lie down [to rest], says the Lord God.
 
Psalm 23
    1The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.
    2He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.
    3He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him--not for my earning it, but] for His name's sake.
    4Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.
    5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.
    6Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.

 
Home is where you are at rest in your Father God’s provision and care, where there is no striving to care for your own needs. Home is where your attention is focused on Him and where you rest, confident that He knows your needs better than you do. Jesus named God "your Father" when He said:
 
Matthew 6:8
    8So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
 
Matthew 6:32
    32For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
 

Luke 12:30
    30For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things.

 
Home is where you are at rest in your Father God’s protection and watchful care, where there is no fear. In this relationship, you are safe.
 
1 John 4:18
    18 There is no fear in love [dread does not exist], but full-grown (complete, perfect) love turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror! For fear brings with it the thought of punishment, and [so] he who is afraid has not reached the full maturity of love [is not yet grown into love’s complete perfection].

 
Home is where you are encircled by, and at rest within, freedom ― freedom in relationships with God and Man ― freedom from the cares of this life.
 
Matthew 11:28-30
    28Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]
    29Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I AM gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.
    30For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good--not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.
 

Home is not a place. Rather, it is a security within, where there is little sorrow, little regret.
 
Proverbs 10:22
    22It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, And He adds no sorrow to it.

 
Home is a security within your heart where you bask in the knowledge of God’s Fatherly love ever extended toward you.
 
Psalm 36:5
     5Your lovingkindness, O LORD, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

 
Home is your confidence that because God has called you to be who you are, He will give you everything you need to accomplish what He has called you to do, go where He has called you to go, and to be everything He has called you to be.
 
Romans 8:28-30
    28We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.
    29For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren.
    30And those whom He thus foreordained, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified (acquitted, made righteous, putting them into right standing with Himself). And those whom He justified, He also glorified [raising them to a heavenly dignity and condition or state of being].
 
1 Corinthians 1: 9
    9God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to His promise, and He can be depended on); by Him you were called into companionship and participation with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
1 Thessalonians 5:24
    24Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.
 
Isaiah 25:1
    1O Lord, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; For You have worked wonders, Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.

 
This relational home is the place where you can stop "performing" to "earn" more love; it is impossible for God to love you more than He does this moment. He gave you all His love the moment He breathed His life into you. You can cease striving. You can rest and “be.”
 
Psalm 46:10
    10Cease striving and know that I AM God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
 

God, your Father, extends home to you now, this moment, so that you can be at home on earth, just as you will be in heaven.
 
Isaiah 25:8-9
    8He will swallow up death [in victory; He will abolish death forever]. And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; and the reproach of His people He will take away from off all the earth; for the Lord has spoken it.
    9It shall be said in that day, Behold our God upon Whom we have waited and hoped, that He might save us! This is the Lord, we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.
 
Revelation 21:3-4
    3Then I heard a mighty voice from the throne and I perceived its distinct words, saying, See! The abode of God is with men, and He will live (encamp, tent) among them; and they shall be His people, and God shall personally be with them and be their God.
    4God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away.

 

 
You’ve perhaps lived your entire life with a deep, unfulfilled longing for a home. The longing was not so much for a place with a roof as it was a sanctuary from the storms of life.
 
No matter the circumstances of your childhood, your heart probably always longed for a home that was never quite like what you experienced.
 
Perhaps the houses never felt like homes because they were not filled with safe relationships where you could “be.” Instead, the houses were places where you felt you had to “earn” your right to “be.” You surely couldn't rest in those homes.
 
Instead, they felt more like hotels on desolate highways as you traveled through ― as you endured ― the day-to-day of your life.
 
Perhaps you felt as if you were always traveling, always searching, never sure of where you were going, never arriving.
 
First, God, your Father, wants you to find your home of moment-to-moment relationship with Him, resting in relationship with Him as your Father. Then, He wants you to begin to know His nature and character
― to really know God as Father, as the One Who waits for you at the door of this Father-child relationship.
 

 
Let’s look at other verses which tie relationship to homes. [You’ll find other verses in this topic in the section named He Is With Us.]
 
Ephesians 3:16-18
    16May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality].
    17May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love,
    18That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God's devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it];
 
Colossians 3:16
    16Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts.
 
2 Timothy 1:14
    14Guard and keep [with the greatest care] the precious and excellently adapted [Truth] which has been entrusted [to you], by the [help of the] Holy Spirit Who makes His home in us.
 
1 John 3:24
    24All who keep His commandments [who obey His orders and follow His plan, live and continue to live, to stay and] abide in Him, and He in them. [They let Christ be a home to them and they are the home of Christ.] And by this we know and understand and have the proof that He [really] lives and makes His home in us: by the [Holy] Spirit Whom He has given us.
 
1 John 4:15
    15Anyone who confesses (acknowledges, owns) that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides (lives, makes His home) in him and he [abides, lives, makes his home] in God.
 
John 14:23
    23Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him.

 

 
What is God like? What is His nature and character? What are His virtues?
 
When you go to the home page of this website, there are four choices along the top: “Home,” “His Goodness,” “His Glory,” and “Notes.”
 
Along the left side of the first three, you’ll find over 100 topics which offer verses from the Bible that will answer your questions about what God is like.
 
After you’ve investigated around 50 of them, ask yourself if you agree with the home page:
 
“Knowing that relationship is greater than power, I AM responded to Moses, not by demonstrating the thunder of His glory, but by revealing the infinite height, depth, and width of His goodness. I AM proved that His goodness is His most excellent glory.
 

 
What was God’s original plan for Adam and Eve?
 
God made Man in His image.
 
Genesis 1:26-28
    26God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.
    27So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.
    28And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.

 
It was God’s intention to nurture Adam and Eve, to guide them into their callings and destinies, to train them so that they could be all they were created to be. They would be at home in relationship with God their Father.
 
They were created to have dominion over every living creature that moves on the earth, and God was prepared to teach them everything they needed to know to do what He had called them to do.
 
As their loving Father, He would give them progressively greater responsibilities in such a way that they would grow in self-confidence, that they would learn and grow in partnership with the One Who had all knowledge.
 
It was God’s desire to “Father” them throughout their days and throughout their lives, helping them to realize the destiny and calling which He had given each of them.
 

 
As with Adam, who, when He woke to life, opened His eyes to gaze directly into the welcoming eyes of Pure Love Himself, you were to be welcomed into this world, covered by Fatherly protection, and sheltered from all sorrow, all sin, all strife, all sickness, all death.
 
