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Posted by Brandon Patton on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 @ 9:11 AM

"Show us the Father."

John 14:8

A. W. Tozer was a great saint and writer of another era. He made one of the most profound statements in history when he said "what comes into your mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you". I would add also that it is the greatest indicator of your future.  What comes into your mind when you think about God? Put another way, what do you think He is like? Personally, as a young man I viewed Him as an overbearing angry deity that was going to get me for being bad. A cosmic cop with his eye on me. Where did that come from? No idea. Where am I going to find out what He is really like? Preachers? Churches? Parents? Christians? Maybe. The only sure way is to read His Book. His Book reveals His nature. It is the only reliable place to get an accurate picture of His true nature. Read looking for Him. When I read "He turns my mourning into dancing, my grave clothes into gladness!", that tells me what He is like. When I read "make a joyful shout unto the Lord, serve the Lord with gladness", realizing that He wrote it, now I know what He is like and what He likes. When I read about Him eating with sinners, I see that He enjoys being around normal people. When I read about a father kissing a prodigal (read hell raising) son, now I know what He is like. The more I read, realizing that He is showing me who He is, the more I come to like Him. Pardon me pastor, didn't you mean to say "love Him"? Yeah, that too. As I read about Him slam dunking preachers for their self rightous attitudes I find myself cheering for Him and liking Him more. When I see Him step in front of a misguided woman to offer her forgiveness and protect her from angry bird preachers I find myself wishing I could be around Him, maybe be one of the sinners that gets to eat with Him! But above all else when I see Him step in front of me to take my place on a judgement cross that settles it for me. I'm going to follow Him. I'd like to recommend that you read His Book. Its a best seller. Might want to start in Mark. (too late for "in the beginning") I suspect that as you read about what He is really like, you will begin to be attracted to Him also.

Father,  I pray for my friends that you will show them what the Father is really like.

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