Jesus welcomed the people, taught them about the Kingdom of God and healed those in need. Luke 9:11

Seeds of the Kingdom

Time with our Heavenly Dad

by Paul Griffin

He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 18:2-3, NIV

Are you looking forward to spending time with your Heavenly Father today? As we grow older we can easily lose some of that child-like faith that Jesus encourages us to have. We can become so ‘rational’ and ‘intellectual’ in our approach to God that we miss something of His real heart towards us. A man on one of our Healing Retreats wrote the following:

I met my Dad for the first time last night. It was great, you see I’ve been waiting to meet Him for 15 years, and yet, I met Him as a 5 year old last night. There I was, sitting in a healing meeting. The speaker was telling me about the love that God has for me. For the first time ever I truly believed that He loved me, the first time I had ever felt it in my heart.

I closed my eyes and there He was. I was in a field with Him. I was running through the long grass laughing and happy, my blond hair flowing in the breeze. Dad was chasing me. I was running away from Him, laughing and screaming - pretending not to want to be caught, but, being my Dad, He knew exactly what I wanted. He ran up behind me and lifted me high into the air. I felt so overjoyed, carefree, loved and protected. He put His arms around me and I lay my head on His shoulder. For the first time in my life I felt complete, loved and content. We’re playing again tomorrow. I can’t wait.

As I read this testimony I can imagine a smile of approval on the face of God. The writer expresses a sense of child-like excitement about spending time with God. Like a small child looking forward to Christmas Day he can hardly contain himself. He can’t wait for the meeting and neither, I believe, can his heavenly Dad.

Prayer: Help me, Lord, to have expectancy and excitement in my heart as I spend time with you each day .In Jesus’s Name, Amen.

Paul Griffin Paul spent 20 years working as a chemical engineer for an oil company in South Africa, the Middle East and Japan prior to going to Bible College. Paul and his wife Liz have been involved with Ellel since 1991 and are associate teachers as well as being authors of the books ‘Anger …How do you Handle it?’ and ‘Hope and Healing for the Abused.’


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