When God the Father created Adam, and when God the Father placed Adam and Eve in their home in His garden and nurtured and taught them, sin had not entered the world.

 

 

When sin entered the world, Man changed,

but God did not.

 

 

What were the real sins of Adam and Eve? How did Father God respond?
 
Let’s review one of the first instructions God gave Adam:
 
Genesis 2:16-17
    16And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, You may freely eat of every tree of the garden;
    17But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and blessing and calamity you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.

 
satan also heard God’s instructions to Adam, and he determined to make Adam disobey God. Adam had authority given him by God to rule over all things, and that included satan.
 
satan knew, and Adam perhaps didn’t, that if Adam disobeyed God, Adam would give his authority to the one he obeyed. If Adam obeyed satan, satan would become his ruler.
 
satan’s only power, was then, and is today, the power that humans give him.
 
satan didn’t try to tempt Adam, who had obtained these instructions directly from Father God. Instead, satan, strategically targeted Eve.
 
Instead of focusing on the instructions God gave Adam, satan asked Eve to think about what God’s underlying motives might be for giving the instructions, causing her to question them. [satan uses that same strategy today.]
 
Listen to the verses following and note how satan twisted God’s words and used them to deceive Eve.
 
Genesis 3:1-6
    1Now the serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And he [satan] said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every tree of the garden?
    2And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat the fruit from the trees of the garden,
    3Except the fruit from the tree which is in the middle of the garden. God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.
    4But the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die,
    5For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing the difference between good and evil and blessing and calamity.
    6And when the woman saw that the tree was good (suitable, pleasant) for food and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave some also to her husband, and he ate.

 
As loving Father, God gave us free will and He respects our use of it.
 
Not only did satan suggest that God’s motives toward Adam and Eve were not pure, but he caused them to doubt that Father God had their best interests in mind.
 
Worse, he caused them to question God’s goodness.
 
This disobedience not only broke the relationship between Adam, Eve, and God, it also created the barrier between God and Man.
 
Isaiah 59:2 says, “But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you … .”
 
Let’s look at Genesis 3, verse 5 again. Here, satan told the truth when he said that after eating the apple Eve would know the difference between good and evil and blessing and calamity.
 
Genesis 3: 5
    5For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing the difference between good and evil and blessing and calamity.

 
Ever since, Man has doubted God’s goodness. Why, they reason, would God choose to be good without an underlying motive, without gaining something for Himself?
 
As Adam and Eve chose to disobey, God grieved.
 
He has been grieving over every individual’s departure from relationship with Him since.
 

 
Since Adam and Eve’s disobedience, sin has stolen Man’s relational home with God from Man.
 
The Bible points out that, before sin, Adam and Eve were naked and not ashamed.
 
Genesis 2:25
    25And the man and his wife were both naked and were not embarrassed or ashamed in each other's presence.

 
Immediately after sinning, Adam and Eve experienced fear, shame, and nakedness.

 
Genesis 3:6-11
    6And when the woman saw that the tree was good (suitable, pleasant) for food and that it was delightful to look at, and a tree to be desired in order to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave some also to her husband, and he ate.
    7 Then the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves apronlike girdles.
    8And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
    9But the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, Where are you?
    10He said, I heard the sound of You [walking] in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.
    11And He said, Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?

 

They hid themselves from their Father! Upon their disobedience, they immediately experienced fear, shame, anxiety, avoidance, dread, and self protection. How awful that they imagined they were protecting themselves from their loving Father!
 
Think for a moment how one decision changed them from the joyful ones who knew they were loved and who bombarded their Father with “whys”!
 
Father God designed Adam and Eve to live in perfect love, His perfect love. There were to have lived eternally welcomed and secure in their Father’s love and acceptance.
 
At the moment that Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate, their bodies were destined for physical death, and far worse, the innocent, child-like relationship they enjoyed with Father God died.
 
In an instant, they faced the awful realities of life without the continual stream of wisdom, nurture, acceptance, and love flowing freely toward them from their loving Father.
 
Without understanding what they were choosing, they chose to face the cruel realities of life separate from His Fatherly counsel, protection, provision, and care.
 

 
Why did God require that Adam and Eve leave the Garden?
 
There was another tree in the garden and God said not to eat of that tree’s fruit, either.
 
Genesis 2:9
    9And out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight or to be desired--good (suitable, pleasant) for food; the tree of life also in the center of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of [the difference between] good and evil and blessing and calamity.
 
Genesis 3:22
    22And the Lord God said, Behold, the man has become like one of Us [the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit], to know [how to distinguish between] good and evil and blessing and calamity; and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever--

 
Why did God require that Adam and Eve leave the Garden?

This tree would have ensured eternal life. Once Man had stepped onto the steep, ice-like slope of sin, he would have gone farther and farther and farther into depravity and sin, and farther and farther away from relationship with God.
 
Generations later, the Bible records this:
 
Genesis 6:5-6
    5The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination and intention of all human thinking was only evil continually.
    6And the Lord regretted that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved at heart.

 
Have you ever heard someone say “this won’t hurt anyone”? Though Adam and Eve hadn’t yet learned the concept of “hurt,” think how great an impact their disobedience has caused!
 
As an act of tremendous kindness, when Man sinned, God the Father separated life from death.


 
Imagine for a moment how shocking it must have been for Adam and Eve to learn that their peaceful, joyful existence would never occur again.
 
To not have known the concept of sin and then to be confronted with its terrible realities and terrible consequences must have prompted unimaginable terror — and terror was only one of the emotions bombarding them at that moment.
 
Before there was sin, there were a lot of concepts ― a lot of words ― that did not exist. Because there was only love, for instance, there was no need for a word for hatred.
 
Words like “emotional security,” “belongingness,” “sense of welcome,” “acceptance,” and “Father’s love” would not have needed to be defined.
 
Had they not sinned by disobeying God, there never would have been words for insecurity, rejection, and loneliness. These things would never have come into their world, so there would be no need to have words to speak of them.
 
They probably took these emotions for granted, because since they would not have experienced the difference between good and evil, they would never have been aware that the opposites existed.
 

 
Did God turn His back on them once they sinned?
 
Immediately after disobeying God’s specific command, Adam and Eve realized they were naked; they felt this was a cause for great shame. They immediately covered themselves ― making coverings from leaves.
 
Here again Father God proved His loving heart towards them, as He made clothes for them which would not wear out as quickly as leaves:
 
Genesis 3:21
    21For Adam also and for his wife the Lord God made long coats (tunics) of skins and clothed them.

