Going to Your Father
-Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow
“I will arise and go to my father” Luke 15:18
When facing evil, to whom
can you run?
When facing a need, where can you turn?
When facing heartache, where can you go?
The prodigal son made two important decisions. The first moved him away from his father; the second brought him home to his father. Every decision that moves us away from our Father is a bad decision. Every decision that moves us toward our Father is a good decision.
There are times, however, when going to our Father can be difficult. It’s not because the way to Him is hard, or the path is steep. It is because we can encounter roadblocks that have been erected to hinder us from going to the Father for the help we need.
We discover these roadblocks in our thoughts.
They are placed there by the enemy. God, our Father, does not set up roadblocks to stop His children from coming to Him. He does not say to you, “Stop! Who goes there? You are not permitted to pass. The way is closed. Turn around and go back.”
The enemy’s roadblocks come from false accusations or false condemnation. These roadblocks can become hindrances to your faith, to prayer, to trust, and to fellowship.
You may be told you are unworthy to go to God for help because you’ve sinned, you aren’t good enough, loving enough, haven’t done enough, prayed enough, or sacrificed enough. You may also hear accusations about God not caring for you, forgetting about you, or rejecting you.
God will not withdraw His compassion from you, and will never forget to be gracious to you.
Max Reich once talked to a woman who was on her death bed. The woman had lived a life of great darkness and sin. After he shared the gospel and the hope of heaven with her, the woman replied, “No, not me! I’m not good enough. My goodness can’t get me in.”
Max Reich responded, “If your goodness can’t get you in, your badness can’t keep you out.”
Upon hearing these words, God’s compassion and graciousness came to her heart, and the woman received God’s free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Your entrance and access into the Father’s presence will always be open to you. Let nothing hinder you from coming. It is Jesus’ victory upon the cross, His shed blood, and the power of His resurrection that removes every roadblock the enemy may try to put in your way. You are invited to come to your Father anytime, anywhere. He will welcome you into His presence.
Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus…Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 10:19, Hebrews 4:16 NKJV).
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