"John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:"- Luke 3:16
The Lord's Prayer opens with a reverent address which says:"Our Father which art in heaven" - Matthew 6:9.
The Bible says "As many as received him (Jesus) to them gave he power to become the sons of God." - John 1:12. The word FATHER is used to describe a man who through natural reproduction begets children.
"A great wave of persecution began that day, sweeping over the church in Jerusalem; and all the believers except the apostles were scattered through the regions of Judea and Samaria. (Some devout men came and buried Stephen with great mourning.) But Saul was going everywhere to destroy the church. He went from house to house, dragging out both men and women to throw them into prison." - Acts 8:1-3 Read (John 17:15-19)
"These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you." - John 15:11-12
God wants us all to walk in the full understanding of HIS Joy in our lives so that we can draw blessings unlimited from HIM. The Bible says: “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” - Isaiah 12:3. How can we draw without knowing the source in which we will draw from; the source is very important likewise the full knowledge of what we can draw from this source.
"Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations." - Deuteronomy 7:9
I can sing (Psalm 89:1) ...with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generation, everyday of my life, because I have seen his faithfulness in my little life.
Whatever God has promised you according to his purpose for your life, he will do it. Don't give up. We have enough evidences in scriptures to show that God cannot lie; he has always been faithful to his word. Ps.89:34, Heb.6:12, Isa.55:10-11, Num.23:19, Isa.51:1-2.
As long as we still wear this flesh we are bound to experience certain situations in the journey of our lives that will seem as if God is too far from us. It is at this point that many children of God not being mindful of His promises take up all manner of negative attitudes. Some complain at this point, some murmur, worst of all some blame God for their predicaments. Hear this, God is not responsible for your problems, He is there to deliver you from them.
"As the Lord has put you into His ministry and you have joyfully accepted to do the assignment according to His purpose, I pray for your spiritual life to continually increase and enlarge to always stand and shine forth in His realms of glory. Congratulations on the success of our just concluded Christian Expo in London. More life and grace to keep the flag flying high. -Apostle John Gbenga Afolayan (Lagos, Nigeria)"