 
Note what Father God used to make the clothing. Skins. Animal skins.
 
What do you think is the significance of using skins instead of leaves?
 
Can you take a skin from an animal like you pluck a leaf from a tree? No.
 
Blood had to be shed in order to make the coats. From this first shedding of blood in the Garden of Eden to today, blood is important to God as His method of granting forgiveness. You’ll learn more about this concept in the section called Jesus’ Sacrifice.
 
To make matters much worse, Adam, the one to whom God gave the command, the one in authority, shifted the blame of their disobedience from himself.
 
Genesis 3:12
    12And the man said, The woman whom You gave to be with me -- she gave me [fruit] from the tree, and I ate.

 
Adam first blamed God and then he blamed Eve.

 
Mankind has been blaming others ever since.
 

 

As the generations have marched through Time like a parade, relationship has become tied with pain, suffering, sorrow, heartbreak, woundedness, selfishness, rejection, and many other interpersonal sins.
 
When God said that upon eating the fruit of the tree, Adam and Eve didn’t understand that physical death wasn’t the only result. Death would occur within relationships as well.
 
James 1:14-15
    14But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions).
    15Then the evil desire, when it has conceived, gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully matured, brings forth death.
 
Romans 6:23
    23For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 
When we are at home in relationship with Father God, when we can rest in our relationship with Him, we can thrive in the context of relationship with the One Who loves perfectly.
 
1 Corinthians 13:4-13
    4 [God's] Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,
    5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,
    6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
    7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
    8 [God's] Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.
    9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part;
    10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away.
    11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
    12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.
    13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
 
Romans 8:38-39
    38For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers,
    39Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 
All the sins of the world directed toward us from others fade away in the light of His Fatherly love. We can hide in the sanctuary of our relationship with Him.
 

 
What does Father God tell us about the world?
 
John 16:33
    33[Jesus said] These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
 
1 John 4:4
    4You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
 
1 John 5:4
    4For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
 
Romans 12:21
    21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
 
1 John 4:4
    4You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.
 
Revelation 2:7
    7He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.’
 
Revelation 21:7
    7He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.
 
1 Corinthians 2:All
    1As for myself, brethren, when I came to you, I did not come proclaiming to you the testimony and evidence or mystery and secret of God [concerning what He has done through Christ for the salvation of men] in lofty words of eloquence or human philosophy and wisdom;
    2For I resolved to know nothing (to be acquainted with nothing, to make a display of the knowledge of nothing, and to be conscious of nothing) among you except Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and Him crucified.
    3And I was in (passed into a state of) weakness and fear (dread) and great trembling [after I had come] among you.
    4And my language and my message were not set forth in persuasive (enticing and plausible) words of wisdom, but they were in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit and power [a proof by the Spirit and power of God, operating on me and stirring in the minds of my hearers the most holy emotions and thus persuading them],
    5So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (human philosophy), but in the power of God.
    6Yet when we are among the full-grown (spiritually mature Christians who are ripe in understanding), we do impart a [higher] wisdom (the knowledge of the divine plan previously hidden); but it is indeed not a wisdom of this present age or of this world nor of the leaders and rulers of this age, who are being brought to nothing and are doomed to pass away.
    7But rather what we are setting forth is a wisdom of God once hidden [from the human understanding] and now revealed to us by God--[that wisdom] which God devised and decreed before the ages for our glorification [to lift us into the glory of His presence].
    8None of the rulers of this age or world perceived and recognized and understood this, for if they had, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory.
    9But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed].
    10Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man's scrutiny].
    11For what person perceives (knows and understands) what passes through a man's thoughts except the man's own spirit within him? Just so no one discerns (comes to know and comprehend) the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
    12Now we have not received the spirit [that belongs to] the world, but the [Holy] Spirit Who is from God, [given to us] that we might realize and comprehend and appreciate the gifts [of divine favor and blessing so freely and lavishly] bestowed on us by God.
    13And we are setting these truths forth in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the [Holy] Spirit, combining and interpreting spiritual truths with spiritual language [to those who possess the Holy Spirit].
    14But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated.
    15But the spiritual man tries all things [he examines, investigates, inquiries into, questions, and discerns all things], yet is himself to be put on trial and judged by no one [he can read the meaning of everything, but no one can properly discern or appraise or get an insight into him].
    16For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.

 

 
Is it possible to rest, to not be influencedby the things offered by imperfect humans in an imperfect world?
 
The longer we enjoy relationship with God as our Father, the more we are able to rest in peace, free from all the things hurled at us by imperfect humans in this imperfect world.
 
1 John 2:16
    16For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh [craving for things that please our five senses] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one's own resources or in the stability of earthly things]--these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself].
 
Romans 8:6
    6For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,

 
We can rest at home in relationship with the One Who shelters us so that, as our security grows [we begin to feel secure in the Truth that we are His children], we experience less and less emotional upheaval.

Why "less and less" instead of "absolutely none"? God is well aware of our humanity. When a child is afraid of the dark, or of thunder and lightning, what parent becomes angry at the child's reaction of fear?

As we grow in relationship with God as our Father, we move toward the peaceful inner state of rest where there is:
 
Increasingly less despair, less sorrow, less emotional suffering or weariness,
 

Increasingly less languishing, less loneliness, less hopelessness,
 

Increasingly less fear of abandonment,
 

Increasingly less fear of change, less fear of not being in control, less perfectionism motivated by fear;
 

Increasingly less longing for acceptance, less feeling as if we are a bother, less feeling as if we don’t belong, less indecisiveness and insecurity based in fear,
 

Increasingly less confusion and feelings of being left out, not included, not wanted, or not welcomed,
 

Increasingly less desperate cries for others’ appreciation, applause, recognition, and gratitude;
 

Increasingly less fear of Man, less fear of rejection, less feelings of unworthiness, less fear that we don’t “measure up,” less withholding of respect,
 

Increasingly less unforgiveness, less shame, less blame, less slander, less sarcasm, less ridicule,
 

Increasingly less pride, less arrogance, less comparison, less feelings that we are better than others,
 

Increasingly less jealousy, envy, covetousness, less craving for what others have,
 

Increasingly less selfish manipulation of circumstances to achieve personal goals, less pretending to be who we are not, less fear of deception,
 

Increasingly less compliance in order to earn love, less self-justification,
 

Increasingly less self-hatred, less self-rejection, less regret over our own wrong choices, less inability to forgive ourselves,
 

Increasingly less wrong motives, less self-promotion, less deception or lying to put ourselves in a better position or to appear better than we actually are,
 

Increasingly less resignation, less giving up, less feeling that it’s useless to even try to be who we are or to do what we long to do,
 

Increasingly less bitter memories over what others did to us in the past, less resentment, less drivenness to seek vengeance,
 

Increasingly less disobedience or rebellion against authority,
 

Increasingly less entrapment in situations where we are criticized if we do, and criticized if we do not,
 

Increasingly less restlessness, less unfulfilled desires for love, less discontent, less doubt, less anxiety.
 
