I have been told often, believe it or not, that I spiritualize too much or over spiritualize everything. My reply has always been the same. I politely answer the person telling me this (and sometimes it has been Pastors), “that when you practice making your walk with the Lord Jesus, led by His Holy Spirit, a part of your lifestyle, you start to see the spiritual in everything around you. Sometimes you see the enemy of your soul, the god of this world at work, and sometimes you see the handiwork of the Lord and His Spirit at work. This is called DISCERNMENT and when you practice this Gift of the Holy Spirit, given to every believer, you become better able to see the spiritual in everything around you.”
Father’s Day is a day when we normally honor our earthly Fathers, and yet I couldn’t help but think, with everything going on in the world today, what if, when we honored our earthly Fathers, we gave great Thanks and Praise first of all to our Heavenly Father for which there would be no Fathers to begin with.
The Bible is full of Scripture showing us how to honor our Heavenly Father but for this day, I want to just give you a few. I hope that you will “spiritualize” this day when you think of your earthly Fathers and give God Almighty, our Heavenly Father some just praise as well!
Deuteronomy 32:6b, “….Is He not your Father, who bought you? Has He not made you and established you?”
Isaiah 63:15-16, “Look down from heaven, And see from Your habitation, holy and glorious. Where are Your zeal and Your strength, The yearning of Your heart and Your mercies toward me? Are they restrained? Doubtless You are our Father, Though Abraham was ignorant of us, And Israel does not acknowledge us. You, O LORD, are our Father; Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.”
Isaiah 64:8, “But now, O LORD, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.”
Malachi 2:10a, “Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? ….”
Romans 8:15-17, “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”
1 Corinthians 8:5-6, “For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.”
Ephesians 4:4-6, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
1 Peter 1:17-19, “And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”
1 John 5:7, “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.”
And in closing:
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
10 “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.
11 “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.