We’re already ready for F in our A to Z Bible Study on reasons for praising the Lord. I’ve enjoyed this study a lot, and I hope you have as well. Let’s jump right in to today’s study on the Father, forgiveness, fulfilled prophecy, and fellowship!
Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
Ephesians 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
When we are children of God, that makes God our Father. Think about that, the One who created the universe and everything in our world. The One who is all-knowing and all-powerful. And we have the privilege to call Him Father!
1John 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
As children of God, we also have fellowship with Him, as long as we walk close beside Him. And not only do we have fellowship with Him, but also with other believers. Oftentimes our brothers and sisters in Christ are closer to us than our blood relations. We have a special bond with them as Paul had with the church at Philippi.
Philippians 1:3-7 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,
Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,
For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
When we are sorry for our sins and go to God for forgiveness, He will forgive us and make us clean again.
Colossians 1:12-14 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Because God is all-knowing, He can accurately tell what will happen in the future. The Bible has so many prophecies that have already come true, and more that will continue to happen. Here are just a few of them.
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Psalm 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Isaiah 44:24, 26, 28 Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;
That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof:
That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.
This last prophecy has always been especially fascinating to me since Cyrus was prophesied about by name more than a hundred years before he was born. It was prophesied that he would rebuild the temple while the temple was still standing. And this prophecy happened exactly as God said it would!
The more we look for reasons to praise the Lord, the more we find that we will never run out of reasons to praise Him! What are you praising God for today?