Psalm 12:7
    7You will keep them and preserve them, O Lord; You will guard and keep us from this [evil] generation forever.

 
Jesus proved He rested in relationship with Father God when He said:
 
John 16:32
    32But take notice, the hour is coming, and it has arrived, when you will all be dispersed and scattered, every man to his own home, leaving Me alone. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.

 
In relationship with God our Father, we can rest in these assurances. His Kingdom has come on earth as it is in Heaven. And He promises:
 
Jeremiah 31:25
    25For I will [fully] satisfy the weary soul, and I will replenish every languishing and sorrowful person.

 

 
Jesus also gives us His abilities as we relate with others:
 
Ephesians 2:22
    22In Him [and in fellowship with one another] you yourselves also are being built up [into this structure] with the rest, to form a fixed abode (dwelling place) of God in (by, through) the Spirit.
 
Philippians 2:1-13
    1So by whatever [appeal to you there is in our mutual dwelling in Christ, by whatever] strengthening and consoling and encouraging [our relationship] in Him [affords], by whatever persuasive incentive there is in love, by whatever participation in the [Holy] Spirit [we share], and by whatever depth of affection and compassionate sympathy,
    2Fill up and complete my joy by living in harmony and being of the same mind and one in purpose, having the same love, being in full accord and of one harmonious mind and intention.
    3Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves].
    4Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others.
    5Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]
    6Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained,
    7But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.
    8And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!
    9Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name,
    10That in (at) the name of Jesus every knee should (must) bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
    11And every tongue [frankly and openly] confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
    12Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ).
    13[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.


Philippians 3:17-21
    17 Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us.
    18 For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ,
    19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.
    20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;
    21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.

 

 
Ephesians 3:14-15
    14For this reason [seeing the greatness of this plan by which you are built together in Christ], I bow my knees before the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    15For Whom every family in heaven and on earth is named [that Father from Whom all fatherhood takes its title and derives its name].

 
Because of Love, God your Father cannot force you to receive His love or to stay at home in His love. He gives you the freedom to come and go as you desire.

 
Love Himself has freed you to go and Love Himself waits for your return.
 

Jesus illustrates this truth in these parables:
 
Luke 15:1-32
    1Now the tax collectors and [notorious and especially wicked] sinners were all coming near to [Jesus] to listen to Him.
    2And the Pharisees and the scribes kept muttering and indignantly complaining, saying, This man accepts and receives and welcomes [preeminently wicked] sinners and eats with them.
    3So He told them this parable:
    4What man of you, if he has a hundred sheep and should lose one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness (desert) and go after the one that is lost until he finds it?
    5And when he has found it, he lays it on his [own] shoulders, rejoicing.
    6And when he gets home, he summons together [his] friends and [his] neighbors, saying to them, Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep which was lost.
    7Thus, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one [especially] wicked person who repents (changes his mind, abhorring his errors and misdeeds, and determines to enter upon a better course of life) than over ninety-nine righteous persons who have no need of repentance.
    8Or what woman, having ten [silver] drachmas [each one equal to a day's wages], if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and look carefully and diligently until she finds it?
    9And when she has found it, she summons her [women] friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the silver coin which I had lost.
    10Even so, I tell you, there is joy among and in the presence of the angels of God over one [especially] wicked person who repents (changes his mind for the better, heartily amending his ways, with abhorrence of his past sins).
    11And He said, There was a certain man who had two sons;
    12And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the part of the property that falls [to me]. And he divided the estate between them.
    13And not many days after that, the younger son gathered up all that he had and journeyed into a distant country, and there he wasted his fortune in reckless and loose [from restraint] living.
    14And when he had spent all he had, a mighty famine came upon that country, and he began to fall behind and be in want.
    15So he went and forced (glued) himself upon one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed hogs.
    16And he would gladly have fed on and filled his belly with the carob pods that the hogs were eating, but [they could not satisfy his hunger and] nobody gave him anything [better].
    17Then when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father have enough food, and [even food] to spare, but I am perishing (dying) here of hunger!
    18I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight.
    19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; [just] make me like one of your hired servants.
    20So he got up and came to his [own] father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with pity and tenderness [for him]; and he ran and embraced him and kissed him [fervently].
    21And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son [I no longer deserve to be recognized as a son of yours]!
    22But the father said to his bond servants, Bring quickly the best robe (the festive robe of honor) and put it on him; and give him a ring for his hand and sandals for his feet.
    23And bring out that fattened calf and kill it; and let us revel and feast and be happy and make merry,
    24Because this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found! And they began to revel and feast and make merry.
    25But his older son was in the field; and as he returned and came near the house, he heard music and dancing.
    26And having called one of the servant [boys] to him, he began to ask what this meant.
    27And he said to him, Your brother has come, and your father has killed that fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and well.
    28But [the elder brother] was angry [with deep-seated wrath] and resolved not to go in. Then his father came out and began to plead with him,
    29But he answered his father, Look! These many years I have served you, and I have never disobeyed your command. Yet you never gave me [so much as] a [little] kid, that I might revel and feast and be happy and make merry with my friends;
    30But when this son of yours arrived, who has devoured your estate with immoral women, you have killed for him that fattened calf!
    31And the father said to him, Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours.
    32But it was fitting to make merry, to revel and feast and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and is alive again! He was lost and is found!

 
Both sons took relationship with their father ― and the wisdom, nurture, counsel, and guidance provided in context of relationship with him ― for granted.
 
Both sons only wanted relationship with their father for what he could do for them. Their focus was on how their father’s wealth could benefit them.
 
The younger son publicly humiliated the father by asking for his share of the inheritance before the father had died. This request announced to the community that the younger son wished his father was dead.
 
The younger son wasted much more than his father’s wealth. By not remaining at home in his father’s guidance and care, he wasted his calling, purpose, destiny, and legacy.
 
Once the inheritance was divided, while the older son remained at home, instead of pursuing the wisdom and counsel which his wise father could have offered, the son endured his father’s presence.
 
The older son, too, could have been much more than he was, had he only taken advantage of the fatherly counsel his father was eager to share.
 
When the older son refused to celebrate his brother’s return, he demonstrated the reality that all along he’d been “performing” to “earn” the inheritance that had already been given to him. He had been striving to earn what had been his all along.
 
Whether the older son realized it or not, he was waiting for his father’s death so he could be in charge.
 
His relationship with his father was more of a master-slave relationship than the father-son relationship that the father desired.
 
Too, since the inheritance had already been divided, the older brother was angry that because of his father’s willingness to forgive the younger son, the elder brother would have to use some of his inheritance in providing food and shelter for his brother. In fact, though the father organized the party, the elder brother paid for it.
 
Through this parable Jesus reveals deeper truths about the relationship that has been yours since you were created, about your true Father, and the Fatherly counsel He desires to share, Who has been waiting equally as long.
 
God, your Father, will not force Himself on you and will not offer counsel unless asked. He is a respecter of free will.
 
Perhaps your relationship with Him in your past has been like the younger son as he related to his father. This young son didn’t appreciate the father until he’d learned the hard realities of life by facing them all alone. He “learned the hard way,” and, for him, that was the only way he really could learn.
 
Perhaps your relationship with God in your past has been more like the older son. Though you’ve been told that all of God’s riches are yours, you can’t quite believe that these truths could be true for you. You know all your wrong choices and perhaps cannot forgive yourself for them. You work and work and work, “performing,” trying to be “good” (whatever that means), striving to earn acceptance from God, your Master.
 
All the while, God your Father calls you home into relationship with Him where you can rest and “be.” Here are the words of the One Who calls you to come home into the Father-child, Heart-to-heart relationship with Him for which you were created:
 
Isaiah 30:18
    18And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!

 

 
Throughout the generations, Mankind has left home searching for what was available to them all along.
 

 
God, your Father, wants to establish the same kind of relationship with you, now, that He initiated with Adam and Eve.
He wants you to come home into the Father-child relationship.

 

He invites you to spend your days aware of His presence. He desires to be as involved in your day-to-day activities, choices, and decisions as you allow.
 
The Truth is that His Spirit is continually with you as you move through your days. If you acknowledge His Presence and ask for His counsel, you will find that all the strife, contention, and chaos that the world offers you will fade as you bask in the empowering Presence of your all-wise Father.
 
Galatians 5:22-23
    22But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness,
    23Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].

 

 
In what ways does God want to Father you?
 
God, your Father, desires to position you in the purpose, calling, and destiny for which you were created.
 
Jeremiah 29:11
    11For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
 
Romans 8:28-30
    28We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.
    29For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren.
    30And those whom He thus foreordained, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified (acquitted, made righteous, putting them into right standing with Himself). And those whom He justified, He also glorified [raising them to a heavenly dignity and condition or state of being].
 

When you ask Him to counsel, lead, and guide you, He will not only partner with you to bring it to pass, but He will also do all work that you cannot achieve in your own strength and supply all the resources.
 
He desires to be involved in all aspects of your life. He knows you better than you know yourself. He knows exactly what happened in your past that causes you to react the way you do. Through relationship with Him He will heal all woundedness that was caused by imperfect humans. He wants to help you realize your potential.
 
He desires to call forth your individual giftings and personal hopes and then give you everything you need to bring your personal destiny  ̶  and legacy  ̶  to pass.
 
He wants to help you identify the desires of your heart and to help you delineate between needs and wants, likes and dislikes.
 
He wants to help you develop your own unique abilities and talents.
 
He wants to encourage you toward right choices. He wants to help you develop your awareness of what is right and what is wrong and to choose to do what is right whether or not others are watching.
 
He wants to help you in all your relationships with others. He wants to open your eyes to see their needs, to know when He is asking you to be His hands, feet, and to express His heart of love to them.
 
In quiet times of communing with Him, He wants to increase your:
  •          Self concept, self-image, self acceptance, self esteem
  •          Sense of security, identity, and worth
  •          Sense of feeling loved, valued, and appreciated
  •          Sense of contentment, satisfaction, well-being
  •          Sense of stability
  •          Faith, hope, and love
  •          Compassion, empathy, sympathy
  •          Faithfulness, sincerity, trustworthiness, loyalty, ability to trust
  •          Desire to make a difference in this world, to offer others a legacy of integrity
 
He wants to reassure you of His forgiveness.
 
Psalm 103:10-13
    10He has not dealt with us after our sins nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
    11For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great are His mercy and loving-kindness toward those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him.
    12As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
    13As a father loves and pities [has compassion on] his children, so the Lord loves and pities those who fear Him [with reverence, worship, and awe].
 
Acts 3:19
    19So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord;
 
1 John 1:9
    9If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].

 
He wants to help you forgive others, and after, an even harder task
forgive yourself.
 
Mark 11:25
    25Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.
 

He wants you to really experience this psalm:
 
Psalm 103:1-5
    1Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy Name!
    2Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits--
    3Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each one of] all your diseases,
    4Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy;
    5Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle's [strong, overcoming, soaring]!

 
As your loving Father, He is willing to empower you in all aspects of your life. He will help you with your relationships ― and your responsibilities within your relationships.
 
Ephesians 3:20
    20Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]--

 

 
Relationship with God is not all counsel, however. Many times He will invite you to enjoy His creation with Him, just as He did every evening with Adam and Eve.
 
Did you know that God enjoys spending time with you?
 
During those times, it will be fine if you do all the talking and He does all the listening.
 
And the angels in heaven will sing as they witness His joy.
 

 
How do you start returning “home”?
 
Since before you were born, God chose you. He has been waiting all this time for you to choose Him.
 
Just think about this ― He is God the I AM, Who Is, Was, And Always Will Be ― and yet, He waits for you to say “yes” to His invitation. See what has been extended to you:
 
Ephesians 1:2-11
    2May grace (God's unmerited favor) and spiritual peace [which means peace with God and harmony, unity, and undisturbedness] be yours from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
    3May blessing (praise, laudation, and eulogy) be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing in the heavenly realm!
    4Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (consecrated and set apart for Him) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love.
    5For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will [because it pleased Him and was His kind intent]--
    6[So that we might be] to the praise and the commendation of His glorious grace (favor and mercy), which He so freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
    7In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor,
    8Which He lavished upon us in every kind of wisdom and understanding (practical insight and prudence),
    9Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). [And it is this:] In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention) which He had previously purposed and set forth in Him,
    10[He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth.
    11In Him we also were made [God's] heritage (portion) and we obtained an inheritance; for we had been foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, Who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His [own] will,

 
His desire all along has been that you would commune with Him day-to-day, spend time with Him, seek His counsel. All you need do is set aside time every day for Him, and He will do the rest. Some people call these “quiet times,” but any name will do.
 
Every relationship is founded upon learning about the other person. In this case, He knows you ― well. He knows your thoughts before you think them and your actions before you do them. Yet, it is just as delightful to Him when you share your thoughts with Him and ask your questions as it was when Adam and Eve did.
 
He has told you about Himself in the Bible, and this website is the perfect place to start learning about what He is like. He wants you to know Him for Who He is.
 
This website, though, only gives you selected verses from the Bible. Be sure to read these verses in context. The Notes page of this site tells you where you can find a full online Bible in your national language. Go there, and be blessed.
 
God says:
 
Isaiah 55:8-11
    8For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord.
    9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.
    10For as the rain and snow come down from the heavens, and return not there again, but water the earth and make it bring forth and sprout, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
    11So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
 
Jeremiah 1:12
    12Then said the Lord to me, You have seen well, for I AM alert and active, watching over My word to perform it.

 
Investigate what He means by that.
 
Spend some of your time learning about Him and some of your time telling Him what is on your heart. Though He knows, He cherishes the relationship that is built through these times of communication. Unlike Adam and Eve, who did all the talking, though, spend some time quiet before Him, waiting for His counsel.
 
To start, decide to make time in your day devoted to Him alone.
 

 
In addition, try to start acknowledging His Presence in your life as you go through your days. Realize that there are no coincidences and certainly no “luck.” Anything good that happens to you has been arranged for you by God your Father.
 
Invite Him into your circumstances. Direct your thoughts toward Him throughout your days:
 
“Father, I’ve looked for my keys for 20 minutes! Where did I put my keys?”
 
“Why am I getting so angry with people today, Father? I can’t think of any reason why I’m so easily irritated. For everyone else’s sake, Father, please help me!”
 
“Father, what she said to me just now really hurt my feelings. Does she realize how mean it sounded?”
 
“Lord, I’m nervous about the meeting later today. I’m not confident about what I’m going to say. Please give me Your favor, especially with my supervisor.”
 
“Father, that’s the most beautiful sunrise You’ve ever created for me. Thank You so much for such an excellent start to our day!”

 
All good things that enter your life are His way of saying “I love you” to you. All wisdom that “drops” into your mind is from Him.
 
Of course, because of His creativity, He will probably not affirm you how you expect Him to.
 
He might send one of your friends to encourage you through their words. They probably won’t realize why they felt prompted to say what they said when they said it, but their words will be precisely what you needed to hear.
 
If Father God inspires your friends to do something kind for you, their kind actions will be precisely what you needed. And through their actions, you will feel Father God’s love through their kindnesses.
 
Just as Jesus rescued you from Darkness and delivered you to Light, you’ll be rescued from the commonplace, the monotonous, the boring and delivered to vibrant Life.
 
Vibrant life shines brightly when Father God is invited into every hour of your day. In His presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11), and in your days will be fullness of life.
 
He might inspire you to go outdoors to enjoy His creation one day, and then He will present a beautiful sight of nature as His gift to you. As you bask in the beauty, He will enjoy watching you as you enjoy His gift.
 
Certainly, you will view every rainbow and falling star that you see as gifts. Every wildflower, every raindrop shining like a diamond on a leaf, and every beautiful sight all are given by Him for your enjoyment. Every sweet sound of nature, every bird’s song, and every gently-flowing stream vibrate with God’s love for you.
 
Remember:

1 Timothy 6:17
    17 As for the rich in this world, charge them not to be proud and arrogant and contemptuous of others, nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches, but on God, Who richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for [our] enjoyment.


As you spend time thinking about verses in the Bible, they, too, will become richer and more meaningful over time.
 
Often, during your quiet times the Lord will highlight a verse. When you enjoy the Lord’s presence throughout your days, He “illustrates” the verse by pointing out how He used what just happened to fulfill the verse.
 
For example, let’s say that Holy Spirit highlights this verse in one of your quiet times:
 
2 Corinthians 9:8
    8And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].

 
Throughout the days following, He may bring financial gifts to you, and as He does, He reminds you why unexpected money is flowing in to your bank account. The money is coming in because He promised it when He highlighted this verse to you a few days earlier!
 
These expressions of love are “higher” than the words, “I love you.” They increase depth of relationship, and that is precisely Father God’s goal. He knows that you ― and He ― will enjoy your relationship together much more as your relationship deepens.
 
As you realize His presence, you will find yourself listening more to Him and gaining more insights into the circumstances of your life. Why? Because …
 
Proverbs 3:32
    32 For the perverse are an abomination [extremely disgusting and detestable] to the Lord; but His confidential communion and secret counsel are with the [uncompromisingly] righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with Him).


 Psalm 25:14
    14The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship] of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning.

 
Finally, you will not simply know about Him. You will know Him personally. You will experience Him. You will be transformed by His continual presence and live your life at rest in relationship with God, your Father.
 

 
What are the benefits of recognizing the Lord’s presence throughout your days?
 
When you make quiet times alone with your Father God your daily practice:


  • Father God transforms silence into communion. He speaks to your heart at levels deeper than words.
 
  • Jesus’ Blood washes and cleanses your being in every realm — spiritual, emotional, relational, and even physical. Great freedom results in you, and also through you.
 
  • God your Father transforms you so that you operate more and more from His wisdom and abilities rather than your own.
 
  • Father God increases your sense of security and affirms you in such deep, fulfilling ways that you will not yearn as much for affirmation from humans. His affirmation heals any self rejection you might have held in the past. He also enables you to forgive yourself.
 
Holy Spirit heals any roots of self-centeredness and teaches you how to serve others.
 
During these quiet times with Him, you will:


  • Begin to know Him not for what He can do for you, or give you. Rather, you desire to know Him for Who He is. You will stop believing what the world, the flesh, or the devil has told you [all based in lies], and instead you will believe that His Word is Truth, and His Word is true for you.
 
  • Surrender control to Father God’s perfect will for your life.
 
  • Allow Father God to purify your motives, intentions, and desires.
 
  • Learn how to be still, rest, and trust. As you trust, your faith grows.
 
  • Open yourself up to God’s Spirit to teach you about our true self. He will be faithful to reveal those areas that need to change so that you can achieve even greater inner peace and security.
 
Remember that Holy Spirit is named “the Holy Spirit of God” and “the Holy Spirit of Jesus.” The same Holy Spirit is His unceasing gift to you. Encourage yourself with these two-comforting verses:
 
1 Corinthians 8:6
    6Yet for us there is [only] one God, the Father, Who is the Source of all things and for Whom we [have life], and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through and by Whom are all things and through and by Whom we [ourselves exist].
 
1 Corinthians 6:17
    17But the person who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him.

 
All power, all ability, all wisdom, all creativity are yours
because you are one spirit with Him.
 
All insights into the physical, emotional, relational, financial,  realms are yours — because you are joined together with Him.
 
All of His virtues are yours — because He dwells with you, and you accomplish all things through Him.
 
All of His gifts are yours ― and lavishing His gifts on you brings Him abundant joy.
 
Because of your awareness of His continual presence, you will thrive.
 
Much of the time, though His healing of your emotions is His primary goal, He will also heal you emotionally so that you may minister to others.
 
2 Corinthians 1:2-4
    2Grace (favor and spiritual blessing) to you and [heart] peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
    3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy (compassion and mercy) and the God [Who is the Source] of every comfort (consolation and encouragement),
    4Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction), so that we may also be able to comfort (console and encourage) those who are in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort (consolation and encouragement) with which we ourselves are comforted (consoled and encouraged) by God.

 
He will use you to minister to others not only for their sake, but for yours.
 
2 Corinthians 4: 6-7
    6For God Who said, Let light shine out of darkness, has shone in our hearts so as [to beam forth] the Light for the illumination of the knowledge of the majesty and glory of God [as it is manifest in the Person and is revealed] in the face of Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
    7However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves.
 
2 Corinthians 3:18
    18And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.
 
Philippians 4:6-8
    6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
    7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
    8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

 

 
James 1:18 says that it was through His own free will that He gave you birth and called you into the esteemed position of child ― His beloved child.
 
You were created to enjoy relationship with God as your Father, but He is not the only One with free will. He has given you free will.
 
You must choose relationship with Him for yourself, and you must make this choice while you still have breath.
 
All you need is the desire to respond to His love by moving toward Him. He’ll do all the rest.
 
Why delay?
 
 

 
Prayer That Restores Your Relationship With God As Your Father:
Believing That God Exists
 
When you pray the prayer that follows, asking God for the gift of restored relationship with Him as your Father, you're exercising your free will in indicating you are willing to move closer to Him in relationship.
 
Your willingness pleases God, because you have freely chosen to know Him and to return to the relationship with Him which He established before you were born.

 


Prayer That Restores Your Relationship With God As Your Father:
Believing That Jesus Came To Bring Vibrant, Abundant LIFE
 
God gave Mankind rules for living so that we could prosper in all ways ― physically, mentally, financially, emotionally, and relationally. God says:
 
Isaiah 55:8-9
    8For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord.
    9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.
 

Because of our definition as human [which, as you will see in other places on this website, focuses more on our inabilities than our abilities], in our own abilities it is impossible to perfectly obey the commandments of God.
 
When we follow our own ways we are, in fact, pridefully thinking that in our own strength we can achieve His righteousness. Isaiah 64:6 says our righteousness is like filthy rags.
 
Isaiah 59:2 says that our sins have created a barrier between us and Him and, by our own works there is no way we can break through ― or go over, under, or around ― that barrier.
 
Romans 3:10 says there is no one righteous in his own abilities — not one.
 
Some of us think that we can “trick” God into loving us despite who we really are.
 
As humans, most of us reason incorrectly that if we strive to be “good” [whatever that means] that we can impress God enough to “earn” an increase in His love toward us.
 
The truth is that we cannot earn any more love from God than He has already, freely, given us. He has already given us all His love, holding none back.
 
Striving and earning to achieve our own righteousness are works based in “self,” and it is impossible for “self” to achieve righteousness. Self-motivation, self-striving, self-effort, and self-discipline are all grounded in human abilities. Self-justification simply proves that we are striving in our own efforts.
 
All these works of “self” have, at their foundation, pride. Pride is sin.
 
Actually, pride is the sin that established satan as God’s enemy.
 
What is sin?
 
1 John 2:15-16
    15Do not love or cherish the world or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him.
    16For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh [craving for things that please our five senses] and the lust of the eyes [greedy longings of the mind] and the pride of life [assurance in one's own resources or in the stability of earthly things]--these do not come from the Father but are from the world [itself].
 
1 John 3:4
    4Everyone who commits (practices) sin is guilty of lawlessness; for [that is what] sin is, lawlessness (the breaking, violating of God's law by transgression or neglect--being unrestrained and unregulated by His commands and His will).
 
James 1:14-15
    14But every person is tempted when he is drawn away, enticed and baited by his own evil desire (lust, passions).
    15Then the evil desire, when it has conceived, gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is fully matured, brings forth death.

 
Genesis 3 describes how satan deceived Adam and Eve to rebel and to make choices against God and against His commands. Since that time, sin has been passed down through all the generations of mankind and we, Adam’s descendants, have all inherited sin from him.
 
Romans 5:12
    12Therefore, as sin came into the world through one man, and death as the result of sin, so death spread to all men, [no one being able to stop it or to escape its power] because all men sinned.
 
Romans 6:23
    23For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.

 
Another of our inheritances from Adam is our inability to love purely. Even as we tell others that we love them, we try to manipulate them to do things our way, to give us things they have that we want.
 
Sin is certainly not limited to the type of crimes that societies punish through imprisonment or death sentences. Almost all actions motivated by the concept of “self” — selfishness, self-justification, self-promotion [among others] — are sins in God’s eyes.
 
As our wise Father, He has put guidelines in place that ensure our relational health [how we relate to others and they relate to us]. When we are motivated by self, we sin, and we bring about relational death. Relational death is not only limited to our fellow humans, but to our relationship with God.
 
The only just penalty for sin is death — not just physical death but eternal death.
 
Revelation 20:11-15
    11Then I saw a great white throne and the One [God] Who was seated upon it, from Whose presence and from the sight of Whose face earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them.
    12 I [also] saw the dead, great and small; they stood before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is [the Book] of Life. And the dead were judged (sentenced) by what they had done [their whole way of feeling and acting, their motives] in accordance with what was recorded in the books.
    13And the sea delivered up the dead who were in it, death and Hades (the state of death) surrendered the dead in them, and all were tried and their cases determined by what they had done [according to their motives, aims, and works].
    14Then death and Hades (the state of death) were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
    15And if anyone's [name] was not found recorded in the Book of Life, he was hurled into the lake of fire.

 
You must realize that the “many paths to God” theory is satan’s deception and is not truth.
 
John 12:40
    40He [satan] has blinded their eyes and hardened and numbed their [callous, unfeeling] hearts [He has made their minds dull], to keep them from seeing with their eyes and understanding with their hearts and minds and repenting and turning to Me to heal them.

 
As Jesus spoke to the Pharisees, men who had been blinded by satan to think that by their own righteousness they could achieve forgiveness of sins, He used harsh language to shock them into the truth:
 
John 8:44
    44You are of your father, the devil, and it is your will to practice the lusts and gratify the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar [himself] and the father of lies and of all that is false.
 

Jesus explained to them, and is still speaking to us today:
 
John 14:6
    6Jesus said to him, I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.
 
Revelation 1:18
    18And the Ever-living One [I AM living in the eternity of the eternities]. I died, but see, I AM alive forevermore; and I possess the keys of death and Hades (the realm of the dead).

 
While satan’s passion is your individual destruction, Jesus’ passion is your individual, vibrant LIFE.
 
John 10:10
    10The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

 
How can you be saved from the death and eternal destruction that sin ensures?
 
First, you must be willing to believe the truth that is detailed in the sections Jesus’ Mission, Jesus’ Sacrifice, and Jesus’ Exchanges — Jesus came to earth as a man in order to live the sinless life that you cannot live; He died in your place, so that you would not have to pay the penalty you deserve for the sins you’ve committed.
 
It’s important to note that as God sent Jesus, He gifted Jesus with the same free will that you enjoy. In other words, although Jesus was sent to die, death was Jesus’ choice. When He moved forward toward the agonizing death of the cross, He did so willingly.


 
With Jesus as your standard of perfection, you're now acknowledging that when Jesus shed His Blood, He accomplished everything necessary to restore you to the Father-child relationship with God you were created to enjoy.
 
You must confess your past wrong choices, and repent. Repent means to turn, and to turn away from. Once you have accepted Jesus into your heart, His Holy Spirit will help you to overcome sin.
 
Acts 3:19
    19So repent (change your mind and purpose); turn around and return [to God], that your sins may be erased (blotted out, wiped clean), that times of refreshing (of recovering from the effects of heat, of reviving with fresh air) may come from the presence of the Lord;
 
1 John 1:9
    9If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].
 

The Name of Jesus carries all power:
 
Philippians 2:9-11
     9Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the Name that is above every Name,
    10That in (at) the Name of Jesus every knee should [must] bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
    11And every tongue [frankly and openly] confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
 
Acts 2:21
    21And it shall be that whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
 

Acts 10:43
    43
To Him all the prophets testify (bear witness) that everyone who believes in Him [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him, giving himself up to Him] receives forgiveness of sins through His Name.
 
Acts 13:38-39
    38So let it be clearly known and understood by you, brethren, that through this Man [Jesus] forgiveness and removal of sins is now proclaimed to you;
    39And that through Him everyone who believes [who acknowledges Jesus as his Savior and devotes himself to Him] is absolved (cleared and freed) from every charge from which he could not be justified and freed by the Law of Moses
and given right standing with God.
 
Next, you admit you are ready to accept Jesus’ sacrifice ― that His choice to die on the cross and shed His Blood for you has enabled your choice to live in relationship with God as your Father.
 
Colossians 1:13-14
    13[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
    14In Whom we have our redemption through His blood, [which means] the forgiveness of our sins.
 
Colossians 1:19-22
    19For it has pleased [the Father] that all the divine fullness (the sum total of the divine perfection, powers, and attributes) should dwell in Him [Jesus] permanently.
    20And God purposed that through (by the service, the intervention of) Him [the Son] all things should be completely reconciled back to Himself, whether on earth or in heaven, as through Him, [the Father] made peace by means of the blood of His cross.
    21And although you at one time were estranged and alienated from Him and were of hostile attitude of mind in your wicked activities,
    22Yet now has [Christ, the Messiah] reconciled [you to God] in the body of His flesh through death, in order to present you holy and faultless and irreproachable in His [the Father's] presence.
 
1 John 4:9
    9In this the love of God was made manifest (displayed) where we are concerned: in that God sent His Son, the only begotten or unique [Son], into the world so that we might live through Him.

 
The Bible gives us encouraging news starting with the words “But God”:
 
Ephesians 2:4-10
    4But God—so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us,
    5Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).
    6And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
    7He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favor) in [His] kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus.
    8For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;
    9Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]
    10For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
 
2 Peter 3:9
    9The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.



 
Prayer That Restores Your Relationship With God As Your Father:
Pray It Now
 
"Father, I know that I have not obeyed Your laws. I’ve pursued my own ways instead of Yours.
 
I’ve made decisions which were contrary to your will for me. My wrong actions and choices, my sins, have separated me from You.
 
I confess that I have tried to “earn” Your love. I’ve tried to be “good,” and now I admit that no amount of striving on my part has achieved Your righteousness.
 
I realize now that it’s only because of Jesus’ triumph that I can be righteous.
 
Please forgive me for all wrong thinking about Your nature and character. Please forgive me for all wrong choices, decisions, and actions. Please forgive me for all works of “self” and all pride.
 
Please help me to turn from sin, and all tendency toward sin.
 
I believe that Jesus died and shed His Blood for my sins. I believe that Jesus accomplished all that was necessary to restore me to the relationship with You that You desire, the relationship with You for which I was born.
 
I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to reign in my heart from this day forward.
 
Please send your Holy Spirit to help me know You, and begin teaching me how deep, how wide, how high, and how broad is my Father God’s love for me.
 
In Your Name, Jesus, I pray. Amen."
 


Romans 8:37-39
    37Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.
    38For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers,
    39Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
 
1 John 4:16
    16And we know (understand, recognize, are conscious of, by observation and by experience) and believe (adhere to and put faith in and rely on) the love God cherishes for us. God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him.
 
Galatians 4:4-7
    4But when the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born subject to [the regulations of] the Law,
    5To purchase the freedom of (to ransom, to redeem, to atone for) those who were subject to the Law, that we might be adopted and have sonship conferred upon us [and be recognized as God's sons].
    6And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the [Holy] Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba (Father)! Father!
    7Therefore, you are no longer a slave (to sin) but a son; and if a son, then [it follows that you are] an heir by the aid of God, through Christ.
 
Romans 8:15
    15For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!

 
Why not spend some time now talking with God your Father? He’s as near as your breath.